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Old 05-05-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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can I run the wiring direct to the battery and just put an inline toggle to break the hot wire ?? if I do this the lights COULD be on when the cart isnt running right ??

Also will the starter/gen be able to keep the battery charged as well as the lights on ?? Will this stress the system ??
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:31 PM   #2
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That's EXACTLY how ALL of my lights are hooked up!

The only stress would be on the battery... especially if your starter/generator is weak!

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Old 05-05-2009, 08:36 PM   #3
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I wired mine to the battery, with a simple cheap light switch from the Hope Depot.
This was installed (Screwed to the body) under the seat, so I just reach down next to the starter key and can control my switch. The generator keeps the battery charged pretty well, and I can even put my lights on when my cart is not running.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:44 PM   #4
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whacha guys use for headlights ?? How would you test your gen ?? Run the cart with a volt meter and look for like 14 volts going to the batt ??

This cart sat outside all winter and the battery turned it over and started it with no problem.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:51 PM   #5
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I use Wallmart special headlights and tail lights. Some people spend lots more and get lights that are hardly better. Mine cost about $10 per light at wallie's world. I give these lights a A+. I would test the battery with the cart off, and then with the cart on, subtract, and see how many volts are generated. You want about 1.5v to be added.

If you plan to use costly lights, or just want to do it the "right" way, I suggest installing a fuse block to protect everything.
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...0054983019671a
There's an example of a fuse block. They should sell them at your local autoparts store. They are not really required for cheap lighting, but if you want to run lights that cost a lot, or a in-cart-radio, or anything that could become damaged, I suggest a cheap fuse block.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:57 PM   #6
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If you plan to use costly lights, or just want to do it the "right" way, I suggest installing a fuse block to protect everything.


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Old 05-05-2009, 08:59 PM   #7
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post a pic of where and how you mpunted the lights pls

Thanks
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:03 PM   #8
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whacha guys use for headlights ?? How would you test your gen ?? Run the cart with a volt meter and look for like 14 volts going to the batt ??
This cart sat outside all winter and the battery turned it over and started it with no problem.
Stock CC headlights, front riding lights, rear LED strip riding light,
brake lights, and, 4 LED strips underneath!

No problems with my S/G keeping the battery charged!

There is a test for S/G's... it'll be a few days before I can post it,
maybe someone else could post it sooner!

I'd suggest getting a maintenance service manual for your cart!
It's worth the $ !!!

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Stock CC headlights, front riding lights, rear LED strip riding light,
brake lights, and, 4 LED strips underneath!

This is an example of someone who bought more costly lights, those LEDs are big bucks!
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:22 PM   #10
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This is an example of someone who bought more costly lights, those LEDs are big bucks!
The LEDs were only $60.00... headlights came on the cart,
Brake lights were $10.00, the rear strip light was $30.00
Not all that expensive compared to others...

PLUS... I've got the money... is there a problem with that???

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