CS (SepOct15) - M&M Vehicles

sepoct15-cvrSeptember/October cover photo is from M&M Vehicles, Mexico MO. Aluminum black powder coated 3-N-1 seat kit with black seats, 8″ lift kit, 10″ Eclipse polished wheels and more.

ATG (SepOct15) - MCORs

QUESTION: M.D. Writes: Can you please supply some information about Club Car MCOR’s.

ACCORDING TO ROGER: Well get ready to be entertained! I am not quite sure anyone knows exactly everything about the MCOR maze. It is sort of like “what computer do I use on a Club Car”? I bet even Club Car gets confused! Testing MCOR’s is the same across the board. They all have the same three wire high side, low side and wiper, as that has not changed. However, values are not the same across the board. Resistance values can be 7K to 1K, 6K to 1K, 5K to 0 and so on. So if resistance values are different so will voltage values. Throttle mapping, tuning, deadband can become a nightmare. So you really have to pay attention to exactly what system is in the car. Meaning IQ, Excel or i2. The controller being used has to match the input values. Then throw in that odd ball year from 2008.5 to 2009.5 that had a TPS throttle (Throttle Position Sensor). Understand, just because the car has a Shunt Wound Motor System, they are not all the same! Then it gets even better. Some model cars based on year, and system can have a parasitic draw/input on the negative inputs to the MCOR and Speed Sensor. Meaning another device is using the same negative. What happens is a feed back into the controller logics. When that happens the controller shuts down. Sometimes we have to move the MCOR negative and Speed Sensor negative to a hard negative. That just means we are not supplying negative from the controller. It appears there are three versions of the O.E.M. controllers that use an MCOR. IQ is a Black box. Excel is a Gray box. i2 is a White box. So you can kind of use the box color as a guide for replacement without modifying the wiring for figuring out what MCOR to use. Typically, a White controller will be a more conventional 5K to 0 wipe. The rest of them, Black and Gray are all over the board. We are already at generation 4 on MCOR’s and again that one seems to be the newest direction.

When I say 5K to 0 I mean when the MCOR micro switch “clicks” you should see 5K. So there is a relationship between when the micro switch “clicks” and the Potentiometer begins it sweep. There you have it a nightmare for controller manufacturers.

I know when speaking to customers I ask a lot of questions in order to get identity. Once I know the identity of the system, trouble shooting or parts replacement can be done much easier. So, basically, you will do the same thing. Do not just order a part based on it being a 2004 or 2013 year. Check what system the car has and then order. We are talking about MCOR or controller parts not front ends and rear axles. Those type of parts are based on make, model, MFG code or serial number.

MCOR’s do not all have the same connector. Some have a 3 pin triangular Deutsch Connector and one 2 pin Deutsch Connector. Some have a flat 6 pin connector (TPS models) and some have in-line 3 pin and 2 pin connectors. To help with choices we are looking at building adapters for the different configurations. We are looking at building MCOR’s that have one standard value.

Stay with me on this because we are not done yet!

How about the pedal group the MCOR mounts to. Is it a generation one or generation two? So guess what the MCOR’s will not interchange! Once again, you have to look and see what is on the car. Maybe, that pedal group was changed and that will mess up your order for sure. My advice, once again, is look first and do not order something based on make, model, MFG or serial number (this is only a guide). The MCOR/Controller/Motor is a tad bit tricky as you can see. Should you need assistance, I do have hundreds of documents on that subject. Just email me and I can send you trouble shooting or identity information.

Tech Tip: (write this down) LOOK FIRST!

TS (SepOct15) - Ex-Ray

By: Matt Vallez

The other day I received a call from Systems Designer Tony Thorn, a friend and professional acquaintance who works at Alltrax. He was all excited about a new speedometer he had just developed and brought to market. Tony (who invented the thing) ought to be excited, but his excitement was unusually contagious because he really believes in what he has created. After talking about the new device, with Tony for about a half hour I wanted to put my hands on one and try it out myself. So a week later I received a small box delivered to my attention, there it was about the size of a smallish desk top calculator a speedometer for any electric vehicle with a nice big display that anyone’s grandmother could read without glasses.

But where the rubber hits the road is when you install the thing and see how it works. The next weekend I made off with the Nivel company golf car, destination the Vallez experimental garage, from which many bikes and skateboards have never returned and one old Land Rover remains on life support. Once there I got the thing out and read through the instructions. I decide it will be easy and jumped in with both feet; I’ll have this thing installed in no time flat. I was correct with the exception of some difficultly I had removing the decorative steering column cover, it had to go or be anchored so as not to rotate when the speedometer is mounted on it. It seemed easier to just remove it.

Other than that, the install was easy with excellent instructions, when I bothered to read them. There are also a lot of pictures that help with the most technical parts. Don’t be freaked out by all the parts you get either, they are for all applications so you only use some of what you see. I only used two clamps and two of the small brackets. Once all the cables are in place and the unit is powered up so the backlight comes on your in business. Now by measuring the height of the tire and multiplying by pi and then a conversion factor from inches to millimeters you have your calibration number. Calibrating the thing for your specific tire and wheel set up only requires a short run through the prompts and some other questions and the speedometer is all ready for action.

