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Old 02-07-2021, 02:59 PM   #1
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I've had several electric and gas ezego carts but never a Clubcar. I'm looking for a another good used gas cart to replace a ezgo electric at our lake house. Reason is we are not there often and seems batteries need charging at inconvenient times.
Been looking for a 2004 or newer ezego but interested to consider Clubcar as well. But I don't know anything about Clubcar (good or bad) and I don't know if some engines and years are better than others.
Any advice?
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Old 02-07-2021, 03:19 PM   #2
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This will be similar to Chevy vs Ford vs Chrysler. Club car makes a good cart with mainly an aluminum frame so a plus if you are near the coast. Ezgo and Yamaha also make good carts so check them out as well. I have owned all three but currently own Ezgo and Yamahas. My suggestion is to go see if you can find some just to test out and see what you like most..
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Old 02-07-2021, 03:59 PM   #3
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Also all the club cars from 92 or 93 until about 2014-2015ish all use basically the same exact engine. Either a Kawasaki FE290 or FE350. Both good engines and last pretty much forever. Easy to work on and rebuild if necessary. The newer club cars used a Subaru or kohler engine, fuel injected. Again good engines but when those break they can be big $$$ to fix. Iíd opt for a Kawasaki motor

Also like Kgsc Iíve had pretty much all of the major 3 brands. I personally prefer club car because new oem parts are still available and easy to find. The robins ezgo parts are getting scarce and the aftermarket stuff just isnít good. Yamaha does make a great cart but yamaha doesnít seem to have as much distribution so parts *can* be hard to find, but mostly are available. Plowmans is a great resource for Yamaha carts.
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Old 02-07-2021, 07:55 PM   #4
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This is exactly the background I was looking for. I'll narrow my Clubcar search to ~2004-2010.
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Old 02-07-2021, 08:10 PM   #5
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Thereís really very few differences from 97 and up, other than the seat back and roof change in 2000.5

93-96 the motor rotated the opposite way so those are ideal for a big block swap.

97+ are all basically the same. You can take a 1993 and bolt on the modern roof and seat. Bodies are all interchangeable also back into the 80ís. I wouldnít limit myself to 2004 and up, since theyíre all so similar. Find what you can get the best deal on and make it the way you want it

The pre 92 carts had a different Kawasaki motor (KF82 341cc) thatís still a good engine but parts can be hard to find. The FE290 is basically a wood chipper/pressure washer motor and parts are a plenty.
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Old 02-07-2021, 08:29 PM   #6
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So 97-2010. That's great info
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The pre 92 carts had a different Kawasaki motor (KF82 341cc) thatís still a good engine but parts can be hard to find. The FE290 is basically a wood chipper/pressure washer motor and parts are a plenty.
What? We're not going to steer him towards 1984-1991 Club Cars with the Kawasaki flathead that parts/service are super expensive, very hard to find, and/or discontinued??? And of which I own two of???
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What? We're not going to steer him towards 1984-1991 Club Cars with the Kawasaki flathead that parts/service are super expensive, very hard to find, and/or discontinued??? And of which I own two of???
Not to mention the wonderfully designed governor system that if touched, will likely never be right again
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Not to mention the wonderfully designed governor system that if touched, will likely never be right again


And don't forget the frustratingly-mounted, low-hanging muffler that stays in the same spot down by the axle even when lifted!

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And don't forget the frustratingly-mounted, low-hanging muffler that stays in the same spot down by the axle even when lifted!

Iíve only had one KF motor and the muffler was in great shape. It came from a college campus, though it still had a few battle scars. Iím guessing from hopping curbs
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