AN INTERVIEW WITH
MATT'S CUSTOM CARTS July 2020 Issue 2
EXCESSIVE CARTS EXCLUSIVE
GOLF CARTING WHEEL GUIDE THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GOLF CART LIFT KITS
CONTENTS ISSUE 2 JULY 2020
16 EXCESSIVE CARTS 26 MATT'S CUSTOM CARTS 28 HOW TO MAKE YOUR GOLF CART FASTER 34 GOLF CARTING WHEEL GUIDE 40 THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GOLF CART LIFT KITS 46 ASK THE MECHANIC DEPARTMENTS
8 INDUSTRY NEWS 38 LET'S GET SOCIAL 44 GOLF CART PRODUCTS 50 READERS RIDES
Can This Pandemic Change the Golf Cart?
few days ago I played a round of golf at my home course with some elderly guys from the club. These gentlemen play in a men’s group twice a week, every week and even though the monetary stakes are not high, they take it pretty damn seriously. When I play in this league I try not to muck it up or I’ll hear about it. I love playing with them because they are hilarious. On average they are 20-30 years older than me but they keep me laughing for all five hours of the round. Until a few days ago that is. I still laughed a lot but it was only for three hours and 50 minutes. It occurred to me that we shaved almost an hour off of that round and at first I couldn’t understand why. Bobby still hooked one in the woods every other hole and spent 5 minutes trying to find his Kirkland ball. Al still missed the same putts even after he studied them for many minutes. Frank still couldn’t resist hawking golf balls out of the water with his telescoping golf ball retriever. (I think he enjoys this more than playing golf.) After the round I approached the head pro and asked him if he noticed shorter rounds. He confirmed it. I asked why. He said since Covid-19 each player had their own cart and pace of play started to improve immediately. I felt foolish because it was so obvious. Golfers only went to their own balls instead of crisscrossing back and forth waiting for each other to hit. As I was driving home an image flashed in my head from the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show of a single person golf cart scooter. I couldn’t remember who made it and at the time, I wondered about its business viability. Would golf courses ever change their mode of transportation? I seriously doubted it. But that was before Covid-19. Social distancing has permeated every aspect of our life. Why wouldn’t it impact our golf? I did a little googling and discovered that I wasn’t the only one who thought these single rider golf scooters might be a hot commodity. I read a very interesting article from ESPN’s staff writer Tom VanHaaren. He looked into two manufacturers, Phat Scooters and Finn Scooters, and discovered that before the pandemic golf courses were reluctant to consider switching to single riders. Since the pandemic golf courses are coming to them and can’t sign up fast enough. So will this pandemic change the way we ride around golf courses forever? I don’t know but I do know this. I’d rather play a three hour and 50 minute round than a four hour 45 minute round. And I’d lean out on a limb here and say that golfers will go back to play courses that offer faster rounds. Pace of play is a big problem. Especially here in SW Florida where during snowbird season rounds can last as long as it would take me to paint my house.
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GARIA GOES OFF-ROAD BY INTRODUCING THEIR MOST WILD LEISURE VEHICLE YET â&#x20AC;&#x201D; THE OFF-X Inspired by their show car from the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the Danish golf car manufacturer Garia is proud to release the most disruptive edition to their fleet so far: the Garia OFF-X. Available as an option for new cars (EU street legal excluded), the model debuts in Launch Edition guise, limited to 20 cars with a myriad of free extra features. A luxury brute, it offers more chances for adventure than any Garia before it. Simultaneously, it reimagines what we have come to know from luxury micro-vehicles. The OFF-X package was built to withstand and conquer rugged natural terrains more than that of standard cars. This is reflected in its details: a 4â&#x20AC;? lift kit, elevated driving height for more 8 GOLFCARTING.COM
visual scope, a more comfortable drive that includes softer suspension and tires, new and wider wheelarches, a front bull-bar and shocks and larger tires to name a few. Built with precision engineering and unmatched design, it aids those seeking to explore the great outdoors in reliability and style. This marriage of European aesthetics and off-road functionality ushers in a new era for compact carts. All in all, a paradigm shift on how the global marketplace views them. The Garia OFF-X is available as an option package on all new Garia vehicles at a cost of $2,499 + Vat. (Currently this package excludes EU street legal Garia Monaco vehicles.) Today, Garia is a brand known worldwide for creating fun leisure vehicles that heighten the busy lifestyle. With the entry of the OFF-X, fun is transformed into thrills as drivers take their wheels to new limits. Built to take on more environments that any Garia before it, the OFF-X is a rugged side-kick that will help you explore more of what nature has to offer in absolute style.