I get out on the road and bring the golf car up to speed and lo and behold, there was 18 displayed on the speedometer, I was impressed. It has many other features including an odometer, clock and a heat sensor for your electric or gas motor. There are more but I am almost out of time. This is a great new device and will become more and more popular as people continue to use golf cars for everything they previously used a car for. This LSV movement is really picking up momentum with the Stimulus money getting spread all around in the form of tax credits.

Allowing LSV’s “low speed vehicles” on public roads has not been without controversy since they do not meet all of the DHST or DOT safety requirements. Getting your LSV registered for on road will require certain safety features added or updated including seat belts, headlights, taillights, and AS-5 compliant windshields. Some states also require rear view mirrors, reflectors, and speedometers with non-resettable odometers. Many states treat a moving violation on a golf car the same as if you were in a regular car. This includes speeding, drunk driving and reckless driving just to mention a few. This new device won’t keep you sober, but it will tell you how fast you are traveling which hopefully will be enough to keep you out of the long arm of the law.

Nivel now has in stock the new EX-RAY Speedometer, so don’t take my word for it try one of these out for yourself. This is a nice new device that one day soon will become a standard on all golf cars.

This article originally ran November/December 2009.

Industry News - SeptemberOctober 2015


A Distinctive New Vehicle Customized for Neighborhood Transportation

Move over, golf cars. There’s a new car on the block: the personal transportation vehicle (PTV), a small four-wheeled vehicle similar to a golf car that’s made for neighborhood transportation.

And Club Car has a distinctive new model rolling off the line: the limited edition Jaunt PTV.

“The Jaunt PTV is tailor-made for seniors, families and individuals in communities where personal transportation is part of the lifestyle,” says Mary A. Sicard, consumer marketing manager. It comes in two- and four-passenger electric models, and can be used both on and off course.

Almost-instant Customization

“Personalizing a vehicle takes days, and using aftermarket parts can affect your warranty,” Sicard says. The limited edition Jaunt PTV avoids those problems. It comes factory-customized with the following features and carries a two-year limited warranty:

An automotive-style body and cowl with dual halogen headlights and molded-in color that doesn’t show scratches. (Black, midnight sky metallic, red or silver metallic)

A color-coordinated canopy

Luxurious marine-grade seats with complementary piping and stitching
A rear flip seat (Four-passenger models only)

“The Jaunt PTV is built on our exclusive rustproof AlumiCore™ frame and engineered to deliver years of inexpensive, reliable transportation,” Sicard says.

Not-So-Standard Equipment
The vehicles are accessorized for neighborhood transportation with:

19-mph Private Use Speed Option
Headlights, tail lights, brake lights and horn
Comfort-grip steering wheels
Wink mirrors
Split windshields
USB ports
PTV kits (decals and reflectors)
Exclusive Club Car grills
Automotive-style alloy wheels

Best-in-class Chargers with Single Point Watering Systems

The quiet, emissions-free Jaunt PTV delivers one of the longest ranges in its class and helps avoid dead batteries and ruined outings. It’s new charging system issues alerts that prevent common user errors. It also charges during power fluctuations and monitors the battery pack after charging to deliver power as needed. A standard single-point watering system simplifies battery maintenance and extends battery life.

Visit www.clubcar.com for more information.


The Yamaha Golf-Car Company will sponsor the 2015 Pro-Am at The McGladrey Classic, an Official PGA TOUR Event, on Wednesday, November 18th. For the first time, the Pro-Am Event will be played on both the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia’s Golden Isles. The courses are the same that the professional golfers will play competitive rounds on during this year’s McGladrey Classic.

The Yamaha Golf-Car Company has been investing in grassroots programs designed to support and grow the game of golf through PGA of America Sectional events, the Web.com Tour, as well as a partnership with the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Over 1,400 golf courses have switched to Yamaha Golf Car products over the last five years, signaling a major shift in the industry. Armed with a rich pedigree of quality and engineering, Yamaha’s fleet, utility, and personal transportation cars are enjoying a fast growing following throughout the world both on and off the golf course.

“Like most people, I’ve always been familiar with Yamaha’s high-performance products within the motorcycle, ATV, boat, and marine industries,” said tournament host Davis Love III, 20-time PGA Tour winner and captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. Now, having recently spent a lot of time with their golf division, it’s easy to see that their golf car and utility car products have carried on that same high quality, reliability and high-performance position in the golf industry. Yamaha is an ideal fit for The McGladrey Classic and I’m proud to have their support of our event.”

“We are proud to support the Davis Love Foundation and be a part of the sixth annual McGladrey Classic. This is a great opportunity for us to support children and family charities and build relationships with our customers,” said Tom McDonald, president of the Yamaha Golf-Car Company.

