Golf Cart Tire Questions:
- What are low profile golf cart tires?
- What are high profile golf cart tires?
- What are all-terrain golf cart tires?
- Which golf cart tire sizes do people buy most?
- What low-profile tires go on non-lifted golf carts?
- What all-terrain tires go on lifted golf carts?
- How to tell the golf cart tire size?
- How tall is an 8” tire (ground to top of tire)?
- What is the maximum tire size on a non-lifted Club Car golf cart?
- What is the maximum tire size on a lifted Club Car golf cart?
- What is the maximum tire size on a non-lifted EZGO golf cart?
- What is the maximum tire size on a lifted EZ-GO golf cart?
- What is the maximum tire size on a non-lifted Yamaha golf cart?
- What is the maximum tire size on a lifted Yamaha golf cart?
- Which golf carts take 24” or bigger tires?
- What low profile tires go on a golf cart with a 3” lift kit?
- What low profile tires go on a golf cart with a 6” lift kit?
- If big golf cart tires are added, how much faster can it drive?
- What tire sizes generally come with new or used golf carts?
- Is there a golf cart tire that is DOT approved?
- Which golf cart tires are turf approved?
- What are golf cart tire plys?
- What are golf cart tire treads?
- Do golf cart tires leak?
- If a golf cart tire leaks, how to fix it?
- Do you replace ALL golf cart tires if one pops or springs a leak?
- What is golf cart tire PSI?
- How to determine the golf cart tires PSI?
- Is golf cart tire PSI the same for all golf cart tires?
- What is the average golf cart tire pressure?
- What is the correct golf cart tire pressure?
- Can you over-inflate a golf cart tire?
- Can you put car tires on a golf cart?
- How long do brand new golf cart tires last?
- What are the best golf cart tire brands?
- Can you take Club Car tires and install on a Yamaha, EZ-GO or other golf cart?
- What makes a great golf cart tire?
- Do you sell used or refurbished golf cart tires or wheels?
Golf Cart Wheel Questions:
- What's the difference between a golf cart tire, a golf cart wheel and a golf cart rim?
- What are the most popular golf cart wheels/rims? Which get the best reviews?
- What sizes are golf cart rims or wheels?
- How do you mount golf cart tires on wheels?
- Do golf cart tires come pre-mounted on wheels?
- How do I install pre-mounted tires/wheels on my golf cart?
- What are offset wheels? (golf cart wheel offset explained)
- Can I put an 18” tire on an 8” wheel?
Low profile golf cart tires are generally thinner and made to fit any golf cart that IS NOT lifted (no lift kit is installed on the golf cart to make it higher off the ground). A low profile tire can be purchased in several different sizes (8”, 10”, 12” & 14”). All Club Car, EZ-GO and Yamaha golf carts will accept 8, 10, 12, and 14 inch low-profile tires without a lift kit. Check out some options on Low Profile Tires.
High profile tires, also known as all terrain tires, are generally thicker and made to fit any golf cart that IS lifted (again, no lift kit installed). A high profile tire can be bought in several different sizes as well (8”, 10”, 12” & 14”). All Club Car EZGO and Yamaha golf carts will accept an 8” high-profile golf cart tire without a lift kit.
An all terrain golf cart tire is just another term for a high profile tire or off road tire. See above for more on high profile tires and click here for some big All Terrain Tires.
Non-lifted golf cars can fit low profile tire measuring at 8”, 10”, 12” or 14”. This includes all Club Car, EZ-GO and Yamaha golf carts. However, what really matters is the height of the tire from the ground to the top of the tire. All non-lifted golf carts can take 18.5" tall tires, but some can take a little bigger, i.e., EZGO & Yamaha Drive can take 20" without a lift.
Lifted golf carts can fit ANY 8” tire, low profile OR high profile. In addition, lifted golf carts can fit any high profile tire measuring at 10”, 12” or 14”. Lifted carts will be able to take 20", 22", 23" and in some cases 24" all terrain tires.
Reading golf cart tire sizes can be confusing and cause problems for golf cart owners, but it’s actually not that bad. We’ll break it down here for you to review:
Example #1: Low Profile Tire - 205/65-10
205: This is the width of the golf cart tire across the treads (in millimeters). 205 millimeters is about 8 inches.
65: The ratio of the sidewall to the width (divide the first number, 205 by this number to get the ratio. The bigger the ratio, the bigger the tire).
10: The tire size to match wheel size (in inches)
Example #2: All Terrain Tire - 22x11-8 (much easier and no ratios!)
22: This is the height of the tire (in inches)
11: This is the width of the tire across the treads (in inches)
8: This is the wheel size the tire should be mounted on (in inches)
A standard 8” wheel will generally have an 18” tire, but this can vary a bit. Again, the wheel size is like the doughnut opening of the tire (8 inches), and the ground to top of the tire is how tall the tire is (18 inches).
