Category Archives: Technically Speaking

TS (SepOct11) – Nivel’s New Chameleon

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By: Matt Vallez It is not often that an idea comes along that is so good it changes the way we do business.  Something that is so simple and easy and makes stocking and selling a custom product ten times easier than it was before. I know exactly what most everyone will say, either out loud or at least in… Read more »

TS (JulAug11) – Accessories

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By: Matt Vallez This is a reprint of an article that originally appeared in the May/June 2007 issue of Golf Car News. In this issue we are focusing on accessories for golf cars, so what exactly are golf car accessories? According to my Webster’s Dictionary, an accessory is any object or device that is not necessary in itself, but that… Read more »

TS (MayJun11) – AGM Batteries

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By: Matt Vallez This is a reprint of an article that first appeared in the 2010 March / April issue of Golf Car News Magazine. It has been updated and fact checked for this issue. Battery geeks have long heralded the coming of new battery technology, to all including the golf car industry for years, 20 last I counted. During… Read more »

TS (MarApr11) – Battery Maintenance

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By: Matt Vallez This month I have been given some help from the Trojan Battery Company in the form an article that is both correct and informative, please read this carefully as there are some good tips on battery maintenance in particular. Tips on Choosing the Right Battery and Proper Maintenance to Keep Your Golf Car Up and Running by… Read more »

TS (JanFeb11) – Modifying Your Car

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By: Matt Vallez This article originally appeared in the January/February 2009 issue of the Golf Car News Magazine and has been updated and fact checked for submission in this issue. In this issue, we’re showing off the top submissions for the Most Exotic Golf Car contest. I love this competition, and most of the entries we received were excellent. But… Read more »

TS (NovDec10) – Winterizing Your Car

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By: Matt Vallez This article was originally published in the Golf Car News Nov / Dec 2008 issue, it has been fact checked and updated as needed. If you own or maintain a fleet of gas golf cars, you have two key times for yearly maintenance: spring or fall. At the end of the season, do you procrastinate until next… Read more »

TS (SepOct10) – Are LSVs On the Decline

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By: Matt Vallez The LSV tax incentives that expired at the end of 2009 seam like déjà vu, a return to the California ZEV mandate that inspired the NEV’S of the late 90’S. The State of California’s zero-emission vehicles mandate and later compromise with the big three American auto companies brought us vehicles like the Ford “Think”, Chrysler “GEM” and… Read more »

TS (JulAug10) – New Use For Manual Chargers

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By: Matt Vallez Upon returning to the garage where his golf car has been stored for several months, the owner plugs in his automatic charger and finds it will not come on.  He did not feel comfortable leaving it plugged in for the entire off season, but now the battery charger won’t come on. This is one of the most… Read more »

TS (MayJun10) – High Amp F&R Switch

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By: Matt Vallez This article first appeared in September /October, 2004 issue of Golf Car News magazine, it has been updated, fact checked and reprinted for this issue. Over the last few years dealers have been “beefing-up” their electric golf cars. It started with a motor or field coil change, then the controllers. Then the motors started to get even… Read more »

TS (MarApr10) – AGM Batteries Explained

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By: Matt Vallez Battery geeks have long heralded the coming of new battery technology, to all including the golf car industry for years, 20 last I counted. During this whole time the wet cell lead-acid battery has been the mainstay of all golf car manufacturers, and is currently the only battery available by the big three golf car manufactures in… Read more »