Category: Golf Cart Stuff
Golf Cart Top Lowering System

Looking for a solution to get your customized lifted golf cart into that enclosed trailer of yours? Or does it not even fit in the garage? Pete has just the solution. Pete’s Golf Carts now offers the perfect kit to do just that. His Golf Cart Top Lowering Kits are great for the DIY guy and an afternoon project to solve your problem. Made from quality materials right here in the good ole US of A. Currently Pete offers two kits:
  1. Specifically designed for Older Ezgo Golf Carts utilizing a 3/4 Inch front roof strut and 1 Inch rear struts See Details
  2. All other Golf Carts utilizing 1 Inch roof struts front and rear – See Details
This is a common topic among Rv people that pull their golf cart with them on their travels or the race car guys traveling around the country from event to event. Numerous other options are available of course but short of buying a bigger taller trailer or building another golf cart to meet your height requirements this is by far the best solution to lower your golf cart top to fit in your trailer or garage. Here are a few videos for the DIY guys out there looking to save a few bucks and dont care so much about the finished look just need to be able to lower the golf cart top to make it fit somewhere. Checkout this YouTube video to learn more. This video will also give you the basic idea of what is involved to install a golf cart lowering kit on your golf cart without going all around town shopping for the materials you need to do so. Pete’s kit is actually quite affordable and of great quality and finish. Once installed one can hardly notice the obvious unless you are really aware of what you are looking for on the golf cart. No wiggle, no rattle with his nylon shim kit included – just solid functionality with attention to detail. Basic Video Overview:
  • Determine make and model of your golf cart
  • Determine your golf cart top strut dimensions
  • Prepare tools for the job – Drill and drill bits, reciprocating saw, basic wrenches, socket and ratchet set, tape measure, pencil or marker
  • Make measurements to locate golf cart top lowering brackets
  • Drill holes to attach brackets (best to do one by one)
  • Cut roof strut at angle to accommodate lowering process and movement ( Note – need to make sure angle is cut in right direction)
  • Repeat process on all four corners of golf cart
  • Be sure to include the nylon shims on inside of brackets for ease of movement when lowering and years of trouble free use
If you do decide to go with Pete’s Golf Cart Top Lowering Kit they include easy to follow how to directions and all required hardware (nuts, bolts, washers) We actually installed one the other day so I had a better idea of how all this was going to work. Seemed very straight forward and the job was complete in a little over an hour with my novice assistance. Coming from a computer guy and not a gear head like Pete I think I could do the job should the time arise. Though being I do not even own a golf cart it probably wont happen soon. I would love to have one especially some of the golf carts Pete has around the shop. Just awesome – heck they do not even look like a golf cart anymore. More like a little car or truck. If you are looking for a affordable solution to add some music to your golf cart? Checkout Pete’s new golf cart top mounting Bluetooth stereo systems. Models specifically for the Club Car Onward and Precedent, Ezgo Rxv and the Yamaha Drive. Pete’s Golf Carts has all the cool accessories for your golf cart. So if you own a golf cart you need to visit Pete’s to see how he can help you customize your ride.
Gem Car Batteries

GEM Car Battery Comparison – Why Should You Only Use Gel Batteries In Your GEM

This topic is a frequently ask one and figured we should lay out the facts in an article for our GEM owners out their and potential owners considering the purchase of a GEM car. Being the GEM car is an electric vehicle it requires batteries. And they better be good ones if it is the heart of your vehicles operating system. So lets start at the beginning and get the back story then convey the facts.

Unknown to alot of Gem Car Owners the Chrysler Corp. created the GEM brand and first mass produced electric Vehicle “Global Electric Motorcars LLC” which was later purchased by  Polaris. Chrysler Corp. and Lee Iacocca’s idea of creating a vehicle that was in essence an affordable alternative transportation for the masses that was basically powered by clean renewable energy was simply brilliant. Though in the time and day this dream still had a few hurdles to overcome. Mostly related to battery technology. Just as computers and technolgy have come full circle many times… battery technology has come full circle only a few times. Especially when talking about affordable batteries that will still get the job done.

After much R and D they settled on the Deka Gel 8G31S style battery to power their dream car for numerous reasons we will outline below. GEM owners today have been known to use alternative battery options to power the vehicle because the cost of a true Gel battery is extremely high compared to the traditional lead acid battery most golf cart owners are familiar. As with any problem people come up with different solutions. Which one solves the problem correctly is all in the details. Lithium batteries where around then as they are now and still the most expensive option. Though not nearly as much as in 1995 but still pricey to say the least. review some Lithium Battery Options Here.

