CS (JanFeb11) - Custom Car Winner

COVER STORY
Best of Show Winner K&A Golf Carts LLC From Sebring, Florida

cover-janfeb11 The body is made of diamond plate aluminum (front to rear, top to bottom) Built on two Club Car DS frames.  It has two bucket boat seats in front and bench seats in the rear and in the back to comfortably seat 6 people.  Ground effect lighting, LED’s in front, back and side.  It has old vintage fire engine light on the top, siren behind the grill and to top it off it has a set of ship horns on the roof.  It is equipped with 3” Jakes lift kit with custom aluminum wheels and tires from Nivel.  Old vintage fire extinguisher (stainless steel with brass lid).  On board air compressor with tank for horns.  48 volt to 12 volt converter for the lights and a 48-volt Curtis controller for power.  Flashing headlights and taillights with the LED’s make for an awesome light show just like the real thing.  I had a “Maltese” made up on the side that says “K & A  F.D. Engine one”.  There are also two vintage lafrance gauges and two wooden ladders placed on each side.

Industry News - January/February 2011

STAR EV INTRODUCES NEW ADDITIONS TO THEIR LINEUP
Star EV (Division of JH Global), is proud to announce the addition of two SS Limited models. The SS Limited EV’s are available as 36 Volt or 48 Volt (LSV and non) and come in maroon metallic, oyster pearl metallic, and charcoal black metallic. The SS Limited models come standard with color complimented suite seats, 12” chrome SS wheels, Ausco disc brakes, chrome rocker panels, glove box doors with SS Ltd branding, battery fill system, plush black carpet throughout the cab & bagwell, and come with or without the patented 2 in 1 combo seat.
Legacy E-Ride (division of JH Global) and Star EV are also pleased to announce the introduction of the Stromer E-Bike. This proven, two-year Swiss designed E-Bike is one-of-a-kind with its unique styling, hidden removable battery, 600-Watt motor and dual power modes. Contact Brent Meyers or Joe Wallington at 864-297-8833 and visit our website at
LegacyE-Ride.com

PROFESSIONAL GOLF CAR CORP. MOVING INTO NEW FACILITY
After nearly 18 months of negotiations, a golf cart dealership will be the first paying tenant at Florida Nexus Park, the former furniture mart on Okeechobee Road between Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 95.
Professional Golf Car Corp., the exclusive Club Car dealership in the area, is moving its headquarters from Lake Worth and has a 10-year lease on 50,000 square feet in the western third of Florida Nexus Park.
Nexus Park, on the second-busiest stretch of road in St. Lucie County, is an ideal location for the company, Pro Golf Car President Cliff Danley said. Fort Pierce is closer to the center of Pro Golf Car’s six-county territory, which includes about 300 golf and country clubs, Danley said.
While Club Car, based in Augusta, Ga., sells the fleet carts to the golf courses, about one-third of those clubs allow members to use privately owned carts. Those people are Pro Golf Car’s primary target market.
“St. Lucie County is an outstanding location for our business, and we look forward to collaborating with the increasing number of alternative energy organizations that call the Research Coast their home,” Danley said. “Our relocation to St. Lucie County will allow for unique local partnerships while expanding our reach regionally.”
The company’s Fort Pierce operations will also have repair and parts facilities, as well as indoor storage space for Club Car’s inventory. Danley said the indoor, climate-controlled storage space was the key to the deal.
“Like a car dealership, limiting the exposure to sun and salt air minimizes the deterioration of the vehicles,” he said. “That’s a big advantage for us.” Danley said the company will maintain a satellite office in Lake Worth, so the 25 jobs the company has promised to add in Fort Pierce over the next year will be new hires.
Pro Golf Car Chairman Bill Hoatson said he and partner Steven Montovano, both Port St. Lucie residents, purchased the company in March.
St. Lucie County has offered a Job Growth Incentive Grant of up to $41,250 if Pro Golf Car fulfills its obligation to fill 25 jobs with an average hourly wage of at least $17.42, which is 10 percent above the county’s current average.
The company can also receive up to $11,700 in tax abatements on capital improvements it makes. Hoatson said renovations could reach $100,000. Danley said the company hopes to occupy the Florida Nexus Park location by early December.