GREAT DAY, INC. MANUFACTURER OF GOLF CAR ACCESSORIES ANNOUNCES A NEW LINE OF HUNTING ACCESSORIES
car is facilitated by a consumer who asks for a certain product that the dealer doesn’t have access to or that they need for certain hunting seasons. For an OEM golf car manufacturer looking to accessorize their fleet, Great Day, Inc. provides several trending products to help meet the demand of the OEM dealer floor plans as well. For more information about Great Day, Inc., a USbased manufacturer, please call 1-318-574-5003 or visit online at www.greatdayinc.com.
Great Day is looking to offer their customers quality hunting upgrades for their golf cars. Many golf cars do not come standard with hunting accessories on them. So, naturally, as hunting season gets closer, golf car owners start to research and add new products to their golf car for hunting. Golf car dealers have an opportunity to capitalize at their Point-of-Sale on a new or used golf car, adding profit exponentially to their dealership, which arrives over and above the normal floor plan capabilities. With this in mind, one of the main factors that makes the Great Day brand an easy choice for a dealer when it comes to choosing hunting accessories for a golf car is being able to order the hunting product in less than container-load quantities, and to assure that the R&D, fitment, and customer service will be handled by professionals. Great Day’s dealer pricing is easy to understand and can be made available to the vast network of golf car dealers. • Gunracks • Bowracks • Hitch Mounted Cargo Carriers • Front Racks • Roof Racks Regarding market coverage, golf car dealers will also find it advantageous that the hunting accessories market for golf cars is not a well-saturated market in either physical stores or online retailers. The current offerings are limited to only a small number of accessories for hunting and oftentimes may not be able to fulfill due to shortages of imported product. Great Day, Inc. allows for domestic production, so ordering smaller quantities and receiving product quickly helps you better service your customers. Typically, the need for a hunting upgrade to a golf GOLF CARTING MAGAZINE 9
latestindustrynews TOMBERLIN INTRODUCES NEW E-MERGE GT & E-MERGE E6 MODELS Tomberlin has always been on the cutting edge of the golf cart industry, and has just launched the all the E-Merge GT and E-Merge E6 line of golf carts. E-MERGE GT: Available in 2 or 4 Passenger Introducing the NEW E-MERGE E2 GT, featuring 5 new refreshing metallic colors never seen on a Tomberlin, combined with a custom new Racaro-style black carbon Cool Touch seat, 14-inch steel belted radials with BLACK wheels, and an 8 speaker Bazooka sound bar as standard equipment. It’s the fastest production vehicle Tomberlin has ever offered, with the ability (if you’re willing) to zoom from 0 to 20 mph in 5 seconds – and to 25 mph in 6 seconds. NEW AVAILABLE COLORS: STANDARD FEATURES • 7-inch LCD Dash Display • Backlit Headliner with Rearview Camera
• Custom 14”-inch Steel Belted Radials / Black Wheels • LSV Compliant • 3-Point Seat Belts • 24” Bazooka Sound Bar
PERFORMANCE • Electric Power Steering • 5 kw, 17 hp (peak) AC drive motor • 450 amp Sevcon AC controller • 1050w on-board smart charger • Custom independent dual a-arm front suspension • Double-ended rack and pinion steering • Front/rear shocks with anti-roll sway bar • 12.25:1 ratio all aluminum transaxle • (8) 6V US 2200 Batteries • 40+ Miles • Dual USB and 12-volt power ports • 5-year limited warranty • 2 forward speed & reverse control switch
Need to haul a large group of people? The E-MERGE E6 comes in both 6 and 8 passenger models and features power steering, a two-speed key switch, 7-in. LCD display, fully-integrated rearview camera, 12’ aluminum wheels with steel-belted radial tires, and two-tone luxury seats. NEW AVAILABLE COLORS:
STANDARD FEATURES • Industry First Electric Power Steering • 12” Steel Belted Radials & Custom Aluminum Wheels • Premium Two-Toned Bolstered High-Back Seats
• LSV Compliant • 3-Point Seat Belts • 4-Wheel Hydraulic Brakes with Front Disk & Rear Drum PERFORMANCE • Electric power steering (industry ﬁrst) • 5 kw, 17 hp (peak) AC drive motor • 450 amp Sevcon AC controller • 1050w on-board smart charger • Custom independent dual a-arm front suspension • Double-ended rack and pinion steering • Front/rear shocks with anti-roll sway bar • 12.25:1 ratio all aluminum transaxle • 48-volt power system (8) 6-volt batteries • 40+ Miles • Dual USB and 12-volt power ports • 5-year limited warranty • 2 forward speed & reverse control switch For more information on Tomberlin’s new Golf Cart & LSV lines visit: http://tomberlinusa.com/our-vehicles/
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latestindustrynews RELION BATTERY ANNOUNCES GOLF CART DEALER PROGRAM
FULL LINE OF SAFE WEDGES FOR ALL MODEL YEARS