Stock Club Car golf carts without a lift can fit 18.5” tires. Here’s a link to our Club Car Tires for reference.
3" Lift - Up to 20" Tire
4" Lift - Up to 22" Tire
5" Lift - Up to 23" Tire
6" Lift - Up to 23" Tire
Stock EZGO golf carts that have not been lifted are able to fit up to a 20.5” tire with ease (no rubbing), but only if there is no added weight on the back of the golf cart such as a cargo box, rear flip seat kit, etc. Adding new heavy duty leaf springs on the rear of your golf cart is highly recommend if you plan on putting that large of a tire on your golf cart. Click here for Rear Leaf Spring Kits. Basically, anything over 18.5” needs some new heavy duty leaf springs to prevent problems with friction/rubbing. Here’s a link to EZGO Tires for reference.
3" Lift - Up to 22" Tire
4" Lift - Up to 22" Tire
5" Lift - Up to 23" Tire
6" Lift - Up to 23" Tire
Stock Yamaha DRIVE / G29 golf carts that have not been lifted can fit up to 20” tires. Stock Yamaha G19-G22 golf carts that have not been lifted are able to fit at max 18.5” tires. Check out our large golf cart tire supply of Yamaha Tires for reference.
3" Lift - Up to 20"
4" Lift - Up to 22"
5" Lift - Up to 22"
6" Lift - Up to 23"
Club Car: 6” A-arm lift with extension plate.
Club Car: 8” Spindle lift (up to 27” tire), 7” z-bracket lift (up to 25” tire), and 9” z-bracket lift (up to 27” tire).
EZGO: 7” lift up to 25” tire.
Yamaha: Yamaha golf carts with a 3” - 7” lift cannot accept a 24” tire.
3” golf cart lift kits can allow for 8”, 10”, 12” and 14” low profile tires.
You can put ANY size low profile tire on a golf cart with a 6” lift. However, 8” wheels with 18” tires would look pretty silly on a super tall 6” lift kit. 12”-14” rims, with 22”-25” tires are generally what golf cart owners with 6” lifts prefer. It just looks better and helps to utilize the height and purpose for your 6” lift.
Bigger golf cart tires (20” to 24”) can add an extra 2-4 MPH of speed depending on the tire size.
Quick answer, 8 inches. Golf cart tire size can vary with used golf carts, however, 8” is usually the standard, so that’s generally what you’ll find on stock new and used golf carts.
A DOT golf cart tire is a tire that is approved by the Department of Transportation for legal use on highways. DOT approved golf cart tires have street tread patterns. These golf cart tires come in several different sizes to fit 8”, 10”, 12”, and 14” golf cart wheels.
A traditional golf cart owner will drive on the golf course, paved golf cart paths or roads, and also do some on-street driving. Golf courses have strict rules for which types of tires you have on your golf cart. In order for your cart to be allowed to drive on most courses, you will need a less aggressive tire tread, so you don’t end up leaving trails and destroying the fairway. The most suitable tires for golf course applications are “turf” approved tires. The tread design for Turf approved tires is meant to funnel water out allowing for more grip on the ground, and when driving on grass the cart won’t slip or slide around or tear up the grass. If you are looking for tires to be used on the golf course stick with turf approved golf cart tires.
The ply is how thick the tire is. This tells you the durability and how well the tire will hold up over time. For example, if you plan on using your golf cart for lots of off-roading, or plan on driving your golf cart on rough, rigid terrain, you’ll want to opt for 4 ply or 6 ply (6 ply being for the off-road enthusiast!). For smoother surfaces or some light off-roading, you’ll want to go for 2 ply or 4 ply.
There are 5 different tread options for golf cart tires. The five options are (1) sand tires; (2) knobby tires; (3) all terrain tires; (4) standard street tires & (5) smooth tires.
- Sand Tires: These are very different from most standard golf cart tire treads. In general, golf cart sand tires look like they have lateral ‘paddles’. Because sand usually has a tendency to slide and move around, the paddles are designed to provide maximum traction so you don’t slip and slide around.
- Knobby Tires: Golf cart knobby tires come in hundreds of different tire tread patterns. Most of these tires only have a slight difference in the shape of each knob. The slight difference in the knob shapes are to help each different knobby tread perform more effectively under different terrain.
- All Terrain Tires: Typically, all terrain tires have the most adequate tread to accommodate mild off-road use, but not as aggressive sand tires or knob tires. Basically, if you plan on doing some mild off-roading, all terrain tires your best bet.
- Standard Street Tires: Standard street tires generally come with a very mild tread called “turf” or “green”. These tires are the most popular golf cart tire as they have enough tread to be used on-street, but can also be used on the golf course.
- Smooth Tires: Smooth golf cart tires do not have any tread at all. Smooth tires come with a tread called Straight Rib, even though there isn’t really much tread at all. These tires are most popular among people who mow golf greens.
Yes. Just like car tires, golf cart tires can develop leaks.
