CS (JulAug12) - Strech Plastics


Strech Plastics, Inc. built two custom police carts for the Banning Police Dept. to be used for search and rescue operations in the local mountains. You will also see them in operation at the Coachella and Stagecoach Music festivals as well as other local events.

Strech Plastics has invested a lot of time and money in research and development of new products. We are constantly moving ahead to make all the improvements we can for the most important people to our company, you – the customer.

Throughout our existence, Strech Plastics’ philosophy has remained constant. Make the highest quality product using the finest materials, offer fair prices, be honest with our customers and deliver the product on time. Quality, Service, and Price. Some say all three cannot be accomplished, Strech Plastics is proof they can be. We have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

Our job is to develop products to enhance the cars used in these areas of transportation. The wheels are constantly turning at Strech Plastics as we continue to be an innovator. The true leader in American made golf car products. Strech Plastics has just scratched the surface, with many new innovations on the horizon. THANKS again for your business.

Industry News - July/August 2012


Curtis Industries LLC, the leader in cab enclosures and accessories, announced today that Michael Alexander has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing & Sales, reporting to John Rachwalski, President and CEO. Alexander comes to Curtis Industries, LLC from Club Car Corporation, a global leader in small task oriented vehicles, where as Director of Global Business Development he played a significant role in growing the business and the industry.

“Michael has demonstrated strong leadership and innovation skills throughout an impressive 33 year career at Club Car,” stated John Rachwalski. “His overall experience in developing and implementing brand, product and channel strategies, as well as his vast industry experience and contacts, makes him extremely well qualified to take on this important role to help grow our business.”

“Curtis has great products and people, therefore it is well positioned as a market leader with plenty of additional growth potential,” Alexander said. “I am thrilled and honored to join the impressive leadership team John has assembled and am excited about this very special opportunity.”

Curtis Industries, LLC is an ISO 9001:2001 certified leading manufacturer of cabs, enclosures and accessories for a host of applications for Commercial, Specialty, Recreational and Work vehicles. The majority of these products are designed for compact tractors, golf cars, and utility vehicles. The company, which started in 1968, also manufactures truck plows and snow and ice control equipment for tractors and utility vehicles. Curtis Industries, LLC markets its products exclusively through a large network of dealers in the United States and Canada as well as Japan, South Korea and Western Europe. The company operates from a modern 150,000 sq. ft. facility in Worcester, MA. For more information on Curtis products please visit www.curtisindustries.net or call 800.343.7676.


San Diego, CA - Lithium Boost Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of lithium technology for low speed electric vehicles has released a new line of lithium batteries for Industrial and Off-Road low speed electric vehicles. We are very excited to be able to expand our product line to service the needs of industrial utility vehicles and off-road electric vehicles. We have been working with key partners developing this new line.

The new line will be using 100 to 200 amp hour cells.

To learn more about our products please visit our website at www.lithiumboost.com.


(GCDAA.com) is focused on providing a centralized and unified network of custom designed features and services intended to empower the Golf Car Dealer Community. COMMITTED TO GROWTH AND THE FUTURE

We all agree that it is long overdue to unify the Golf Car Dealer Community. This association has taken a great step towards stabilizing and benefiting the Golf Car Dealer in the 21st Century. Many of the trade show attendees commented on the necessity of unifying the Golf Car Dealer Community. Ron Smith, owner of Southern Golf Cars states, “I must say this is an amazing package GCDAA has created. I am a Dealer in Miami that focuses on Sales and Service.

GCDAA’s Networking, Services, and Data will increase my competitiveness and bottom line.” Reviewing the positive impacts of the other industry associations, and the benefits that they have provided to their members, the unification of the Golf Car Dealers is a necessity that is perfectly timed. The GCDAA website includes custom designed programs, including a Golf Car Network that will allow Dealers access to golf cars that they had no access to prior to this Association. In addition, they offer a Dealer Communications Network that will allow direct intra-communication electronically.

Many Dealers did express that their representation on the internet was a key to their success. The GCDAA does offer this benefit to all members. The services also include features such as a Golf Car Dealer Specialty Program for Business Insurance, a GCDAA Health Care Insurance offering, Logistics, GCDAA News, Data, Finance, and Careers.

