How to Make a Golf Cart Faster

By Bill Herrfeldt

Even though golf carts go at a relatively slow speed, that's okay for most golfers who enjoy the leisure that golf offers them. To them, spending four or five hours outdoors in the sunshine is something they thoroughly enjoy. Others want to spend less time on the golf course so they want their carts to go at a faster speed. However, they have no clue as to what they can do to make that happen. There are a few things that you can do to speed up your golf cart. Read on for examples.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Replace you tires with ones that are larger as the first step to increase the speed of your golf cart. Since the motor, whether electric- or gasoline-powers, maintains constant RPMs, larger tires will cover more ground per revolution, and therefore your cart will go faster. Some people who have done that have experienced a reduction in power when they push on the pedal to start the cart rolling.
Step 2
Install a new, higher-powered electric motor in your cart if it is electric. But first, make sure that motor will fit into the space occupied by your current motor. If your cart is gasoline-powered, you will have a lot more options to change motors than if it is electric. With both, you may need also to increase the amperage on your cart, so that should also be factored into the cost of making the change.
Step 3
Adjust or get rid of the governor that most golf carts have to limit the speed they can go. You'll find most governors located near the accelerator cable if your cart is electric, or near the cable that activates the clutch on your gasoline cart.
Step 4
Switch to a different gear ratio to increase the speed of your cart. Most golf carts are set at the factory at about 12.5:1 that makes the cart go about 14 MPH as its top speed. A gear ratio of about 8:1 will increase the top speed of your golf cart to about 20 MPH. However, once again you may experience a slow down when you first begin accelerating your cart.

Tips & Warnings

Your golf cart was constructed with steering and braking that were designed for the cart to go at a certain speed. If you increase that speed, you will not only place the occupants in more danger, you could compromise the engine and the overall construction of your cart. Also, no seat belts are in golf carts so that fact will increase the hazards of going faster.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.


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