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Golf Cart Tires, Wheels & Lift Kits FAQ


Golf Cart Tire Questions:


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Golf Cart Lift Kit Questions:


What is a Low Profile Golf Cart Tire?

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.


What is a High Profile Golf Cart Tire?

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.


What are All-Terrain Golf Cart Tires?

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.


What are the most purchased Golf Cart Tire Sizes?


18" Tall

8" Wide


20.5" Tall

8" Wide


17″ Tall

8″ Wide


17.1" Tall

8.5" Wide


17.9" Tall

8.5" Wide


18.5″ Tall

8.5″ Wide


20.5″ Tall

8.5″ Wide


19" Tall

8" Wide


What Low Profile style tires/wheels can I put on Non-Lifted Golf Carts?

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.


What High Profile / All-Terrain style tires/wheels can I put on Lifted Golf Carts?

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.


How do I read a Golf Cart Tire Sizes?

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)


What actual size is a standard 8” tire (ground to top of tire)?

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).


What is the Max Tire Size on Non-Lifted Club Cars?

Stock Club Car golf carts without a lift can fit 18.5” tires. Here’s a link to our Club Car Tires for reference.


What is the max tire size on a lifted Club Car?

3" Lift - Up to 20" Tire

4" Lift - Up to 22" Tire

5" Lift - Up to 23" Tire

6" Lift - Up to 23" Tire


What is the Max Tire Size on Non-Lifted EZGOs?

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.


What is the max tire size on a lifted EZGO?

3" Lift - Up to 22" Tire

4" Lift - Up to 22" Tire

5" Lift - Up to 23" Tire

6" Lift - Up to 23" Tire


What is the Max Tire Size on Non-Lifted Yamahas?

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.


What is the max tire size on a lifted Yamaha?

3" Lift - Up to 20"

4" Lift - Up to 22"

5" Lift - Up to 22"

6" Lift - Up to 23"


Which golf carts can take 24” tires?

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.


What low profile tires can you put on a golf cart with a 3” lift kit?

3” golf cart lift kits can allow for 8”, 10”, 12” and 14” low profile tires.


What low profile tires can you put on a golf cart with a 6” lift kit?

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.


If I add big golf cart tires, how much faster can it drive?

Bigger golf cart tires (20” to 24”) can add an extra 2-4 MPH of speed depending on the tire size.


What tire sizes generally come with a new or used golf cart?

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.


Which types of golf cart tires are DOT approved?

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.


Which golf cart tires are turf approved?

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.


What is a ply on a golf cart tire?

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.


What kinds of tread can you get on a golf cart tire?

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.


Can golf cart tires develop leaks?

Yes. Just like car tires, golf cart tires can develop leaks.


If my golf cart tire develops a leak, what should I do? 

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.


If I spring a leak in my golf cart tire and need to replace it, do I need to replace ALL my tires?

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.


What is golf cart tire PSI?

The PSI is the pressure inside your tires. PSI stands for “Pounds Per Square Inch.”


How do I figure out the PSI on my golf cart tires?

The recommended tire pressure/PSI can be found on the golf cart tire’s sidewall. You’ll be able to read it.


Is golf cart tire PSI the same for all manufacturers of golf cart tires?

No. Golf cart tire pressure/PSI varies between manufacturer and tire style. Some are higher, some are lower.


What is the average tire pressure or PSI for most golf cart tires?

Generally, golf cart tire pressure is between 15 to 25 PSI, the average is about 20-22 PSI.


What is the right golf cart tire pressure?

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.


Can you over-inflate a golf cart tire?

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.


Can I put car wheels/tires on my golf cart?

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.


How long does a brand new golf cart tire last?

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: 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


What are some of the best golf cart tire brands?

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.


Can I use tires from a Club Car and put them on a Yamaha, EZGO or other golf cart?

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.


What makes great golf cart tires?

The best golf cart tires are created by a quality manufacturer, and quality rubber and steel belts within the tire.


Do you sell used or refurbished golf cart tires?

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 tires online, or if you prefer to buy local, you can buy new tires from Walmart, Costco or Sam's Club.


What’s the difference between Golf Cart Tires, Golf Cart Wheels and Golf Cart Rims?

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.


What are the most popular Golf Cart Wheels or Rims finishes?

Most customers buy golf cart wheels/rims in chrome, machined and polished finishes.


 What sizes are golf cart wheels/rims?

Golf cart wheels are one of four sizes,  8”, 10”, 12” and 14”.


How do you mount a golf cart tire on a wheel?

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!


Do golf cart tires come pre-mounted on wheels?

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.


When golf cart wheels and tires come pre-mounted, how do I do the installation?

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!


What is an offset wheel? (golf cart wheel offset explained)

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.


Can I put an 18” tire on an 8” wheel?