CURTIS INDUSTRIES INTRODUCES IMPROVED SNO-PRO LOADER BLADES
Capable of moving a host of materials: snow, aggregate materials, livestock feed and silage
Curtis Industries, LLC has introduced a new and improved line of Sno-Pro tractor blades to expand their use to a full line of applications ranging from snow removal to piling of livestock feed and silage.  Sno-Pro front end loader blades offer major advantages over bucket plowing. Built tough for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, construction companies and homeowners; these unique instruments give an added versatility to bucket loaders.
These high quality tractor blades provide added versatility to traditional bucket loaders by adding a 30 degree hydraulic angle for efficient and productive plowing and heavy duty trip springs for added protection against blade damage from surface obstructions. The same level of quality goes into the Sno-Pro tractor blades as the extensive line of the Pro Series cab systems.
Blades are available in five through nine foot models and are recommended for tractors up to 47hp. These tractor blades can also adapt for quick-attach front mounting for skid steers and tractors equipped with front loaders that have a quick attach-type adapter.
For more information on Curtis products please visit www.curtisindustries.net.

KEVIN NORCROSS TO HEAD YAMAHA GOLF-CAR COMPANY’S  DIRECT SALES TEAM, AND BROOKS WEST NEW DISCTRICT SALES MANAGER FOR TENNESSEE
Kevin Norcross, Marketing Department Manager for Yamaha Golf-Car Company (YGC), has been placed in charge of the Direct Nationwide Sales Team.  This move will allow Stan Miser, who had previously managed both Direct and Distributor Sales for YGC, to now focus his attention entirely to our Distributor Sales network.
Norcross, who was responsible for the successful “May The Best Car Win” campaign, will remain in charge of YGC’s Marketing Department and in addition, oversee the National Direct Sales force; which is responsible for fleet golf car and utility vehicle sales to golf courses and Dealers.
“Kevin is a trained sales professional who we have had heading up our Marketing Department for the past four years”, said Tom McDonald, YGC’s President, “and although he’s done an outstanding job; his real strength lies in sales management.  He has nearly 25 years of diversified experience in the golf car industry and I look to him to take our Direct Sales team to a new level.”
Norcross, a Class “A” PGA Professional since 1982, has worked in almost every capacity in the golf industry and has been a Manufacturer’s Sales Representative, Branch Manager, General Manager at a Dealership and Vice-President of Sales and
Marketing for a Distributorship while in the golf car industry.
Yamaha Golf-Car Company is proud to announce the hiring of Brooks West as District Sales Manager for Tennessee, northern Alabama and northern Mississippi.
West joins YGC after a successful tenure with the AHEAD Company where he was the 2006 Rookie Sales Representative of the year.
He graduated Cum Laude from Mississippi State University with a BBA in Marketing.  Following graduation Brooks served as Head Professional at Elm lake Golf Course in Columbus, Mississippi and at The Plantation Club at Hyatt’s Dorado Beach in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
“Brooks is taking responsibility of a great territory for us”, said Kevin Norcross, Department Manager of Direct Sales and Marketing for Yamaha, “and I look forward to him having a long and successful career in the golf car industry.”
West was the 2007 Mississippi PGA Player of the Year and was Champion of the 2007 Gulf States PGA Professional National Championship before spending two years competing on the Nationwide, Hooters and Adams Golf Pro Tours.  “He’s a great player and an even better person”, Norcross stated, “We’re proud to have him as part of our already strong sales team.”
For more information on Yamaha Golf Cars, visit us on the web at www.yamahagolfcar.com.

