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Old 02-17-2021, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default Better handling options

I've got a 2018 Drive 2 that just isn't handling as well as I think it can, I'm sure it's part my fault but need options to make it better. The cart has a 6" lift, 24" tires, and the Plowman riot motor and controller. It's fine at lower speeds but as I get over 25 it just gets squirrely. I don't know what kind of lift it is since it was on the cart when I got it but do know the spindles have a drop to them vs using what I assume would have been factory spindles and different a arms...

My thought is either changing out the lift (don't want to if I don't have to because of cost) or adding steering stabilizers.

What say you???
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Old 02-17-2021, 11:16 PM   #2
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I'd say some photos of the front of the cart would be very helpful to the gurus.
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Old 02-18-2021, 12:17 AM   #3
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Have you tried different tire pressures?

Everything underneath the cart nice, tight, and properly adjusted?
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Old 02-18-2021, 11:31 AM   #4
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Wheels with a negative offset would widen the stance of the cart. That might help as well.
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Old 02-18-2021, 12:17 PM   #5
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Default Re: Better handling options

Assuming everything is tight, and there are no worn connections, loose nuts, and bearings are in good condition, simple alignment of the front wheels is likely all that is needed. First, lift the front of the cart and see if there is any free play. Spindle, hub, steering, etc. If not, slight negative toe would help...1/8" to 1/4". Set the wheels straight, find the center line of the tires, measure the distance between the left and right front centerlines at both the front and rear of the tires across the width of the cart. The front measurement should be slightly less than the rear measurement. "Toe'd in" I will assume you are toe's out currently, hence the high speed squirrelyness. Just need to adjust the tie rods equally on both sides to get to the slightly toe's in condition.
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:27 PM   #6
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Sorry it's been a busy couple days. I've attached a couple pics to hopefully help. I think I may have found the issue but not sure how to fix it yet. When I jacked the cart up I found there is a TON of play in what I'd call the camber of the front wheels it normally sits with a fair amount of camber but didn't realize it could move around like it does. The arm that's circled in the pic has way to much play if I pull at the top and bottom of the wheel. From the front and back it's tight IE steering but the other makes no sense. The bolt is tight there just doesn't seen to be any bearing or bushing in the arm to keep it from moving.

Is there a bushing missing or is that play normal? I can't imagine it making that much difference but could it just need grease?

What pressure do others run in their tires?
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:42 PM   #7
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Sorry it's been a busy couple days. I've attached a couple pics to hopefully help. I think I may have found the issue but not sure how to fix it yet. When I jacked the cart up I found there is a TON of play in what I'd call the camber of the front wheels it normally sits with a fair amount of camber but didn't realize it could move around like it does. The arm that's circled in the pic has way to much play if I pull at the top and bottom of the wheel. From the front and back it's tight IE steering but the other makes no sense. The bolt is tight there just doesn't seen to be any bearing or bushing in the arm to keep it from moving.

Is there a bushing missing or is that play normal? I can't imagine it making that much difference but could it just need grease?

What pressure do others run in their tires?
Thinking with the speeds generated by the Riot Kit, you might change from the Drop Spindle Lift to an A-Arm style Lift, the Safety and Stability would be worth the it to me.

I run 20psi, with the higher speeds you're running, I'd try 16-18-20 and see how the cart feels.

Let us know what the fix is

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Old 02-22-2021, 06:40 PM   #8
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That is not good - and you second picture looks like it is towed out. Also not good. I would check the toe and get rid of any play in the suspension. In my opinion anything over about 20mph is pushing it for a golf cart - especially if it doesn't have front brakes!
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:14 PM   #9
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Not sure on the toe exactly, it may be a bit toe out but the wheels weren't straight so it may be a bit deceiving. I'll check and correct as needed but unless there's a way to take the play out of the other joints I don't see it getting much better. Does anyone make a steering stabilizer for these things?

I'm pretty much resigned to buying a different lift (this one was on the cart when I got it) which sucks but there's no way I could turn my nephews loose on it the way it is. Who makes the nicest lift for these carts? This one is supposedly a 6" which I'm fine with but would be ok with a 3-4 since I don't off road it as long as it'll still clear 24-25" tires.
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Old 02-26-2021, 10:53 AM   #10
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I'm a big fan of the RHOX BMF lift kits. This one should fit your cart since you said it was electric.

http://www.rhox.us/pc_product_detail...1A5FAB10727009
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