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Old 12-14-2017, 09:08 PM   #81
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Old 06-02-2019, 02:55 PM   #82
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Another charger upgrade for this cart. You don't want to go to the best right at first, right? Thanks to member 'handtools', this old Harley now has a Yewy smart/float charger keeping the batteries in optimal condition.
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Old 06-09-2020, 09:40 AM   #83
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Hello Jake, I just read through your entire thread. I am mostly curious of your solid state conversion. I just picked up a 36v masterglide IV. Would you be willing to share with me everything you bought to do your conversion and what it ended up costing you? Thanks
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Old 06-09-2020, 10:45 AM   #84
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Hi Finn, welcome to BGW and thank you for reading through my thread! Converting to solid state is the best thing you can do to an old cart, IMO. What I did was a DIY poor manís conversion. The reason I say that is because Scottyb at Carts Unlimited (a site sponsor) sells complete kits that include everything you need (see here: https://www.cartsunlimited.net/unive...rsion-kit.html). I would have gone this route, but I wanted to save some bucks, and I am pretty handy and enjoy fabricating, wiring, etc.

Everything in parts cost me right at $500; here is what all I bought:

-Curtis 1204 controller
-36v Curtis solenoid
-Generic 36v reversing contactor
-Solenoid resistor and diode
-Two reversing contactor diodes
-SPDT switch (for FNR)
-PB-6 potentiometer
-EZGO style key switch
-250 amp main fuse

I didn't need to purchase any cables, as I was able to reuse all of the stock 6 gauge ones.

The most difficult part of the process was mounting the PB-6 pot box to get it to work with the factory accelerator linkage. A couple hours with some scrap metal, a grinder, tape measure, sharpie, and a trip to the hardware store, it was mounted and working like a charm.

The wiring diagram I followed was the one listed in the Curtis 1204 controller manual. I found it to be very straightforward and easy to follow (see pic below).

I did the conversion over the course of three days, working a few hours each day. If you are handy and know how to read a basic wiring diagram, you won't have any trouble at all. The results are what makes it all worth it- silky smooth acceleration with no more of the jerkiness that the stock drive system has.

Start a thread on your cart and post up some pics, I'd love to see it!
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Old 06-09-2020, 11:41 AM   #85
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Hi Finn, welcome to BGW and thank you for reading through my thread! Converting to solid state is the best thing you can do to an old cart, IMO. The conversion I did was a DIY 'poor mans' conversion. The reason I say that is because Scottyb at Carts Unlimited (a site sponsor) sells complete kits that include everything you need (see here: https://www.cartsunlimited.net/unive...rsion-kit.html). I would have gone this route, but I wanted to save some bucks, and I am pretty handy and enjoy fabricating, wiring, etc.

Everything in parts cost me right at $500; here is what all I bought:

-Curtis 1204 controller
-36v Curtis solenoid
-Generic 36v reversing contactor
-Solenoid resistor and diode
-Two reversing contactor diodes
-SPDT switch (for FNR)
-PB-6 potentiometer
-EZGO style key switch
-250 amp main fuse

I didn't need to purchase any cables, as I was able to reuse all of the stock 6 gauge ones.

The most difficult part of the process was mounting the PB-6 pot box to get it to work with the factory accelerator linkage. A couple hours with some scrap metal, a grinder, tape measure, sharpie, and a trip to the hardware store, it was mounted and working like a charm.

The wiring diagram I followed was the one listed in the Curtis 1204 controller manual. I found it to be very straightforward and easy to follow (see pic below).

I did the conversion over the course of three days, working a few hours each day. If you are handy and know how to read a basic wiring diagram, you won't have any trouble at all. The results are what makes it all worth it- silky smooth acceleration with no more of the jerkiness that the stock drive system has.

Start a thread on your cart and post up some pics, I'd love to see it!
Thank you very much Jake. I would like to save some money as well. I am pretty handy and actually do pipe and structural fabrication for a living so welding, grinding etc is no big deal to me. Thats amazing you got all of that for $500. I'm seeing $500 just for a controller and PB-6. I will start a thread if I decide to convert this bad boy. Thanks
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Old 06-09-2020, 11:54 AM   #86
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Thank you very much Jake. I would like to save some money as well. I am pretty handy and actually do pipe and structural fabrication for a living so welding, grinding etc is no big deal to me. Thats amazing you got all of that for $500. I'm seeing $500 just for a controller and PB-6. I will start a thread if I decide to convert this bad boy. Thanks
I just saw your thread, somehow I missed it earlier.

Great, sounds like you could tackle this no problem then. I lucked into finding a good deal on a controller used on eBay. I also purchased the solenoid used. Deals are out there, just have to find them. Good luck!
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