Owner and Managing Member, Jeffrey Young states, “The tax incentives for electric golf cars that were offered in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 were extremely beneficial for many Golf Car Dealers, by developing the GCDAA - PAC will help us establish a new direction and focus for securing more of the incentives to benefit the dealers and customers in our community”.

Dealers interested in learning more can visit www.gcdaa.com.


Website communicates system’s revenue-improvement technology

Club Car, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, re-launched Visagegolf.com, a reinvigorated website that communicates the benefits of the Visage Mobile Golf Information System before, during and after a round of golf.

Visage is golf’s first communications platform that uses a combination of cellular, wireless and GPS technologies to help course operators increase revenues, better manage their golf car fleet, lower expenses and improve customer experience.

The new Visagegolf.com website goes beyond static descriptions of features and benefits to demonstrate operators’ potential return on investment in five key areas: food and beverage, merchandising, tournaments, maintenance and green, golf car and member fees.

A retooled electronic calculator provides industry averages in each of the five categories as well as allows operators to enter their own course information to view the potential financial impact of Visage on their operation. The website also includes video and customer testimonials.

“Visage represents advanced revenue-improvement technology, and the new website helps operators make an informed decision about its application at their facility,” said Randy Marquardt, vice president of Global Marketing for Club Car.

For more information, visit www.clubcar.com.


F9 Battery Acid Restoration Cleaner Expected to Boost Sales of Golf Car Dealers

Craig Harrison, of Front 9 Restoration, announced immediate availability of their proprietary product, F9 BARC (Battery Acid Restoration Cleaner) to golf car dealers, enabling effective cleaning of orange battery acid stains from concrete.

“More often than not, an acid-stain restoration product will cause more damage to concrete or create more problems than it’s worth. F9 Battery Acid Restoration Cleaner quickly removes orange battery acid staining, fertilizer staining and rust from concrete,” Harrison said. “F9 BARC is biodegradable, non-abrasive, contains no hydrochloric acid and restores concrete to its natural bright gray color. There is no competing product in the market, and none that work as well.” An extensive before-and-after gallery is available at http://front9restoration.com/gallery/beforeafter/

F9 BARC (Battery Acid Restoration Cleaner) and the other F9 restoration products are a great fit with the golf car industry, and a profitable addition to any golf car dealer’s retail and service business. Product application is simple, and free training videos are available for do-it-yourselfers, in-house employees, and independent professional applicators. Front 9 Restoration is offering golf car dealers distributorship opportunities with an exceptionally low product buy-in to boost sales of profitable consumables at the retailer’s showroom.

About Front 9 Restoration, Inc.: For more than a decade, Harrison has pioneered leading-edge techniques at restorations of the most abused concrete an industry can offer. A former assistant golf course Superintendent, Harrison founded a concrete restoration business that serviced hotels, golf courses, parks, municipalities, and commercial and industrial buildings, including restoration at the service and shop areas of major Southern California golf courses. The desire for better products led Harrison to extensive research to develop his own formulas that have proven themselves at countless in-the-field restorations. Harrison’s hard-earned experience has allowed F9 to formulate products that perform as promised. Harrison routinely teaches in-house maintenance departments and private contractors how to use techniques and materials that truly work to restore stained and discolored concrete surfaces. Front 9 Restoration has an expanding product line including proprietary battery stain neutralizer, tire mark remover and a water-less bio-organic oil stain remover.

For more information or to order online, visit www.Front9Restoration.com.

TS (JulAug12) - Accessories

By: Matt Vallez

This is a reprint of an article that original appeared in the Golf Car News Magazine May/June 2007 edition.

In this issue we are focusing on accessories for golf cars, so what exactly are golf car accessories? According to my Webster’s Dictionary, an accessory is any object or device that is not necessary in itself, but that adds to the beauty or usefulness of something else. How does this definition then apply to golf cars, and whose definition of beauty or usefulness should we go by? This article will attempt to define a golf car accessory in a more meaningful way, as well as discuss some of the trends and combinations of accessories that can increase the beauty and usefulness of any golf car.

