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Old 03-05-2015, 07:58 PM
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Who the heck cares is someone passes you as long as they do it safely and don't run you off the path. I am more concerned about cart drivers not paying attention or those who get ****ed off if you want to pass them. Be courteous and drive safe.
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I have found that there are numerous web sites that advise how to increase speed, Electric or gas powered, the fuel you burn in a gas powered has far less impact on speed than the Governor setting. If you are happy with being a Law abiding citizen then drive your golf cart at the legal 20 MPH speed limit, if someone is so obsessed with speed then as long as they can do it safely and not endanger you or anyone else then wave to them as they pass and both you and myself can enjoy our retirement in leisure, and have many wonderful days.
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I have found that there are numerous web sites that advise how to increase speed, Electric or gas powered, the fuel you burn in a gas powered has far less impact on speed than the Governor setting. If you are happy with being a Law abiding citizen then drive your golf cart at the legal 20 MPH speed limit, if someone is so obsessed with speed then as long as they can do it safely and not endanger you or anyone else then wave to them as they pass and both you and myself can enjoy our retirement in leisure, and have many wonderful days.
Passing another cart that is going 20mph is not a safe thing to do. There are bicyclists, joggers, and walkers all using the multi modal paths. Having two carts doing 20 mph and faster taking up both lanes and bearing down on you when you are walking or cycling is never a safe thing to do. If we want to enjoy our retirement and leisure why are we going so fast? Where is the rush? These altered carts that can go up to 30mph are a hazard and the people who are obsessed with speed are more reckless and aggressive than legal cart drivers. I have talked to a number of people in my neighborhood who have altered their governors with twist ties so they can go 25mph and faster. I have asked them what they were going to do if they were in an accident and one said he would cut the tie off before the authorities arrived. I asked him if the other people would see him doing this, plus what if he were injured and lying on the ground. Altering these carts could cause insurance problems for a large claim or criminal charges if there are fatalities or serious injuries. Slow down we are retired!
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I really hate to tell on myself, doing what I did for a living, but the golf cart I rented this week, on flat pavement, not downhill, hit 34.9 mph. Waaaay too fast for a golf cart. 😳😁 20 is plenty.
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I really hate to tell on myself, doing what I did for a living, but the golf cart I rented this week, on flat pavement, not downhill, hit 34.9 mph. Waaaay too fast for a golf cart. 😳😁 20 is plenty.
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I really hate to tell on myself, doing what I did for a living, but the golf cart I rented this week, on flat pavement, not downhill, hit 34.9 mph. Waaaay too fast for a golf cart. 😳😁 20 is plenty.
Where did you rent a cart from that goes 34.9 mph?
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Will using the ethanol-free gas from Gordon's Garage at Lake Sumter Landing make the engine run better?
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He is totally wrong. First, high octane doesn't burn hotter, but is slower to ignite which high compression engines need so as not to knock. The higher the compression of the engine the higher octane it needs. Your golf cart is far from a high compression engine and should use only regular or 87 octane. Using high test gas in an engine designed for regular will lead to carbon deposits. It's a popular belief that "high test" means hotter, more energy, more performance, but that isn't true. It is simply an octane which slows down the ignition of the gas in the combustion chamber so as to not allow early firing in the chamber to cause knocking and engine damage.
If in doubt always look into your owners manual. The engineers who built your cart are pretty smart and you can believe them when they say use reg. gas.
Thanks Shimpy for taking this myth on this time. I've been preaching this for a few years but still it continues to be resurrected. Premium gasoline in a golf cart is a waste of money and does nothing to improve performance nor does it reduce odor.
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Thanks Shimpy for taking this myth on this time. I've been preaching this for a few years but still it continues to be resurrected. Premium gasoline in a golf cart is a waste of money and does nothing to improve performance nor does it reduce odor.
When we first bought our new cart (from TV Golf store) we were told to use only premium gas and put 1 oz of Stabul in the tank on every fill up. I had a call from TV Golf Cart Maintenance on a 6 month inspection. The tech called to ask about gas and the black stuff in the bottom of my gas tank. He reported that continuing use of both was completely unnecessary. Stabul should only be used if the cart sits for long periods of time. We are full time residents.
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OP, my guess is that at least half of the golf carts in TV will do more than 20 mph. I am not sure that speed is the major cause of golf cart accidents---more lack of "attention" could be the major cause. My car will due over 100 mph but the speed limit is not anywhere near 100 mph.
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The owner's manual for my 2014 Yamaha gas cart says that fuels containing more than 10% ethanol are not recommended. This implies that 10% ethanol fuel (typically what we see at gas stations) is OK and spending $1/gallon extra for ethanol-free fuel is not required. I recommend that you check your owner's manual.


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Where did you rent a cart from that goes 34.9 mph?
Just like CI's I used to work, it was from an individual that I swore not to divulge his name.
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He is totally wrong. First, high octane doesn't burn hotter, but is slower to ignite which high compression engines need so as not to knock. The higher the compression of the engine the higher octane it needs. Your golf cart is far from a high compression engine and should use only regular or 87 octane. Using high test gas in an engine designed for regular will lead to carbon deposits. It's a popular belief that "high test" means hotter, more energy, more performance, but that isn't true. It is simply an octane which slows down the ignition of the gas in the combustion chamber so as to not allow early firing in the chamber to cause knocking and engine damage.
If in doubt always look into your owners manual. The engineers who built your cart are pretty smart and you can believe them when they say use reg. gas.
Gasoline is basic stock additives make the octane ratings. Nearly all engines made today are Low compression engines. IMO there would no need for higher octane gasoline for the average grocery getter.

Why do you think golf cart gas station sell none ethanol gasoline?

Your right people will believe what they want. If they want to run higher octane in their equipment above the MIMIMUM rating there nothing wrong with that. The owner manual states the required minimum octane gasoline to be used. Higher octane can be used that for sale on the market at gas stations at higher price if so desired. Now would I go buy avgas, racing fuel, or Nitro, No! there would be no benefit using that high octane is basis design mass produced engine.
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Get a speedometer installed. I have one and drive at 20 mph most of the time. Cart will go about 22 down hill, but will maintain 19 or 20 most everywhere. I very rarely get passed. However I come up behind many carts driving 15 to 17 mph and I am sure most think they are going 20 mph. Every once in a while one of the street legal electric carts will pass. But I find a lot more carts driving below 20 than above 20.
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