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Well, been working over the past 8 years on a golf cart build. I figure it would make for a sweet "campground cruiser" and another toy to play with in the dunes that I vacation to.  It's a 1990 Yamaha G2. Bought it for $50 bucks with no engine but, everything else was there. Has a Polaris Scrambler 500 - 4 stroke engine. I figure a nice 50hp on a golf cart would be sufficient. Here are some pics I took during the build so far. Yes, those are Honda Civic spares I am using for mock up. Don't laugh but, I will have the wheels and tires on order in a few weeks. 14" wheels and 27" tires. The rear shocks are from the rear of a Polaris Sportsman 700. Fabricated a panhard bar to keep the swingarm centered due to the swingarm drop.

Now for the front. The Jakes LT kit I bought was not good enough. So, I modified it to fit my needs. 8" is not going to be enough travel for me. I fabbed up some steel bulkhead plates to drop the arms down 1" and out 2". Got the front stretched about 5" and the steering rack in place. 

Made a pretty beefy steering column for the driver to pull themselves up on the cart. It's only human nature to use the steering wheel as a crutch to get in... 

Fast forward to January or 2020, we are getting close to driving this cart! Got the frame back from sandblasting/paint. Waiting on a fuel pump, muffler springs, key switch and a choke cable. My guess would be close to 50mph with the gearing and tire size. Thanks for looking and let me know what you think!

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Siiick. You weren’t kidding, that’s a beefy steering column. Looks like fun. Before the rhinos and rzrs, carts were the campground mobbers. Those were the days...

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8 minutes ago, B0NES said:

Siiick. You weren’t kidding, that’s a beefy steering column. Looks like fun. Before the rhinos and rzrs, carts were the campground mobbers. Those were the days...

It’s turning out pretty good. I will upgrade to double shear the front a-arm heims when I buy upgraded heims 

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Love it. Don’t see enough of these back yard builds. I really like seeing the project progress and seeing how different guys overcome the engineering challenges that inevitably come. Keep going. Good job. 

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Got the floor notched out and mounted. 

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Looks like a cool project, lots of nice mods on it.  Which will run first, the golf cart or buggy?  

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49 minutes ago, budlight69 said:

Looks like a cool project, lots of nice mods on it.  Which will run first, the golf cart or buggy?  

That’s a tough one! Buggy goes to the dyno next week! Haha

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The wiring on this project is more of a pain than the sand car... 🤦🏻‍♂️

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Golf cart is officially running last night! Such a good feeling!

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I know it not a SXS but, it’s something I wanted to build... Here it is in action. 

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