LAUNCHING OF WWW.GOLFCARBROKERS.COM
Ever wonder what it would be like if Golf Car Dealers Came together and pulled their resources?  Golfcarbrokers.com has done just that.  This website is exclusively for dealers and manufacturers of golf cars and parts for wholesaling parts and carts among themselves.
Need a cart right away and can’t wait 4-6 weeks?  Carts coming up on floor plan that you’re getting ready to get charged interest for? Are you a wholesaler looking to expand your market?
We have designed a DEALER ONLY login area so Dealers can view wholesale pricing only.  The best part about this site is customers can also look at this site but will only be shown retail pricing. This is a website for dealers put together by dealers.  Being in the golf car industry I know how frustrating it is to find what you are looking for, so if we all come together we will have it in one place.
I have spent almost 2 years in the process of designing this site and I am pleased now to bring it to you.  YOU MUST be a dealer to be able to login.  Once you sign up you will be put through a screening process to make sure you are a dealer; once approved you are free to use the sight.
Signing up for the site is FREE; you can browse as much as you want.  If you want to have your inventory on the sight, there is a yearly subscription of $99.00 per year.  BUT if you act now you can get your first year’s subscription for only $75.00!!!!!  And you don’t pay till Jan 1, 2011 that’s 2 months free and over a $20 savings!!!

YAMAHA GOLF-CAR COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE HIRING OF SCOTT BRADY
Yamaha Golf-Car Company is proud to announce the recent hiring of Scott Brady as District Sales Manager for south Texas.
Brady is an experienced independent sales professional who joins YGC after a successful eight year career representing companies like Ben Hogan/Sport Haley, Tehama/Izod Golf, Walter Genuin Shoes and St. Andrews Products.  The ten years prior to that were spent in various management positions with The Arnold Palmer Management Company.
Scott attended Oklahoma State University and was a walk-on member of the golf team.
“Scott has a great deal of golf industry experience and is already familiar with the courses in the territory he is taking over”, said Kevin Norcross, Department Manager of Direct Sales and Marketing for Yamaha.  “We’re happy to have Scott on our team and know he’ll do an excellent job servicing our customers in south Texas.”
For more information on Yamaha Golf Cars, visit us on the web at www.yamahagolfcar.com.

EXPERIENCE THE ULTIMATE RIDE WITH CUSTOM BUILT GOLF SEATS

We can’t guarantee improving your backswing, but Ultimate Golf Seating definitely has your back by providing the utmost in comfort and support as your golf cart bumps and jumps along the course.
You already know what it’s like riding on your cart for four hours when skimpy, flat seat pads are the only thing separating your body from the jolts of a rock hard suspension – that’s what you subject yourself to in a typical golf car during 18 holes of golf.
“People expect comfortable seats in their cars, they choose comfortable seating for their homes, so why not enjoy those same benefits when you’re riding on a golf car?” said David Vahala, CEO, Ultimate Golf Seating, with headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana and offices in Florida. “On average, you’ll spend four hours playing a round of golf, so we designed our seats to offer exceptional back comfort and also be stylish.” Medical experts agree. “What I really like about Ultimate Golf Seating is that you don’t have to think about sitting properly to protect your back. These seats support your whole back and you can feel that right away,” said William S. Bilmyre of Bilmyre Chiropractic Life Center. “There’s nothing worse than not being able to do something because your back hurts. These seats invite you to sit in them.”
The seats are made to look and feel good for a long time thanks to high-quality, marine grade vinyl for proven durability on the outside and superior resiliency polyurethane foam, similar to that found in high-end mattresses on the inside.
“Golf cars are outside a lot, so we wanted to use materials that were made to withstand UV rays, yet also be easy to clean with our Ultimate Stain Shield Protection coating,” said Vahala. Additional seat designs include the Premier Bench Seat and the Elite Bench Seat which offers the same quality of materials and comfort as the Luxury series, but is designed for fleet use. “We created these seats so they can fit onto Club Car, E-Z-GO, Yamaha, and many other brands of golf cars,” said Vahala. “And they can be easily installed in just a few steps.” If you pull up to a tee looking and feeling this good, your game is bound to improve. Visit www.utlimategolfseating.com.