The Pro-Am includes a Tuesday night Pairings Party hosted by Love and his wife, Robin. The event has become an integral part of The McGladrey Classic and one of the premier Pro-Am events on the PGA TOUR.

There are a limited number of Pro-Am spots available. For more information on the 2015 Yamaha Pro-Am at The McGladrey Classic please visit mcgladreyclassic.com.

Visit www.yamahagolfcar.com for more information.


The makers of two golf carts are recalling their products according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

E-Z-GO Recall
E-Z-GO is recalling some 8,200 gas-powered golf, shuttle and utility vehicles because the gas tank can leak, posing a fire hazard.

The recall involves E-Z-GO gas-powered TXT Fleet golf cars, E-Z-GO Freedom TXT, TXT2+2 and Valor golf cars, E-Z-GO Express, E-Z-GO Terrain and Cushman Shuttle vehicles with bench seats for the driver and passengers. The E-Z-GO Terrain and the Cushman Shuttle have a cargo bed on the back.

The recalled vehicles were sold at E-Z-GO and Cushman dealers nationwide from January 2015 through May 2015 for between $5,300 and $12,100. They have date codes ranging from G2015 through L0515. Date codes are printed on a plate or label inside the cab below the driver’s seat. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact E-Z-GO or an authorized dealer for a free repair. E-Z-GO and E-Z-GO dealers are contacting known owners.

Consumers can call E-Z-GO toll-free at (844) 725-7212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.EZgo.com or www.Cushman.com for more information.

Yamaha Recall
Yamaha is recalling about 2,000 golf cars and personal transportation vehicles because the front wheel hubs on the golf cars and PTVs can crack causing the front wheels to detach, posing a crash hazard that could result in injury or death to the user or bystander.

This recall involves five 2015 and one 2016 model-year golf cars and PTVs. Recalled models include 2015 “DRIVE PTV”, DRIVE EFI”, “Adventurer One”, “DRIVE”, “DRIVE Electric” and 2016 “DRIVE A.C.” The Yamaha logo is printed on the front of the vehicle. The vehicles were sold in various colors including blue, green, red, white, tan and silver. The serial number can be found on a label under the driver’s seat on the left or right side.

Yamaha Golf Car dealers nationwide sold the affected models from April 2015 through June 2015 for between $5,900 and $7,500.

Model Names Model Numbers Serial Numbers

DRIVE PTV YDRAX5 PTV JC0-606306-606698
DRIVE EFI YDRAX5F JC2-209964-210300

Adventurer One YTF1AX5F JW6-700581-700600
DRIVE YDRAX5 JW8-513800-514310
DRIVE Electric YDREX6 AC JW9-515401-516300

2016 Model
DRIVE A.C. YDREX6 AC JC3-001701-001900

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled Golf Cars and PTVs and contact their local Yamaha Golf Car dealer to schedule a free repair. Yamaha is also contacting all registered owners directly.

Consumers can contact Yamaha at (800) 962-7926 anytime or online at YamahaMotorSports.com for more information.


Fullriver Battery USA, manufacturer of high-quality, maintenance-free, deep-cycle AGM batteries, announces a rebranding of the company’s identity. The rebranding campaign, centers around a fresh new logo, and is focused on brand continuity throughout their product series.

“After 10 years, it was time for our logo to be updated. We feel the new look of Fullriver Battery will provide consistent brand recognition as well as promote and energize awareness of our product offerings across the deep-cycle AGM battery industry.” Patrick Leibrich, Owner, Fullriver Battery USA. Consumers and distributors can expect to start seeing the redesigned logo, an improved website experience and updated literature immediately; while the rebranded packaging and batteries will make their way onto store shelves over the next few months.

For complete information please visit www.fullriverbattery.com.

TS (JulAug15) - Lift Kits

By: Matt Vallez
This article originally ran January/February 2014.

Today we will talk about lift kits, not just any lift kits but the new breed of lift kits known as the “Double A-Arm”. But first let’s go back in time to how this style of lift kit came to be. The first lift kits were simple axle lifts on E-Z-GO’s and “Z” bar lift kits used on Club Car (the one’s requiring the frames be cut in half). There were also many simple block lifts with U-bolts & blocks on both Yamaha and E-Z-GO golf cars sitting on many dealer lots around the country. Eventually we all became more sophisticated and Jake’s brought out the spindle lift kits for E-Z-GO, Club Car and Yamaha. This made installation a lot easier and you ended up with better results. A lifted car you could feel good about selling and with a solid modified suspension you felt good about selling to your grandmother.

Finally, the ultimate in lift kits came out just before the side-by-side UTV market took off. It is the long travel lift kit. These kits were a complete re-engineering of the front suspension, to be a true independent front suspension. These were most popular before the Razor and Rhino were available, these kits allowed golf cars to be used as dune buggies and for other off road purposes no one had tried before. The Double A-Arm kits are the little cousin to the long travel lift kits for golf cars. They have many similarities to the long travel kits without the cost.

