January 19, 2017
When you first think of golf carts, a leisurely ride around a green course, or even your local neighborhood probably comes to mind. But, most battery-powered carts today aren’t made for speed - in fact, they usually only go up to about 12 mph. Thankfully, electric golf carts are fairly easy to modify in order to fit your needs. Now, we’re not suggesting you unleash your inner Tim Allen to ‘soup up’ your personal golf cart. However, there are a few safe and effective ways you can get more power to your cart, so you can cruise around your block at a comfortable speed.
Keep in mind that there are EPA regulations to follow, and safety measures to consider. Make sure you know the rules before working on any of these tips and tricks.
Want more power quickly? Oftentimes, simply upgrading to a 42-volt battery can increase your speed, so you can cruise at up to 20 mph. Most standard golf cart batteries are 36-volt, so even the slightest boost can make a difference. Just make sure you’re not overloading your motor with the change. If you’re concerned about that, have a professional install the battery, and change the speed controller.
Tires with a wider diameter will increase the RPM of your cart. The good news? You don’t have to make drastic changes in the size of your tires to actually see a difference. Standard golf cart tires come in at 18”. Upgrading to just 20” can make a big difference when it comes to speed, and even control.
This might seem like an obvious solution when it comes to increasing both the torque and speed of your cart, but it’s important to choose the right fit for your specific cart. Sometimes, adding more voltage to the motor can increase the rpm, so you’ll be compromising torque with speed. In some cases, you also may need to change the power wiring and controller. Getting in over your head with changes and upgrades like this can feel overwhelming, so don’t be afraid to get it professionally looked at. You’re looking for power and fun, not a pain in the neck.
Of course, these are just a few suggestions to get you started when it comes to ramping up the power of your golf cart. Whether you’re looking for speed, torque, or a combination of both, there’s a way to take care of it.
Before you venture out on switching things up yourself, though, take a look at different golf cart options. While there are still plenty of EPA regulations in place, carts are advancing in power and technology at a faster pace than ever before. Upgrading your cart could be as simple as changing out a controller, or even updating your power cable. With a few resources and adjustments, your ‘need for speed’ won’t take long to fulfill, so you can take your cart to customized new heights.