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12in Golf Cart Wheels: The Most Versatile Wheel On The Market?

12in Golf Cart Wheels: The Most Versatile Wheel On The Market?

Blog Author Photo: Christian Attlesey

Author: Christian Attlesey

Read Time: 4-5 minutes

What Christian Ate For Lunch The Day He Wrote This Article: Chicken and rice

 

 

 

 

Here is a question: Who doesn't love riding in a golf cart? Here at Golf Cart Stuff, we would venture to say that very few people don't like riding in a golf cart.

It's small enough to feel safe and fast enough to have fun. It's the perfect combo!

While everyone loves riding in a golf cart, one piece of equipment can make all the difference in the ride experience- the golf cart's wheels and tires.

Getting a new set of rims and tires on your golf cart can breathe new life into your buggy!

If you are looking for something new to roll on, a great place to start looking is at 12-inch wheel and tire combos.

One of the most versatile golf cart wheel sizes on the market today, 12-inch golf cart wheels cover all the bases.

This article will take you in-depth regarding the benefits of 12" wheels, the overall sizing of the various 12" wheel and tire combos, as well as the popular tire manufacturers and the tread options they offer. Want to be an expert on 12-inch wheels? Then dig in!

Benefits of 12in Golf Cart Wheels

In the golf cart wheel and tire world, 12-inch wheels offer some benefits you can't find in the various other sizes.

Let's take a closer look at some of the main selling points of 12" combos.

Works Great With Stock and Lifted Golf Carts

Stock and Non-Lifted Golf Carts

Golf cart owners are a funny bunch. Some cart owners want their golf carts to look as pristine and unique as possible and will spare no expense to get them up to their standards.

Other cart owners use their golf carts to move around their property and want just enough upgrades to keep them running smoothly.

Typically golf cart wheels come in five sizes: 8", 10", 12", 14", and 15". Each of these wheels has something to offer golf cart owners, but each has its own set of drawbacks as well.

One of the best things about 12in wheels is that they run the whole gambit of wheel and tire sizing.

That means you can find plenty of combos that work with non-lifted and lifted carts.

For example, plenty of 12" wheel and tire combos max out at 18" in overall height- the same diameter as stock wheels and tires.

That means you can quickly and easily take your stock combo off your golf cart and throw a 12" combo on there without ever having to think of installing a lift kit.

On the other hand, there are plenty of 12" wheel and tire combos with an overall diameter of 23".

A 23" diameter is one of the largest wheel and tire combos you can buy for your golf cart and in most instances will require the installation of a 6" lift kit.

In addition to these two sizes, there are plenty of combos that have 20" and 22" diameters as well.

[ Click Here to see all of our 12" wheel and tire combos for lifted golf carts ]

Long story short, if you want a golf cart wheel that gives you the maximum flexibility in regards to what tire you purchase, a 12" wheel is a great choice.

Plenty Of Wheel To Catch The Eye | Plenty Of Tire To Smooth The Ride

12" Vampire red and black wheels installed on a golf cart. Photo emphasizing the wheels

Another benefit of 12in golf cart wheels is they strike an outstanding balance between the wheel and the tire.

To help illustrate this point, I'll discuss some of the drawbacks of both the smaller golf cart wheels (8"/10") and larger golf cart wheels (14"/15").

As we discussed in our article about 10" wheels, one downside of smaller golf cart wheels is that depending on the size of the combo, the wheel can often look overpowered or "swallowed up" by the surrounding tire.

For example, a 10" wheel with large off-road tires is going to have so much tire on the combo that it can sometimes look like a giant rubber blob.

This combo will provide excellent cushion and ride comfort but sacrifice a more polished look.

On the other end, a large 14" wheel will have great aesthetics, but depending on the tire you purchase, it may not provide a smooth and comfortable ride.

12in golf cart wheels are a perfect middle ground and can allow you to buy a street/turf tire that looks great and still has enough tire and air to mitigate against bumps and rough terrain.

