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Old 02-03-2015, 03:04 PM
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Someone local has a 3 wheel EZ-GO for $350. Says it moves, but needs batteries. Also says the 6 6volt can be swapped out, with some wiring changes, to 3 12volt batteries. Can I just get 12volt deep cycles or are these special batteries? The other question, and I know some of you have kick ass carts, but try to think entry level cheap, are the 3 wheels good, bad, or indifferent? I realize the obvious turn too fast and they flip. But any other concerns? I have wanted one and don't have a serious need so I am trying to justify cost. $350 is a lot easier to justify than $1,500 or more!
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Someone local has a 3 wheel EZ-GO for $350. Says it moves, but needs batteries. Also says the 6 6volt can be swapped out, with some wiring changes, to 3 12volt batteries. Can I just get 12volt deep cycles or are these special batteries? The other question, and I know some of you have kick ass carts, but try to think entry level cheap, are the 3 wheels good, bad, or indifferent? I realize the obvious turn too fast and they flip. But any other concerns? I have wanted one and don't have a serious need so I am trying to justify cost. $350 is a lot easier to justify than $1,500 or more!
Golf cart batteries are deep cycle batteries. This company is one of the best golf cart battery manufactures.

http://www.trojanbattery.com/products/GolfCart.aspx
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Keep looking!
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:59 PM
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I would keep looking.... and saving. The batteries will run 400$ at least, not to mention anything else that may be wrong. There are deals to be had, just have to keep at it.
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I wouldn`t feel safe in a 3 wheeled version. I think I would stick with 4 wheels when it comes to golf carts. JMHO
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It is tough to get parts for 3-wheelers. I do a lot of tinkering with golf carts and I *might* take a 3 wheeler that needs batteries if someone where to give it to me for free. You'd be wise to look for a different cart to be your first.
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Okay, so no 3 wheel versions. I almost would like to buy one that needs batteries, but then the question comes up of, "is that all it needs?" I know batteries are a big ticket item, because they all have to (or should be) changed at the same time. If I go look at one and drive it around for 5-10 minutes how do I know the batteries will last for 4 hours? I know there is no simple answer, other than I could look for dates, etc. But that seems to be the big "if" in figuring price deal or no deal.
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Proper golf cart battery maintenance is a pain in the ass. As a result the majority of battery banks (I'll admit, mine included) don't get the attention that they really need. I place very little value on the batteries when I'm buying a cart, regardless of the age of the batteries.

One of the mods of BGW created a nice sticky thread that is a compilation of battery related postings. You can find it here:

http://www.buggiesgonewild.com/elect...batteries.html

Also, ScottyB (one of the sponsors of BGW) has some great information on his website:

http://www.cartsunlimited.net/How_Batteries_Work.html

Good luck.
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I still don't understand how golf cart battery maintenance gets such a bad rap.
Keep your terminals clean, keep them charged and keep them full of distilled water.
As far as his do you know if the batteries are good, take a load tester and test them all out. A carbon file load tester is best, northern tool sells one for like $75. All the batteries should maintain even voltage.
I've been building, servicing, and selling carts since this summer. To be honest, without a $2,000 battery tester that tests all of the batteries at the same time, you can't really be sure if you're getting good ones or not.
Trojan and US batteries are the top of the line. We get 4 years out of a set in our fleet of 10 carts that get driven 8+ miles a day during the camping season. I would say if the batteries are old, you are going to need new ones pretty soon, 4 years is a pretty realistic expectation.
On one of the terminals of the batteries it will have a letter and number stamped on it, for instance, C4 means the 3rd month of 2014.
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I'll never own another battery golf cart again. Have 2 gassers now, an '04 Club Car DS and an '08 Club Car Precedent. Took the 9 HP Kawasaki engine out of the '04 and put in a 23 HP Briggs Vanguard and made a hunting cart out of it. Low maintenance, and very reliable vehicles. There was always something going on with my electric cart.
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This ones a bit more, $999. But from what I have seen looks like a pretty fair deal. It is a 1990 so it is older. Just from the ad would you bother with this one?

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/rvs/4873936485.html
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
This ones a bit more, $999. But from what I have seen looks like a pretty fair deal. It is a 1990 so it is older. Just from the ad would you bother with this one?

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/rvs/4873936485.html


Can't go wrong with a Club Car. If you like , I would go see and have $800 cash and tell them that is all you have and see what happens.
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Those carts will do a burnout.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
This ones a bit more, $999. But from what I have seen looks like a pretty fair deal. It is a 1990 so it is older. Just from the ad would you bother with this one?

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/rvs/4873936485.html
That cart will not have a solid state speed controller. Instead it has a bunch of resistors. Regardless of how far you depress the pedal the batteries will always see the same load. If you mash the pedal all the way to the floor all of the amps will go to the motor and hence you go "full speed". If you push the pedal only 1/2 way then 1/2 the amps go to the motor and 1/2 get wasted by simply heating up some of the coils. 1/4 pedal = 3/4 gets wasted, etc. As you might imagine batteries don't last as long on resister carts.

If you are okay with the speed/torque of a stock 36V cart then you might consider that cart. However, if you think you will ever want to put taller tires, or a lift kit, or a rear facing seat, or a faster motor, then don't bother with that cart.
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Thanks, I have a message in with them.
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:31 PM
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On trojan batteries the month and year is stamped in the terminal. For instance a brand new battery made in February of 2015 will have B5 stamped. The letter is the month and number is the year.
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You will spend almost a G in batteries.

Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
Someone local has a 3 wheel EZ-GO for $350. Says it moves, but needs batteries. Also says the 6 6volt can be swapped out, with some wiring changes, to 3 12volt batteries. Can I just get 12volt deep cycles or are these special batteries? The other question, and I know some of you have kick ass carts, but try to think entry level cheap, are the 3 wheels good, bad, or indifferent? I realize the obvious turn too fast and they flip. But any other concerns? I have wanted one and don't have a serious need so I am trying to justify cost. $350 is a lot easier to justify than $1,500 or more!
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You will spend almost a G in batteries.
I posted another one, and I think a grand is a bit of an over estimate, unless you're talking top of the line gel cells.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
the 6 6volt can be swapped out, with some wiring changes, to 3 12volt batteries.
One more thought for you to consider--usually when people do a battery configuration change they do it to have more batteries rather than fewer. It is very common for someone to buy a 48V cart that has four 12V batteries and then convert it to be six 8V's, or even eight 6V's. The reason is to get longer runtime per charge. With fewer batteries in the bank your SOC (state of charge) will drop faster and there is more potential for you to do harm to the batteries because you let the SOC get too low.
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