Rock Hill-based leading global lithium battery provider, RELiON Battery, has launched a golf cart dealer program bringing its game changing InSight Battery into the hands of golf cart dealers across the U.S. RELiON’s InSight 48V lithium battery was designed and engineered from the ground up by a team of battery experts located in the U.S. It is the first lithium battery of its kind that is not only a drop-in replacement, but overall a more intelligent battery providing users performance like never before. InSight features all of the benefits of lithium batteries – longer life, no maintenance, faster charging – with even more intelligent features built-in. From its superior battery design to its one-of-a-kind BMS and intuitive software, InSight batteries offer exclusive advantages dealers will not find in competitor products, making it an exceptional return on investment for years to come. “We know our InSight battery is the best lithium battery available for golf cars, utility vehicles, AGVs and LSVs. Our lithium battery is superior in every way and our technical team is the best in the industry. Those two coupled together create an extraordinary product that will change the game for golf cart users,” said RELiON CEO Paul Hecimovich. “We also realize many businesses have been affected by the recent COVID-19 pandemic so we want to offer them a reliable and costeffective lithium solution while we all navigate through this unprecedented time.” By joining the new golf cart dealer program, businesses will have access to RELiON’s vast team of engineers, sales, marketing and customer service personnel located across the USA, with unmatched expertise and over 140 years of combined experience, products engineered in the U.S., training provided by RELiON in order to help grow dealer sales and marketing support for anything from logos and manuals to press releases. In addition, RELiON is offering limited-time introductory pricing that includes flexible packages and special incentives. Golf cart dealers can take advantage of the new program at an affordable cost for any business size. To learn more about RELiON Battery’s Golf Cart Dealer program, visit relionbattery.com/insight-dealer-program and connect on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Shipping not included. A representative will contact you to arrange shipping cost and time frame. Feel free to contact us for shipping quote ahead of placing order. Golf is a social sport, and in a time where social distancing is the norm, it can be very difficult for courses to operate how they normally would. Golfers riding together in a cart may not be close friends or from the same household. That's where the Safe Wedge Protective Partition comes into play. Course owners can offer a protective barrier to give golfers peace of mind while keeping fleets in full service - a true win-win! Constructed from hard-coated, lightweight polycarbonate, both sides of the Safe Wedge are resistant to scratches, abrasions, and harsh chemicals and can be cleaned and sanitized easily. With a specially designed bracket, hardware, and instructions, installation is a breeze. Each Safe Wedge can be installed in just minutes. Bracket-to-Cart Mounting: The E-Z-GO RXV Safe Wedge requires no additional mounting hardware or modification to the cart. Simply remove the bolts attaching the roof to the frame, remove the roof, place the Safe Wedge assembly on the frame, and replace the roof. For more information visit: www.safe-wedge.com
latestindustrynews E-Z-GO DONATES GOLF CARTS FOR CHARITY GOLF MATCH This match is gonna be epic, just picture Tom Brady and Payton manning tying to keep u with Tiger and Phil… The laughs will definitely ensure. E-Z-GO announced it will be the ride of choice for Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and football legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady during “Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity” on Sunday, May 24. Two of the celebrity vehicles will be auctioned following the match, and the proceeds will be gifted to support COVID-19 relief efforts. E-Z-GO vehicles are designed and manufactured by Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. company. “The game of golf has brought people together for centuries,” said Michael R. Parkhurst, Vice president, golf for Textron Specialized Vehicles. “Right now, many need the familiar sense of friendly rivalry and community. This is a fun, safe and entertaining way to bring the sport into homes.” Woods, Mickelson, Manning and Brady will each ride in a tailored E-Z-GO Freedom RXV ELiTE car while playing the 18hole course at Medalist Golf Club. Woods’ and Mickelson’s cars will be auctioned during the All In Challenge and bidding will close at the end of the match. Fundraising efforts from “Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity” will support various non-profit agencies such as the American Red Cross, Save Small Business and DirectRelief.org – all are working in various capacities to help communities and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “At their core, E-Z-GO vehicles promote connection, helping people make the most out of simple, everyday activities,” said John Collins, TSV vice president, Personal Transportation Vehicles. “In an E-Z-GO, you can really experience your neighborhood or nature, without any barriers between you and the world around you. That’s something many of us are looking for these days.” E-Z-GO is known for paving the way in golf-car technology. The ELiTE lithium vehicles used by the players in “The Match” use Samsung SDI lithium battery technology, which is environmentally friendly, maintenance-free and comes with an eight-year warranty for personal use. “Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity” will air on Turner Sports (this includes TNT, TBS, truTV, and HLN).