[ Got a stock golf cart? Check out all of our 12" wheel and tire combos for non-lifted golf carts ]

The same is true when you pair 12" wheels with off-road tires- the wheel isn't swallowed up, and you still get plenty of tire and air to absorb the bumps of driving. 

A Minor Drawback of 12in Golf Cart Wheels

It is important to note that even though 12" wheels are versatile enough for any tire style, there is one minor drawback you need to be aware of.

Depending on your golf cart's make and model, getting a 12-inch wheel and street tire combo for a non-lifted cart may mean settling for a low-profile tire.

For some customers, this is great! However, low-profile tires are notorious for providing a bumpy ride as the sidewall on these tires is extremely small.

This smaller sidewall is no issue if you only take your golf cart on paved roads or smooth pathways. However, if you frequently travel on more "natural" terrain, you may want to avoid this.

It is crucial that you think through where you drive your cart and what suits you best!

12" Wheel Overall Sizing and Tire Tread Options

Wheel and Tire Combo Overall height

12" golf cart wheel and tire combos range in overall diameter from 18" to 23".

As a result, it is imperative that you know your make and model and whether you have a lift kit installed (or plan to install one) before making a wheel and tire purchase.

Here are the typical 12" golf cart wheel and tire sizes and their corresponding diameter's and widths:

 

  • 12" wheels with 215/35-12 tires: 18" tall / 8.5" wide
  • 12" wheels with 215/40-12 tires: 18.75" tall / 8.5" wide
  • 12" wheels with 215/50-12 tires: 20.5" tall / 8.5" wide
  • 12" wheels with 20x10-12 tires: 20" tall / 10" wide
  • 12" wheels with 22x10-12 tires: 22" tall / 10" wide
  • 12" wheels with 22x11-12 tires: 22" tall / 11" wide
  • 12" wheels with 23x10-12 tires: 23" tall / 10" wide
  • 12" wheels with 23x10.5-12 tires: 23" tall / 10.5" wide

Here is a quick guide on the major golf cart manufacturers and their sizing needs:

  • EZGO Golf Carts

    • 18" tall combos- No lift kit needed
    • 20" tall combos- No lift kit needed
    • 22" tall combos- Minimum 3" lift kit needed
    • 23" tall combos- Minimum 5"/6" lift kit needed
  • Club Car Golf Carts

    • 18" tall combos- No lift kit needed
    • 20" tall combos- Minimum 3" lift kit needed
    • 22" tall combos- Minimum 4" lift kit needed
    • 23" tall combos- Minimum 6" lift kit needed
  • Yamaha Golf Carts

    • G-Series Carts (G1-G22 models)
      • 18" tall combos- No lift kit needed
      • 20" tall combos- Minimum 3" lift kit needed
      • 22" tall combos- Minimum 5" lift kit needed
      • 23" tall combos- Minimum 6" lift kit needed
    • Drive (G29) & Drive2 Carts
      • 18" tall combos- No lift kit needed
      • 20" tall combos- No lift kit needed
      • 22" tall combos- Minimum 3" lift kit needed
      • 23" tall combos- Minimum 5"/6" lift kit needed

Popular 12" Golf Cart Tires

Here is a list of some of the most popular golf cart tires we carry for 12" golf cart wheels. We've broken down our list by golf cart tire manufacturers and their various tread styles. Take a look!

Arisun Golf Cart Tires

Arisun Golf Cart Tire Logo
Arisun 12" Street/Turf Golf Cart Tires
  • Arisun Cruze Tire: An extremely popular golf cart tire, the Arisun Cruze has a classic tread that can easily cross over from the neighborhood to the golf course. (Available in 215/35-12 as well as 215/50-12 Comfortride)
12" Vampire Gunmeta;/Machined Aluminum Wheel With Arisun Cruze Tires plus usage rating
Arisun 12" Off-Road Golf Cart Tires
  • Arisun X-Trail Tire: The Arisun X-Trail is a true off-road tire with large tread blocks that cover the face of the tire and slightly on the tire sidewall for maximum grip.

