Golf Cart Tires and Wheels
Golf has a long history, and so do golf carts. In 1932, the first electric golf cart was custom-made and after the 1950s it gained great acceptance among golfers. Just like other vehicles, even golf carts came to have wheels made of steel or aluminum construction. Along with a variety of wheels, golf cart tires are available in different tread patterns and sizes. Here's all the information you need to have about golf cart tires and wheels to make a well-informed buying decision.
What is a Golf Cart Wheel?
Made of steel or aluminium, standard golf cart wheels are sized at 8 inches, but with market lift kits and low-profile tires even 10- to 12-inch wheels can be installed. Wheels come in a variety of finishes to suit your requirements. The most loved and expensive finish is chrome, as it offers high luster and is long-lasting. A more affordable option is a polished finish. The shiny finish looks great, but requires regular maintenance. The third and most economical finish is the machined finish. A clear coating or colored paint is applied to the wheel to make it more durable so that the raw material is protected from usage.
What is the Wheel Offset?
The mounting of the wheel on a golf cart's hub from its center is decided by the wheel's offset. Generally, there will be center mounting for standard 8-inch steel golf cart wheels. However, oversized wheels have mounting holes closer to the inside of the wheel and this is called a negative offset. A 10- to 12-inch golf cart wheel will have a negative offset. That's simply done to avoid any rubbing that may happen as the golf cart turns.
What are Golf Cart Tires?
When choosing tires for your golf cart, there are three things that are of utmost importance – the size of the wheel, the tread pattern and utility. There are different tread patterns that can appeal to your personal preferences, but they are broadly categorized into turf or street, all-terrain and knobby or off-road tires. Turf or street tires are designed for grassy and smoothly paved surfaces. Knobby or off-road tires are more for a tough, bumpy ride. They dig through heavy mud and sand, also making them perfect for travelling through wooded areas. As the name suggests, all-terrain tires combine the best of knobby and turf tread types. They can be used on any terrain and are great if you are looking for an all-round tire type.
What are the Different Golf Cart Tire Sizes?
Golf cart tire sizes range from 20 x 11-10 to 25 x 11-12 inches. A standard tire has an outside diameter of 18 inches, a width of 8.5 inches and accepts an 8-inch wheel. Some tire sizes are pretty straightforward while some are difficult to decipher. For instance, in the tire size listed as 205/50-10, the number 205 gives you the tire's widest point of its outer sidewall to the widest point of its inner sidewall when mounted. The next number is the tire's aspect ratio (50 in this case) and lastly the diameter, which is 10. Simply put, that's golf cart wheels and tires decoded.
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