How to Make Golf Carts Go Fast

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Golf carts are not designed for speed. Fast moving golf carts can do damage to both the greens and to the vehicles themselves. However, many have taken to driving their golf carts off the course. It can be a cheap and fun means of transportation. For this type of alternative use the slow speed of the average golf cart can be a detrement. Fortunately there are several things you can do to make your golf cart go faster. Just make sure you operate it safely.

How to Make Golf Carts Go Fast

  • Adjust the governor. To do this, remove the plastic covering behind the seat, find the T-shaped governor, and tie off the silver, thick section of metal to the metal bar behind it. Replace the covering when done.

  • Replace the tires with larger ones with thicker treads. This will allow you better traction at higher speeds, as well as greater revolutions along the ground.

  • Replace the factory gear set with one with a lower ratio.

  • Install a higher amperage, high performance controller.

  • Install a motor with a higher RPM. Check first to make sure that it will fit adequately into the body of your golf cart.

  • Lose excess weight from the golf cart. Find any unnecessary pieces you can safely remove and do so. Just make sure you know what you're removing, and that it isn't neccessary to your golf cart's performance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Driving a golf cart with an adjusted governor, especially for extended periods of time, can cause serious damage to the vehicle.
  • When adjusting the governor, make sure to do so only after giving the engine time to cool off. Otherwise you risk burning your hand.
  • Increasing the speed of your golf cart will most likely result in a loss of low-end torque.
  • Driving a golf cart at high speeds can cause damage to the vehicle, and can be dangerous to the driver, passengers and those around the area. Make sure to drive your fast golf cart with extreme caution.

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