Building a Bigger, Badder Off-Road Cart
When we last left our off-road golf cart project, the original chassis was completely ripped apart and stripped of all the unnecessary parts (“Golf Cart Resurrection,” June/July ’13). The factory-installed frame was cleaned and inspected before being placed on some jackstands awaiting upgrades.
Dave Gilliam is the man behind the madness of at DG Custom Golf Carts. When the opportunity came up to help us out with our golf cart, he was first in line to lend a hand. The awesome overhaul includes the addition of DG Custom motor-mount brackets that will hold the 23hp Vanguard big-block motor. The brackets mount directly to the factory battery rack, so no frame modifications are required. All the suspension components come from Jakes lift kits—additional of a few DG Customs 1-inch spacers for a little extra clearance. The Jakes suspension kit includes all-new heavy-duty spindles that lift the cart a full 6 inches. The overall height of the cart is going to be 83 inches once the spacers, wheels, and tires are installed. Dave also hooked us up with some mean-looking 14-inch MJFX wheels and 27x11x14 Swamp Lite tires.
Although it is a little golf cart, it take a good amount of skill and patience to build and restore it for hardcore action. It can be a DIY project, but you’ll need a good amount of mechanical experience and our series of cart build articles. There are a lot of small moving parts that have to work perfectly together or they just won’t work at all! The crew at DG Custom Golf Carts has perfected this craft over the years and the quality of their work shows.
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