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#7073888 - 02/10/18 09:05 PM Hunting golf carts
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Just picked up a golf cart to use at the ranch. Curious what others have done to customize their carts? How do you carry your bow?

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#7074870 - 02/11/18 05:49 PM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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Post a picture so folks will know what you have to work with.

Lift
Tires and wheels
New batteries if necessary
New controller

For a start

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#7075198 - 02/12/18 04:52 AM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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I'm going to assume this is an electric cart.

Lift kit
heavier battery cables
tires
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#7075336 - 02/12/18 08:21 AM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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I may be embarking on this journey before long as well.

What is the + of the heavier battery cables?
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#7075448 - 02/12/18 09:46 AM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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In order of priority for heavy off-road work:
-2 gauge cables
-Larger controller
-HD solenoid
-Long travel (atv style) front suspension
-Wheels and Tires
-Disc brakes (to stop those larger tires)




Edited by TxAg (02/12/18 09:52 AM)
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#7075476 - 02/12/18 10:05 AM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
I may be embarking on this journey before long as well.

What is the + of the heavier battery cables?


Like water through a pipe, the heavier cable allows more electrical "flow" and less resistance.

My brother's:


Mine:

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#7075575 - 02/12/18 11:15 AM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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This is what I am starting with. It's a 2007 model that sat in a barn with dead batteries for a couple years. I removed the old batteries and it looks like they froze and leaked and ate up the battery tray. It has a little bigger off-road tires and a bed already. Planning on painting it satin black and installing a green light bar first.

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#7076726 - 02/13/18 09:45 AM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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I ordered some of those #2 cables. Picking up some Trojan batteries today.

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#7076826 - 02/13/18 10:55 AM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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Originally Posted By: ChrisB
I ordered some of those #2 cables. Picking up some Trojan batteries today.


Sounds good. This will have you in a good place if you decide to go with a larger controller down the road for more torque.

Is yours a Series or PDS cart? Does it have a lever or a switch for forward/reverse?
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#7077160 - 02/13/18 02:37 PM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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It has a switch on the dash.

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#7077284 - 02/13/18 04:16 PM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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Get a front basket, you will use it all the time.
Get a half front windshield...works great to help keep the wind out of your face, but also works great as a place to rest your gun to shoot.
A gun rack...I bought a bar that comes off the A-frame and mounted some gun grips, and put another set on the back that holds my shooting sticks.
I don't have any light bars yet, but that's my next addition.

Picture of my Bad Boy Ambush...it's a gas/electric combo, and is great for stalking pigs at night in silence:


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#7101824 - 03/05/18 01:35 PM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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Here is the latest pic before I recovered the seat. I took it out to the ranch this weekend. A couple times after long slow rides it got hot and shut off. After a few minutes it would run normal again. I didn't replace the main leads going from the batteries to the controller. This wire was hot when it shut off. The new jumper wires were not at all. Going to open up this controller and take a look tonight.


Edited by ChrisB (03/05/18 01:37 PM)

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#7120528 - 03/23/18 08:40 AM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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Upgrade controller, solenoid, FNR switch and battery cables, especially if you've added bigger tires and lift kit. If those cables keep getting hot, its going to melt the stud right out of the battery, leaving you stranded. I've either built, or helped build a bunch of golf carts and this turns out to be the most reliable approach. They always find the weakest link.
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#7120750 - 03/23/18 12:55 PM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: ChrisB]
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Get on "Buggiesgonewild.com" all you'll ever need to know about golf carts.......

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#7122852 - 03/25/18 08:26 PM Re: Hunting golf carts [Re: snake oil]
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Originally Posted By: snake oil
Get on "Buggiesgonewild.com" all you'll ever need to know about golf carts.......

I did. The 2 gauge cables helped but it is still overheating the controller on long slow rides. Looks like i'll be upgrading the controller next. Have enjoyed it so far though. Never would have thought it would do so great in mud.

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