Some folks have luck trying at-home remedies such as Fix-A-Flat or some other Aerosol tire inflators for a temporary fix, however, those at-home remedies do not generally last super long so, we recommend replacing your flat golf cart tire all together.
Unless all 4 tires are completely worn, you do not need to replace all 4 golf cart tires. Replacing just the bad tire is ok.
The PSI is the pressure inside your tires. PSI stands for “Pounds Per Square Inch.”
The recommended tire pressure/PSI can be found on the golf cart tire’s sidewall. You’ll be able to read it.
No. Golf cart tire pressure/PSI varies between manufacturer and tire style. Some are higher, some are lower.
Generally, golf cart tire pressure is between 15 to 25 PSI, the average is about 20-22 PSI.
It’s actually very easy to figure out the correct golf cart tire pressure. The actual tires will help you out a great deal here. The sidewall of the tire tells the tale. On the sidewall of the golf cart tire, you will find the tire pressure (or PSI) that is recommended for your particular tire. Generally, it’s between 15-25 PSI.
Yes. Even more common than under-inflation is over-inflation. Tires that are overinflated do not spread the weight of your golf cart evenly and will leave you with a super rough and uncomfortable ride and also gives you less traction, which can be dangerous. In some cases, although rate, over-inflated golf cart tires can explode or pop. This is very dangerous for anyone riding on the cart, or anyone nearby. You’ll need to do more than repair the tire if it explodes.
No. You cannot put full size automobile wheels/tires on your golf cart. You’ll need golf cart wheels/tires made specifically for golf carts.
Generally, golf cart tires last 2-3 years. Here are a few things that will help to prolong the life of your golf cart tires:
Proper Ply/Tread - Make sure that you’re selecting the proper ply/tread for the terrain where you’ll be driving. For example, you won’t want to buy 2 ply tires if you’re going offroading.
Rotate Tires Regularly - Uneven weight differences between the front and rear of the golf cart can cause wear and tear. Keeping your tires rotated periodically keeps them as even as can be, thus cutting down on the wear and tear. This is best for golf cart tires.
There are a lot of great golf cart tire brands to choose from, but here are a few really popular brands: RHOX (Red Hawk), Duro, Kenda, Achieva, Innova and Carlisle. All get good reviews.
Yes! No problem. Golf cart tires are universal when it comes to make/model of your golf cart. You can put any golf cart tire on ANY Club Car, EZGO, Yamaha, Taylor-Dunn, Columbia Par Car, Harley-Davidson, Cushman, Melex, Hyundai, etc. It is most important that you choose the correct wheel/tire size and profile (high or low) depending on whether or not you have a lift.
The best golf cart tires are created by a quality manufacturer, and quality rubber and steel belts within the tire.
No. We only sell brand new golf cart tires and wheels. You maaaay be able to find used tires/wheels on Amazon or Ebay but we do not recommend buying used golf cart tires. You can buy golf cart wheels and tires, or if you prefer to buy local, you can buy new tires from Walmart, Costco or Sam's Club.
A golf cart tire is what you’d expect, it’s the big black rubber tire. A golf cart wheel is the metal circular part that goes inside the tire. Lastly, a golf cart rim is just another word for a golf cart wheel.
Most customers buy golf cart wheels/rims in chrome, machined and polished finishes.
Golf cart wheels are one of four sizes, 8”, 10”, 12” and 14”.
The first thing you’ll want to do check the box or manual to see which way the tire tread should face. Most golf cart tires are designed with tread that perform best when moving in a particular direction. Prior to installing the tire over the rim, clean the rim with an automotive degreaser agent or strong cleaner. Once clean, you’ll want to wash both the golf cart rim and tire in soap and water. When you’re done degreasing and making the wheel squeaky clean, you simply place the rim through the tire and then using a tire iron, tuck the tire lip under the edge of the rim and that’s it. Simple as that!
Yes they can. All of the golf cart tires and wheels that Golf Cart Garage sells can come pre-mounted for easy installation. We call these golf cart wheel and tire combos. You can also purchase golf cart tires without the pre-assembled wheels.
The first thing you’ll want to do is slide a small floor jack under the chassis of the golf cart to raise it up slightly. Next, remove the lug nuts using the proper socket size and pull the wheel off of the lug studs. From there, you’ll need to use a valve stem tool to remove the valve from the tire stem. At this point, you should have the wheel/tire off of the golf cart completely. Once done, put your pre-mounted wheel/tire combo onto our golf cart, tighten the lug nuts really well, lower the jack and remove it from under the cart and voila! You’re all set!
An offset wheel means the hub mounting surface is not centered. On a golf cart with wheels that are offset, the tire/wheel assembly will be either close together or farther apart compared to wheels that are centered, depending on whether the wheels have a positive or negative offset.
Still have questions about golf cart tires, wheels or lift kits? Give us a call at 1-800-401-2934 or shoot us an email at Support@GolfCartGarage.com and we'd be happy to help out!
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