We are often asked if radial tires are better than standard (bias-ply) golf cart tires. The answer in general is, yes (which is why radial tires are more expensive than standard). This doesn't mean standard bias-ply golf cart tires are bad, it's just that radial golf cart tires offer the following benefits:
Radial Golf Cart Tires are Steel Belted (stronger construction) vs. Standard (Bias-ply tires) are Nylon Belted
Radial Steel Belts run at a 90-degree angle of the tread center-line vs. Bias-ply tires and run at 45-degrees
Radial Golf Cart Tires provide a Longer Tread Life (replace less often) than Bias-ply
Radial golf cart tires for LIFTED golf carts are constructed with a specific type of casing, called a radial ply. This type of tire has a layer of cord plies that run perpendicular to the direction of travel, creating a more flexible sidewall on your all-terrain or taller tire. Radial tires also have a tread pattern that is designed to provide a smooth, comfortable ride.
When it comes to choosing the right street/smooth tires for your golf cart, you have two main options: radial and bias-ply. Both types of tires have their own set of benefits and drawbacks, and it's important to understand the differences between the two in order to make an informed purchasing decision for your cart.
Benefits of a Lifted Radial Golf Cart Tire
The main benefits of radial golf cart tires for lifted carts are:
They offer a smoother ride than regular tires (bias-ply tires)
Radial tires are generally more fuel efficient than regular tires (lower rolling resistance)
Radials have a longer lifespan than bias-ply tires
However, there are also some drawbacks to using radial golf cart tires:
Radial golf cart tires can be more expensive than regular golf cart tires
There are less radial-ply tread patterns currently offered on the market than regular-ply
If you have any questions at all when shopping for your golf cart tires, please give us a call at 1-844-422-7884! We are always here to help you make the best purchasing decision for your golf cart.