The Double A-Arm design provides a rugged off-road, long travel look without the cost of a true long travel suspension. The double front leaf springs provide a more heavy duty suspension than the stock single leaf spring. This spring also provides a more stable ride. In addition the Double A-Arm design is not as wide as the spindle kit which allows for a tighter turning radius allowing you to maneuver the car better in tight areas. If you are starting with a car with well-worn suspension components the Double A-Arm lift kit is a better choice than a spindle lift because these kits come with new leaf springs, new upper and lower A-Arms, new spindles and all the bushings, basically replacing all worn out front suspension components. These are just a few things worth noting when considering a Double A-Arm kit over other types of lift kits.

Another consideration for these Double A-Arm kits is the reason we put lift kits on golf cars in the first place. The number one reason to lift a golf car is to fit that premium set of tires and wheels on the thing. The design of the sub-frame extends the wheelbase allowing for larger wheels/tires than the spindle kit. Where the 3″ spindle kits allow a 20 x 10 x 10 wheel/tire the 4″ Double A-Arm kits allow up to 23 x 10.5 x 12 wheel/tire. Where the 6″ spindle kit allows up to 22 x 11 x 10 (DS) & 23 x 10.5 x 12 (Precedent) the 6″ Double A-Arm kits allow up to 25 x 10.5 x 12 wheels/tires. In addition the upper and lower A-Arms use heim ends which allows the camber to be adjusted. This is very important with the different style wheels having different offsets. The adjustability of the A-Arms will allow the customer to achieve the alignment they desire.

Now that we are aware of the differences between Double A-Arm kits and other styles of lift kits, there is one more important point to make. Not all Double A-Arm kits are created equal. The Jake’s Double A-Arm kits come with the same Jake’s quality you have come to expect from Jake’s, a Nivel company. The spindles in a Jake’s Double A-Arm kit come with extra support gussets making them the strongest Double A-Arm kits available. So once again Nivel and Jake’s have what you need in the lift kit department covered. We have the spindle lifts with the ease of installation and now the best Double A-Arms on the market when you are looking for something with improved suspension and adjustability. We’ve got you covered.

ATG (JulAug15) - Bench Testing Solenoids

QUESTION: Can you tell me how to bench test solenoids?

GURU: You know, I guess that is something I should cover. It seems no matter how I write it; some people just do not get it. So maybe this is a better way to approach this. I think where people get confused is understanding how the solenoid is activated. So let’s simplify that a tad.

A solenoid, contactor, relay or whatever you want to call it is nothing more than an electrical on/off switch. When you flip your light switch on at your home that is a switch. A mechanical switch activated by physical force. When you turn a key switch on your automobile to the start position you are sending a voltage signal to the car’s solenoid. You are electrically activating a solenoid to start your car. Solenoids have all sorts of configurations, all sorts of voltages and sizes. But they all do the same thing they make and break an electrical circuit for a on or off mode.

In order to understand some basic things about bench testing let’s point out some of the major parts. Large terminal or lugs are used for heavy cable connections. Small terminals are used for solenoid activation. Footprint just means the size and shape of the mounting area or size. Inside the solenoid is a movable iron core. Inside is a wrapping of copper wires called a field. Hundreds of strands of wire make up a field. Usually, a solenoid based on application, will be a single pole - single throw or a single pole - double throw. This just means the number of contacts used between the large terminals or lugs. Most common are a normally open set. Some have a set of normally open and a set of normally closed contacts.

How the contacts make and break are based on the voltage being applied to the small terminals. That voltage passes through the fields creating a magnetic field. This magnetic field pulls the iron core downwards or upwards depending on manufacturer. This movement pulls the contacts together and causes voltage and current to flow. Once voltage is removed the field collapses and the contacts open. Very simple and efficient way of an electric on/off switch.

Bench testing begins with knowing what the coil voltage is. Most common voltages are 6, 12, 24, 36 and 48 volts. Some voltages are dictated by what the voltage of the car is. Let’s say we have a solenoid rated at 36 volts. We could just connect the solenoid to 36 volts and see if it “clicks”. While in a “clicked” position you should read continuity across the large terminals or lugs. If not the contacts are worn out. What if the solenoid did not “click”? Usually, that means the solenoid coil is open. Either way you have a loss of contact or coil activation, the solenoid is defective.

You can also test the solenoid coil with a VOM (Volt, Ohmmeter). On a low scale ohms say 200 connect across the two small terminals. You should see some sort of value in terms of resistance. 55-60 Ohms or 180-190 ohms. The resistance value is based on manufacturer, iron core size, and voltage rating of the car system. I cannot tell you an exact resistance value because of that reason. I can only say you will read a very low resistance value. It takes very low current to activate a solenoid. Usually, on the side of a solenoid it shows the manufacturers name and model of the solenoid. You can go on-line and find the exact values. But the bottom line is; if you do not read a resistance across the two small terminals the coil is open.

