ATG (MarApr09) - More Power on ‘94 CC (G)

QUESTION:
How do I get more power out of my ‘94 Club Car gas?
T.R. from Indiana
 
 

Guru MarApr09ANSWER:

First you need to make sure there are not any car issues to start with.  Be sure to check compression, governor settings, full throttle, over charging, drive belt, drive clutch, driven clutch, engine alignment, brake drag and fuel system for foul gas or intake air leaks. Assuming all is well, we can then do the following to increase torque (power):

 

Set governed rpm’s to 3,000
Install power kit to the driven clutch
Install clutch tuning kit to drive clutch for higher engagement
Install torque gears (1994 should be Kawasaki)
Install limited slip to drive unit

QUESTION:
I cannot get get my DE40 to run, it will do nothing? Batteries are good.
J.J. from West Virginia

Battery Pack

Battery Pack

ANSWER:

Assuming your batteries are indeed good with a pack open circuit voltage of 38 volts or nominal 36 volts, we first must determine what the solenoids are doing.  Keep in mind this particular car (DE40) is wired differently than other systems. The solenoids are wired system negative in series through the B solenoid.  That means that an open anywhere in the B circuit will prevent all solenoids from activation.

Notice in this diagram that battery positive is applied to the forward solenoid power terminal.  From this terminal, battery positive is applied to the key switch.  By selecting either forward or reverse, positive is then applied to the appropriate solenoid.

 

For example, let’s say we have selected reverse.  Positive is then applied through the green wire to the reverse solenoid.  Positive now travels through the solenoid coil winding and out the white wire to the forward connection.  It will then continue on through the accelerator switch and to solenoid B.  Positive will then flow through the solenoid B coil windings and out to battery negative (black wire). 

 

Think of the solenoids being in series like a string of Christmas tree lights.  If the B solenoid is open, the other solenoids cannot activate.  If the accelerator switch is open, the solenoids cannot activate.  If the forward solenoid is open, reverse will activate when selected.  If the reverse solenoid is open, forward will activate when selected. 

 

This information will get you started, if you need further assistance let me know.

 

 

QUESTION:
What is a speed chip?
E.W. from Minnesota

#6163

#6163

ANSWER:

A speed chip is simply a jumper wire made for E-Z-GO Precision Drive Systems.  This is a red five gang Molex connector at J2 on the controller.  The wires jump out pin 2 to 3 and pin 1 to pin 5.  A gain of around 17 MPH is to be expected.  It is however, not advised to do this on lifted cars, as torque will be lost as a result.

 

TS (MarApr09) - Battery Water

By: Matt Vallez

Do you know what kind of water is going into the batteries you maintain? Aside from making sure there is adequate water in the battery in the first place, what’s most important is the purity of that water, because any water is better than no water at all. This is not a question about the water being healthy for humans to drink. The water could be considered healthy for humans, but may be harmful for a battery. Chlorine is commonly used to kill bacteria by water municipalities and is present in most tap water; it keeps the water free from bacteria dangerous to humans. However this same chlorine is harmful to a battery. Any dissolved mineral in the water such as calcium, magnesium, chlorides and other naturally occurring minerals and salts are said to make the water hard. Hard water is water with a high mineral content.

 

Hard water will shorten the life of any battery, and even more so the life of a deep cycle battery. The more often the battery is charged or cycled and gassed, the more evaporation takes place, as a result more water must be added to keep the battery plates covered. Over time the hard water’s dissolved minerals and salts build up on the plates of the battery. This build-up will seriously shorten the usable life of the battery. Preventing these impurities from getting into the battery in the first place is what we are discussing today.

 

The first question you might ask is how hard is the water where I am? Do I even need to worry about this in the first place? Those are both good questions and an answer can be found at: http.//water.usgs.gov/owg/ there is a map there that will give you hardness by region. Let me just give you a “readers digest version”. The softest water is in parts of New England, South Atlantic-Gulf, Pacific Northwest, Hawaii regions. Everywhere else has moderately hard water, hard water or very hard water. Even if you are in an area with the softest water there may be things added to the water that makes it hard, such as chlorine depending on how the water is treated in your local area.

