How to Build a Golf Cart for Off-Roading

An off-road golf cart is a lot of fun driving through the woods or on rough terrain, but building your own cart is an even more satisfying experience because you did it yourself and saved a lot of money. It’s easy to modify a golf cart for this kind purpose. It’s best to start with a reliable well-maintained used golf cart. The parts and supplies needed can be found in specialty stores and even cheaper on the Internet.

There are many accessories that you can add to your cart. Here is a list of modifications to get you started:

Lift Kits: Lift kits are suspension parts that lift the body of your golf cart to go over off-road terrain. These kits are necessary not only for raising the height of the golf cart but they add a stronger suspension to the vehicle. Driving off-road exposes you to a variety of ditches and terrain that a lower profile cart would get hung up on. Without these kits you could injure yourself or damage the cart. There are many different kinds of lift kits. They come in 3 inch, 6 inch and higher. The lift kit prices range from $300 to $600 depending on lift height and suspension complexity.

Steering Wheels: Steering wheels though not a necessity add to a better driving experience. An attractive steering wheel not only adds to the appearance of your vehicle, but they provide a better grip and less fatigue on your hands and wrists. Your steering wheel should be 13 inches in diameter. You have many choices in style of steering wheel like wood grain, formula car, European, and neoprene. Expect to pay $45 for the neoprene to $190 for the Formula Gt steering wheel.

Golf Cart Windshields: Most stock golf carts do not come with a windshield. But you’re going to need one for going off-road. You will encounter mud and dirt as you drive, not to mention the occasional branch. If you’re not sure about the need for a windshield get one that folds down so you have an option to use it or not. Windshield prices run from $100 to $200 depending if they fold down, style of frame, and thickness of the acrylic.

ATV Tires: Of course you can’t use stock golf cart tires, you have to upgrade them to All Terrain Vehicle tires. You need them for their durability on rough terrain and to give you maximum grip on muddy ground. When purchasing tires you will have a vast selection of rim and tire combinations. It’s best to skip the low profile tires and get a tire with good traction and tread. The 23×10.5-12 All Trail Tire with the alloy rims is the way to go for great traction and style in all types of terrain. Tire and rim combinations can run you between $45 and $140. This is the most important part of your off-roading upgrades, don’t skimp in this department.

This is all you need to build a first class machine. But if you want an even more tricked out machine you can add light packages, dashboard kits, fender flares, cargo boxes, and hunting accessories.

Get ready to have some enjoyable times out in the country with your new Off-Road Cart. It’s a great inexpensive alternative to purchasing a new ATV.

Car Enthusiast Forum: A Great Way of Communication for Auto Lovers

There’s a well known saying that “Birds of a feather flock together”. In every sphere of society we find people, having common interests, creating their own groups. Be it a baseball game or getting together for a concert or a ballet class, having a common ground is important to individuals and the society itself.

Earlier the people who loved cars, got together and formed auto clubs to have discussions on the updated information on automobiles. With the advent of internet, the 21st century auto lovers have found a common platform to discuss about cars in the form of car enthusiast forums. Morgan Murphy of Mountain Brook, Birmingham, had taken advantage of this and generated a huge income. Two years back he left a comfortable white collar job and started up an online automotive community. The community focuses on just about anything on classic cars. It has lists of car shows and tells the members where to buy vintage car models or parts. His car enthusiast forum’s main revenue source is advertising and recently the site has got a $1 million investment from Jemison Investments!

In a car enthusiast forum you will get accurate technical information on different models of automobiles. You will also get a friendly and supportive forum environment, where you can discuss about many things like- auto industry news, discounts available on automobile parts and accessories, other aspects of cars, SUVs, trucks, and so on. A car enthusiast forum is the number one source for automotive discussions.

The common characteristics of a true car enthusiast forum are-

1. Knowledge: The forum staffs spend a great deal of time working on their vehicles. So, they have genuine expertise on their individual vehicle models.

2. Staff: All staffs share a common mission. So they enjoy each other’s company and work well together. They consider their colleagues as good friends. They pass their enthusiasm to other members, who eventually aspire to become staffs.

3. Events: The staffs and members arrange meetings and events like car shows, races, cruises, and such other things to share their love and enthusiasm for their cars.

4. Members: They are the greatest working force to create a successful forum. The members provide help to fellow enthusiasts and help the forum to grow.