DELTA-Q TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES ITS NEW RQ350 BATTERY CHARGER Delta-Q Technologies (Delta-Q) introduces its latest sealed charger with the RQ350 for electric vehicles and industrial machines. “Our customers have asked us to bring our high reliability charger design into both lower and higher capacity battery charging applications. The RQ350 solidly answers the former need with a well thought out design offered at an OEM affordable price.” Having found significant market success with the IC Series chargers rated from 650 to 1200 watts, Delta-Q has set its sights on lower power applications with its new 350-watt charger. This new build was designed and tested to meet automotive levels of product reliability, improving machine runtimes. “The RQ350 is a response to our customers’ needs in multiple application segments,” says Lloyd Gomm, VP of Business Development. “Our customers have asked us to bring our high reliability charger design into both lower and higher capacity battery charging applications. The RQ350 solidly answers the former need with a well thought out design offered at an OEM affordable price.” Designed for demanding applications such as floor care machines, pallet walkies, two wheel e-mobility products, outdoor power equipment and mobile aerial work platforms, the RQ350 offers OEMs the rugged design and flexible feature set they have grown to expect and appreciate from DeltaQ’s high quality chargers. From using an IP66-sealed die cast enclosure that can tolerate harsh application environments to the integration of CAN bus, Delta-Q offers reliability and design flexibility to OEMs integrating on-board chargers. The new charger features over-voltage protection from the AC line, and is compliant to a variety of worldwide regulations such as UL, FCC B/CISPR-14 and UNECE R10. The RQ350 also benefits from Delta-Q’s extensive library of validated charge profiles that can be specified for each charger. In addition, like the popular IC Series, charger cycle data can be downloaded, and new charging profiles can be updated by the OEM or end use customer. RQ350 charger evaluation samples are available for OEMs to order now. Visit https://delta-q.com/rq350.
EXCESSIVE CARTS We sit down with the owner of the industry's top cart builder to find out how their carts are excessive.
xcessive Carts is a Dallas/Fort Worth-based custom golf cart dealer that specializes in… EXCESS. These custom carts are not your run-of-the-mill rebuilds. Excessive Carts are something different altogether. Think Kevlar, brush guards, top-end stereo systems, beefy suspensions, custom-molded dashes. These carts are over-the-top bad ass and are becoming something of a legend. We were very excited to have a friend of Golf Carting Magazine, Jennifer Alexander, a long-time golf cart industry expert, spend some time with Rob Wallach, the founder of Excessive Carts and a retired 20-year Air Force Veteran. We wanted to find out how this iconic golf cart dealer started and where they are headed.
PHOTOGAPHY BY EXCESSIVE CARTS
GCMAG: Okay. Rob, it is so good to be able to spend some time with you again. I have seen you grow almost from day one back when I was your sales person at Double Take. You have built quite a business here, let’s get right into it… How did you start in the industry or rather, how did you get into the industry? Rob: Jennifer, thanks to Golf Carting Magazine for even considering myself and the Excessive Carts team for this great opportunity. Back in 2014, I was looking for a golf cart. I had two jet skis and wanted to get rid of those to buy a golf cart. I like to support the little guy so I opened Facebook and searched for custom golf carts, I found Epic Carts in Frisco TX, a local corporate guy looking for some new innovated fun way to earn a little extra income. I called him up to check out his carts. I went over, checked out the cart, and drove it around and I was really checking out the stereo set up. The owner, Blair, asked me what I did and I told him I install stereos. We made an arrangement where I put stereos in his golf carts. He would just order the carts and I'd put stereos in them because he had no one doing any warranty for him. At that point, he was working out of his garage. Whenever he ordered a cart, he'd call me up and I would put in the audio and LED Lighting in my garage. Outside 20 years in the Air Force, car audio has been my passion and installing stereo system in golf carts was my introduction in this fast growing amazing industry. As customers asked for more customizations, I started molding dashes fiberglassing TV’s in the dash, get it all painted or wrap it with vinyl. This was real exciting to Epic and we formed a great relationship. Long story short, I said to Blair, "Whoever is building your carts, the quality and craftsmanship could be a lot better." So sarcastically he said, "You want to start building my carts?" I said, "Yeah, sure." We then changed our arrangement where I would build the carts and he would sell them. At this time, he was building on Club Car chassis and I knew nothing about golf carts. I didn't know the difference in quality and craftsmanship between the various brands and models. With my background in car audio and customizing vehicles for so many years, I just started winging it, taking the carts apart, putting Kevlar on them, covering seats, putting stereo systems and LED lighting in them and it evolved more and more. This went on for a while and I actually hired my first employee, Ryan within 6 months in July of 2015. I taught him how to take your time and do it right the first time, like how to assemble and wire, how to solder, and the importance of paying attention to detail. I passed along to him as much knowledge as I had. If you deliver a premium product, you will attract premium clientele. During this same time, late summer to early winter of 2015 I would travel up to Alaska and install Remote Starts on 500-700 local vehicles. I have been doing this for several years and being away from my family 5 months out of the year was getting old. I decided to sell the business in Alaska so I I could focus on producing golf carts full time and be with my family. Just as I made my decision to sell my car audio business in Alaska, I received a phone call from Epic Carts and they told me GOLF CARTING MAGAZINE 17