What are Golf Cart Lift Kits or Lifts?

A golf cart lift kit is a set of parts/pieces that you install on your golf cart that gives you an additional 3”, 4”, 5” or 6” of height. Lot’s of folks install golf cart lift kits because it allows for higher clearance while driving over more rugged terrain such as brush, rocks, water, etc. Basically, you don’t dirty up the golf cart as easily (unless you want to). Also, a lift kit allows you to add larger golf cart tires. Aside from the applicability of being able to maneuver around rougher terrain, just like a full size lifted truck or lifted SUV, it gives a great look to a golf cart that a lot of golf cart owners really like. Check out our Club Car Lift Kits, EZGO Lift Kits & Yamaha Lift Kits.

Yamaha Golf Cart Lift Kit (A-Arm)


Why lift golf carts?

Aside from looking rugged, adding a lift kit to your golf cart means bigger tires. Bigger tires = more speed. This is one of the main and most popular advantages of adding a lift to your golf cart. In addition, adding a lift and bigger tires means you will be able to maneuver around rougher, more rigid terrain, and in most cases, the ability to go off-roading.


What options are there to buy a Golf Cart Lift Kit?

There are four different types of golf cart lift kits, the four options are: (1) drop spindle lift kit, (2) a-arm lift kit, (3) drop axle Lift Kit & (4) block lift kit.


What is a Golf Cart Drop Spindle Lift Kit?

Overall the most popular lift kit is the “drop spindle” lift kit. Affordable and super easy to install, the drop spindle design works with the golf cart’s standard factory suspension to increase and replace the carts spindle size and length. An increased spindle will give your golf cart a wider stance, and therefore significantly more stability. A wider stance also gives you the opportunity to add larger sized tires on your golf cart as it allows for bigger offset wheels. In general, a spindle lift kit will give you many more options for adding those custom wheels and big, rugged, meaty tires.


What is a Golf Cart Drop Axle Lift Kit?

“Drop axle” lift kits replace your golf cart’s front stock axle with a drop axle type design. Drop axle lift kits have a longer than stock radius that tapers down to the stock spindles on your golf cart. It also elongates your axle height and allows for replacement of your front axle while keeping your factory stock spindles intact. These lift kits (drop axle or axle lift kits in general) are a more inexpensive choice vs. the traditional spindle lift kits. Drop Axle lift kits are commonly put on EZGO TXT's. Here's a 5" EZGO TXT Lift Kit Drop Axle.


What is a Golf Cart Block Lift Kit?

Giving your cart an ‘instant boost’ in height and super easy to install, block lift kits add steel pieces under the stock suspension that are block shaped (hence the name of these kits). Block lifts are effective, quick and inexpensive. Keep in mind, however, that block lift kits do not give you as much wiggle room for flexibility as do the drop axle, a-arm or drop spindle lift kits, as the block lift kits typically only come in a 4 inch lift option.


What is a Golf Cart A-Arm Lift Kit?

A-arm lift kits are designed to replace the whole front suspension on your golf cart almost entirely. This gives for a super comfortable, smooth ride. In addition, you also have the option to use much larger tires than you would otherwise on a factory stock set up. The a-arm lift kit is one of the most popular lift kits, that gives the golf cart a very rigid, super lifted look. A-arm lift kits use circular-tubing (much strong than square), are very easy to install, and while not the most inexpensive option, it is one of the most heavy duty lift kit options. Great for off-roading and rough terrain!

Club Car Precedent Lift Kit (A-Arm)

 What does BMF mean on a BMF A-Arm Lift Kit?

A BMF lift kit is the most aggressive lift on the market right now! Designed for extreme environments and all-terrain use, it’s the meatiest, tallest lift you can get!  Some say it stands for "Big MFer." See Club Car Precedent RHOX BMF A-Arm Lift Kits, Club Car DS BMF A-Arm Lift Kits, EZGO RXV BMF A-Arm Lift Kits or Yamaha Drive/G22 BMF A-Arm Lift Kits. 


How Much Taller are Golf Carts With Lift Kits? What are the Golf Cart Lift Kit Height Options?

Golf cart lift kits come in 4 options, 3”, 4”, 5” and 6” lifts. This is how much higher your golf cart is off the ground compared to the stock golf cart height.

