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Golf Cart Wheels and Tires- Your Questions Answered!

Golf Cart Wheels and Tires- Your Questions Answered!

Answers To The Most Common Wheel and Tire Questions

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 size are standard golf cart wheels?

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.

Kenda Hole-N-1 Golf Cart wheel and tire

How big of a tire can you put 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Will bigger tires make my golf cart go faster?

Technically, 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

Do all golf carts have the same lug nut pattern?

All the leading golf cart manufacturers (EZGO, Club Car, Yamaha, ICON, Star EV, and Gem Car) use the same lug nut pattern- 4 x 101.6mm (also commonly referred to as "4x4") when measuring from the center of one stud to the center of an opposite diagonal stud. However, they do NOT use the same lug nut thread sizes. What does this mean for you? You can mount just about any aftermarket golf cart wheel on the wheel hub assemblies of the above-listed manufacturers, but unless you have the correct lug nuts, you won't be able to tighten them down. (More on that below.)

Please Note: When we say, "You can mount just about any aftermarket golf cart wheel on the hub assemblies of the above-listed manufacturers," we are referring to the lug nut pattern only. Whether or not any wheel and tire combo will fit on your specific cart depends on the wheel and tire size and your particular make and model.

What lug nuts does my golf cart need?

Different golf cart manufacturers require different lug nut thread patterns. The pattern of lug nuts refers to the size of the lug and the pitch of the threads inside the lug nut that correspond to your wheel hub studs.

  • EZGO, Club Car, and ICON use the 1/2 x 20 Standard (SAE) lug nut.
  • Yamaha and Star EV use the 12mm x 1.25 Metric lug nut.
  • Gem Cars use the 12mm x 1.5 Metric lug nut (most common) or the 10mm x 1.5 Metric lug nut (not as common).

Well, that's it, everyone! Hopefully, that information has answered some of your most pressing questions, but as always, feel free to comment below with any further questions. Until next time!
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