By Randy Wade
Electric Low Speed Vehicles (LSV's) are quiet, fun, comfortable enough, they don't use fossil fuel...but they're kinda boring!
Fast golf carts are so much more fun, and we all know it.
On the other hand, new LSV's like the GEM and others can also be pretty expensive if you only plan to use them on the weekends.
So how do you get one of those fast golf carts without breaking the bank, you ask? Here's a little secret: the "lease turn in", out of warrantee, golf course Fleet Vehicles (golf carts).
Three year old Club Car, EZ-Go and others show up by the thousands at auctions across the US every year. Some end up in neighborhood classified ads or used car lots after a quick cosmetic makeover. Many of these used golf carts make their way to "chop shops" where they are stripped of their original golf paraphernalia, jacked up, fitted with showy wheels, carbon fiber dashboards, plush upholstery and satellite radios. They have paint themes ranging from your favorite adult beverage to your alma mater's team and such. A $1400 golf cart is magically transformed into a $6,000 "pride ride" for some lucky consumer.
You can save a bundle of money by building one of your own fast golf carts out of these gently used golf course retirees.
Before or after the fabulous makeover, the one thing these vehicles usually have in common is the old batteries and components. The other thing is that they typically are set up to operate at really slow speeds (12 mph or so). If you've rented golf carts at your local course, you know why they do that! To operate on public roads and be categorized as a LSV, many municipalities require the vehicle to go 20 mph, and must be equipped with lights, seat belts and a horn. The lights and belts are pretty easy to deal with but getting your cart to go 20 mph is another story. Even if you are not trying to make your golf cart street legal, most users want the extra speed capability just to add more usefulness and enjoyment. 12 mph is just too painfully slow for most users. If you think that 12 mph is a fast enough golf cart, give it a few weeks.
OK, so you are ready to do whatever it takes to make that baby fly. Well maybe 20 mph isn't exactly flying, but it will sure feel like you were if you get dumped out at that speed...so you'll be wanting good safety belts.
The factors that will go into outfitting your new, fast golf cart with proper safety belts are:
For hills and/or heavy loads, you will need to also increase the torque of the cart. This means a more powerful motor and probably an upgraded motor controller to handle the extra current demands of the motor. There are several vendors that can supply such upgrades, but they can get expensive. Be sure to do your homework and shop around. If you have just a standard golf cart and use it on basically flat ground, you have a few more options:
The SpeedyLink from www.digitaloverdrivesystems.com will increase the speed by 50% and installs in seconds. SpeedyLink was designed to be a fast and affordable golf cart upgrade!
Whichever method you use to increase the speed of you golf cart, don't forget to use good judgment and utilize proper safety equipment. Remember, fast golf carts are supposed to be fun, not painful - for you, or your wallet! Watch for more articles about golf cart upgrades and maintenance.
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