12" Arisun X-Trail Golf cart tire and usage rating

Arisun 12" All-Terrain Golf Cart Tires
  • Arisun Lightning Tire: The Arisun Lightning has a unique tread pattern with slightly large tread blocks that are positioned to move with the direction of the tire. This allows the tire to have increased gripping capability without being too harsh on lawns or other sensitive surfaces.

12" Arisun Lightning golf cart tire and usage rating

GTW Golf Cart Tires

GTW Golf cart parts logo
GTW® 12" Street/Turf Golf Cart Tires
  • GTW Mamba Tire: Boasting a common street/turf style tread, the GTW® Mamba works great on golf courses, lawns, as well as streets and other hard surfaces.

12" GTW Mamba golf cart tire with usage rating

  • GTW Fusion GTR Tire: With a more unique street tread, the GTW Fusion GTR Tire is designed for quiet and comfortable riding on pavement. This tire is manufactured with steel-belted radial construction for ultimate driving performance.

12" GTW Fustion GTR golf cart tire with usage rating

GTW® 12" Off-Road Golf Cart Tires
  • GTW Nomad Tire: With a very aggressive off-road tread and the additional benefit of being steel-belted radial, the Nomad is perfect for any off-road adventure.
12" Vampire Red and Black wheel with GTW Nomad tires plus usage rating

 

Wanda Golf Cart Tires

Wanda Golf Cart Tires Logo

 

Wanda 12" Street/Turf Golf Cart Tires
  • Wanda GFX Street/Turf Tire: The Wanda GFX Street Tire has a streamlined tread that works extremely well on streets and other hard surfaces.

14" Vampire Orange and Black Wheel with Wanda WDT Street tires and usage rating

Wanda 12" All-Terrain Golf Cart Tires
  • Wanda WDT All-Terrain Tire: The Wanda WDT All-Terrain Tire has thick triangular tread blocks that cover the sidewall of the tire and a grooved tread pattern down the center for efficient gripping power.

12" Vampire Red and Black Wheel with Wanda WDT all-terrain tires and usage rating

Excel Golf Cart Tires

Excel Golf Cart Tire Logo

12" Tempest Black/Machined Aluminum wheel with Excel Sahara Classic Tires plus usage rating

Kenda Golf Cart Tires

Kenda Golf Cart Tire Logo

Kenda 12" Off-Road Golf Cart Tires
  • Kenda Terra Trac K502 Tires: One of the most aggressive tires you can purchase for your golf cart, the Kenda Terra Trac is available in both 23" and 25" overall diameters. Widely spaced, multi-directional tread blocks give this tire extreme gripping power.

Kenda Terra Trac K502 Golf cart tire plus usage rating

GCS™ Golf Cart Tires

GCS™ 12" Street/Turf Golf Cart Tires
  • GCS™ Forerunner Tire: With a tread pattern designed for smooth and consistent ground contact, the GCS™ Forerunner tire is great for pavement and golf course use.

12" GCS™ Forerunner golf cart tire plus usage rating

It is at this point that I would like to congratulate you on now being an expert on 12-inch golf cart wheels and tires!

With this information on hand, you can probably teach your local golf cart shop a thing or two.

If you think we missed anything or have any questions about what we wrote, drop them in the comments below and we will get them answered!

If you want to become an even better golf cart wheel and tire expert, check out our article covering 14" golf cart wheels.

 

Blog Author Photo: Christian Attlesey

Christian Attlesey is the Marketing Manager here at Golf Cart Stuff™, and, in addition to the marketing department, he oversees our website and advertising responsibilities.

...You probably know him as the humorous & relatable host of our YouTube channel!

Prior to taking on marketing, however, Christian honed his industry knowledge as our Customer Service Manager. Fast-forward to present day: it’s his mission to deliver the best and most current products, resources, and overall expertise to Golf Cart owners everywhere.

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