Large and small terminals usually are not polarity sensitive unless a diode is used between the two small terminals. For resistance values remove the diode. Sometimes you will see a resistor across the large terminals. Remove the resistor for testing.

If no problems are seen with the bench testing the problem is in the car.

CS (Jul/Aug15) - Nivel Parts


Nivel Parts, the world’s largest supplier of aftermarket parts and accessories for golf cars has added NEW colored wheels to their product line.

These wheels are available in 14″, 12″, and 10″ sizes with finishes of; gloss black with blue accent, gloss black with champagne accent, gloss black with red accent, gloss white with black accent, gloss white with blue accent and matte red with machined accent. Available in Storm Trooper, Tempest and Vampire styles.

Now there’s no better way to stylize your golf car than by pairing a set of our colored wheels with your favorite low profile or off-road tires. For more information visit www.nivelparts.com.

Industry News - July/August 2015


Columbia ParCar Custom Carts, Inc. announced today, an agreement to purchase certain assets of Tomberlin Automotive Group, Inc. Tomberlin is a recognized leader and manufacturer in the electric vehicle market with distribution throughout the United States and approximately 30 countries generating over 70 million in sales since 2007.

“The acquisition of Tomberlin enables Columbia ParCar to market additional vehicles and distribution worldwide, creating a larger and more agile sales and service network. This positions Columbia to be the leader in the Electric Powered Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) and Passenger Transport Vehicle (PTV) markets. This further leverages the considerable investment we have made manufacturing and distributing pure electric vehicles for the widest array of applications” said Todd Sauey, Chairman of Columbia ParCar.

“The combined product portfolios across multiple commercial and consumer based platforms will create the world’s leading privately held EV company and a very compelling message for our Dealers, Distributors and Consumers. The result will blend product innovation with superb branding into our heritage of customer care that dates back to 1946. A winning combination in any strategic initiative” said Scott Breckley, President of Columbia ParCar.

“We’re at the center of an exciting trend in a fast paced industry that this acquisition will capitalize on. Our teams are enthusiastic and while much work remains, the future is bright. Assets are being deployed to assure we have a professional and prudent roll out that meets the standards Columbia ParCar and the Nordic Group have delivered for decades. Our advisory group played a key role led by Marc Borrelli, Managing Director and Principal at Corporate Finance Associates. We’ll be in regular communication with our channel partners, suppliers and technology alliances regarding this outstanding opportunity. ” said Michael Tomberlin.

The agreement anticipates closing within the next 45 days subject to final approvals and certifications. Integration teams are working on exchanging information and developing robust market launches of new Dealer offerings and expanded parts & accessories programs. Until this transaction closes, the companies will maintain their separate business operations. No other details will be publicly available until closed.

For more information visit www.parcar.com.


Owners of 48-volt electric Club Car Precedent golf cars, Carryall utility vehicles and Villager LSVs can now capture, store and use solar power with the addition of Club Car’s new 100-watt Solar Drive Charging Panel Assembly.

“As the world’s largest manufacturer of small four-wheel electric vehicles, Club Car is offering this new accessory to help our consumer, golf and commercial customers decrease grid charging and increase range on these vehicles,” says Randall Crook, Club Car’s interim aftermarket marketing manager.

As a yearly average, the system generates 29 percent of the total energy required to drive eight miles per day in West Palm Beach, Fla. That reduces the energy needed to recharge the battery by 29 percent. Results may vary depending on area and usage. By continually transferring energy to the batteries, the panels limit how deep into the battery reserve a vehicle must go during a typical use.

Best-in-class Material, Performance and Technology: These high-quality panels are based on technology developed for the U.S. Marine Corps, which uses it to run communications equipment in the Middle East.

The panels are made in the United States of a lightweight, impact-resistant, photo-voltaic material with a Teflon-like coating that protects the cells. Measuring 40″ x 26″, the panels fit snuggly on the canopies or cabs of Precedent golf cars, Carryall utility vehicles and Villager LSVs. They weigh less than six pounds and are just .20 inches thick. Most solar panels are made in China, framed in tempered glass and weigh approximately 24 pounds, creating drag on the vehicle and limiting the benefits. What’s more, service and warranty issues can be a big problem with panels made abroad.

“The Club Car panels are designed with advanced power-harvesting technology that optimizes solar power during various weather conditions and rapidly converts it into electricity to recharge the batteries and power vehicles,” says Crook. “The system also features an intelligent microprocessor that allows a higher rate of charge and reduces charge time, without overheating.”

The panels come complete with a controller, connector to the vehicle’s power supply, all necessary hardware and installation instructions. They can be user- or dealer-installed in about 20 minutes.

In addition to the standard 100-watt panel for the above-mentioned vehicles, Club Car can configure solar panels for other types of vehicles through its Custom Solutions Department.

For more information visit www.clubcar.com.