they are moving on with a different plan. I was torn and had no direction so out of the blue I decided to start something on my own. Excessive Carts was born, I created the name, a logo and a Facebook page. It was eye-candy on Facebook, people could not resist seeing these different colored carts scrolling through their time lines. I put out a post saying, "Excessive Carts is giving away a free golf cartâ&#x20AC;? and I received 3,000 likes on the page within two weeks. All of a sudden, people started showing up at the door and it was starting to evolve. The quality and unique designs of our carts really spoke for themselves. We developed a strong following by throwing eye-candy on there and showing our carts on Facebook. We would show our carts at local flea markets, neighborhood functions, and supported various local fund-raisers. Excessive Carts was getting a name in the small town of Prosper TX. Ryan and myself were so busy I then I hired my second employee the summer of 2016 for Excessive Carts. GCMAG: Who was that? Rob: That was Mike. He's a Louisiana rough-neck that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take no chit from anybody. He was rough around the edges, however Ryan molded him and turned him into a valuable 18 GOLFCARTING.COM
asset to the team. Within 6 months, we hired our third (Austin), fourth (Ron), and fifth employees (Cory). I used to pretty much do every drop-off, pick-up, powder coat runs, Kevlar runs, service calls. I handled the marketing, sales, and every other aspects of the business while Ryan, Mike, Ron, and Cory focused on building the carts. Clientele grew up into mid 2017 and word got around,
we were having the time of our lives and all of a sudden we were just getting overwhelmed. I brought my cousin Derek onboard, with his knowledge and expertise in finance and analytics, we grew the business together as a team and now had 20+ employees. We were having tremendous growth with this great team over the next 2 years and it was being noticed in the golf cart industry. GCMAG: What are your future plans for growth and expansion? Rob: We recently merged with 3 other dealerships, these are owned by a long time friend and business associate Terry Hundley. He helped guide and support Excessive Carts almost since our first custom build. He took over and introduced an opportunity to continue growing Excessive Carts alongside
of his other locations in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. He brought Club Car as a dealer to Excessive Carts. We now offer brand new carts as well as our custom builds. As the golf cart industry grows, we want to continue offering our customers unique products they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get anywhere else. We would like to see growth and eventually become a one-stop-shop for brand new, custom remanufactured Excessive Carts, and service in North Dallas. We are striving to be a brand here locally and nationally. GCMAG: You are nationally known. You're doing it. Rob: Yes, we probably ship 40% of our custom carts out of state and even international. We shipped a cart to Qatar. When starting this I had a vision to be the West Coast Customs of golf carts, and we think we're on our way to that. We think GOLF CARTING MAGAZINE 19
a lot of people know who we are, we just want to continue to do that and keep evolving. As the industry matures, the market will see similar carts to what we have been building. Our goal is to continue evolving and always be on the cutting edge of innovation and design. We’ve been able to do that through strong partnerships with local vendors and a great production team. GCMAG: Where do you see the future of the industry as a whole? Rob: I see it continuing to grow. We see the master-planned communities out here and it's almost like people are forced into keeping up with the Joneses. People get carts because of the convenience of taking the kids to school, whipping over to the neighbors, or just a late night ride under the stars with The Eagles playing on the stereo. It’s growing year by year We live right across the street from one of the nicest and largest master-planned communities in the nation, Light Farms, they've received all kinds of awards. There's going to be thirty-five-hundred homes in there, and I guarantee 60% of the people have or will have carts. There's another master plan community at the same size down the road and another one down the other road. We are at the right place at the right time. GCMAG: That’s great. 20 GOLFCARTING.COM
Rob: We see it being huge. As long as the laws stay in place and people abide by the laws.. We are hoping there's more towns like The Villages in Florida and Peachtree City in Georgia, these communities rely on golf carts as their primary transportation to and from everday activities. GCMAG: True. I know a little about your team. You’ve got 20 people there. That's a lot. Rob: Yes, we have been growing steadily, but even more so in recent months. We have a really strong team of dedicated professionals who work hard to deliver a quality experience and product from our initial design session to final cart delivery. As hard as we work, we have to remember that this is a really fun business. Rob: We love the customers that come in and we get to design a unique cart together. We feel honored that customers are willing to invest in a product and have absolutely no idea what the finished product will look like. We have never had a dissatisfied customer with a design. GCMAG: Yes. That sounds great. Rob: Also, something to add, a lot of people ask us how we get the inspiration of the color combinations, we have absolutely no idea. We are having fun just like an artist is on slapping paint on a canvas. It all comes together in the end.
I just think of things and sometimes, I question myself, "Oh, my God, was that a good decision?" The cart, when it's being built, it's pretty much not what we really wanted. Then when the seats come in, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still not sure, but then when you put them together, they match up and a masterpiece appears. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always good when a plan comes together and since we opened in March 2016, its has come together and I could have not done it without my team, Team Excessive!!! For more information about Excessive Carts in Prosper, TX visit them online at ExcessiveCarts.com, check out their Instagram @excessivecarts or give them a call at (972) 9713717.