Features and Benefits

The benefits of using the original GEL battery installed in your GEM electric vehicle is quite lengthy and for good reason. The engineers at Chrysler Corp. had a daunting task in this day and age to come up with a solution that would power their new Ev. Lets review the big 3.

Charging System – If you change the batteries in your GEM car it will cause a major problem with the charging systems ability to properly charge the batteries you have installed. These smart electric vehicles came equipped with a smart charger that was programmed specifically for GEL battery technology and charging parameters. If you change the batteries expect to change the charger or have it re-programmed by an authorized dealer. Another issue since the sale of the company to Polaris it is hard to come by knowledgeable dealers to do so. Buyer Beware – Be prepared to pay out the nose for this or a new charger at the GEM/Polaris dealer. $1000 and up is the usual M.O. for a new charger. Special note Find yourself going this route anyhow or need a replacement GEM Car 72 Volt Battery Charger Pete has you covered. Here are some alternative options that will get some power back into your battery bank. 

Dimensions – Based on the specific area designed to hold and secure the battery pack. dimensions must be spot on – The replacement and installation of these batteries is quite a task because they are so tightly packed and secured in the GEM aluminum chassis.

General Maintenance – Due to the placement of the battery pack maintenance is an issue for good old traditional lead acid batteries because you will need to check the electrolyte (water) level often and fill as needed. Which would be more frequent than a normal golf cart because the GEM is really a high performance Ev in comparison. The demands the motor/controller system puts on those batteries is substantial. This is one of the major reasons they settled on the Gel battery because they are Maintenance Free!

Performance – Traditional lead acid batteries do not like to get severely or deeply discharged. If they are they become stubborn to revive and will cut the cycle life or life expectancy of the battery in general significantly. AGM and GEL batteries have a great ability to take a deep discharge in stride and recover completely time and time again with the proper charging system and battery charger. Another major determining factor in going with the Gel battery to power the GEM car.

Service Life – This was the biggest hurdle to overcome because of the competition was tough. ( A gas or diesel burning vehicle vs an Electric vehicle when comparing in ease of use to re-power or fuel its drive train.) They couldn’t very well change the batteries once a month like in a flashlight or AM/FM radio not could they. Nor could you even expect a potential buyer to fall in love with a car that required such general maintenance. So the batteries needed to be large enough to allow for a decent range of use but also allow for many charge/discharge cycles. ( AKA – Cycle Life ) So Lithium looked very promising even then due to the batteries abilities but after cost analysis just not feasible for the average Joe. So back to a lead acid variant that would deliver the goods. AGM – GEL Batteries…. At the time AGM batteries where basically military spec stuff only. So pulling the battery technology from their good friends at the Pentagon they started testing. After much debate and millions spent the GEL batteries became the obvious solution to power the vehicles. Especially if climate was included in the testing because the GEL battery will hold up much better in the colder climates whereas in places like Florida the internal chemistry of an AGM vs GEL battery is quite identical due to the heat.

Termination – Designed to be attached in series via ring terminals. As all other components of the system like fuses and charging system. If you switched to a post type battery due to cost savings you would find yourself replacing and changing all your cable ends. So surely not ideal. At the very least make sure you choose a stud type termination for the batteries you choose for your GEM car. If you live in warmer climate an AGM battery like the Trojan is a good alternative and might save you a few bucks without sacrificing performance or service life to much.

In Review

Now that the facts have been conveyed it should be obvious to anyone why you should replace the original Gem Car gel batteries with more of the same. Otherwise overall performance (speed and range) will be limited as will service life based on the amount of charge/discharge cycles of said battery. Not to mention the hassle of trying to maintain a flooded battery. Traditional lead acid batteries are good for approx 200-250 cycles at 50% D.O.D. (Depth of Discharge) so figure 2-3 yrs life if using only recreational. Even less if using for transportation and or you do not keep up with the water levels! Whereas with the GEL battery you can expect a service life more like double that for similar usage and no maintenance issues what so ever other than the need to always charge the battery bank back up to 100% after every use and store in the same condition.