Yamaha Golf-Car Company has named 25-year golf and manufacturing industry veteran Tim O’Connor as division manager of distributor sales and marketing, according to Yamaha President Tom McDonald.

In his new role, O’Connor will head up marketing efforts for the golf car division of Yamaha in North America. He will oversee three regional managers, while leading the effort to broaden Yamaha’s market share through 24 distribution partners in the United State and Canada.

O’Connor got his first taste of the golf industry in 1989 through positions in golf course maintenance and operations at the Oak Bridge Club at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. With a career in golf in his sites, he then enrolled in the PGA Golf Management Program at Mississippi State University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing in 1995.

After college, O’Connor worked as an assistant golf professional at several courses in the Carolinas. A gifted teacher, he then ascended to a golf instructor position at the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa in 1997. He subsequently moved to the Palmer Academy at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, while also earning the rank of Master Golf Teaching Professional.

In 2000, O’Connor transitioned from golf into manufacturing and sales in Silicon Valley for a technology manufacturing company. He subsequently returned home to Atlanta and started a sales development and marketing consulting company that supported several national manufacturing brands.

In 2009, he became chief operating officer for Dang Chicks, a successful apparel and home décor company he co-founded with his wife, Stephanie. Dang Chicks has grown to 3,000 independent retailers across North America and Australia.

O’Connor most recently was director of sales and marketing for Southern Ground, a family of entertainment and manufacturing companies owned by Grammy Award-winning country artist Zack Brown.

Said McDonald, “We’re thrilled to have Tim as part of the Yamaha family. His passion for the golf industry and diverse background in marketing and sales will open new avenues for broadening the Yamaha Golf Car brand.”

For more information about Yamaha Golf-Car Company, call 770-254-4154 or visit online at www.yamahagolfcar.com.


Utility vehicles used in hunting or work applications often cover wet, hilly and rough terrain. But this can cause problems with traction and steering for many two-wheel drive models. It can also damage lawns when the vehicles are used on grass.

That’s not the case with Club Car’s new XRT800 and XRT850 utility vehicles. They are available from the factory with an optional automatic limited slip differential. Further, they feature quiet overhead cam engines with electronic fuel injection, something rarely found in compact UTVs.

“Our innovative differential improves hill-climbing ability, traction and control, especially in the woods, rough terrain or wet weather,” says Consumer Marketing Manager Mary A. Sicard. “Add all-terrain tires and you’ve got a lifted vehicle with improved performance that can operate in areas that are inaccessible with open differentials.”

The automotive-style limited slip differential operates differently, and more effectively, than either locking or open differentials. Vehicles with locking differentials lock up completely and damage turf. They can also lock at the wrong times. What’s more, manual locking differentials require operators to pull a lever and lock the differential. “Yet you get stuck before you realize it,” Sicard says.

Open differentials, on the other hand, are simpler in design and function than limited slip differentials. But when these vehicles get stuck, the power is transferred to the tire with the least traction, so the tire just keeps spinning. “Our limited slip differential delivers true on-demand traction, without the driver having to manipulate locks or fight a steering wheel with a mind of its own,” says Sicard. When driving in a straight line, the system operates like a locking differential. Both tires are receiving power for maximum traction. But once you start turning, the internal clutches allow the tires to turn at different speeds, so the driver maintains control of steering.

“With this system, you can wind your way around trees, across gullies, through mud and over pine straw, logs and other debris,” Sicard says. The system was engineered and tuned to work both on turf and off-road. It locks and unlocks in a fraction of a second.

“Since the XRT 800 and XRT 850 are mid- or rear-engine vehicles, most of the weight is on the rear tires. That means the back tires get more ‘bite,’ so they climb hills with ease. Having weight in the back of the vehicle – like a big buck – only increases this,” Sicard says. Visit www.clubcar.com for complete information.


Trojan Battery Co. LLC has added Energy Products as a master distributor, expanding its distribution network in the U.S. Energy Products will work alongside Trojan’s current master distributor WorldWide Battery Co., LLC to manage customer sales and support activities in Michigan and Ohio.

Serving as a master distributor for Trojan Battery ensures that customers in the region will have access to Trojan’s broad portfolio of deep-cycle battery products, and will benefit from the support of Energy Products’ knowledgeable team of experts. Energy Products offers Trojan’s complete line of deep-cycle flooded, AGM and gel batteries, to support Trojan’s key market segments, which include aerial work platform, floor cleaning equipment, golf and utility vehicles, marine/RV, material handling, and renewable energy.

“Expanding Trojan’s distribution network with the addition of Energy Products, enables us to readily meet customer demands in the region for deep-cycle batteries to power a variety of applications,” said Dave Godber, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Energy Products also will provide the high level of service our customers have come to expect from Trojan Battery.”

For more information visit www.trojanbattery.com.