  • 6” Golf Cart Lift Kits: 6” golf cart lift kits are the most popular among all of the lift kit sizes as they enable you to fit ANY size golf cart tires and wheels. 6” golf cart lifts are generally able to accept up to a 23” tire in the most rugged, all-terrain style. A 6 inch golf cart lift also gives you a significant amount of extra space in your wheel-well.
  • 5” Golf Cart Lift Kits: 5” golf cart lift kits, while not the most popular option among the assorted golf cart lift kit sizes, can accept up to 22” golf cart tires on Yamaha and Club Car golf carts, and 23” tires on all EZ-GO golf carts. There’s nothing wrong with a 5” golf cart lift, it’s just not as popular in the industry.
  • 4” Golf Cart Lift Kits: 4” golf cart lift kits are said to be one of the easiest to install, allowing for up to 20” tires on ALL golf carts without any friction between the tire and wheel-well. 4” golf cart lifts are generally available in the block lift style.
  • 3” Golf Cart Lift Kits: 3” golf cart lifts are super easy to install, and can accept up to 20” tires to ALL golf carts. In addition, a 3 inch golf cart lift gives you the same lift kit styles as the 6 inch lifts, but without the time spent to add the full 6 inches to your golf cart. This is a great option for people who don’t want to make their golf cart a whole lot higher than the stock size, but still want the flexibility of adding taller tires (without any rubbing), as well as adding a rear seat kits on the back.


Why choose a 6” golf cart lift kit over a 3” golf cart lift kit?

A 6” golf cart lift is the most popular lift kit on the market as it gives you the highest clearance over rough/rugged terrain AND can typically accept a 23” all terrain tire (basically, the meatiest, tallest tire you can get). 3” golf cart lift kits usually are not big enough to add the big rough tires.


Why choose a 3” lift kit over a 6” lift kit?

Not everyone wants or needs the height of a 6 inch golf lift kit or the intensity of a 23” all terrain tire. This is where other sized lift kits, in particular 3” lift kits come into play. 3” golf cart lift kits are the most popular of the low profile lifts. 3” lifts are perfect for cart owners who want a boost, but not too far from the stock height. 3” lift kits give you the flexibility of adding extra weight on the back (like a rear seat) AND bigger tires (in general, up to 20” golf cart tires) without any rubbing.


How do you match Golf Cart Tires/Wheels to a Golf Cart Lift Kit?

You need to know the golf cart tire size when attempting to pair up a golf cart lift kit with your golf cart tires/wheels. Note that the wheel/rim size is not important. The tire size is key. A 22” tire will ALWAYS be 22”, regardless of the size of the wheel that it’s mounted on. For example, a 12” wheel mounted on a 20” golf cart tire is just as tall as a 10” wheel mounted on a 20” golf cart tire.


Can I use a positive offset for my wheels if I have a golfcart lift kit?

No. The issue is all lifted golf carts will require wheels with a negative offset. All golf cart wheels designed for rough terrain/off-roading have a negative offset. This will allow for larger wheels/tires to fit under lift kits without any issues, and will make the base of the golf cart wider for more stability.


What’s the difference between RHOX, Steeleng, All Sport, MadJacks and Jake’s lift kits? Which golf cart lift kit is the best for my money?

There are lots of great lift kit brands out there to choose from, however, in our opinion, RHOX is the top dog when it comes to lift kits. With their innovative designs (including the new BMF lift kit series), top quality products and cost effectiveness, they are a great brand and we highly recommend them! RHOX is always coming out with new and improved lift kits for golf carts.


Can I lift my golf cart without a golf cart lift kit? If so, how?

Although there are many ways to build a homemade lift kit, it’s not recommended. We’d suggest purchasing a New RHOX Lift Kit. If you don’t want to spend the time or money to lift your golf cart with a golf cart lift kit, you can always throw on some low profile 14” inch tires for a nice little height boost without a lift kit!


Can you use a rear leaf spring kit with a golf cart lift kit?

Yes. In most cases it’s recommended to add heavy duty golf cart leaf springs when adding a golf cart lift kit.


How much extra weight can a golf cart hold with a lift kit installed?

A golf cart with a lift kit can generally hold or haul up to an additional 100 lbs. Add a couple of heavy duty leaf springs on your cart in addition to the lift kit and that will add another 100-200 lbs of load capacity.


How do I know the lift kit I’m buying is a great golf cart lift kit?

Researching the manufacturer is always a good place to start. Check out customer reviews and really study up on the maker of the lift kit you’re looking at purchasing. Heavy duty quality parts and pieces is another thing you’ll want to make sure that the kit comes with. Ask lots of questions! You can’t go wrong with a RHOX Golf Cart Lift Kit.


If a part/piece needs replaced or repaired on my lift kit, can I buy repair/replacement parts, or a WHOLE new lift kit?

No, you do not need to replace the whole lift kit. Lift kit replacement parts like bushings, tie rods, King Pin Camber correctors, etc. are readily available should you ever need to replace a piece or part down the road.


How deep into water/mud can you drive a golf cart with a golf cart lift?

It really depends on the size of your lift and on the size of your tires. The bigger the tires/lifts, the bigger the puddles you can drive through. Several inches of lift = several inches of mud!




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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