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Old 04-04-2011, 11:59 AM   #1
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ok, we are staring a new project and need any suggestions besides that it's a bad idea. We're taking a zx-14 motor and making a "golf cart". yes i know it's probably a bad idea and yes i know it will be way overpowered. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that i will have to build a whole new chassis and just stick a body on it, but i need more ideas to make a plan before i start building. any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:02 PM   #2
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define "golf cart." Do you actually plan to use it for golf or by "golf cart" do you just mean some type of seated vehicle?
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The very first thing that comes to mind is how insanely flip-happy that thing will be. Your going to have a ton of power and speed packed into a vehicle known for flipping easily especially if you are going to lift the cart or use a lifted cart.

I like where this is going..
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Way ahead of the game, but I'll paint it for ya when you are done.
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The very first thing that comes to mind is how insanely flip-happy that thing will be. Your going to have a ton of power and speed packed into a vehicle known for flipping easily especially if you are going to lift the cart or use a lifted cart.

I like where this is going..



this makes me want to continue to look for a 600cc and build a custom 2 seater gokart ... my buddy and i where gonna make a fully box frame and was gonna have a roll cage for the beast lol
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Way ahead of the game, but I'll paint it for ya when you are done.
I'm pretty sure he's got that covered. . .dig through some of his old threads or type his name in the search box and you'll see some cool !!


To the OP, if you have the powerplant and the cart I say go for it! If you have to source all of the parts I think you're wasting a lot of $$$ on a fairly useless project. Might as well stripe the name Death Trap on the side because that's what you're gonna be building!!! I'm pretty sure it will be unsafe at any speed. . .
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Without all of the battery weight I think a golf cart will flip easily with that power plant
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appreciate it but i do custom paint for a living.
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i do have the cart and the power plant. so the cost won't be through the roof. i just downloaded plans a guy used to put a four link in his when he put in a r1 motor. i don't plan on lifting it because of the risk to flip it so easy. it will probably sit about the stock hight of a regular cart. my biggest concern right now its getting the power to the rear axle. and wheel size. biiger wheel? should i put wheely bar to keep the front end down?
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I'm pretty sure he's got that covered. . .dig through some of his old threads or type his name in the search box and you'll see some cool !!


To the OP, if you have the powerplant and the cart I say go for it! If you have to source all of the parts I think you're wasting a lot of $$$ on a fairly useless project. Might as well stripe the name Death Trap on the side because that's what you're gonna be building!!! I'm pretty sure it will be unsafe at any speed. . .
thank you for the kind words! it's always nice to hear people like my work. and yes i think i am painting death trap somewhere on it. lol!
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Getting the power to the rear without a solid axle is gonna be tricks. It could be done easily, but then it would not turn well.
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yeah, i'm afraid i'll have to choose between turning or have one wheel that is always going bald from burning out
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That ^^^is the most awesome I have seen in a long time right there!!!

I would build something VERY similar to that, only I would lower the cart's ride height a bit, put some short, kind of hidden wheelie bars on it....and maybe a small diameter, chromemoly roll cage....

They did a fantastic job on that cart above.......

I would license/insure that so I could ride it around South Shore with all the other cart cruisers.....


There is a good chance mine would have a busa motor with a turbo on it though.....
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Getting the power to the rear without a solid axle is gonna be tricks. It could be done easily, but then it would not turn well.
He's going to have to run a swingarm and a nice strong axle to put that power to the ground IMHO. I would look for something (axle wise) off of a Honda 400EX or a Yamaha banshee do to stock takeoff parts availability and massive aftermarket support(also check for takeoff parts from any modern 4 stroke sports quad in the 450-700cc range). DuraBlue makes some quality components for high hp ATV's and UTV's and would point you in the right direction if you send them a polite email. http://www.durablue.com/ If you do happen to source your rear axle from a sport quad you'll have the availibility to run supermoto type tires on the cart. http://www.atvtirestore.com/kenda_sp...ires.html#4667
I raced ATV MX and crosscountry races in my early 20's so I can probably help you with some of the ATV related info if you want.

I would look into registering the cart for road use asap (I know you'll be exceeding the slow moving vehicle clause and all that legal mumbo jumbo) as it will be nearly impossible to get tags once highly modified IMO. You are going to make this thing street legal if possible right???
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because he pertains what most of us are lacking. . .the mechanical aptitude and artistic vision required to do it right the first time. I would imagine he'll do as well as or better than the guys that built the R6 powered cart posted above.
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