I know what you mean. I watched 2 10yr olds put one on it's side. It threw them clear of the cart and they only received some scrapes and bruises. Could have been a lot worse. I have a good cage and I have found some good, reasonably priced 4 point harnesses I'm going to install. When I get them in I will post some pics. If you are interested in the harness let me know and I'll give you the contact info. The trouble with most people is they think they are in complete control all the time. But they are mistaken. You can get in trouble at any time. I saw an ezgo in a shop recently where the guy got it a little sideways and when he overcorrected he went across the road and drilled a tree. The tree went almost to the dash. He went out the drivers side and his wife went out the other side. One of them, I'm thinking the passenger, took out the billet rear view mirror. They are ok but it beat them up a little. The harness can save your life. These carts are vehicles, NOT toys. Just my 2 cents.
While I'm on my soap box another safety concern is brakes. Specifically on the big block carts. I'm here to tell ya at 40mph those stock ezgo brakes are useless in an emergency situation. I am presently having some rotors cut that fit some billet hubs that I found and will be installing a 4 wheel disc brake system. Same thing, pics will follow the completion of the install. The fronts will be a big help when descending a steep grade. I have had the stock rears lock and turn me sideways so the only thing to do is turn into it and gas it. Got a little nervous on that one, the hill was really steep. OK enough already.
I have a rear seat that is a 3rd seat for an Explorer. It is after market, made by Steel Horse. It fits nicely on the back of my Marathon. It has 2 seat belts built in. My Mother In-law keeps complaining about not feeling secure riding on the back. A week ago I installed arm rests for a boat seat on it. She seamed quite happy when I showed it to her. If I go with the boat bucket seats for the front, I plan on adding seat belts at that time too.
I feel out of place here now. I'm running a 35Mph setup with JUST ONE DRUM BRAKE
You think your stopping distance is bad with 2 brakes
I've only got one cause I had to cut the other brake cable out. Would replace it but I've run short of money. From more than 10MPH I actually gain speed briefly after hitting the brakes, cause the passenger side just locks up and power is doubled to the non-braked wheel.
On the street I,m pretty conservative. Where I want the 4 wheel brakes is while rock crawling of descending steep grades. The rears just lock and the only thing to do is let off to get it straight again. By then you can be in serious trouble. Thumper, good call on the seatbelts. Every little bit helps.
Thanks Nate for firing up this thing again. My cage is bolted to the frame behind the seat and on both sides of the cowl. It is only as strong as the bolts and those locations on the frame . I have added 4 pt harness and in the process of installing 4 wheel discs. Thats about all I'm going to do. I figure $15K is enough for a cart. I'm done.
When you have a big block and run the speeds these things run and off road like myself and a lot of other people do they are a must. My grandaughter is extatic with the harness., she was always a little frightened when trailriding on some of the steep or tricky stuff we do. She is almost 12 and the first time she went after I installed them she thanked me. I was thrilled, after wiping away the tears that is.
Safety has no price. I run the field operations for a major precast concrete mfg and erector. Safety is foremost at work and play for me so I didn't hesitate because of the price. 1 rollover will make it worthwhile. Well thats my sermon for the day. Sorry, I get carried away with this after seeing a few accidents in person.
The vid was a little deceiving, It has some more but I dont beat on it if it's not necessary. How fast does it need to go? It will do about 40 flat out. I'm more into trail riding and rock crawling. If I feel the need for speed I get the Fairlane out.