Upgrading A Golf Cart

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  1. deer patch

    deer patch Active Member

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    I’ve been thinking about buying an electric golf cart and doing an upgrade for hunting purposes. What’s the best brand and model to do a conversion with and what conversions would you recommend doing?
     
  2. Drycreek

    Drycreek Well-Known Member

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    No expert here, but a lift and a better controller are two must upgrades IMO. I like a basket on the front. Mine is an E Z Go and it’s a Beast, no really it’s an E Z Go Beast. Already built with a lift, the upgraded controller and a camo body.

    I do know this, without a doubt. The way you maintain your batteries will mean at least two more years for your battery life, or two less if you don’t maintain them properly. When your batts are new, discharge them as close to the bottom as you can for the first 5/10 charges. This keeps them from “taking a set” and not charging to their full potential. Read your instructions and keep the water at the proper levels. Distilled water only. Keep all your battery connections tight and corrosion free. The proper batts should last 5/6 years, if they don’t you ain’t doing something right. Good luck, they are worth the trouble.
     
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    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    I have a lifted 2008 yamaha gas engine golf cart with roof, rear facing second seat, lights, and gun racks. That thing is as tough as nails, uses almost no gas, and is pretty quiet. After going through a few batteries I always keep it plugged in when not in use. This thing is indispensable for a hunting camp, easy on and of, hit the pedal and go.
    But I'm just waiting patiently for a better lithium electric model to hit the market, mainly for one reason, we're looking for something totally quiet to use for hunting.
    I'm not a Polaris fan, but I've got my eye on the new Ranger lithium model they are bringing out next year.
    It may be a bad time to buy one right now, with limited choices, and everyone bringing a new electric model out in the next few years.
    I hear what you are saying about building one, I just know people go through a lot of batteries.
     
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    I’ve been looking at the upgraded torque motors and controllers and I her. You about maintenance of the batteries and the price of replacing them every 5/6 years. I was crappie fishing this spring and a man road a gas golf cart down the hill to me and I didn’t hear him coming until he was really close so that is an option because I’m basically trying to get away from the engine noise a 4 wheeler makes so the game and neighbors don’t hear me on my travels. My biggest issue is access, with my only way in is the SW corner and the best deer hunting is in the NE area of the property which is a mile away.

    What is the recommended lift size?
     
  5. Drycreek

    Drycreek Well-Known Member

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    Google up the Buggies Gone Wild forum and all your questions can be answered. Those guys know EVERYTHING about carts. Silence is why I use one, but you’ll be surprised how much noise the tires make when there’s no motor noise. It’s best to go as fast as you can safely go. Tthe s l o o w popping of sticks or gravel is worse than the whoosh as you go by. IMO
     

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