- Hybrids, Electric & Alternate Energy Vehicles
How to make your Golf Cart FASTER!
So you want to go faster. No problem, I’m here to help. Golf carts are awesome, but let’s face it. There a little on the slow side. With most golf carts in the 14 to 19mph range there is certainly room to improve. I’m going to divide this hub into two sections. One for gas golf carts and one for Electric.
Gas golf carts
Most gas golf carts are pretty easy and cheap to get up to 23 to 25 mph. On the transaxle there is a governor that limits the carts speed. These are easily defeated with a little know how. There are too many different kinds of carts and governor systems for me to explain them all, so do a little digging on the form over at buggiesunlimited or Catholics for your specific year and model. In most cases there will be a small adjustment you will need to make to the governor shaft that comes out of the transaxle. Or if you would like to leave a comment at the bottom of this page with your make, year and model I will tell you how to do it.
Another option for gas carts is a good set of gears. This option is significantly harder because you have to split the transaxle to do it. However the payoff is huge. The fastest I have been able to make a gas cart with just a set of gears was 37mph! There is a trade-off though, you will lose torque. How much torque you ask? Depends on which set of gears you decide to go with. I usually settle somewhere in the middle of mild to wild, so I can retain some torque and still cruse at about 27-28mph.
Electric golf carts
First things first. You will need to decide how much you want to spend. Electric cart speed upgrades can range from fifty dollars to thousands. Most electric cart owners that want a little more speed than stock get an upgraded motor. Upgraded motors range from $300 to $1100. A $300 upgrade will get you to about 22-24mph. An $1100 motor will require a major improvement of stock systems such as a high amp controller, HD solenoid, battery cables, motor cables, and so on. Since there are so many different motor systems and electric cart set-ups you will need to talk to an expert about your specific cart. I would suggest D and D motor systems, these guys are awesome at what they do and will get it done right.
So let’s say you don’t want to buy a motor upgrade, no problem there are other ways of getting more speed from your cart. Going with a bigger tire could get you a couple of extra mph. Or you get a set of gears. I just recently put a set of 10.5 : 1 gears in an EX-GO RXV, and let me tell you this cart is a rocket compared to a stock-er. We were able to pull 36mph and still had plenty of torque with the RXV’s AC Drive system. At the shop where I work se sell the high speed gears for $400 to $550 installed. Talk about bang for your buck.
If you really want to get some more speed out of your cart and don’t want to spend the money. Go over to the buggiesunlimited or cartaholics forum and search for your specific make and model. There are thousands of people with the same cart as you and I have seen some ingenious solutions.
Also if you happen to have a Club Car Precedent, Head over to http://gaminde.net/ He has a plug and play kit that is very cost effective. No I do not own nor am I associated with this web site. Just a good product and a great guy to deal with.