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Unread 03-27-2019, 10:08 PM   #1
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Taking my 81 G1golf Cart and lifting it 6 to 8 inches. While I have it disassembled I was thinking about cutting the frame right behind the gas and brake pedals and extending the frame 2 or 2 1/2 feet. Making the driver and passenger seat the second row and adding bucket seats in front of them. It's a tube frame so extension and bracing it up shouldn't be an issue. Does anyone have any advice they could share? It would be greatly appreciated. I have taken the front end off a 4 wheeler and adapted my wheel assembly to them to give me upper and lower a-arms and the straight axle in rear as well to do away with the low geared original rear end.

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Unread 03-28-2019, 06:30 AM   #2
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I didn't take pictures but we've had a customers cart in the shop that was a lifted / limo G1, so it can be / has been done. Go for it! Just take your time & be careful to keep the frame straight.
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I didn't take pictures but we've had a customers cart in the shop that was a lifted / limo G1, so it can be / has been done. Go for it! Just take your time & be careful to keep the frame straight.
Was it originally a limo G1? Wondering if 2 and half ft. Is enough or should I add more?

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Was it originally a limo G1? Wondering if 2 and half ft. Is enough or should I add more?

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It was converted to a limo. I believe the kits Ive seen (for other carts) have been 30 (your 2-1/2)
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Let the s t r e t c h i n g begin

Yamaha G1 Limo Project

be aware the 6 lift kits offered for the G1 aren't a direct bolt on for pre 82 G1's. You wound need the newer style spindles and hubs for it to work. The spindles were recently on sale at buggiesunlimited for like $3 a piece, yea that cheap. I bought a set for 80 G1 in case I decieded to lift it later.

then when you need more power
Big-Blockin' the G1
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Yamaha G1 Limo Project



be aware the 6 lift kits offered for the G1 aren't a direct bolt on for pre 82 G1's. You wound need the newer style spindles and hubs for it to work. The spindles were recently on sale at buggiesunlimited for like $3 a piece, yea that cheap. I bought a set for 80 G1 in case I decieded to lift it later.



then when you need more power

Big-Blockin' the G1
Hey mikeasis,
I haven't been able to find a 6" lift for the 81 for some reason the 81 is the most elusive year out of all years. Haven't been able to find out why?? I am making my own lift with half 4 wheeler and half G1 front end parts. Its took a bit of thought and vision yet I think it's going to do.

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Hey mikeasis,
I haven't been able to find a 6" lift for the 81 for some reason the 81 is the most elusive year out of all years. Haven't been able to find out why?? I am making my own lift with half 4 wheeler and half G1 front end parts. Its took a bit of thought and vision yet I think it's going to do.

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I'm using control arms and wheel assembly off my G1, I had to flip them upside down and switch sides on the control arms, it puts the control arms at the top now yet the tie rods match up and steering seems alot more smoothly and less play in it now. I kept original steering column and box. My biggest concern now is finding the right torque converter set up for my 212cc predator engine. It's not stock anymore I've raised it from factory 6.5 horse to probably 10hp now.

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I didn't take pictures but we've had a customers cart in the shop that was a lifted / limo G1, so it can be / has been done. Go for it! Just take your time & be careful to keep the frame straight.
Hey meimk, can the G1 rearend be regeared to make it not so low?

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that 212 probably isn't going to be very fast. the G1 differential doesnt have reverse so youll lose that with an engine swap. That I know of there no other gear sets available for the g1.

79-81 all had the same steering knuckles and hubs which differ from the 82 and later knuckles and hubs. they can be swapped for later model parts and the lift kits will work. The only oddball G1 is the 82 aka the J17 and that was mostly with engine and exhaust stuff.
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that 212 probably isn't going to be very fast. the G1 differential doesnt have reverse so youll lose that with an engine swap. That I know of there no other gear sets available for the g1.



79-81 all had the same steering knuckles and hubs which differ from the 82 and later knuckles and hubs. they can be swapped for later model parts and the lift kits will work. The only oddball G1 is the 82 aka the J17 and that was mostly with engine and exhaust stuff.
I figured that going straight axle with sprocket and a torque-a-vertor would suffice, I may be wrong though. It's just the beginning of this build and parts and ideas are abundant yet the bankroll is looking slim.

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