Let’s first go back in history and review what our industry has considered an accessory. When I started in 1991, a top was considered an accessory. In order to sell the other two most popular accessories, windshields and enclosures, you had to sell a top first. After those big three, the next accessories were sheepskin seat covers, wheel covers, light kits (running lights), recycled tire floor mats, and rear seat kits or cargo boxes. That was about it; maybe if you add mirrors and club protectors, as well as a few golf related items such as coolers, sand bottles and ball holders you would have about ninety percent of the accessories available in the early 90’s. The next wave of accessories included premium aluminum wheels, flip flop seat kits, light kits (with turn signals and brake lights), high-amp controllers, high-speed gear sets, high speed or torque electric motors, carpet, and simulated wood grain plastic dash kits. Fast-forwarding to today and there are also GPS systems with monitors, tilt chrome steering columns, 23-inch tires set on 12-inch offset wheels, and independent front suspension lift kits. Today, you don’t have to ask the customer if his car even has a top; it came that way straight from the factory.

The definition of an accessory for a golf car is basically anything that is not necessary for the golf car to function properly. To decide on what is necessary would depend on how you plan to use your golf car. If you are hunting, then camouflage and a gun rack would be considered necessary. If you are using it as a form of transportation, as many living in retirement communities do, then lights and a state of charge meter would be necessary. In these cases, such items as the plastic wood grain dash might not be necessary. For simplicity sake, most golf cars start their life as striped down fleet cars. Anything added to this stripped down fleet golf car is, for our industries sake, an accessory. That would include motors, controllers and heavy-duty leaf springs; parts that are often considered “hard parts” or replacement parts. This is especially true when you replace a perfectly good part with a new one for the sole purpose of improving performance. That is a working definition of golf car accessories.

Certain accessories, if not combined with others, will actually decrease the cars usefulness rather than adding to it. For instance, if you add a lift kit and 23-inch tires set on 12-inch wheels to an otherwise stock electric golf car and want to climb hills, then you have decreased its effectiveness and thus shortened the life of the motor and controller. Or, if you install a high amp series controller and motor combination without 4 gauge power wires, a high amp solenoid, and beefed up F&R switch your customer will be back sooner rather than later and not in good spirits about it either. If someone installs a rear seat kit and intends to ride four adults, he will also need heavy-duty leaf springs. Certain things just go together. Like a lift kit with big tires and fender flares or custom paint, or premium upholstery and graphics with chromed aluminum wheels. There are many combinations available, but selling the complete package is both where the money is and where the customer satisfaction is.

Why do it half way? If someone comes in with an electric golf car and wants to haul dirt around his land that has a steep hill, you would be doing a disservice to sell the person only the steel box and call it a day. Instead, you offer him the other options that will finish the job. Such options may be plastic or aluminum boxes, and dump box mounting kits, or different top options, standard to 80 inches. In order to get up the steep hills on his land with a payload, a car might need heavy duty rear springs, a lift kit, a high torque motor and controller combination, or some heavy 4 gauge wire, beefed up F&R, and so on….

You won’t know until you bring it up. Even if the customer walks out with only a steel box, you have at least started him thinking about what else he can do to the golf car. If next week he decides the golf car is not climbing fast enough, he will come back and ask you about the motor and controller package you had discussed. So, the final definition of an accessory item is anything that you are able to convince a customer to add or replace on his golf car that is not required. The Nivel catalog has doubled the size of its accessory section for this reason. Make sure you know all of your options and relay them to your customer.

ATG (JulAug12) - Testing Voltage

QUESTION: Roger what do you mean when you say “check voltage across the solenoid”? Voltage across battery? This confuses me..VA from NE

ANSWER: Sorry to confuse you and all this means is just what I am implying. You are literally testing voltage across a given point. Example is the solenoid. Typically you have four connection points. Two connections are for activation (primary) and two are for power circuit (secondary). So when I say I want you to check across the activation terminals (small terminals) I mean connect the black voltmeter wire lead to the small terminal negative input. Connect the red voltmeter lead to the small solenoid positive terminal. Meaning across the two terminals.

Why we do this is to see if we have both potentials present at the time of solenoid activation. If both potentials are present and the solenoid does not “click” the solenoid coil is open (replace solenoid). It is just that simple. If we do not read both potentials we are missing one and we have to find out which one is missing. At the same time you will not connect across the secondary (power circuit) as that will be a like potential (usually positive). So talking about “across” means a component that has two potentials present not one. A battery has two potentials, solenoid, light, coil, relay, horn, converter, and so on.


Connecting to just one terminal is checking only one potential. Meaning you have to find the other potential somewhere else such as battery negative or battery positive.


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