TOMBERLIN LAUNCHES NEW ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

The Tomberlin Automotive Group has launched their proprietary Tomberlin Entertainment Center system (TEC) for their E-Merge Series of Low Speed Vehicles. The TEC system features a sturdy, easy to install custom-molded ABS headliner which houses a JBL® all-weather sound system.  The powerful JBL system includes two 6” Seaworthy speakers, IPOD® cable and a protective flip-up housing mounted comfortably within the drivers reach.  It also features an exclusive EPROM internal memory so you do not lose your radio station settings when the system is turned off.
To enhance interior functionality and visibility, the TEC system also features two storage compartments and comes equipped with front L.E.D. map lights and adjustable rear auxiliary lights that give the driver the ability to utilize them as reverse lights or versatile utility lights that can be maneuvered in several directions. Adding the finishing touch to the entertainment center, a stylish backlit LED Tomberlin “T” logo embossed in the headliner has the ability to be lit in 16 different colors, flash in several variations and comes complete with a built-in rheostat which is controlled by a remote the size of a credit card. The Tomberlin TEC construction is a wood free design and utilizes UV stable materials making it a perfect addition to any E-Merge. The TEC entertainment center is available as an accessory and installs in less than 15 minutes.
It fits all model year E-Merge E2 vehicles and is currently available for pre-order for arrival during the 2010 Holiday season.

TS (JanFeb11) - Modifying Your Car

By: Matt Vallez

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2009 issue of the Golf Car News Magazine and has been updated and fact checked for submission in this issue.

In this issue, we’re showing off the top submissions for the Most Exotic Golf Car contest. I love this competition, and most of the entries we received were excellent. But you might be wondering exactly what makes a golf cart exotic. Does it need a custom paint job or big tires and wheels? Is it elongated with extra seats for more passengers? Obviously, I have a few of my own ideas about what makes a golf car exotic and if you read on, so will you.

It starts with the guts – what’s under the hood. We’ve all probably heard the famous description of anything modified as being “all show and no go.” Why would anyone want to spend the extra money and effort on a golf car just to have average performance? We’ll start with electric models. To be truly exotic, an electric golf car needs to have something more than the regular 36V or 48V motor/controller system. It needs an upgrade, and the best of the best have increased voltage. Sure, you may have problems charging higher-voltage batteries, but that’s part of the charm of owning an exotic car.

If it’s a gas car, it needs to have more than the stock clutches and muffler set-up. For you motorheads out there, change the clutch to a high-torque driven clutch to improve the engine revs out of the hole. Then let the motor breathe a little with a tuned header and K&N-style air filter. Take it a step further and bore out the engine, dome the head and re-jet the carburetor. That’s about as far as you can go with a stock engine. If you want to go further, you need to swap the engine for something with more horsepower. Remember, if you’re building an exotic golf car, money is no object!

Next we need to address the suspension, because a stock suspension will not do for an exotic. You want to make a statement, and this requires a lift of at least three inches or more (if nothing else, a three-inch lift will allow room for slightly oversized tires). If you feel the need to lift the car more than eight inches, I recommend doing so only when putting grossly oversized tires on the beast. I have seen some of these monsters in person and they make a jaw-dropping impression. The golf car becomes more of a show piece, because the size and weight of the tires and wheels max out the tolerances of all the other steering and drive components. Granted, practicality is not the goal of an exotic car, but there’s a delicate balance between function and flair. Your car becomes a lot less different and cool if it breaks the steering gears or tie rods every time you take it out of the showroom.

Extended length is a new trend in exotic cars. Owners want to bring along more of their friends for the ride, so many models now have seating for six people. When I started in this industry, six- and eight-passenger cars were commonly used around churches or resorts with large parking lots. This year’s exotic golf car submissions included many entries with seating for six or more people! Plus, most  featured custom work that rivaled anything done on a smaller golf car. They really are quite impressive.

