Blog posts for February 2015

ALUMINUM SEAT KITS VS STEEL SEAT KITS

    

ALUMINUM SEAT KITS VS STEEL SEAT KITS

 

Stenten's is now offering your seat kits in steel or aluminum!  I know the very next question is, well, which is the best option for you?  Let’s compare.

Steel seats are nice because they are heavy duty material and not as likely to scratch, dent, warp or bend.  They are also very affordable, however,

Steel is typically 2.5 times denser than aluminum, which on a golf cart might affect speed when compared to aluminum.   Steel will rust over time,  moisture is steel’s nemesis and considering that golf carts are used outdoors, eliminating the moisture component is virtually impossible unless the cart is  covered or in a garage the majority of the time.   This is why a protectant coating must be applied to prevent such rusting, but even then the risk of the coating scratching or wearing and rust setting in can be a worry for some.

Aluminum seats are made out of heavy duty, rust free, lighter weight material.  It is also a great option due to the protective oxide coating aluminum naturally gives off, meaning, they do not need to be painted or coated to prevent rusting.  This fact is great for those on the coastline who may worry about corrosion from salt water. (For extra peace of mind, all of Stenten’s rear seats do come powder coated anyway.)  A draw back to aluminum is that it does tend to crack or break after welding or re-working.

All in all both types of seats have their positive and negative attributes.  And while aluminum seats sound to be the better choice, steel seats remain the most affordable. Which way you choose to go is up to you, but remember we are always here ready to answer any and all questions for you.  Think of Stenten’s for your next golf cart purchase, where you can find both types of seat kits, plus great quality customer service.  We are here for you!

 

-Ashley Widmer

Stentens Golf Cart Acessories


Cart Manuals – Your new best friend

Some of our dealers service only to certain cart manufacturers and when they get a cart they are not familiar with it is sometimes very hard for them to find resources to help identify the replacement part names and OEM numbers.  Well you can always call us and we will be more than happy to go over what you are looking for but if you would like to know where you can find the information for reference in the future.  Look no further than our website. 

We have put together a nice library of cart manuals broken down by manufacturer, model, and year.  These documents which are in a .pdf format which can be viewed on many devices and even downloaded if you would like to use them when not online are full of diagrams that clearly outline how the various parts should be assembled and what the replacement OEM part numbers are.  We now carry many of these OEM parts so you can just call with that number and we can cross reference them with our parts and we usually have an aftermarket option as well.  

These cart manuals can be found on the footer of each of our webpages and is titled: Manuals.  Or you can click this link and bookmark it so you can find it that much faster next time.  If you are working on a cart that you don’t see the manual for just send us a note and we will see if we can locate it and post it right away for you.

Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


So Many Different Tops

Ever wonder why ordering enclosures is sometimes a painful process?  Well unlike the auto industry that uses standard parts across various models the golf cart industry is not as standardized.  This makes purchasing aftermarket accessories a real headache.  If you have called to order a Sunbrella® Enclosure the first question after determining which cart you have (Club Car, EZGO, Yamaha) the very next question is “What top does it have?” if you don’t know what type of top you have usually we will request that you take a photo and send it to us so we can determine what type is currently installed on your cart. With the advances in technology this is generally the easiest way to proceed since most phones by default can now take and send photos.  To give an example on how many options are out there I found this old catalog that shows some different options for a Yamaha G9 and the various tops you can find installed on that cart:

Yamaha Various Tops

Now this is just an example of one make and one model now think about all the different models of Yamaha golf carts that are out there and the combinations of tops you will come across.  That is why it is so important to know what tops are out there because if you order an enclosure for a different top it will not line up with the front tops supports and will not sit right in the rear.  If you ever have any questions about what top your customer may have as always feel free to give us a call or take a photo and send us a quick email and we will help you make the right decision when it comes to the correct enclosure for your cart.


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


SUITE SEATS HAS EXPANDED

                                                      

United Commercial Upholstery (UCU), the manufacturers of the Suite Seats family of golf cart seats and accessories has expanded into a new facility. The new 42,000 sq. ft. building sits on 7 acres of land to allow, of course, for future expansion.

Phil Vorwerk, the president of UCU talked (in an interview with golf car news) about adding 4 new products to their line in just the last four months, plus the large increase in their Marine OEM business, and stated “we simply did not have the space required for more employees and new equipment and technologies”.  Chris Vorwerk, the other half of UCU’s husband and wife ownership added in an interview with Golf Car News “The production flow we’ve been able to achieve with the larger building has really enhanced our ability to substantially increase production volume without sacrificing quality or service times. And because we relocated to a much larger community it has really improved our ability to attract & retain skilled, motivated people”.  Chris also stated that due to the labor intensive nature of upholstery manufacturing that this has been a big plus to their move.

 "If you think about it," says Phil, "with unstable gas prices and the growing trend to think green, then golf cars, specifically the LSV's (Low Speed Vehicles), are only going to grow in popularity.

Starting in 2005 the Suite Seat line has grown to over 500 dealers across the US & Canada. Which is pretty impressive considering that everything UCU manufactures is made right here in the U.S.  In New Ulm, Minnesota to be exact.  Keep in mind as well that UCU’s Original Suite Seats was one of the very first golf cart seat upgrades, and they have certainly proven themselves to be a go-to premier manufacturer.   All that being said with a growing demand and an excellent product it’s no wonder they are expanding!