G-Cart Refurb


The G-Cart wore out. It had lots of problems - step on the go pedal and no-go. It had been getting worse for months. New batteries cost $600 plus installation (that's six 6-volt batteries). So I was going to buy a new one from Valley Golf Carts. They have a bunch of carts and they are in good shape. Nice folks too. Their used EZ-GO e-carts were $1700. The gas ones were $2200. But my kid is going to school, so no discretionary budget like this. Then my buddy suggested 12-volt battiers (three instead of six). I told him that if that would work, others would do it. We looked into it, asked some reputable sources, and tested the concept. Worked good in test, so off to the store. Ended up spending about $275 instead of $600 for new batteries or $2200 for a new, substandard Yamaha cart.


  The old girl was so dead that it couldn't even move itself. Once again, the Earthforce EF-3 Backhoe to the rescue. With the pallet forks set to "G-Cart," I was able to lift it up and carry it to the Garage. Click for Larger View

  Click for Larger View Finished view of the power plant after reengineering. Following removal of the six 6-volt batteries, we conducted testing. First a meter showed the six batteries sucked. Then, using three batteries from the Dump Truck, the F-250, and the Tractor, we did some limited driving around - worked fine. Finalized the new cables that fit standard battery posts and bought three identical, marine deep-cycle batteries. Most critical components were the three 15" bungees that held the batteries in the freshly painted power pit.

  Different than New! Now instead of 420lb of lead, that's good for 36 holes, we have 150lbs of lead good for about 6 holes. But it is lots lighter and many dollars cheaper. Plus I don't have to find a place for this one after getting another one. Nor do I have to build another cool, rakish flatbed or find cool oversize tires. Click for Larger View

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