Off-road golf carts are golf carts that have been modified for use in the woods or other rough terrain. While pre-modified models are available in the market, you can also modify a regular golf cart for off-road use.
Depending on the materials you use, modified off-road golf carts can be cheaper than store-bought ones. However, figuring out where to start with modification can be a challenge, especially for first-time builders.
If you’re looking to modify your existing golf cart for off-road use, here are some items that are must-haves. These will make the modification process more manageable and help you improve both the functionality and the aesthetics of your cart.
Lift kits are key to modifying your golf cart for off-road use. They can help you accommodate larger tires to conquer more challenging terrain and make your cart more comfortable when you use it for off-roading activities.
Leaf springs are used to improve the suspension. However, when it comes to off-road golf carts, you should make sure to use heavy-duty versions, particularly if you plan to carry a lot of weight in your cart (this can be because of extra passengers or heavy cargo). They will offer more rear suspension and better stability and thus help create an improved ride experience for you and any passengers with you.
LED Light Bars
If you’re planning on going off-roading at night, LED light bars are essential to your safety. They offer more light than your cart’s stock lights, so your night driving experience is both safer and more practical. In addition, they can fit both gas and electric off-road golf carts, so making your cart is no barrier to getting a pair for yourself.
Tires and Wheels
While all carts come with factory-standard tires and wheels, modifying a cart for off-roading activities usually requires upgrading the default models to bigger tire versions. One of the critical considerations that you will have to keep in mind is the tread on your tires – there are many options available to choose from, and each has its utility. Some possibilities include directional treads, sand tires, knobby tires, and all-terrain tires.
If you’re planning on using your cart for off-roading activities, you’re probably ready for the challenge of driving on rougher terrain. However, the factory standard seats are meant to keep you comfortable when the cart is used on the gentle landscape of a golf course, not out in the woods.
To make your off-roading experience more comfortable, upgraded seating is a necessity. There are many ways to upgrade your seats, including by opting for custom seats and cushions and adding seat covers to add a touch of customization to your cart.
Lighter carts tend to go faster, and speed is one of the fundamental desires for many off-road golf cart users. If you’re modifying an electric golf cart and are looking for a way to increase the speed, you should consider switching your cart’s batteries to lithium-ion batteries. These are far lighter than lead-acid batteries (which most electric carts come equipped with), and this change can help result in a far more lightweight cart.
Off-road golf carts can get you there if you are heading across the golf course or fairgrounds to the dock or fishing pond.
If you’re in the market for off-road golf carts or are looking for help with modifying your standard cart for off-roading purposes, contact Carts & Parts at (937) 459-8891. We’d love to answer any questions you might have and help you in any way possible!