Re-Power your GEM Cart Today with a new set of Deka Gel GEM Batteries! Shop Now! Gem Car Replacement Batteries  

Alright Let’s Get Started…. You just purchased some new custom golf cart seat covers because your old golf cart seats are looking pretty rough. Plus the neighbor just brought home a new custom golf cart and his had some really cool golf cart seats. So you know you need to replace them anyhow though the cushions themselves are still in good shape under neath and the base board was still good as well. No wood rot or damage so you opted to just recover them but not quite sure how is the best way to put them on. Installing new golf cart seat covers is pretty straight forward. basically we will just need to stretch the new material over the cushion and secure to the seat base. Though there are a few tricks to make this a painless process and the end result be the custom look you envisioned all along. All of Pete’s Custom Golf Cart Seat Covers are made specifically for each rear flip seat based on make and model of your golf cart and based on the actual seat manufacture as are most other sellers or upholsters offering them. This allows for a great fit and a custom look once installed. No wrinkles, tight contoured fit every time. So hopefully you purchased the correct ones for your golf cart. Let’s get down to business with a step by step First off – You are going to need some basic tools to get the job done.
  • Heat Gun
  • Staple Gun
  • Sturdy pick or small flat head screw driver
  • Pliers and small wire cutters
Next – you will need to find a good working surface that give you room to move the golf cart seats around but doing so without getting them dirty or damage. You will want to have clean flat surface to work on like a sturdy shop bench or kitchen counter top. Now you can remove the seat cushions from your golf cart. Remove the front seat handles or hip restraints. Any and all seat hinges or hydraulic shock assistants. Then you will have to decide do you recover over top of the original cover or remove it? This can go either way just depends on the damage to the previous one. If the seat cushion cover is just sun faded or stained but structurally in good shape (No rips or tears) I say keep it and just go right over it. If it has holes and tears in it you will most likely want to remove , then recover otherwise you will not be happy with the finished result because when you stretch the new golf cart seat covers over the seat cushion the contour will be apparent and if you have a big rip or hole in it you will surely see it under the cover. Especially over time and use. Either way you will need to begin by removing any and all plastic trim on the underside, save this for re-installation after the new covers are in place. ( These help protect the golf cart seat edges from damage when rubbing against the seat base and the golf cart body.) Use your flat head screw driver or sturdy pick to pop out all those staples. You need to have a good base flat and solid to re-staple the new seat covers when the time comes so do this now. This applies to the rear golf cart seat set as well, though you usually will not find the plastic trim pieces in place around the seat cushion base because the seat cushion is permanently fixed to it where as the front seat hinges to access the battery or engine areas. Now clean up your mess and make sure the work surface is clear of all old staples and debris. You surely do not want to damage the new custom seat covers with a crusty staple through the front. Now with the work area clean and ready for the task at hand plug in your heat gun and pull out those new custom golf cart seat covers. Find top to bottom and left/right… place face down on the work surface and then place the seat to be covered in the center of the new cover. ( I usually measure the seat to be covered and the cover and find dead center – but the pros just eye them up if the design is not so crazy and needs to be spot on.) Now you will want to fire up that staple gun and get your air compressor going if not full or primed already. Then double check you are centered on the cover and pull from top to bottom first and pop a few staples into the top section and then pull cover snug around the bottom and pop a few more. ( All thee staples are just to keep the seat cover aligned while you work around it and will be removed eventually) Then you will do the same from left to right or vice versa.

Congrats – You figured it out! Saving time and money in the garage is always a win win. So today we are going to talk about your new golf cart battery watering system you just purchased and how to install it. Let’s start off by lifting the seat off the golf cart in question and throwing it over the roof. easiest place to get out of your way and keep it from getting dirty or scuffed on the pavement. Now you can either get the hose out and spray off all the dirt and junk on your batteries or wipe off with a rag prior to installing the new watering system. Makes life a little easier as well as keeping it clean while you work. Next you will remove all the battery caps or speed caps from your batteries. Once that is done you can start from left to right or top to bottom and pop in a few of the valves provided in the battery watering system kit. Do not pop all of them in just yet, just two to get a good measurement. Then you will want to measure the distance between the two valves connecting nipples. I usually just eye it up with the tubing in my hand and snip the pieces off with a sharp pair of scissors. You can also start a little assembly line and cut all the pieces joining the valves at once with a good measurement. Count the valves in your system and the required tubing to connect them together. Once you have completed that task look at the lay-out of your battery bank and plan to place the one point connection for the watering system in the middle of the batteries to water. Example – 36 Volt System with 6x 6 volt batteries. The one point connection should fall between the bank of 6. Three batteries to the right and three batteries to the left.
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