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

CLUB CAR INTRODUCES THE LIMITED EDITION JAUNT™ PTV

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.

YAMAHA INKS AGREEMENT TO SPONSOR THE 2015 PRO-AM AT THE MCGLADREY CLASSIC

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.

TWO MAKES OF GOLF CARS RECALLED

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.

THE NEW FACE OF FULLRIVER BATTERY IS HERE

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.

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