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Old 11-04-2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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Never owned an electric vehicle but I'm in the market for a cheap ranch ride. I don't need much range but I'd like some good torque to go up and down a few hills with two fat people in it.

1) Will a 36v do it or do I need a 48v
2) With very intermittent use how long do batteries last?
3) I'm assuming they need to be on a constant trickle charge?
4) Would I be better off with a gas cart and a Harbor freight Predator engine.

I'd love to have a SXS but my budget is only $2K so it looks like a either a cart or an 80's pick up are all I can afford.
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:20 AM   #2
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48v is better for sure.
Batteries last 5-6 years.
Yes, best practices says to plug into charger all the time, it will self regulate to keep batteries topped off. Worst thing you can do for batteries is let them go below 50% charge.
Gas is louder, more things to break.
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:22 AM   #3
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48 for sure
Even then the uphill will struggle

Trust me I built one that would pop wheelies
Go with a gasser
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:22 AM   #4
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You can get a lot of power, torque and relative speed out of an updated motor and controller(36 or 48v), h regardless you will need batteries about every three years. $$$$$$$$

Electric can be made to significantly outperform their gas counter parts with a few modes, but money wise you are better off finding a mule 610

Shocks are terrible also.

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Old 11-04-2019, 11:29 AM   #5
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I would rather have an old truck jmo


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Old 11-04-2019, 11:41 AM   #6
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An old Ezgo 36 volt series cart will climb a wall. Just don't plan to go fast. 48 volts will get you a little more run time but no more torque.

I'd rather have electric over gas all day every day. Faster, quieter, more torque, no smells, and low maintenance. Check the water level and make sure the cables are tight once a month and drive it like you stole it.
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also buy a mouth guard because they will rattle your teeth loose.
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An old Ezgo 36 volt series cart will climb a wall. Just don't plan to go fast. 48 volts will get you a little more run time but no more torque.

I'd rather have electric over gas all day every day. Faster, quieter, more torque, no smells, and low maintenance. Check the water level and make sure the cables are tight once a month and drive it like you stole it.
Experience talking !

I can’t add much, but for optimum battery life, for the first few charges you NEED to let the batteries get really low before charging. Do this 4/5 times. After that you can charge it each time you use it if you want to. I don’t, but I’m on 80 acres here and charge each time the gauge gets to 40/50%. Always monitor your water levels. The water goes to just over the tops of the plates, not up into the “ring” in the hole. This info is straight from those who know, and after owning three carts, I’ve proven it to myself. I’m on the fifth year with the batts in my EZ GO Beast and they are still strong.
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:14 PM   #9
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I have a 36v ezgo for the house, and I put small 4wheeler tires on the back for the mud. I love the thing, have shot lots of animals off of it. Quiet is what its about for me. I have stuck it a hand full of times, the batteries make these things super heavy.
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:16 PM   #10
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have been driving a 1990 EZ Go for many years. Just this year up graded to a EZ GO 72 volt Express 4x4 and love it.

Pros for golf cart are quiet, not as smelly as gas, you can park close to your set up, reliable, will haul a lot of weight and get you places easier that a regular vehicle would.

Cons are rough ridding son of a gun, batteries are expensive and how far can you go on a charge, not good in mud.

I always kept my cart on a built in trickle charger and was diligent in keeping batteries topped of with distilled water. Batteries last forever that way. If you don't manage your batteries well, you will after you drop a Grr on a new set.
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An old Ezgo 36 volt series cart will climb a wall. Just don't plan to go fast. 48 volts will get you a little more run time but no more torque.

