Thanks guys. Its good to be on. Its getting close to spring and the camp ground opening so I got to get the cart ready. It is really going to suck not being able to be the cart guru up there this year. I promised my wife I would not work on anyones cart. I asked her if I could bring them home to work on and she said NO! Health comes first. The more I do, the more I hurt. Its the being bent over and the getting up and down off the floor that is the killer. I am still working with the Doctors and I have to have more test done. I know its bad arthritis and they think its too far advanced that the meds are not going to help the pain. The damage is done to the joints. The also found 5 bone spurs on my ankle and 2 big ones on my heal. They want to do surgery, I said no. It feels like a bad sprain. I am wearing a walking cast and it is helping alot. OK, enough complaining.
I am looking foward to getting up to the camp ground. My brother is not returning this year so I am buying his deck. I am going to add it to mine and we will have a HUGE L shape deck that will wrap around back and over look the walking trails abd creek. It will be peaceful and beutiful. I promised my wife we would also spend more time at the camper and not run around as much. It was 40-60 mile and 8-10 hours on the cart every weekend. I want to cut that in 1/2. Boy, it seams like sence I quit smoking, my healt has fallen apart. Yep guys, still smoke free since May 14th. Never cheated either. That has been my biggest problem. I am no longer hanging out in the garage. Well, enough of going on and on. Sorry COPB, I guess you are the only one that wants to see the house of CRAYOLA.
PS> Gorno, what do you mean, Interesting results? Because it has more power with HS gears? Its easy to explain. These engines were designed to run at 3300 governed rpms. That is where they preform the best at. By putting HS gears in, it lowered the rpms that it gains speed at down to where the engine runs best at, putting it in its optimal power band during acceleration. With the way my clutches are machined and springed, when I floor it taking off, the engine jumps to 3300rpms and accelerates down the road, as the clutches close in front and open in the rear, the rpms stay between 3300-3600rpms untill it reaches a point that the clutches are fully open/closed and then the rpms build to top end. Does that make sense to everyone? Before it was running higher rpms during hard throttle, doesn't mean it had more power.
I forgot to answer the quote..... I love the speedometer. It works out great and easy to program. You do have to extend the 2 wires in it though. No big deal. To program it for any size tire, you just measure out the roll out of the tire that the magnets on , multiply it by 2.54 or 25.4 depending on the decimal spot to convert to metric and program it in. LOVE it, would not own a cart with out one. The owners of the campground love it too. Now they can tell who is speedin. Funny now, cause it was always them flying around. First thing they said was, "Dang, 5mph is slower than I thought!"
I find it interesting that you said that you and your brother did the clutch work at the camp ground. So, am I to assume that you do not need a lathe or anything to do this job? Can you tell us what it entails? Or, at least, the theory?
I meant just that Jerry, interesting results. The high speed gears slowed the engine down AND sped up the cart. It makes perfectly good sense because the HS gears put a bigger drag on the motor. I just assumed that a gas motor would run to it's potential RPM no matter what the gearing.
No, everything needed machined. We just removed the clutched at the campground and took them to my brothers work to machine them and put a power spring the drive clutch(Carts Parts Plus.com $15.95). The driven clutch was machined also so the clutch came together more and the belt was riding out of the clutch at low rpms. And the belt dropped in further when the driven clutch was fully open. Changing the gearing a little at both ends of the rpms. More torque taking off and higher top end when up to speed. It may only be 1-2mph gain but that is a lot when it comes to our carts.
The drive clutch was machined so it closed further together. A stock clutch runnig fully closed with a new belt, the belt is still about 1/8" from the top of the clutch. After I machined it, and added a spacer to the thrust bearing the belt was riding out of the clutch by 1/8" changing its top end gearing which gained me about 5mph more. And the power spring is just that. It keeps the engine in a more steady higher rpm during acceleration. In all, I gained about 6-7mph top end and more take off power. The clutch does not engage untill about 1500-1700rpm. I have the throttle and micros set so it idles at 700rpms. To shut it off, you put it in nuetral or turn the key. You shift from forward to reverse fast and it won't stall either. Its funny though, in reverse the clutch engages at 900-1000rpms so you can almost idle backing up with out reving the engine much. Its PERFECT!
