Removing a Golf Cart Top Speed Governor

By Patrick Cameron

A typical golf cart moves you along somewhere around 12 miles per hour. Going downhill you might be able to get the thing cranked up to 15; uphill you're looking at a paltry 5 miles per hour or less. That's because golf carts have governors on them. They regulate the amount of gas that gets to the carburetor and thus keeps your speed at a steady snail's pace. But if you happen to have a couple tools and few minutes of time, you can remove the governor from play and have your cart flying around the course in no time. The best part is, you don't have to remove the governor, you can simply play around it.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Remove the cables that are attached to the governor. The governor sits on the top of the engine and the cables simply pull off.
Step 2
Follow one of the cables to the carburetor. Once you've walked the cable down to the carburetor, you'll want to remove the cable from the carburetor. This one will also pull off.
Step 3
Connect the gas pedal cable directly to the carburetor. The gas pedal cable is the other cable that you removed from the governor. Basically all the governor does is serves as a control for the engine response to the gas pedal. Once you've attached the gas pedal cable to the carburetor, you're almost home free.
Step 4
Adjust the gas pedal shaft. You'll need a wrench to remove the bolt on the gas pedal shaft and adjust the pedal up. Once you've adjusted the height of the gas pedal shaft, you'll then want to start the cart.
Step 5
Check the engine response. If the engine isn't giving you enough torque or if you're getting too much, readjust the pedal shaft length until you're satisfied.

Tips & Warnings

Be aware that golf courses have rangers and you can be thrown off the course if you are driving around recklessly.

About The Author

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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