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Golf carts are a great way to traverse through a golf course, which can be as big as 150 acres of land. But in some neighboring communities, the golf cart is more than just a tool of convenience; it is a dedicated mode of transportation. Charleston, Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, and Daniel Island are four places in South Carolina that are known for its community of golf cart users. With such a thriving community of golf cart users, many have taken the initiative to modify and customize their ride to make them more fun, enjoyable, and efficient. Here are some of the more popular modifications.

Customizing Charleston Golf Carts

Windshields. If you are going to visit Folly Beach or Daniel Island, then a windshield can help keep the sun and sand away from your eyes. A windshield is rather easy to install and its benefits are straightforward, but for some reason, some owners tend to forget the quintessential windshield and how it can benefit leisure rides around South Carolina’s beaches.

Golf Cart Off-road Tires

Most golf cart wheels have a diameter of about 7 to 8 inches. While most golf cart wheels have ridges designed to grasp on turf, it will not be adequate for challenging terrain. If you’re going to take your golf course on paved roads, sand, or dirt, then an upgrade will be a worthwhile investment. Off-road tires help you in the tougher terrain that comes with driving on unpaved roads, the woods, or visiting the beaches.

Golf Cart Custom Paint Jobs

Customizing your golf cart is a way to express your individuality, especially since a golf carts’ form factor is similar, regardless of brand. The color of the golf cart is an obvious and apparent way of self-expression. Keep in mind that lighter color golf carts tend to be a bit cooler during the summer months since the pale colors can reflect more light.

Golf Cart Lift Kits

There are different types of lift kits for golf carts that will allow it to tackle difficult terrain. Drop spindle lift kits are one of the more popular ones since they are easy to install and utilize your cart’s standard suspension. These are designed give your cart a wider stance and increased stability in challenging terrain. With the wider stance, your cart can be retrofitted with custom parts.

The wider stance in the spindle allows it to fit larger and taller wheels. A-Arm kits are a bit more involved since it requires a total re-haul of the golf cart’s front suspension. However, with A-Arm lift kits, you’re almost guaranteed a smoother and more comfortable ride compared to your stock set up.

Golf Cart Audio Systems

A fully loaded golf cart stereo system will transform your cart into an entertainment system on wheels. The golf cart stereo system will include a receiver, speakers, console, and all of the wiring. If you have your own stereo gear, they can be fitted with dash kits that come assembled with pre-cut openings. Alternatively, you can customize what type of stereo system you want for easy installation by a third-party.

Street Legal Golf Carts and Charleston

In Charleston and surrounding communities (like Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, North Charleston, Summerville, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, James Island and John Island) there are a few prerequisites when it comes to having a golf cart be street legal. Golf carts are deemed motorized vehicles, so they are subjected to the mandates of a typical car. This means that only a licensed driver over the age of 16 is legally allowed to drive a golf cart on public roads.

If the golf cart is only going to be used on private property, then registration isn’t required. However, if you are customizing and modifying your golf cart, then it is assumed that you are going to hit the road to show off your creation. In that case, it is necessary for you to register the golf cart with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. A street legal golf cart needs headlights, taillights, and blinkers like any other motor vehicle.

If you’re interested in making your golf cart street legal, or perhaps modify your current golf cart so that it shows your personality, then contact us. Our company builds and sells custom golf carts, catering to the Charleston, South Carolina area and surrounding communities.

Contact us today to talk about your new custom cart build or if you already have a golf cart we can help you make it sound, run and look amazing. matt@charlestoncarts.com or call Matt @ 843.885.8100