 

The best ways to test the hardness of your water is with an alkalinity test or contact your local utility. See the website http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/il.htm if you want to get locally specific water hardness info. Hardness is caused by compounds of calcium and magnesium, and by a verity of other metals. General guidelines for classifications of water are: 0-60 MG/L (milligrams per liter) as calcium carbonate is classified as soft; 61 to 120 moderately hard; 121 to 180 MG/L as hard; and more than 180MG/L as very hard. Most people have hard water and for the sake of this article let’s assume you have hard water.

 

Once you have determined you have hard water and hard water is bad for your batteries, you have limited choices. A. You can ignore this article and the major battery manufactures and just top off your batteries with hard tap water. B. Buy distilled water, not just bottled water but distilled bottled water and top off your batteries with it. C. Get a filtration system to filter out the harmful minerals and salts and top off your batteries with that. To me B & C are the only ones that make any sense.

 

And unless you are only caring for a few golf cars or you want to get some practice as Gunga Din for you’re your local playhouse’s annual Rudyard Kipling poetry reenactment day, I suggest you look into getting a filter set up to purify the water before it goes into your batteries. Lugging around gallon jugs of water is hard work and expensive, you usually have to drive to the store to get the distilled bottled water and then there is a storage issue. The water in the tap can be made pure no mater how hard it is with a good filter system. And now available for the first time from Nivel is the Philadelphia Scientific Water Deionizers Filtration System. These can be ordered with the patented, non electric watering gun with automatic shutoff.  See ad on opposite page.

 

I know putting pure water in your batteries sounds like a lot of extra work, just keeping water in the things can be a full time job, but how much work is it to change out a set of batteries a year earlier that you should have?

Industry News - March/April 2009

CHICAGO, IL. - Chicago drivers could get the green light to purchase electric vehicles and operate them on neighborhood side streets, under a so-called “green fleet” initiative unveiled by Mayor Daley Tuesday.

TROJAN BATTERY ENHANCES ENGINEERING GROUP, FOCUSES ON FUTURE GROWTH

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA - Trojan Battery Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep cycle batteries, announced today the following new developments within the engineering organization as part of the Company’s growth strategy.

 

Marvin Ho, who previously served as Senior Product Engineer, has been promoted to Manager, Advanced Development. Ho has been with Trojan since April, 2004 and received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. With his strong understanding of various battery technologies, he will focus on investigating new technologies and improvements to Trojan’s best-in-class lead acid batteries.

 

Vicki Hall has been promoted to Manager, Applications Engineering. Hall joined Trojan in February, 2006 and has been the technical liaison to the world’s top golf OEMs. Hall comes with a proven track record of building strong relationships with Original Equipment Manufacturer customers, achieved through her previous battery industry employment working with Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Ford. Hall will head a combined team of engineers and technical support staff whose objective is to provide dedicated, world class service to Trojan’s broad customer base while aiding business growth.

 

Chuck Snyder has been promoted from his former role as Director of Application Engineering to Principal Technical Engineer, a position newly created at Trojan. Snyder, a battery expert with more than 30 years of experience in the lead acid and nickel cadmium/nickel metal hydride markets, will serve as the technical advisor to the strategic planning process led by Bryan Godber, Vice President of New Business Development and Renewable Energy Ventures. In addition, Snyder will continue to be the key technical expert on charging systems, providing technical assistance to the new Applications Engineering and Advanced Development teams.

 

“These exciting developments in our engineering organization will strengthen the department’s structure for future growth,” said Gordon Beckley, Vice President, Engineering. “While Advanced Development allows Trojan to pursue leading-edge technology to meet the specific needs of each of our core and potential new markets, our Applications Engineering delivers dedicated technical support to customers in those markets providing further customer satisfaction and helping to extend our business. Furthermore, the appointment of our new Principal Technical Engineer allows us to become increasingly more innovative as we build even greater technical excellence within Trojan’s engineering organization.”

           

For more information, please visit; www.trojanbattery.com.

 

WORKING THE INAUGRATION

HARRISONBURG - The Presidential inauguration was so big and involved so many people, a Harrisonburg business was called in to help.

 

The National Park Service and partner agencies rented almost 100 vehicles from Virginia Golf Carts to use throughout the festivities.

 

Of the carts shipped to Washington D.C., about 60 were four-passenger vehicles 10 are six-passenger and 30 are made to haul cargo, owners said. The carts were used for security, VIP transport and emergency services. The carts were loaded onto tractor-trailers and will be returned a day or two after the events. Owners declined to comment about how much they were paid by the park service for the contract.