I'd rather have electric over gas all day every day. Faster, quieter, more torque, no smells, and low maintenance. Check the water level and make sure the cables are tight once a month and drive it like you stole it.
Art listen to this guy! He knows everything you need to know regarding carts. I have one he rigged up and itís a beast!
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:05 PM   #12
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Headed to try and buy a 36v Ez go with four 2018 batteries and two brand new. He's asking $1,600 planning to offer $1,200 and see where it goes from there.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 11-04-2019, 05:11 PM   #13
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Made the deal. Seems like itís a good one.
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:08 PM   #14
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I built a 92 Yamaha G8E. Converted to 48v, new controller, HD FnR switch, #1 cables, HIGH torque motor and did some cosmetics. I bought the cart running for $650. Sold the tires and charger for $200. At the end of the day I was in it for about $3200 but it does NOT slow down up hill, will go 23 mph on flat smooth ground and is super quiet. It isn’t 4x4 so that’s a drawback but I don’t absolutely need it on my lease. I’m very pleased.
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An old Ezgo 36 volt series cart will climb a wall. Just don't plan to go fast. 48 volts will get you a little more run time but no more torque.

I'd rather have electric over gas all day every day. Faster, quieter, more torque, no smells, and low maintenance. Check the water level and make sure the cables are tight once a month and drive it like you stole it.
With my 1996 36v EZGO, I have to disagree. Replaced the 8” wheels with 12” and 22” tires. Torque is AWFUL. Can’t climb an ant hill. Brand new Trojan batteries. Standard controller and motor. Very disappointed. My 48v had 5x the torque. Gonna get higher amp controller and forward/reverse switch soon. Hope it helps!!
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:46 PM   #16
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With my 1996 36v EZGO, I have to disagree. Replaced the 8Ē wheels with 12Ē and 22Ē tires. Torque is AWFUL. Canít climb an ant hill. Brand new Trojan batteries. Standard controller and motor. Very disappointed. My 48v had 5x the torque. Gonna get higher amp controller and forward/reverse switch soon. Hope it helps!!
Something is wrong with your cart.
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:49 PM   #17
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You got a good deal. That Powerwise charger is worth $200 by itself. What year is it?
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:51 PM   #18
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Something is wrong with your cart.
What could it be? I have to get a “run-for-it” to get it up the ramps into my F150, no kidding! Torque is terrible!

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Old 11-04-2019, 06:52 PM   #19
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What could it be? I have to get a ďrun-for-itĒ to get it up the ramps into my F150, no kidding!


Not sure but a 1996 series ezgo should not have trouble climbing.
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I’ve Googled it and have found no answers.
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:45 PM   #21
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Iíve Googled it and have found no answers.
Maybe your motor is worn out? Make sure it rolls free if you push it by hand, I've seen brakes drag and cause problems.
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What could it be? I have to get a ďrun-for-itĒ to get it up the ramps into my F150, no kidding! Torque is terrible!
I have two pretty steep hills on my place, one is only thirty feet or so to the top but it comes out of the spillway of my pond and itís steep. The other is not so steep, but itís 100í or so long. My EZ Go 48v has no trouble with either one, even if itís not fully charged.
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Maybe your motor is worn out? Make sure it rolls free if you push it by hand, I've seen brakes drag and cause problems.
Rolls very easily.
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Iíve Googled it and have found no answers.


How old are your batteries and did you say stock motor and controller on 22Ē tires?


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You got a good deal. That Powerwise charger is worth $200 by itself. What year is it?
It's a '97 model.

I ended up trading a $300 value Drone and $1200 for it.
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I will want to put tires better suited to the rocky and "cactus-y" terrain.
I don't want to kill performance by doing so.
Would you recommend sticking with the stock 8" wheels and knobby tires or do I need to do a little lift and taller tire/wheel combo?
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How old are your batteries and did you say stock motor and controller on 22” tires?


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Brand spanking new Trojans. Yes, stock motor and controller. They are either 20” or 22” tires on 12” rims.
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I will want to put tires better suited to the rocky and "cactus-y" terrain.
I don't want to kill performance by doing so.
Would you recommend sticking with the stock 8" wheels and knobby tires or do I need to do a little lift and taller tire/wheel combo?
Up to you. I went with 6 ply tires for better thorn protection, and knobby tread for mud. Lift is needed for sure on the front.
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Up to you. I went with 6 ply tires for better thorn protection, and knobby tread for mud. Lift is needed for sure on the front.
But doesnít all that extra unsprung weight kill performance?
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I love my gasser. Is it louder than a electric yes but surprising quiet. I heard now that the 2019 are even more quiet than mine is.

I charge mine once a month and we are good to go
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