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golf cart guru • This article is going to be a little different than most I’ve written. Its driven by an email I got from Mike J from Orange County California. Mike writes, “I’d really like to add custom wheels and tires to my golf cart but everywhere I look on the internet there are different opinions on what will fit my cart. What should I do? What will and won’t fit my cart?” I chose Marks email because this can be a confusing situation. Let’s start at the basic. All relatively current model golf carts have the same wheel lug pattern, It’s called “4 on 4.” What that means is there are four wheel studs in a four inch circle. Note, this does not apply to many industrial and specialty vehicles. For more than twenty years the standard tire size has been 18-8.5x8. This roughly translates to eighteen inches tall, eight and a half inches wide, to fit an eight inch diameter wheel. Many manufacturers offer simple first step upgrades that are sometimes considered standard like a 205-50x10. As you can probably figure out this is sized like an automobile tire not like the typical 18-8.5x8 which is sized like an industrial tire. A 205- 50x10 is roughly twenty inches tall and fits a ten inch wheel. Most all standard and custom wheels for golf carts are “centered” which means the flange or the center part of the wheel where the studs go through is the same distance from the inside lip of the wheel and the outside lip of the wheel. There are many wheels that are built for lifted or off-road carts that have what’s called an off-set. What this means, is the flange, or the center part of the wheel where the studs go through is the closer to the inside lip of the wheel and further the outside lip of the wheel. There are also wheels with a reverse off-set. As you would imagine this is just the opposite. the All of that being said if you have a street car you’ll most likely opt for zero off-set or centered wheels. They’re available in many diameters, 10”, 12”, 13”, 14” and 15”. Then decide which tire type you want. Nowadays there are even steel belted radials in many sizes to fit carts that are or are lifted or not. The size is of course important too. For example you can fit a taller tire on a non lifted E-Z-GO than on a Club Car. Another thing to consider is the tire wall height. The shorter the wall the better the cart will handle but the rougher the ride. The inverse is true as well. The best thing to do is talk to your local dealer. They can direct you as to which tire and wheel will fit your cart best. Good luck and have fun. And feel free to write if you have any golf cart questions. • Have a question? Send it to Tim at: NOVEMBER OCTOBER 2018 37