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MATT'S CUSTOM GOLF CARTS M
attâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Custom Golf Carts located in Fort Myers, FL opened its doors in 2018 and since the very first day things took off. Specializing in custom builds, Matts Carts has been thriving in this golf-cart-centric SW Florida market. Matts Golf Carts is also a complete golf cart service center. I had the opportunity to visit Matts a few months ago and immediately upon entering the store I was struck at how busy everyone was. The showroom was packed with new and used carts and striking custom rebuilds. There was an energy about the place that made me want to buy something right then and there. The service department was thriving with an almost frenetic pace of activity. The overall sense I got was a golf cart shop oozing success. I caught up with a very busy Matt Bucci, owner of Matts Custom Golf Carts to learn a little more his business.
DEALER PROFILE: Dealer Name: Matts Custom Golf Carts Dealer Location: 12894 Metro Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33966 Phone Number: (239) 333-8895 Owners: Matt and Miki Bucci Brands: Club Car, Evolution Specialty: Custom Cart Builds
GCMAG: How did you get I to the industry?
Matt: I always had a passion for customizing things throughout my life.
GCMAG: When did your business really take off and why? Matt: I've always wanted to custom-build golf carts and in
2018, one day I woke up and said I'm going to start my dream and that's how I started my business with my wife. I did all the custom builds and she did the deliveries. From there we just grew and grew.
GCMAG: What are your future plans for growth and expansion? Matt: Our future goal is to expand. We want to have several stores and continue to grow our already growing business.
GCMAG: Where do you see the future of the industry? Matt: Having several locations and continuing to provide excellent customer service.
GCMAG: Can you tell us about your team?
Matt: We have an amazing team. We have several Certified EZ-
GO Techs and we have a female mechanic. We have our own welders. We have our own break-down-carts crew. We have a terrific office staff that can multitask like no other. We also have a designated delivery person and of course a salesman. We are one big happy family. We are family-owned and operated.
GCMAG: What was your favorite custom build and why?
Matt: Our all-time favorite build was for a F1 Formula #44 Petronas Race Car. We had over 40-hours of a custom paint job in it. We stretched a two-passenger RXV into a six-passenger. The reason why I would say this was our favorite build is because it was an honor to build this for one of our high-end clients. We love a challenge! We were able to replicate a golf cart to their Race Car.
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How to Make a Golf Cart Go Faster Plum Quick Bandit Upgrade Ryan Fenters is the founder of the popular YouTube Channel called Fentertainment. Ryan creates DIY videos of, in his own words… “dedicated to making, painting, building, modifying and fixing things…”
His golf-cart-related DIY videos are very informative and we thought it would be a good idea to transcribe them for you. This is the first video in a four-part series where Ryan transforms a 2014 Club Car Precedent. In it, Ryan shows us step by-step how to upgrade the motor to double the speed using a Plum Quick Bandit motor. Ryan Fenters: What's going on guys? I just picked up this 2014 Club Car Precedent and the first upgrade we're going to do is make this thing faster. Right now it is doing about twelvemiles per hour but with the help of a Plum Quick motor, it's going to go a lot faster. All right, so getting started we want to place the cart in the off position. Underneath the seat is going to be a tow/run switch. We want to put this switch into tow mode and I like to remove the positive battery cable to the pack just in case any of the wires decide to touch each other. In order to access the motor, there's going to be a motor cover and once you have the two clips removed, go ahead and take the cover itself and slide up with it. The motor has four wires on it and there's a speed sensor plug on the right-hand
side of the motor, the passenger's side of the golf cart. The first thing I like to do is get my cellphone out and take a picture of where the wires go. That way when we get the new Plum Quick motor in, we'll know which wires go where. Now, once you have the access cover off, you can wipe off the motor to get the numbers so you can send in the Plum Quick.
Now we have all four wires removed from the motor. The next step, we need to release this connector going to the speed sensor. We just need to push it down and pull it away and the motor is fully disconnected from the golf cart electrically. Take the wires and move them out the way. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holding the motor onto the axle is three bolts. I'm just going to take a 7/16-inch wrench to remove those bolts. Now go ahead and just note this motor's very heavy, so it's not just going to unbolt and pop right off. There's a shaft and we're going to have to slide it off the shaft. Once you have all the bolts loose, go ahead and remove them by hand. All three bolts are out, now the motor is just going to spin by itself. We need to remove the motor away from the axle and now we have the motor out. Before you package your motor up and send it to Plum Quick, be sure to remove the speed sensor so it doesn't get
damaged in shipping. Retain this as you're going to need this for the new motor. To remove this, you can use a flathead or a 5/16 socket wrench. The motor I opted for is the Plum Quick Bandit. This is the entry-level motor, it runs about $275. The motor comes painted, it comes with a handle on it, it's got new studs with nuts on it. Very clean motor and you're just going to have to add your speed sensor to it, bolt it on to the cart and go. They make tons of other motors that does various things from just speed or just torque. These guys have been in business since the early eighties and its a family business that started with their father, Carson and two brothers Ricky and Robby Steen. Plum Quick also holds the World Records and the Guinness Book World Record for the fastest golf cart. All right guys, here is the motor it showed up today. Let's get started.