The actual machining is just taking a little off the bottoms of them. The faces are not machined. Be careful though, too much machining and it gan be too thin and could fly apart. My brother ruined his driven clutch. But for the 2 months it was running, it would throw stones with 27" tires!
Your cheapest torque upgrade would be to have TOM at CPP machine the driven but put the power spring in the drive clutch and add a spacer to the thrust bearing so it closes up the clutch till both sheaves almost touch the belt. I have seen alot of people buy the power sring for the drive clutch and then complain it JERKS taking off. It is because your clutch is warn and there is a gap of about 1/8"-1/4"mbetween the belt and the sheave when it is not running. When you start it and rev it up, most clutches are worn and strick. So a 200rpm power sping turns into a 500 rpm spring, it revs up to 1600-1700rpms and BANG! takes up that gap instantly and jerks! But if you have no gap between the belt and sheave, it takes off smooth even at a higher takeoff rpm. We learned this the hard way at the campground. We had to make all kink of spacers to trial and error on peoples carts we did. We diid. I wish they would all come to the Bonanza. We would clean house! Cause I tweaked everyone of theirs to run at its best.
Hey Jerry Glad To See Your Back I Wish I Knew You Were Selling The Pepsi Machine I Would Have Bid On It . Did You Get Your Spoiler Made Yet ? Hope Your Not Getting Buried Under Snow Since You Took The Blade Off The Tractor I'm Waiting A Couple More Week's Until I Take The Snow Thrower Off Mine Just In Case. Like A Friend Of Mine Say's I Cant Tell You How Many Times I've Shoveled 3" Of Partly Cloudy Off My Driveway
We ended up with a little ice and lots of flurries but nothing measurable.
I wish it would get up to aleast 50* and sun 1 day this week with no wind. I want to get my final pratices runs and tweaks on the golf cart so I can take it to the campground. Im would like to design a removable 1 seater for the back but I don't think I can with the spoiler I am designing. Its kinda going to look like a Nascar spoiler but will come off thebag holder area and then back and up about 1/2 way to the roof. It will be just as wide as the cart and the side pieces about 8"x11" I might do the same for the front instead of the tube bumper.
Well, it was cold but no wind. 40* out, 335# on the cart dressed as an Eskimo, enclosure off, windshield folded down. I topped out at 39.3mph @ only 4050-4130rpms. It was hard to see well, my eyes were watering! I think if the windshield was off, I would of broke the 40mph mark! That is my goal.
Well, the guy I got the rearend from said he could do 45mph with his Kohler 20hp engine pushing 4700rpms. I guess if I could get my rpms to that, I would be going that fast too! Yes, it is faster than my Yamaha with the v-twin I had. That is why I was not too disappointed when I got rid of it.
Well, the wind is calm, the temp is 50* out, I get off work in 3 minutes........ Gonna see if it will hit 40mph! I am going to remove the windshield and GO! I will let you guys know the results!
No man with a golf cart engine. Just think what I could do with a presedent Club Car. They come with the FE350. Just put some gears in it, buy some adjustible rockers, mill the head 50 thousands and be doing 35-40 easily and still have power.
Its funny..... I had the 350 in goliath with low gears and 27" tires and it could barely hit 35mph @ 4500RPMS
I guess it had way to much wind resistance being lifted so high. LOL
You Should Let Sadie Try A Speed Run With Her Being Smaller There Would Be Less Wind Resistance And Weight Could Hit 45 ? Dont Know If She Would Be Comfortable At That Speed . Just A Thought . The Speed Your Getting Is REAL Impressive I Think Im Goung To Look For A Club Car Gasser And Do The Low Rider Thing .
Yes I do need to get her on it but she gets nervous once it hits 30mph. She knows how to drive but she is only 14. It would be up to her to take it faster. I am starting to get used to the speeds now myself. Not nearly as squirrilly. Yes, you live close enough..... I would be happy to show you how to dial it in. Please get one!