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GOLF CART WHEEL AND TIRE SIZES EXPLAINED
Custom wheel and tire orders usually start with the wheel. You will hear the term 3+4, 2+4 or 2+5 offset. Most of our golf cart wheels are 3+4 offset as a 2+4 or 2+5 offset pushes the wheel out from the hub and therefore the body (see image below). The second consideration is what size to choose for you cart. Obviously the larger the custom wheel the more "sparkle" and "dance" the wheels create as they turn. Likewise, Chrome is brighter than most other colors. But size may give way to a less comfortable ride if a low profile tire is mounted on a 14 inch wheel as an example. But the trade off may be worth it.
Large diamenter wheels do not increase speed, but a larger diameter tire on a wheel will....if it does not rub. For example a 205-65-10 street tire (20 inch diameter) installed on a Yamaha Drive 10 inch wheel (3+4 offset) will add 2-3 MPH and should not rub. While a 205-30-14 tire on a 14 inch wheel (3+4 offset) installed on a Yamaha Drive will be slightly slower than the 205-65-10 but the 14 inch wheel will shine more. Club Car and EZGO typically have less tire and wheel flexibility due to the body style, but there are some nice options for them as well. Including a lift kit installation.
Below also is a simple tire size chart (most popular golf cart tire sizes highlighted in blue) but please contact us for any special applications including Jakes Lift Kits. Then review the recommendations for your golf cart model below. Be sure to place and order for your Lug Nuts or Wheel Cover Hub Caps. Contact us with questions at 1-888-817-9884
|205/50-10||18" Tall||8" Wide|
|205/65-10||20.5" Tall||8" Wide|
|205/30-12||17″ Tall||8″ Wide|
|215/30-12||17.1" Tall||8.5" Wide|
|215/40-12||18.5″ Tall||8.5″ Wide|
|215/50-12||20.5″ Tall||8.5″ Wide|
|205/30-14||19" Tall||8" Wide|
This table represents Street/ Low Profile tire sizes (most commonly used). The industry standard factory Golf Cart Tires that come on 99% of golf carts are 18x8.5-8" tires. Many cart owners decide to go with upgraded aftermarket wheels and tires in 10", 12", and 14" sizes... which is where the hundreds of new tire sizes/options come into play.
Below is a simple overview of how to read golf cart tire sizes to help you begin to determine your tire and wheel order
Example #1 - Low Profile Tire - 205/50-10"
205: This is the width of the golf cart tire (across) in millimeters, which is about 8 inches
50: 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 meatier and taller the tire)
10: The tire size (to match wheel size you will mount on) in inches
Example #2 - All Terrain Tire - 22x11x10" (even easier...no ratios are involved)
22: This is the height of the tire (in inches)
11: This is the width of the tire across in inches (second number)
10: This is the wheel size the tire should be mounted on (last number)
You can also use a Tire Size Calculator to determine dimensions
As you can see above, golf cart tires are typically classified with METRIC measurements (most low profile/ street tires) or STANDARD measurements (most All Terrain, Turf & Lifted tires). The table at the beginning of this article shows the most common "street" tire sizes, since 80%+ of carts have these tire types on them.
Below is fitment information for the typical STREET/ Low Profile tire by size for EZ-GO, Club Car and Yamaha golf carts. Scroll down for additional information all-terrain tires.
GOLF CART FITMENT (STREET TIRES):
EZ-GO Golf Carts:
Most non-lifted (stock) EZ-GOs can fit up to a 215/50-12 (20.5") tire without rubbing if there is no added weight on the back of the cart (flip seat, cargo box, etc.).
If your EZGO cart has a back seat kit installed or old sagging rear leaf springs, it is not recommended that you go taller than 215/40-12 (18.5") without first adding fresh leaf springs to prevent rubbing.
Club Car Golf Carts:
Non-lifted (stock) Club Car golf carts can fit 215/40-12 tires (18.5") max.
Yamaha Golf Carts:
Non-lifted (stock) Yamaha golf carts can fit 215/40-12 tires (18.5") max.
Non-lifted (stock) Yamaha Drive / G29 carts are able to fit up to 20.0" tires max.
The most common All Terrain Golf Cart Tire Sizes
(Remember: These STANDARD sizes always end with the number that matches the wheel size the tire is made for)
|20x10-10||20" Tall||10" Wide|
|22x10x10||22" Tall||10" Wide|
|22x11-10||22″ Tall||11″ Wide|
|20x10-12||20" Tall||10" Wide|
|22x10-12||22" Tall||10" Wide|
|23x10.5-12||23″ Tall||10.5″ Wide|
|23x10-14||23″ Tall||10″ Wide|
|25x10-14||23" Tall||10" Wide|
GOLF CART FITMENT (ALL TERRAIN TIRES):
EZ-GO Golf Carts:
Most non-lifted (stock) EZ-GOs can fit up to a 20" tall all terrain tire (20x10-10, 20x10-12) without rubbing if there is no added weight on the back of the cart (flip seat, cargo box, etc.).
Any taller tires (22x11-10, 23x10.5-12, etc.) will require a golf cart lift kit
Club Car Golf Carts:
Non-lifted (stock) Club Car golf carts can fit any 18" tall all terrain tires (18x8-8" or 18x8-10") max without a lift kit.
Any taller tires (20x10-10, 20x10-12, 23x10.5-12, etc.) will require a lift kit.
Yamaha Golf Carts:
Non-lifted (stock) Yamaha golf carts can fit any 18" tall all terrain tires (18x8-8" or 18x8-10") max without a lift kit.
Non-lifted (stock) Yamaha Drive / G29 carts can fit up to a 20" tall all terrain tire (20x10-10, 20x10-12) without rubbing if there is no added weight on the back of the cart (flip seat, cargo box, etc.).
Any taller tires (22x11-10, 23x10.5-12, etc.) will require a lift kit on your G29/Drive.