This is the PH Bandit and my cart is a PH cart. There's the Excel controller and everything on this golf cart. This is the Bandit and it's got the handle here, they've given us some new studs. The speed sensor and everything is back on. Next we need GOLF CARTING MAGAZINE 29
doityourself to get our wrenches ready and place it back on the cart. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to slide the motor through the opening and we're going to place the female shaft onto the male shaft at the rear end. Once we have the motor sitting on the rear end shaft, we're going to take our mounting hardware and going to rotate the housing of the motor until the male threads drop into the female threads and we're going to tighten them down.
We can go ahead and put the cover back on it and install the clips and take it for a ride.
All right guys, once you have the motor and everything in place, we need to change it from the tow to the run position.
There is a slight gap and we're not going to make the mounting bolts compress the motor but going to continually rotate the motor, rock it back and forth so that we can eliminate this gap before we tighten the bolts. We need to connect the wires back to the motor. Remember we took a picture of how the wires went. The golf
cart is off, and it is in tow mode. I think we had green at the large connector and we had orange here and that's what we're going to do to put those back together. The back wires are the ones that you cannot see, the 7/16 are going to be blue, the half-inch is going to be white. I'm just starting with my hand and we'll tighten them up. Now as we have all the wires done, we'll go ahead and snap together this triangle connector on the end of the motor until it locks into place. Everything is now back together and everything is tight. 30 GOLFCARTING.COM
We also need to re-hook up the power wire to the battery. All right, there you go guys. This Plum Quick Bandit motor upgrade took this stock golf cart from 12 miles per hour max up to 23 miles per hour max. Not bad when you consider the batteries are roughly two years old in this golf cart. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCjEZ2_9ho0_8vyoVjfVHAEg
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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GOLF CART LIFT KITS
et’s face it. Lifted carts are cool carts. They are here to stay. The custom golf cart market is demanding bigger, beefier carts and the lift-kit market is burgeoning. In this ultimate guide to lift kits, we’ll break down the different types of lift kits, their capabilities and discuss a few of the most popular brands. Lift Kit Basics Lift kits are simply engineered parts that are installed on a golf cart to raise or “lift” the height anywhere from three-to-ten inches. What’s the purpose? Cart owners want more ground clearance. They want more stability. But mostly they want bigger tires and rims.
Let’s go over the various options… GOLF CART LIFT KIT OPTIONS All lift kits are not created equal. There are a variety of different types for different needs. A-ARM LIFT KIT A-Arm lift kits tend to be a more robust version of the drop spindle kits (we’ll get to these in a minute). These kits basically replace the front suspension of the golf cart and provides for a smoother more comfortable ride. A-Arm kits are designed to equip carts with larger wheels and tires. They’re likely the most popular lift kits for golf carts
and considered very durable. They are also affordable. DROP SPINDLE LIFT KIT Drop spindle lift kits are widely used to gain ground clearance. These kits are a cinch to install since they utilize the existing suspension, and they are not expensive. By increasing cart spindle size, they give the cart a wider stance and increased stability. The wider stance accommodates bigger, off-set wheels allowing for wider and taller tires. Drop spindle kits are normally available in two styles -heavy duty and economy depending on how the cart will be used.
BLOCK LIFT KIT Block lift kits are perfect for the instant gratification people. If you want to instantly lift your cart with minimal amount of work block lifts can be the answer. They are four-inch steel blocks that are installed under the existing suspension. That said, they are
limited to just four-inches and have been known to make the ride a little more bumpy. DROP AXLE LIFT KIT Drop axle lifts will increase ground clearance by replacing the front axle with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;drop axleâ&#x20AC;?. They add a longer stock radius that tapers down to the spindles already attached to the golf cart.
This increases the axle height and allows the replacement of the whole front axle without having to engage your spindles. These kits are typically less expensive than spindle kits but may not ride as smoothly as carts that have an A-Arm or spindle lift kit. GOLF CARTING MAGAZINE 41
accessoriesguide And they can be a little more complicated to install.