Industry News - May/June 2015


Yamaha’s Alternating Current Electric Golf Car Delivers Highest Horsepower and Longest Range in the Industry

Yamaha Golf-Car Company unveiled its latest technological advancement, the Drive AC (alternating current) golf car, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, January 20-23.

The Yamaha Drive AC is the most powerful, cost efficient and reliable golf car on the market, offering many benefits, including:

The AC Advantage: Alternating current is the most efficient way to transmit electricity, delivering more voltage, while drawing fewer amps. By saving on amp-hours during a golf round, the Drive AC batteries last longer and require less electricity to recharge. Extended battery life leads to the option to extend lease terms, which reduces the cost of fleet ownership.

More Horsepower/Torque: The Drive AC is driven by a 6.7 horsepower engine, providing 50% more power and torque than its closest competitor. Torque is the ability of a rotating shaft or gear to overcome resistance. So, increased torque enables the Drive AC to better climb hills and travel faster and farther.

Motor Simplicity: The AC motor has fewer moving parts than a DC motor, meaning there is less to break down. Without brushes and some other parts found on DC motors, the Drive AC is inherently more reliable.

“The Drive AC represents the pinnacle of innovation from our Yamaha engineers and manufacturing team” according to Yamaha President Tom McDonald. “Its cost- effectiveness and dependability could potentially save a fleet operator thousands of dollars in operating costs.”

As an industry first, Electronic Fuel Injection is a standard feature for Yamaha gas golf cars, and offers many benefits over traditional carbureted fuel delivery systems, including: The greenest gasoline-powered golf car available, and with the industry’s smallest carbon footprint. Smoother, more responsive acceleration. No choke required. Unprecedented gas mileage

Both the Drive AC and the Drive EFI offer larger contoured seats, a broader window of entry and egress, maintenance-free rack and pinion steering, 360° wrap around bumper system, a bigger sweater basket and the largest bag wells in the market.

For more information us on the web at www.yamahagolfcar.com.


Battery Watering Technologies attained ISO 9001:2008 certification on February 11, 2015.

The ISO 9001 standard is an internationally recognized standard that outlines requirements for an organization’s quality management system to enable consistent production of high quality products.

Battery Watering Technologies was audited by American Systems Registrar and passed without any “non-conformances”. For questions about the ISO program, or our quality standards, please contact Battery Watering Technologies at 336-714-0448.


The fastest and lightest golf cart ever made by Garia.

The creative collaboration between Mansory Design and Garia reaches new heights with this years exhibited model at the Geneva Auto Show 2015.

The Garia Mansory Prism is the fastest golf cart the duo has made to date with a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) and an acceleration of 0-40 km/h (25mph) in less than 2 seconds thanks to new Samsung Lithium Batteries and an upgraded Curtis Controller. The speed is further assisted by a significant weight loss compared to a regular Garia Monaco Roadster of more than 150 kg, making this also the lightest Garia ever made.

Still suitable for golf due to its adjustable speed and regeneration settings via the machined aluminum knobs on the dashboard, the driver can opt for one of the three driving programs: “Golf” “Street” or “Race” - the last one powerful enough to spin its wheels on dry tarmac and lending the car a go-cart attitude in terms of handling and performance. Turn the switch to “Golf” and the top speed, acceleration and torque settings are adjusted to golf course accepted levels. This really is the ultimate golf car!

Made as a visualization of the customization program Garia offers its clients, the Garia Mansory Prism debuts chrome body panels and aluminum switches made in collaboration with German Bugatti supplier Kussmaul. Clear coated carbon fibre parts and leather seats comes from Mansory who offers a full official range of upgrades for all Garia models. All parts of the car are made from the highest quality materials only seen in high-end supercars and the aerospace industry. Skilled technicians assemble each car by hand to the highest specifications.

Most of the parts on the Garia Mansory Prism is available as upgrades for all regular Garia cars, but the specific design of the Garia Mansory Prism and its unique performance and adjustable settings is strictly limited to 7 pieces. The heart of the Prism – the Samsung Lithium Battery – is however available for all new and existing Garia cars – although without the special Garia Mansory Prism controller. Still it enables speeds at 60 km/h (37 mph*), improved acceleration as well as longer range and faster charging compared to traditional lead acid batteries. Garia Samsung Batteries comes with a 5-year capacity warranty and is ideal for community vehicles and golf cars where a large driving range is important as well as cars that are stored for months at a time.

To learn more about Garia visit www.garia.com


Introducing the new TORQ VLE - the most innovative combination of silence, safety and performance ever engineered into an off-road electric vehicle. Handcrafted in the U.S.A., the TORQ VLE provides a silent, driver-only experience that’s quicker, quieter, lighter and tighter than any other electric vehicle on the market.

The TORQ satisfies one’s need for speed with a swift, silent and stable machine that leaves all others in the dust, while keeping driver safety the No. 1 priority at all times. This electric vehicle is ideal for hunters, nature lovers and recreational drivers young and old.