A final word of warning and safety, because it’s important: any modified golf car that’s set up to carry four or more people should have upgraded brakes for obvious reasons. If you’re modifying a golf car by elongating it, do it right. If the fabrication work is poor, the car will be dangerous when fully loaded. There is an article in the Bulletin board section about a man test driving a modified golf car and ending up in a fatal crash. The car had a engine from a snowmobile, but no other additional safety features. So if you are going for speed or adding a lot of weight takes safety measures, anything less could be a death trap.

So what do you think about exotic golf cars? Ready to create one of your own? These cars are a passion of mine, and judging by the hard work we saw in the submissions this year, they are for many of you as well. We look forward to seeing what you come up with next time!

ATG (JanFeb11) - Solenoid Testing (Part 1)

QUESTION:
T Z from Colorado asks:
I still do not understand solenoid testing? I put 3 on and it still will not run

ANSWER:
diagramNext to batteries this is the most requested question I get. I just deleted 3400 emails and about 20% of those where concerning solenoids. You are not alone in this area. It seems no matter how I say it, teach, or talk about it, solenoid testing just keeps raising its ugly head. The area that is most confusing to everyone is the activation circuit. This is all I am going to address in this answer.

The activation circuit is the two small terminals on the solenoid (A and B). We have to apply two potentials to those two small terminals. One positive potential and one negative potential. Inside the solenoid is a coil of wire and a soft iron core. Applying voltage, the coil of wire cause the soft iron core to move by creating a magnetic field. This core movement opens and closes the secondary contacts causing current to flow from the batteries to the motor. Gas cars or electric cars it makes no difference.

You must understand there are two potentials going to the solenoid coil. One is system battery positive and one is system battery negative. Test one is connecting a voltmeter across the two small solenoid terminals. Across means connecting the negative black voltmeter lead to one of the small terminals and the red positive voltmeter lead to the other small terminal. Activate the system by placing the key in on position, shifter in forward, and pushing on the accelerator. If you read system voltage (12, 24,36, or 48 volts) and the solenoid does not “click” the solenoid coil is open (C). Replace the solenoid. If the solenoid “clicks” this means you have issues in the power circuit (different topic).

Let’s say you do not read system voltage. What this means is you are missing one of the voltage potentials. This is where people get confused. How do we find that missing potential? First of all, you must determine exactly what system the car has in it! Is it a shunt system or series? What type of Shunt system and so on. Pull out the correct wiring diagram for the car system. Determine which wire on the small solenoid terminal is a positive potential. Hint, if the car uses a controller protection diode the cathode end is positive (white band end P+). Place the voltmeter red positive lead to the positive connection on solenoid small terminal. Place black voltmeter lead to battery pack negative. Activate the system. If you do not have system voltage you must check the positive in-put side. Confirm you have voltage (positive) to the key switch, foot pedal switch, shifter micro switch, run/tow switch and so on. Some really older cars have a negative circuit going through the key switch so pay attention to the car system. Then, repair broken switch or wire in the positive circuit.

If system positive is present then check the negative circuit. Place voltmeter black lead to the anode side or negative side ( B-) of small activation connection. Place red lead of voltmeter to system battery positive (at number one battery). Activate the system, if you do not read system voltage you have an open in the negative circuit.

So far just plain simplistic tests. However, this is the confusing part for most people. Today’s market uses the controller (some systems) to deliver a positive or negative potential to solenoid. So it is imperative you have the correct diagram for troubleshooting the system. One system uses a computer to deliver in-puts to the controller first and then from the controller to solenoid. One system delivers battery negative from a computer directly to solenoid negative. Confirm all in-put voltages and out-put voltages and you will find the lost potential. You must understand the use of a voltmeter and system procedure for today’s complicated systems. End part one.

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