First manufactured in the 1960s to speed up the pace of play and provide golfers a more relaxing way to get around the course, golf carts are now multi-purpose vehicles. Today, more golf carts are used for non-golf-related activities than transporting golfers. The growth of golf cart communities where driving on the street is legal, requires a vehicle that can travel longer distances on a single charge, and at the same time increase speed and power (torque).
Here are a few tips on how you can improve the performance of your cart…
Add more torque to your golf cart:
Extra torque means more speed. Torque is the pulling power of the motor. Bear in mind that when you upgrade power in one area, it may cost you performance/power/economy elsewhere, therefore it’s best to upgrade all of the parts necessary to have even power and torque throughout your cart. Upgrading power should be an “all or nothing” project.
Upgrade your golf cart motor:
This is an excellent option if you’re just looking for more torque in the car, but are not so concerned about the speed.
Improve your golf cart’s high-speed controller/solenoid contactor relay:
Aside from the motor, there are several components that you must consider when upgrading. These are the part referred to above as “all or nothing”. If they are not included in your upgrade, you run the risk of creating a bottleneck situation. For example: If the motor is attempting to draw 400 amps to itself, but your controller and solenoid are only rated at 275 amps, because of current limitations, the motor will not function at its highest potential.
Add better golf cart tyres:
Upgrading your cart’s tyres and increasing the tyre size is one of the most economical and easiest ways to get more speed out of your cart. This is a cost effective solution for both petrol and electric carts.
Use a higher powered golf cart battery:
Increasing your golf cart batteries voltage is a guaranteed way to increase speed and overall power. Most golf carts are designed to work with a range of different batteries. However, if you decide to upgrade your golf cart’s batteries, you will also need to upgrade your battery cables.
Keep your cart light and clean:
Decluttering lightens the carrying weight and enhances the overall performance. Many cart owners keep their rides in pristine condition, but neglect to inspect and maintain the underside of their cart. Check the undercarriage for mud, stones, and caked-on particles. These can create a build-up and cause slower speeds.