 

“It’s very cool to be part of such a monumental event,” said Chad Dunham, who owns the business with his father, Ron Dunham. “This is once in a lifetime.”

 

The government wasn’t the only one to turn to golf carts for the inauguration, high-end hotels, such as the Hay-Adams Hotel, have rented a half dozen of the carts to move their guests around the festivities.

 

This evening, the environmentally friendly, “Green Inaugural Ball” held inside the EPA building will use “Global Electric Motorcars,” vehicles that look like glorified golf carts, to shuttle VIP guests to and from the events.

 

After their carts return, the Dunham’s will continue to rent them for various outdoor events.

 

Since 1999, the Dunham’s business, based on Early Road, has used its 700-cart fleet for events ranging from county fairs to corporate gatherings to even NASCAR. Officials for the stock-car racing circuit use the golf carts to transport folks across the inside of the large tracks, Dunham said.

 

The Harrisonburg golf carts will take turns shuttling folks around tracks in Bristol, Martinsville, Richmond, Daytona, FL., Darlington, SC., Chicago, IL., Miami, Fl., and Atlanta, GA.

 

GET READY TO PIMP YOUR GOLF CARTS, CHICAGO For Chicago, going green may mean going electric.

 

The Neighborhood Electric Vehicle - sort of a golf cart on steroids — gets a top speed of 35 miles per hour. And unlike the Toyota Prius and other hybrids, electric cars are low-speed vehicles with electric motors and re-chargeable batteries that operate only on electricity. The battery can be re-charged by plugging it into a standard household electrical socket. The electricity, costing about $180 per year, is considerably less than the cost of gasoline.

“Not only is the city looking for green initiatives or green ways of transporting people around the city of Chicago, but the general public is looking for ways to move from one end of the city to the other,” said Eileen Joyce, the city’s Assistant Commissioner of Fleet Management.

The NEVs showcased Tuesday are built in North Dakota by Global Electric Motors, a division of the Chrysler Corporation. They have cup holders and sunroofs, everything you might expect of a car, except for the electric plug on the front end.

“You have mirrors, you have lights, and you have a safety glass windshield. This is not just glass you’d find, or plexiglass like you’d find on a golf cart,” said Senior Automotive Equipment Analyst Matt Stewart.

Under the hood sits an electric motor. The batteries are under the seat, good enough for short trips and errands.

One of the advantages of the NEVs is that they can be built to accommodate different uses. Some can be strictly people movers while others can be created to resemble a small pickup truck.

The city already owns four NEVs and is considering buying more if the ordinance is approved. For the public, they’ll run about $12,000 and will require a city sticker and a special low-speed vehicle sticker, but under state law would not require license plates.

 

AMERICAN CUSTOM GOLFCARS, INC ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE HUMMER H2 BODY KIT

ACG.INC, would firstly like to wish you all a very happy holiday season. With the coming of the new year, 2009 will mark the return of the Hummer H2 body kit! ACG has begun production and is making available a body kit of the Hummer H2™. The OFFICIAL GM-licensed Hummer H2™ body kit will be adaptable for all Club Car chassis 1993 and newer, with the exception of the Club Car Precedent chassis. Coupled with the Hummer H3™ Golf Car/NEV, ACG now offers Hummer’s two most successful products to the golf/estate vehicle market! With such a demand, vice president, Dan Hoogenraad, stated, “even with current economic conditions, we feel offering two awesome Hummer products to our customers will inject new life and excitement into the market.”

With the support of our master distributors and dealers worldwide, we feel the decision to re-introduce the Hummer H2™ and making a body kit available will further bring excitement to the ever changing custom golf and estate vehicle markets.

For further information on the Hummer H2™ body kit and availability, please contact info@californiaroadster.com

CLUB CAR CHAIRMAN TRALIES RECEIVES PGA AWARD FOR LIFETIME CONTRIBUTIONS TO GOLF

ORLANDO, FL. - Club Car Chairman Phil Tralies received the Ernie Sabayrac Award from the PGA of America in recognition of lifetime contributions to the game of golf.

 

Tralies, whose business leadership and support for the game has made the Augusta-based manufacturer one of the most respected brands in golf, received the award Thursday night at the PGA of America awards ceremony held in conjunction with the 56th PGA Merchandise Show.