The VLE in its name stands for Very Lite Electric. In fact, the light weight is a key design feature, which makes it easier to transport and maneuver than other electric vehicles of similar size. The TORQ actually boasts the industry’s lightest overall weight, meaning that it can out-handle, out-accelerate and out-brake all other off-road electric vehicles. In this case, less definitely means more.

The TORQ VLE was designed for the adventure-seeking outdoorsman or woman who wants more speed, maneuverability and overall performance in a vehicle that can also provide a stealthy and silent approach. With a 35+ mph top speed, high-amp output, loads of torque and super-low center of gravity, the TORQ VLE is the fastest and most responsive electric off-road vehicle to ever kick up dust. And even though it can top out at 35 mph, larger tires and all-wheel disc brakes and independent suspension smooths out the bumps, making it comfortable and easy to drive on even the most uneven terrain.

No gas engine means no messy oil changes or fuel to haul or handle. And, you don’t have to visit the shop for periodic maintenance. Just plug in the onboard charger, and when the light turns green, you’re ready to go. It’s that easy.

For more information about the TORQ VLE, visit www.torq-vle.com.


Purchasing a golf car, utility vehicle or low speed vehicle is just the beginning of the ownership experience. A lot depends on what comes after the sale.

Yet for some companies, including Club Car, that falls largely into the hands of dealers and distributors, who serve as the manufacturer’s face and voice. Club Car takes active steps to improve the performance of this network and strengthen the ownership experience.

That includes recognizing and rewarding Authorized Club Car Dealers and Distributors who meet the company’s most demanding standards through Club Car’s annual Black & Gold Dealer Rewards Program. Initiated in 2013, the program has awarded the prestigious “Black and Gold Partner” distinction to 100 of its Authorized Club Car Dealers and Distributors.

“Our dealers and distributors are the public face of our company, and they play a vital role in Club Car’s success,” says CEO and President Marc Dufour. “This program incentivizes our dealer network, strengthens our alliance and boosts customer satisfaction.”

Program participants had 12 months to set, meet and document rigorous standards in sales, service, parts, accessories and other areas that directly affect owners of Club Car vehicles.

Black & Gold Partners receive performance-based cash rewards, additional co-op advertising funds and commemorative plaques. They also earn the right to differentiate and advertise their businesses as a Club Car Black & Gold Dealer or Distributor. They represent the gold-standard service and support Club Car customers deserve and expect.

Club Car vehicles are sold through Authorized Club Car Dealers.

To find out more, visit www.clubcar.com.

CS (MayJun15) - Suite Seats


gcn-mayjun15-fcThe golf cart industry has changed a lot since United Commercial Upholstery (UCU) first started offering Suite Seats in 2006. In initial regional market testing, custom “bucket” seats were unheard of, and the custom golf cart seat industry was almost nonexistent; “custom” seating consisted of taking the uncomfortable OEM seating and stapling on two tone seat covers.

The test marketing was strong and UCU started offering Suites Seats nationally in 2007, riding the phenomenon of “tricked out” golf carts, creating the custom golf cart seat market. The original “Suite Seat” is a custom bucket style seat with outside and middle bolsters that give the seat a supportive contoured feel as compared to a flat bench seat. Suite Seats were the first major brand available for most models of carts and the customizers were drawn to it because of its style, comfort, custom colors, and embroidery options.

The “Touring Edition” was developed in 2010 after a direct request from a high volume Suite Seats dealer. UCU/Suite Seats top of the line seat, the “Touring Edition” is a Suite Seat with extended headrests, and armrests that fold up and down. This dealer indicated that the client base liked the original Suite Seat, but was frequently asked for seats with fold up armrests to take the place of the plastic factory hip restraints, creating a golf cart seat with easier entry and exit.

In 2012 UCU/Suite Seats started offering OEM style replacement seats and two color bench seats. Dealers were looking for an alternative source for OEM replacement seats in manufacturer’s colors and style for golf courses and retirement communities, as well as a two color bench seat to accent golf carts at a less expensive price point. It may seem like an about-face to create a product line that’s economy themed, (after producing a premium custom seat) but after listening to their dealers, UCU/Suite Seats realized that they could bring a “new twist” to the market. The “Legacy” line is styled the same as OEM seating, but manufactured using the same quality foam, vinyl, and wood used in Suite Seats and Touring Edition seats.  The Legacy line (OEM style) has a much more comfortable feel than the utilitarian style seating that comes as original equipment. UCU/Suite Seats elected to also offer a variety of covers available for repairing OEM seats. This allowed Suite Seat dealers to be able to combine their seat (OEM and custom) needs and receive them from a single supplier.

In addition to three distinct styles of front facing golf cart seats, Suite Seats makes seat sets for “rear facing” seat kits.  The rear sets are available in the Suite Seats or the OEM style/Legacy Line.

The Suite Seats line of seating is offered as original equipment by four major manufacturers, the two largest aftermarket golf cart warehouses, and over 600 golf cart dealers.  For more information please visit www.ucuinc.com.

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