How to Install a Four-Inch Lift Kit on a Golf Cart

By Jackson Lewis

Couple placing bags on golf cart
Golf carts are normally sold with a standard lift on the wheel base. While many golfers accessorize their golf carts with upgraded seats, glass and lighting, you may desire to install a four-inch lift kit on your cart in order to drive the cart over rougher terrain. Many lift kits can be installed without having to weld or cut on your golf cart's body.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Park your golf cart in a covered area to install the lift kit. Lift the rear of the cart with the two-ton car jack and place a cinder block under the frame by each of the rear wheels. Remove the car jack and repeat for the front two wheels of the cart. The golf cart should now be sitting on four cinder blocks off the ground.
  2. Take the wheels off of your golf cart. Pick a corner of the cart to begin removing the suspension one corner at a time. Keep the bolts and cotter pins that correspond with each corner of the cart together. This will help prevent any issues with reassembly of the golf cart components.

    To remove the corner of the suspension, you will unbolt two bolts that are connecting the suspension piece to the wheel base, and two bolts that connect it to the frame. There will be one cotter pin at each end of the suspension piece that you will need to remove by pulling it directly out from the body of the cart. The suspension pieces are what keeps your golf cart's body elevated above the wheel axles.
  3. Install the drive axle, frame stiffener and suspension connector at each corner of the golf cart. These connections will all be bolt-on connections with no cutting or drilling on your golf cart required.
  4. Connect the suspension to the frame one wheel-base at a time. You will bolt the center piece of the suspension to the golf cart body and then reinsert the cotter pin. Then, reconnect the suspension bolts to the lift assembly and insert the second cotter pin. Repeat this process for each corner of the golf cart. Reinstall your golf cart wheels.
  5. Support the front of the golf cart with the car jack and remove the cinder blocks. Repeat the process for the rear of the golf cart.
  6. Test drive your golf cart by driving on varying terrain.

About the Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.