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Old 09-02-2015, 06:19 AM   #1
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Default 2008 Yamaha Drive, Good Deal?

As you guys might have noticed with my post history I am having a hard time finding a good "starter" cart for a project over winter. I thought I had found a Club Car for a reasonable price, but that deal fell through. Then, I bought a Yamaha G22 but it was a pieced together bag of parts ranging from 1995 to 2003 parts. The seller worked with me and I ended up returning that one.

That brings me to my new find. It is a 2008 Yamaha drive, with a light kit that is not installed for $2500. Is that reasonable? Also, are there any common areas of trouble on the drive? I know each year has something typically (for instance input shaft bearings on the G22 etc).

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Old 09-02-2015, 03:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2008 Yamaha Drive, Good Deal?

In my area the 08's are going for $3000-$3400 for a clean good running cart.
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Old 09-02-2015, 04:06 PM   #3
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As you guys might have noticed with my post history I am having a hard time finding a good "starter" cart for a project over winter. I thought I had found a Club Car for a reasonable price, but that deal fell through. Then, I bought a Yamaha G22 but it was a pieced together bag of parts ranging from 1995 to 2003 parts. The seller worked with me and I ended up returning that one.

That brings me to my new find. It is a 2008 Yamaha drive, with a light kit that is not installed for $2500. Is that reasonable? Also, are there any common areas of trouble on the drive? I know each year has something typically (for instance input shaft bearings on the G22 etc).

Thanks!
That's a reasonable price. The Drive carts are great running carts, the only issue that I've seen is the clutches. But they can be corrected through aftermarket modifications and better quality drive belts.
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Old 09-02-2015, 06:56 PM   #4
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08 is a good model. No clutch issues with that year. Some loose rear hubs, but is an easy fix and sometimes the differential will make noise when braking- again an easy fix. As long as it has not been molested by a back yard golf cart mechanic, it should be a good deal.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:54 PM   #5
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Default Re: 2008 Yamaha Drive, Good Deal?

07-2012 had the troublesome jerky clutches made by team. That's s fair price but I would offer 2250$ cash. The clutches can be easily upgraded though,
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:01 PM   #6
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07-2012 had the troublesome jerky clutches made by team. That's s fair price but I would offer 2250$ cash. The clutches can be easily upgraded though,
by up graded you mean replaced or rebuilt/mod ?

is one clutch worse then the other for jerking ?
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:18 PM   #7
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You have to replace the secondary because it is garbage and you can't buy them from yamaha anymore unless someone has one on a shelf collecting dust. The new secondary clutch requires a new belt though that's different in dimension. Here is some info

http://www.plowmanscarts.com/parts_yamaha_drive.html

The primary can be rebuilt with new internals
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:19 PM   #8
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those kits make a hell of a difference
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:20 PM   #9
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I am going to look at it tomorrow. Seller would not come down, but for 2500 will throw in the light kit and back seat, both new in box. So that makes it fairly decent based on what I am hearing I think.

As far as clutches I have read the Plow man upgrades are the way to go. For about 400 you get the primary redone, a new secondary and some miscellaneous part upgrades. If I understand all this stuff right that is....

Keep the comments coming and thanks for the info.!
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:24 PM   #10
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I've done the full plowmans kits on all the g29 carts I've owned and in the immediate family. Is night and day difference. Makes the cart snappy, up to 30mph top speed, and super pulling and climbing power. If you like to ride off road on tails etc this kits makes it fun and responsive
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