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Golf Cart Tires- Frequently Asked Questions Answered! - GOLFCARTSTUFF.COM™

Golf Cart Tires- Frequently Asked Questions Answered!

Christian Attlesey - Golf Cart Stuff Marketing Manager
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Written by: Christian Attlesey

Read Time: 3-5 minutes
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Here at Golf Cart Stuff, we understand that buying new golf cart wheels and tires can sometimes be daunting. There are a lot of questions that need answers- what size are standard golf cart wheels? What size tires can I put on my golf cart? Do I need a lift kit?

We put together this quick list of commonly asked questions to answer those questions and help you make better purchasing decisions. If you have a question you don't see in the list or need further clarification- leave a comment below and we would be happy to get you an answer. Let's dive in!

What is the standard-size golf cart tire?

Most golf carts will have wheel and tire combinations that max out at about 18-18.5 inches in overall diameter. If you have an EZGO, Club Car, or Yamaha with standard wheels, you probably have the Kenda Hole-N-1 or a similar combo that will hit that sizing mark.

Golf cart tire with 18" in overall diameter

Can you put bigger tires on a golf cart without a lift kit?

As a general rule of thumb, most golf carts will need a lift kit once the wheel and tire combination has an overall height above 19"-20". The overall size of a combination measures from the bottom to the top of the tire.

However, the three major golf cart manufacturers have different wheel well sizes that allow different sizes per cart—more on that below.

Looking to purchase some new tires for your golf cart? Whether your cart is stock or lifted, we have a wide selection of golf cart tires for sale!

What size tires can I put on my EZGO golf cart?

Stock EZGO golf carts with leaf springs that are in good shape and don't sag can fit 20" wheel and tire combos without needing a lift kit.

EZGO Tire Sizing

What size tires can I put on my Club Car golf cart?

Stock Club Car golf carts with properly functioning leaf springs can fit 18"-18.5" wheel and tire combos before needing a lift kit.

Club Car Tire Sizing

What size tires can I put on my Yamaha golf cart?

Stock Yamaha G-Series Carts (Yamaha G1 up through the G22 model) can fit 18"-18.5" wheel and tire combos without needing a lift kit.

Yamaha Drive (G29) and Drive2 carts can go up to 20" in overall diameter before requiring a lift kit. Once again, this assumes that the shocks and leaf springs on the cart are working correctly.

Yamaha Golf Cart Tire Sizing Photo
 

Will taller tires make my golf cart faster?

Technically, yes, adding a larger wheel and tire combination to your golf cart should allow you to see a slight increase in speed.

Keep in mind that depending on what wheel and tire combo you purchase and what motor and controller you have installed on your cart, that increase in speed will vary significantly.

Due to the many other factors that can impact your golf cart's top speed, we don't recommend adding new wheels and tires as your primary source of speed increase.

Tech Specs- How does adding a bigger wheel and tire combo increase my speed?
Increasing the overall diameter of your wheel and tire allows your cart to cover more ground with each turn of the axle. This increase in ground coverage by each axle turn gives your golf cart a slight uptick in speed. To help illustrate this, look at the photo below- both dotted lines are the same length. One "axle revolution" on the bottom image will clearly cover more ground than the top image.
Golf Cart Wheel and Tire size difference and speed increase photo example

How often should I rotate my golf cart tires?

Rotating your golf cart tires depends significantly on how often you drive your golf cart and what sort of mileage you put on your tires.

Drive time varies considerably between golf cart owners, and figuring out your mileage can be tricky, so as a rule of thumb, it is best to rotate your golf cart tires at the start of every busy season.

What PSI should golf cart tires be?

Golf cart tire PSI
 

The PSI in your golf cart tire depends on what tire you have on your cart. If you aren't sure, your tire will have the PSI rating located on the sidewall of the tire. In general, the correct tire pressure for a golf cart is usually in the range of 22-30 PSI

Do golf cart tires need balancing?

Most golf cart tires are professionally mounted before being shipped to you but they are typically not balanced beforehand.

The reason for this is that golf carts are low-speed vehicles and as a result don't need to be balanced to have a smooth and comfortable ride.

If you notice an issue with your ride experience, your best bet is to take your tires to a local golf cart or automotive tire shop and have them diagnose your issue.

For more information about common golf cart tire misunderstandings, check out our post on various golf cart tire myths.

Do golf cart tires need an alignment?

Golf cart alignment illustration
 

Yes, your golf cart will need to be aligned if you don't want your tires to go bald in a short period of time. If you notice that your tires seem to be wearing out or you notice some issues with how your golf cart drives, check out our post on how to align your golf cart.

How often should you change golf cart tires?

On average, golf cart tires last between 2-4 years before they need to be replaced. A lot of the wear and tear on golf cart tires depends on how often you drive your cart, whether your golf cart is properly aligned or not, and your typical driving terrain. It is important that you inspect your tires before the start of every busy season to check for a worn-down tread or any signs of damage.

    Well everyone, hopefully, we have touched on all the questions you had about golf cart tires and wheels. Feel free to leave any questions or feedback in the comments below and we will make sure to get back in touch with you. See you next time!

    For questions about golf cart wheels, check out our post on golf cart wheel FAQ!

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    Golf Cart Stuff Marketing Manager Christian AttleseyChristian 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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    Comments

    Golf Cart Stuff Customer Service - February 28, 2023

    Robert,

    Thank you for your question. If the tire sidewall recommends 36 PSI we would definitely recommend airing it up to that pressure. In regards to the bumpy ride, there are a few things you may want to check. I’ve attached a checklist below that you can use to do some troubleshooting. Sometimes it is a small issue such as the bead not being seated properly or the lug nuts not getting tightened down properly. However, there are times that the tire may be too far out of round.

    Troubleshooting steps:

    1. Identify how many wobbly or out-of-round assemblies you have. You can move the tires around from left-right, front-back to see if the wobble or bounce moves around with a specific wheel and tire assembly.

    2. It is likely only ONE assembly would be defective. This is not a common occurrence but can occasionally occur.

    3. If you locate the culprit, check the bead of the tires. Make sure the bead of the tire is even all the way around the rim. Extremely rare but it could happen that the bead of the tire did not seat properly prior to shipping.

    4. If the center cap of the wheel is push-through style (installs from the back side of the wheel prior to bolting on the wheels and tires), remove the wheel and tire assembly, set the center cap aside, and install WITHOUT the center cap in place. We have seen customers install their wheels and it is actually caught up on the small lip of that center cap, causing the mount not to be flush with your hub and causing a wobble.

    Check to make sure the wheels are in fact bolted all the way on. This is more common than you may think and we are actually guilty of this to a degree. The wheel can get caught up on threads from the bolts or simply just not bolted down all the way flush to the hub. This issue also causes a loose wheel that can wobble. Worth a double check.

    Hopefully, this checklist is helpful, if you still don’t find a resolution, reach out to the people you bought the tires from and they should take care of you (I know we would!)

    robert white - February 28, 2023

    I have a yamaha gas 2018 reconditioned golf cart. Kendra 10" tires. on the tire it recomends 36 psi. it has 28psi when they delivered it. the ride sometimes seems a little bumpy like I’m riding over wash boards on the street. Do you think I need more, or less air in them?
    thanks,
    Rob

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