 

Tralies, who joined Club Car in 2001 as president and CEO and was named chairman in January 2008, has guided the company to prominence in domestic and global markets. Under his leadership, Club Car launched a number of new products into the golf market, resulting in significant market share gains.  He also expanded the company’s global presence and transformed Club Car from a company focused on golf to one that manufacturers small task-oriented vehicles that serve a wide range of commercial and consumer markets beyond golf.

 

A native of Philadelphia, Tralies began his golf career in 1979 with Textron Inc., a global, multi-industry company that included E-Z-GO and Jacobsen. Tralies left Textron in 2000 to form P.J.T. Golf Capital LLC, a company focused on golf course financing for owners and operators, before coming to Club Car in 2001.

 

For more information visit; www.clubcar.com.

 

E-Z-GO LAUNCHES ONLINE BATTERY TRAINING CENTER

AUGUSTA, GA. - E-Z-GO, a Textron, Inc. Company, announced the launch of its Online Battery Training Center. This free online resource, available through the E-Z-GO website at www.ezgo.com, allows owners of E-Z-GO electric vehicles to quickly learn about proper maintenance of batteries in their fleets, using tips and tools that can maximize battery lifespan, increase energy efficiency, and ultimately reduce a facility’s impact on the environment.

 

Lessons are provided in English and Spanish in numerous topics, including proper watering of batteries, regular battery inspection and testing procedures, battery storage procedures, proper wiring and mounting of battery chargers, and management of energy usage. Each module includes a brief exam to test the user’s mastery of the material.

 

The center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing E-Z-GO fleet owners to train their maintenance personnel at their own pace and as a part of their regular work routines.

 

By following the procedures outlined on the Training Center, owners can extend the lifespan of their batteries, reducing energy costs and the environmental impact of unnecessary battery disposal.

 

“We are proud to offer this important resource to our customers,” said Michael R. Parkhurst, E-Z-GO vice president of global sales. “The E-Z-GO Online Battery Training Center not only helps our customers get the most out of their E-Z-GO fleet, but it also allows them to quickly and easily learn how to reduce energy usage and their facility’s carbon footprint.

 

“The Training Center is another of many examples of the service and value that E-Z-GO provides customers above and beyond the product itself. It shows why E-Z-GO is ‘Excellence in Motion.’”

 

For more information about the E-Z-GO Online Battery Training Center, visit wwww.ezgo.com.

CS (MarApr09) - Palmetto Custom Carts/Tomberlin

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PALMETTO CUSTOM CARTS LEADS THE WAY IN CUSTOMIZATION WITH TOMBERLIN
Erick Boyance at Palmetto Custom Carts in Charleston, SC has been one of the industry leaders in aftermarket golf car cosmetics for the past 3 years.  “I owe my success to one person, Kellie McDowell, my Fiancé.”

Before starting Palmetto Custom Carts in March of 2008, Erick was customizing used golf cars in his back yard.  After 50 units or so, Kellie recognized a very lucrative business opportunity.  Dragging Erick, kicking and screaming, Kellie convinced him to open Palmetto Custom Carts. Business was slow and the dream of supporting himself customizing golf cars was gradually dwindling.  Little did Erick know; that was all about to change. 

 

While vacationing in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Erick’s father drove passed a golf car dealership with cars he had never seen before - he had just discovered the Tomberlin

 

E-Merge.  Erick’s cell phone lit up and the investigation began.  He got online and discovered a dealership in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Vacation Equipment Rentals owned by Jamie Hysner.  Burning up the highway and landing right in the middle of Bike Week, Erick finally saw what his father was so excited about.  “The E-Merge was like no other car I had ever seen, the lines were so different” said Erick. The icing on the cake came when Eric realized that not only were the E-Merges visually appealing, they were also street legal LSVs, Low Speed Vehicles.  “These things can go on all roads posted 35mph and below and come with more standard features than any car in the industry. It was a no-brainer as far as we could see it” stated Erick.

 

After a lot of advice from Jamie and a new found passion in his heart, Erick and Kellie contacted Tomberlin and the rest is as they say, “history.”  Erick sold out of his initial order in the first two weeks; this was the revitalization Palmetto Custom Carts was looking for.  Since March of 2008, Erick and Kellie have sold 55 Tomberlin units and see no end in sight.  As a matter of fact, they have designed and manufactured their own custom parts such as chrome bumper kits, chrome side vents, diamond plate floor boards and a host of others.  Several of Erick’s custom carts are available for viewing at www.tomberlin.net in the photo gallery section of the website.

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