How to Lift a Golf Cartby Jess Kroll
Golf cart lift kits are a convenient and easy way to provide extra height on a golf cart, making it possible to install larger tires and a wider wheelbase so the cart can be driven over rougher terrain. The first step in lifting a golf cart comes in deciding which lift kit to install. This is based on the size of the tires. Tires too big for the kit will not have the clearance to turn or spin smoothly, thus rubbing against the sides of the cart. Once the tires and kit have been chosen, the project can begin.
Park golf cart in a covered, dry area. While the entire kit can be installed in a single day, it's best to keep the cart protected from the weather and in a place where no parts can be easily lost.
Raise one end of the cart, either front or back, using the car jack. Place two of the cinder blocks under the frame near the raised tires. Remove the jack and raise the other side of the cart, placing the other two blocks under the frame once the cart is raised.
Detach the wheels from the cart by removing the lug nuts from each one. Dissemble the cart suspension, one corner at a time.
Place the pins, bearings and bolts from each corner in its own pile and safely away from the work area. These same bolts and pieces will be used to reattach the suspension and tires after the lift is installed.
Install the lift kit, one wheel base at a time. The extended drive axle, frame stiffener and suspension connection are all bolt-on pieces and require no welding. Make sure that all parts are bolted securely before moving on.
Reinstall the suspension on each wheel, one at a time, and then place the tires onto the cart. If new tires have not yet been purchased, the old tires can be used, but because they are smaller than the kit allows, the full effect of the lift won't be seen until newer, bigger tires are installed.
Raise one end of the cart using the car jack to remove the cinder blocks from that end, then lower the cart back down. Raise the opposite end, remove the blocks and lower the cart.
Drive the cart a short distance to test out the new lifted frame.
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