What if I want to build my own?
Do you have a custom cart in mind that you are going to build? We want to make your endeavor a success! Looking for ideas? Looking for accessories, like a lift kit and oversize tires? Or, a rear mounted seat to make your cart into a 2 plus 2? We are in the business of building premier custom golf carts, so we can help!
You can find ideas for your cart in our Photo Gallery Ideas or our Will-Build Past Models category. In there you will see many different paint schemes, accessories, lifted carts, oversize tires, aluminum wheels, different canopies, seats, boxes, seat/box combos, lights, steering wheels, windshields, and more! Questions? Give us a call at 1-440-834-5800!
Can I special order a golf cart?
If you don’t see the golf cart of your dreams in our Current Inventory, we can build it for you! We get enthusiastic about customizing a special-order golf cart according to your individual tastes, desires, or intended use.
We’ve built carts with a sports theme, for business use with business logos, for at the drag races, for at the marina with the same color as your yacht, with paint matching your favorite car or truck. You name it, we can do it for you!
Which should I choose, gas or electric?
Many people ask the question, what should I buy, a gasoline powered or electric powered golf car? The initial response is that there is not a black and white, easy answer. It really depends on your own likes, dislikes, needs, or desires. The information below is intended to help you make a better informed decision.
ELECTRIC POWERED GOLF CARS – Electric cars are powered by deep cycle batteries specially designed for use in golf cars. These cars are clean, quiet, and less expensive to purchase and operate than a gasoline golf car. It is true that batteries cost hundreds of dollars to replace, but amortized over the years of potential use, and compared with the cost of maintenance on a gas engine, these cars usually end up being less expensive over the long haul. Unbeknown to most people, electric golf cars are very powerful. Some models are capable of carrying close to a half ton of payload. And, they can pull or push even more! Or, if you plan on using your golf car at your weekend get-away place, this could be the perfect choice as long as 120 volt power is available. Some campgrounds and communities are even requiring that if you use a golf car, it must be electric, having restricted gasoline powered golf car use for various reasons.
The concern that some people have for electric cars is that they have to charge them every now and then. How often? Think of it this way, an electric golf car can travel roughly 20 miles on a charged set of good batteries. You will probably be starting and stopping here and there and not running continuously. This will typically offer you a full day of usage. Charging overnight will give you the same 20 miles the next day. However, if you plan on using a golf car where there is no readily available electrical outlet, a battery powered car may not be your cup of tea. But if you have ready access to a 120 volt power source, an electric powered golf car could very well be the way to go for you.
GAS POWERED GOLF CARS – Gasoline powered cars are more powerful than their electric cousins. If for instance, you want to pull or push your drag racing car from the finish line to your area in the pits, or back to the starting line, a gasoline golf car is probably the wise choice. If you use your golf car in the boonies where there are no 120 volt power outlets, or if you frequent a campground or resort where the management frowns on the use of their power for charging electric golf cars, the gasoline powered golf car is the obvious choice.
There are various reasons that people do not choose a gas car. They are a bit noisier than electrics, although they are usually not obnoxious if they have the properly functioning mufflers on them. Consider that golf cars were designed for the golf course where people on the putting green like it very quiet with few distractions or annoyances. Also, some people are opposed to gasoline powered golf cars for environmental reasons. Keep in mind that over the years, gas cars tend to require a bit more maintenance than electric cars.
Summary… It is best to consider before purchasing, how you want to use your golf car. Will you travel more than 20 miles in one day, or before you have the opportunity to charge your car? And, remember to consider the surroundings in which you will find yourself, whether you may be secluded from 120 volt power!
Either way, whether you decide on gasoline or electric, riding a golf car for personal use is a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience!
How can I figure out what voltage my golf car is?
When installing lights, stereos, or other accessories on your golf cart, it is necessary to know the voltage of your system. If you know the voltage, then your accessories can be correctly wired.
GAS GOLF CARS – All gas golf cars have 12 volt batteries, so by simply connecting to the positive and negative terminals, you have the correct amount of voltage for any 12 volt accessory.
ELECTRIC GOLF CARS – Electric golf carts will be either 36 volt or 48 volt systems. Typically, golf carts have a quantity of 6 batteries. If they are 6 volt batteries you have a 36 volt system, and if you have 8 volt batteries you have a 48 volt system. But, how can you tell if a battery is 6 volt or 8 volt?
Counting the number of cells in your batteries is the key. Each cell is 2 volts and has a filling hole for water. The number of filling holes is equal to the number of cells. Accordingly, if you have 3 cells (or filling holes) times 2 volts per cell, you have a 6 volt battery. If you have 4 cells (or filling holes) times 2 volts per cell, you have an 8 volt battery.
Once you know the voltage of your individual batteries, simply count the number of batteries and you have the system voltage!
How do I install 12-volt accessories in my electric golf car?
There are various options for wiring 12 volt electrical accessories on your electric golf cart. Your options also vary upon having a 36 volt system or a 48 volt system.
36 VOLT SYSTEMS – With a 36 volt system, 2 batteries can be utilized to create the 12 volts needed to power your accessories. With a voltage tester, locate a positive and negative terminal on two adjacent batteries that will provide 12 volts. Although this option of wiring your accessories will work, be aware that the two batteries providing the power to your accessory will have a tendency to wear out quicker. When the batteries eventually begin to fail, these two batteries will most likely be the ones failing sooner.
48 VOLT SYSTEMS – One 8 volt battery is not sufficient to power a 12 volt accessory. And, using two 8 volt batteries (16 volts) will provide too much power to your accessory. This option will sometimes work temporarily but your accessory will typically burn out from excessive voltage. This situation makes it necessary to install a voltage reducer.
VOLTAGE REDUCERS – As mentioned above, there can be problems associated with installing accessories utilizing only two batteries from your six battery pack. The answer to the problem is to draw from all six of your batteries. Of course, this gives you 36 or 48 volts, which is too much for any accessories. However, a voltage reducer effectively reduces the voltage from your whole battery pack down to 12 volts.
How do I determine what year my golf car is?
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Yamaha has changed the location of their serial numbers more than any other golf car manufacturer. They also have more models of golf carts than other manufacturers. The most popular models are as follows:
The use of golf carts on public streets has become more prevalent over the years, whether to run to the store or head over to your neighbor's house. Here in Lake County, Ohio, the following are considered "street legal communities"...
RequirementsTo be street legal, a golf cart must have the following functioning equipment:
Speed LimitMost county ordinance state that a golf cart being used on or across public streets shall not be capable of being operated in excess of 25 miles per hour. Check your counties rules
Insurance Coverage for Golf CartsGolf carts, like cars and trucks, should carry insurance coverage. Insurance coverage should be standard liability and should include under insured and uninsured motorists coverage to cover the driver completely.
Now, it is legal to drive golf carts in Ohio on any public street with a 35 mph speed limit posted. You can drive a golf cart at night if it has lights.
Golf carts, LSVs and traditional vehicles can be driven on public Ohio roads when the vehicle is registered, has a valid license plate and meets all the standards of a road worthy vehicle of its type having passed inspection. Just like cars, the driver must be of legal driving age and have a valid driver’s license with the appropriate amount of liability insurance coverage on the vehicle.
Please check with your local police department before operating your cart on public streets.
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