How to Read Golf Cart Tire Sizes

Golf Cart Wheel and Tire Sizes EXPLAINED

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First, let's just get to the meat and potatoes: a simple golf cart tire size chart (most popular sizes highlighted in blue):

Most Common Standard Height Golf Cart Tire Sizes (non-lifted carts)

Tire Size Height Width
205/50-10 18" Tall 8" Wide
205/55-10 18.8" Tall 8" Wide
205/65-10 20.5" Tall 8" Wide
205/30-12 17″ Tall 8″ Wide
215/30-12 17.1" Tall 8.5" Wide
215/35-12 17.9" 8.5" Wide
215/40-12 18.5″ Tall 8.5″ Wide
215/50-12 20.5″ Tall 8.5″ Wide
205/30-14 19" Tall 8" Wide
215/35-14 20" Tall 8.5" Wide
205/35-15 20.5" Tall 8" Wide

This table represents the most common factory and aftermarket equipment Street / Low Profile golf cart tire sizes. Low profile tires are the most commonly used tread style on golf carts. The industry standard factory golf cart tires that come on 99% of fleet golf carts are 18x8.5-8" tires. More recently, many newer golf cart manufacturers are offering their carts with 10" wheels and 12" wheels straight from the factory, which means both the 205/50-10 golf cart tire size and 215/40-12 golf cart tire size have become more popular with each passing year.

Another trend that continues to strengthen in the year 2024 is the popularity of the "comfort" sized tires, which are 205/65-10 for 10" golf cart wheels, 215/50-12 for 12" golf cart wheels and 215/35-14" for 14" golf cart wheels. These sizes offer an extra 2-inches of sidewall height (more rubber) than non-comfort sized tires. This extra sidewall provides a smoother ride for you and your passengers.

Many cart owners decide to go with upgraded aftermarket wheels and tires in 10", 12", 14" and even 15" sizes... which is where the dozens of new tire sizes/options come into play. The one important thing for you to know when it comes to whether a tire will fit on your cart or not is the overall height of the tire.

How to read golf cart tire sizes (simple overview without getting too technical):

Example #1 - Low Profile Tire - 205/50-10"

205: This is the width of the golf cart tire (across) in millimeters, which is about 8 inches
50: The ratio of the sidewall to the width (divide the first number, 205 by this number to get the ratio...the bigger the ratio, the meatier and taller the tire)
10: The tire size (to match wheel size) in inches

Example #2 - All Terrain Tire - 22x11x10" (even easier...no ratios are involved)

22: This is the height of the tire (in inches)
11: This is the width of the tire across in inches (second number)
10: This is the wheel size the tire should be mounted on (last number)

As you can see above, golf cart tires are typically classified with METRIC measurements (most low profile/ street tires) or STANDARD measurements (most All Terrain, Turf & Lifted tires). The table at the beginning of this article shows the most common "street" tire sizes, since 70%+ of carts have these tire types on them.

Below is fitment information for the typical STREET/ Low Profile tire by size for EZ-GO, Club Car and Yamaha golf carts. A bit further down the page we have another table for the most common ALL TERRAIN tire sizes and their fitment as well.

Golf Cart Fitment (Street Tires):

 

EZ-GO Golf Carts (Non-Lifted)

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Most non-lifted (stock) EZ-GOs can fit up to a 20.5" Tire (205/65-10215/50-12, 215/35-14, or 20" All Terrain) without rubbing if there is no added weight on the back of the cart (flip seat, cargo box, etc.).

If your EZGO cart has a back seat kit installed or old sagging rear leaf springs, it is not recommended that you go taller than 215/40-12 (18.5") without first adding fresh leaf springs to prevent rubbing.

 

Club Car Golf Carts (Non-Lifted)

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Non-lifted (stock) Club Car golf carts can fit 215/40-12 or 205/50-10 tires (18.5") max (any tires 18.5" tall)

 

Yamaha Golf Carts (Non-Lifted)

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Yamaha G-Series: Non-lifted (stock) older Yamaha golf carts can fit 215/40-12 tires (18.5") max (and 205/50-10, any tires 18.5" tall)

Yamaha Drive (G29) / Drive-2: Non-lifted (stock) newer Yamaha carts are able to fit up to 20.5" Tire max (205/65-10215/50-12215/35-14, or 20" All Terrain)

 

ICON Golf Carts (Non-Lifted)

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Non-lifted (stock) ICON golf carts can fit 18.5" tall tires max (215/40-12, 205/50-10, etc.)

Important Note: ICON Golf Carts have disc brakes, and therefore require a 3+4 minimum offset wheel or 2+5 offset wheel to fit on your cart. All aftermarket golf cart wheels we carry on our website will fit ICON carts. If you are unsure about fitment on your ICON, just give us a call!

 

Evolution Golf Carts (Non-Lifted)

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Non-lifted (stock) EVOLUTION golf carts can fit 18.5" tall tires max (215/40-12, 205/50-10, etc.)

