How to Adjust a Golf Cart Governor

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The governor on a gas powered golf cart limits the ground speed thus protecting the engine from damage and the golf cart from overturning due to excessive speed. It is desirable to adjust the governor to allow greater speed for applications away from the golf course. Running around the ranch, down the street or even on a hunting lease are common uses that require governor adjustment.

Determine the type of governor your golf cart has. The most common are spring loaded, a clutch and throttle combination and finally a spark regulator. Each is easily determined and further described in the remaining steps.

Locate the spring assembly along the carts acceleration system. You'll find the spring located on the carburetor or the differential. Adjusting the tension on the spring will raise and lower the golf carts speed.

Lengthen the cable attached to the throttle body on a clutch and throttle two-stroke engine. The cable attaches to a lever on the carburetor. Loosen the cable nut and extend the length of cable until the governor is no longer activated when pressing the gas peddle.

Bypass the spark regulator on an electronically controlled governor. Remove the wires from the governor and splice the ends together carefully and wrap the splice in electrical tape using a weatherproof joiner or twist connector. This method only works if the governor is separate from the ignition system. If your cart has a one piece ignition governor you'll have to replace it with a single ignition switch.


  • close Removing the governor may damage your engine or lower its life expectancy.
  • close Golf cart designs are for lower speeds and can easily overturn when exceeding the limit.

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