How to Maintain ATV Boots and CV Joints

ATV boots and CV joints are some of the most vulnerable parts of your vehicle. Dirt and moisture can cause these joints to malfunction and fail. Though you can repair the CV joint and ATV boot however doing it yourself can be a tad bit expensive. Instead of wasting money on repairing it is better to maintain the parts with a little bit of effort. Here are some tricks and tips to maintain ATV Boots and CV joints:

1. Regularly Check the ATV Boot part

Keeping a regular check on your car parts can prevent debris from being accumulated over time. The more frequently you check the boot and CV joints, the easier it would be to prevent debris accumulation. Regular checkups can also help you detect early problems with the parts and fix them before any serious damage occurs.

2. Clean It Often

It is often recommended to clean ATV after every use, however, if that is not feasible; you should try to clean it once or twice every month. Though vehicles are meant to tread on the rough and dirty, it becomes a problem when there is a lot of mud or debris collected. If you don’t clean it then harmful corrosion will gather on it and cause problems later.

3. Prevent Wear and Tear

ATV boot and CV joint often have to face wear and tear problems. Preventing early wear and tear will help you save up on expensive repairs. Also don’t neglect any sign of friction as it can lead to dangerous malfunctions that might result in accidents. Therefore, immediately check the parts if you feel there is any sign of friction.

4. Buy Maintenance Kits

You can buy maintenance self maintenance kits, boot kits and other do-it-yourself kits to ensure that your vehicle is well maintained. If doing it yourself is a hard chore then you can always take the vehicle to a mechanic but learning to maintain your own vehicle is an easier alternative.

5. Avoid Using it Roughly

Just because your vehicle can travel rough terrains doesn’t mean that you expose it to harsh driving. Drive with care as using your vehicle roughly makes it easier for the parts to wear out. Joints can become loose and that alone can create friction while causing severe damage to the vehicle.

You can get the best from your vehicle if you know how to take care of it and by making sure that it is not neglected. Don’t just clean your vehicle from the outside but make sure that its internal parts are also kept free from dirt and debris.

Car Accessories Are Necessities

I don’t know if it was ever properly documented, but it is my bet that car accessories have been around since the very first car was in the hands of the first private car owner. The clich├ęs of rearview mirror dice, license plate frames, radio antenna balls or other car exterior accessories were likely not in use (mainly due to the lack of those items on the first cars), but I guarantee something was added to that first car. Maybe a seat cover, or leather wrap on the steering wheel. Any way you look at it, your car will not remain truly stock if you’re anything like all the other car owners in the world. Let’s look at the various modern options there are out there for making your car, your car.

For anyone who lives in areas of the world where it gets cold, and there are winters almost everywhere, a remote car starter is a great luxury that borders on being a necessity when the thermometer drops well below freezing. I live in Vancouver now so it is not quite as needed as when I lived in Toronto, but it can still be useful on those frigid winter mornings. When buying your remote car starter from a car accessories shop, look into practical things like how far a distance you will be away from your car when you start it (driveway/garage to doorway you’ll be standing in), who will install it, do you want a one way or two way starter (a 2 way requires a confirmation signal be sent), how will you deal with possible factory security features, and can you get replacement parts. After looking into all this, and researching the options, you’ll be ready to get yourself the right car starter, and you’ll be able to start your day in a warm car with that mug of coffee in your cup holder not going cold.

Bluetooth hands free communication devices can be great for those on the go. They can be integrated into your factory equipment over your speakers, and can even have features such as caller ID, a backup camera picture displayed on the screen, and a number of other audio and video input features. With more and more police departments enforcing laws about people talking while on cell phones, occupying their hands and driving ability, those on the go can’t really afford not to buy a Bluetooth hands free communication tool of some sort.

Another safety feature is upgrading your lighting. The usual lighting options for your next drive include fog lights, which produce a broad and close in light, to normal which are narrower but further out, to driving beam patterns which are as broad as normal headlights but extend twice as far in front of you. You can also look into High Intensity Discharge (HID) upgrades. This feature is in all the new high end cars and gives you substantially better lighting at less power consumption. Auxiliary lighting manufacturers include: Hella, PIAA, Pilot, KC Lights, and Optilux. When it comes to car accessories, upgraded lighting can be one of your best investments.