Important Note: EVOLUTION Golf Carts have disc brakes, and therefore require a 3+4 minimum offset wheel or 2+5 offset wheel to fit on your cart. All aftermarket golf cart wheels we carry on our website will fit ICON carts. If you are unsure about fitment on your ICON, just give us a call!

 

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The most common All Terrain Golf Cart Tire Sizes

Tire Size Height Width
22x11-8 22" Tall 11" Wide
20x10-10 20" Tall 10" Wide
22x10x10 22" Tall 10" Wide
22x11-10 22″ Tall 11″ Wide
20x10-12 20" Tall 10" Wide
22x10-12 22" Tall 10" Wide
23x10-12 23" Tall 10" Wide
23x10.5-12 23" Tall 10.5" Wide
20x8.5-14 20" Tall 8.5" Wide
23x10-14 23″ Tall 10″ Wide
25x10-14 25" Tall 10" Wide
23x10-15 23" Tall 10" Wide

(Remember: STANDARD sizes always end with the number that matches the wheel size the tire is made for)

 

Golf Cart Fitment (All Terrain Tires):

EZ-GO Golf Carts

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Most non-lifted (stock) EZ-GOs such as the TXT, Medalist and Marathon can fit up to 20" tall All Terrain golf cart tires (20x10-10", 20x10-12". etc.) without a lift kit. They will not rub if there is no added weight on the back of the cart (flip seat, cargo box, etc.), and if your leaf springs are in good shape.

EZGO RXV Carts may rub with tires taller than 19" without a lift kit.

Taller tires such as 22" or 23" all terrain tires (22x11-10, 23x10-12, etc.) will require a golf cart lift kit to fit.

 

Club Car Golf Carts

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Non-lifted (stock) Club Car DS, Precedent, Tempo, Onward, etc. golf carts can fit any 18" tall All Terrain tires (18x8-8", 18x9.5-10", 18x9.5-8", etc.) max without a lift kit.

Taller tires such as 20", 22" or 23" golf cart tires (20x10-10, 20x10-12, 23x10-14, etc.) will require a lift kit on your Club Car

 

Yamaha Golf Carts

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Older G-Series Yamaha non-lifted (stock) golf carts can fit any 18" tall all terrain tires (18x8-8" or 18x9.5-10") max without a lift kit.

Newer non-lifted (stock) Yamaha Drive (G29) / Drive-2 carts can fit up to a 20" tall all terrain tire (20x10-10, 20x10-12, etc.) without rubbing if there is no added weight on the back of the cart (flip seat, cargo box, etc.).

Any taller tires such as 22" or 23" (22x11-10, 23x10.5-12, 23x10-14, etc.) will require a lift kit on your G-Series, Drive/G29, or Drive-2 model cart.

 

ICON Golf Carts

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Non-lifted (stock) ICON i20, i40, i60, i80 golf carts can fit any 18" tall all terrain tires (18x8-8" or 18x9.5-10") max without a lift kit.

Factory LIFTED ICON golf carts (ICON model names ending with an "L", such as i20L, i40L, etc.) can fit any 23" tall all terrain tires (23x10-12" or 23x10-14", 23x10-15", etc.) with no problem.

Important Note: ICON Golf Carts have disc brakes, and therefore require a 3+4 minimum offset wheel or 2+5 offset wheel to fit on your cart. All aftermarket golf cart wheels we carry on our website will fit ICON carts. If you are unsure about fitment on your ICON, just give us a call!

EVOLUTION Golf Carts

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Non-lifted (stock) EVOLUTION (Classic2, Classic4, Carrier6) golf carts can fit any 18" tall all terrain tires (18x8-8" or 18x9.5-10") max without a lift kit.

Newer non-lifted (stock) Evolution D5 Series carts can fit up to a 20" tall all terrain tire (20x10-1020x10-12, etc.) without rubbing if there is no added weight on the back of the cart (flip seat, cargo box, etc.).

Factory LIFTED EVOLUTION golf carts (Forester4, Forester6, etc.) can fit any 23" tall all terrain tires (23x10-12" or 23x10-14", 23x10-15", etc.) with no problem.

Important Note: Evolution Golf Carts have disc brakes, and therefore require a 3+4 minimum offset wheel or 2+5 offset wheel to fit on your cart. All aftermarket golf cart wheels we carry on our website will fit ICON carts. If you are unsure about fitment on your ICON, just give us a call!

 

We're Here to Help

If you have any questions at all about golf cart tires, golf cart wheels, sizes or fitment for that matter; please call one of our experts at 844-422-7884 or email us at info@golfcarttiresupply.com

And be sure to check out our offering of Golf Cart Accessories and Golf Cart Parts while you're here!

 

Updated: 1/24/2024

Article Author

Written by Alex Sturwold

Alex Sturwold is the President of Golf Cart Tire Supply, and founder of the Golf Cart Sellers marketplace. Alex is a lifelong gearhead and vehicle expert, bringing over two decades of practical experience to GCTS including serving major industrial companies, such as Carlisle, during his years as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. A resident of beautiful Arizona, Alex enjoys hitting the trails in side-by-sides, hiking, shooting guns and driving anything with a motor strapped to it. You can find him on LinkedIn