LONG TRAVEL LIFT KITS Long travel lift kits are the most durable, capable and expensive kits you can install on a golf cart. They provide independent front suspension and have long bouncy springs that are shock absorbers. Long travel lifts are available in six-to-eight inches. These extreme duty lifts are similar to coil over lift kits. GOLF CART LIFT KIT SIZES – SIZE DOES MATTER The lift height of a golf cart is going to determine a lot of things, like appropriate terrain, wheel and tire accommodation and of course aesthetics. COMMON LIFT KIT SIZES 3" & 4” Lifts • Great for 20” tires • Available in all the above-mentioned options • Perfect for the “slight lift” for stability and look • Inexpensive and easy to install • 4” block lifts are simple to install and inexpensive 6" Lifts • Most popular lift height • Easy to find for all the big brands (Yamaha, Club Car, EZ-GO) • Accommodates wheels up to 23 inches 7" – 12" Lifts • Lift kits for heavy duty suspension and monster tires • Built for rigorous off-road conditions • Long travel lifts are a good idea when going higher than 6” CHOOSING THE RIGHT LIFT KIT FOR YOUR GOLF CART TIRE SIZE The following are tables to aid in choosing the right size lift kit for both tires and cart manufacturers. CLUB CAR Club Car tends to have very little space on their stock setup for 42 GOLFCARTING.COM
tires bigger than 19" so anything larger will require a lift kit. See chart below. 18" Tires - Common Sizes: (205/50-10", 205/30-12", 215/35-12")
No Lift Kit Needed
18" Tires - Common Sizes: (215/40-12", 205/30-14")
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20.5" Tires - Common Sizes: (205/65-10", 215/50-12", 205/40-14")
3" Lift Kit Recommended
22" Tires 23" Tires 25" Tires
4" Lift Kit Recommended 6" Lift Kit Recommended 8" Lift Kit Recommended
EZ-GO EZ-GO has the most space for those looking to upgrade to bigger tires and can generally accommodate tires up to 20” without a lift. See chart below. 18" Tires - Common Sizes: (205/50-10", 205/30-12", 215/35-12")
No Lift Kit Needed
18" Tires - Common Sizes: (215/40-12", 205/30-14")
No Lift Kit Needed
No Lift Kit Needed (Through 2014)
20.5" Tires - Common Sizes: (205/65-10", 215/50-12", 205/40-14")
3" Lift Kit Recommended
22" Tires 23" Tires 25" Tires
3"-4" Lift Kit Recommended 5"-6" Lift Kit Recommended 7"-8" Lift Kit Recommended
YAMAHA Yamaha also has little space for upgraded tires on stock models with the exception of their G29 (DRIVE), which can handle 20" tires without installing a lift kit. See chart below.
18" Tires - Common Sizes: (205/50-10", 205/30-12", 215/35-12")
No Lift Kit Needed
18" Tires - Common Sizes: (215/40-12", 205/30-14")
No Lift Kit Needed
Needs 1"-3" Lift kit
20.5" Tires - Common Sizes: (205/65-10", 215/50-12", 205/40-14")
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22" Tires 23" Tires 25" Tires
4" Lift Kit Recommended 6" Lift Kit Recommended 8" Lift Kit Recommended
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Quickly becoming a customer favorite, the Raven Wheel is now available in Grey. This 14" Off-Road Wheel features solid cast aluminum construction so it is light yet durable in addition to offering a sleek look. The GTW 14×7 Raven Off-Road Wheel offers. Available in Matte Black, Ball Milled finish and is constructed of solid cast aluminum for superior strength & light weight. The Raven wheel has an exclusive GTW Y Spoke design with a lip and features a mill machined edge. The Raven looks great with many different off-road and street tires options.
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ASK THE MECHANIC
rom time to time we get golf-cart-related questions from our readers either on our website (GolfCarting.com) or from our social media pages. When we get these questions we reach out to our sponsors and advertisers who are leaders in the golf cart industry and get educated answers to better help our readers.
Q: My battery cable ends seems to be melting or get extremely hot. What’s going on?
A: This could be caused by the cables not being tightened properly and causing an arch and extreme heat. Make sure the connections are cleaned and your cables are tightened down making a solid connection with the battery posts. This could also be caused by faulty or improper gauge cables. You want to make sure these cables are a minimum of 6 gauge (which most stock carts come with), but we recommend 4 gauge or even 2 gauge, especially if you are going to modify anything with the electrical system in the cart.
Q: What is the difference between a golf cart and a LSV (low speed vehicle)? 46 GOLFCARTING.COM
A: The simple answer is LSVs are registered vehicles with the DMV. In some states an LSV is considered an automobile and must follow most the same rules and regulation as a typical car. LSVs must have the proper safety accessories such as headlights, turn signals, break lights, a horn, DOT approved windshields, seat belts and they must be able to reach a speed of 25mph. LSVs in some states can be driven on the roads with posted speed limits of 35 mph or less. Please check the laws with your state’s DMV for exact information on rules and regulations.
Q: My cart will only move a few feet and then stop. What should I check first?
A: We get this question a lot and the answer could be many different things but the most common cause is a bad or improperly connected forward / reverse switch. This problem happens very often and the forward reverse switch is probably the most replaced part on a golf cart. They get used a lot and often times go bad or the connecter on back comes loose. It’s a simple fix and a very inexpensive part for most golf carts, so we recommend checking this first, making sure the connections are solid or replacing it all together.
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