Golf Cart Tires and Wheels AssembliesEric Johnson
In This Article:
Why Choose Golf Cart Wheel and Tire Combos?
How to Tell When You Need New Golf Cart Tires
How to Tell When You Need New Golf Cart Wheels
What Exactly Is a Golf Cart Wheel Tire Combo?
The Advantages of Golf Cart Tire and Rim Combos
How to Choose the Best Wheel and Tire Packages for Golf Carts
Top Quality RubberMaster Tires Mounted on Tough SteelMaster Wheels at Treadworld
Count on Treadworld When You Need Golf Cart Tire and Wheel Packages
If you keep track of golf cart sales (and who doesn’t?), you likely know that following a dip in sales during the pandemic, the golf cart market has returned stronger than ever and has a bullish sales forecast for the next several years. Beyond their use on golf courses, they are also a very popular mode of transportation around residential communities, resorts and other recreational facilities. Among the most important components of your golf cart are the golf cart wheels and tires, either individually or as part of golf cart wheel and tire packages. Choosing the right packages can improve the both the performance and the safety of your golf cart. The tire experts at Treadworld are here to help you choose the best golf cart rims and tires, while also explaining why getting a golf cart rims and tires combo may be your most beneficial choice.
When your golf cart no longer seems to be easy-rolling and running smooth—slippage, an unsteady ride, wobbly steering, or tires that are continually losing air—it’s probably time for new golf cart tires. Other than those signs, a quick inspection can go a long way toward letting you know when it’s time for golf cart tire replacement. Traction challenges and loss of tread can be the result of prolonged usage, poor inflation or misaligned tires. It’s a fact that the tread on your tires will eventually wear down, which can negatively affect the handling of your golf cart, can cause damage to the turf, and can create unsafe situations, especially when driving up and down hills. One way to check treadwear is the “penny test.” Place a penny head first into several tread grooves, and if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new golf cart tires.
Another obvious sign that your tires for golf carts aren’t long for this world is cracks and cuts or other signs of damage, especially on and along the sidewalls. Also known as dry rot, this condition can be caused by exposure to heat, UV light and oxidative degradation, common especially when your cart sits unused for extended periods of time. Additionally, if you see any bulges or blisters on the sidewall, it can be an indication of internal damage, which can also lead to tire failure. And, of course, an easily identified sign that it’s time for new golf cart tires is a frequent loss of air pressure. Thorns, rocks and debris are enemies of tires and can cause punctures. You may be able to use tire sealant to plug some small holes, but once you start down that path, the end for that tire is generally near, and some cracks and holes are not fixable.
A golf tires challenge that isn’t as easy to diagnose is age. Even if your tires don’t show signs of wear and damage, they may need to be replaced due to their age. That’s because golf cart tires typically last 4-6 years before the rubber compounds begin to break down, which can lead to some of the issues mentioned above, and also a general hardening and loss of flexibility.
Obviously, as important as good tires are to the safe and efficient operation of your golf cart, the best tires in the world can’t do good work without good wheel rims. Golf cart tire wheels provide a steady base to mount the tires on, while reducing friction for smooth-rolling ease and reliable handling. There are several reasons you may want to replace your golf cart rims—the most easily identified of which is damage. Worn, dented or cracked rims can cause safety issues like wobbling, vibrating, and drifting off-line, and can also lead to uneven tire wear. Additionally, if you have a tire that frequently goes flat, but that isn’t showing signs of punctures or leaks around the valve stem, the culprit may be a bent or damaged rim. And finally, keep an eye open for rust or corrosion, the sworn enemy of golf cart tire rims that can weaken them, and make them more prone to cracking, bending and breaking.
When it’s time for changing golf cart tires, you’ll also want to evaluate your wheel rims because there are advantages to selecting a golf cart wheel tire combo, instead of going with individual components. Also known as assemblies, wheel and tire packagers are tires already fitted, mounted and balanced on a wheel, with a valve stem installed, so all you have to do is put them on your cart. Quick and easy. Assemblies are designed with components intended to be used together, and are available in a variety of sizes and bolt patterns, with a wide variety of tread patterns.
Safety. Because the Tire and Wheel Package consists of a matched set of the right tire and the right wheel, it gives you a safety advantage. Mismatched wheel and tire combinations result in uneven and premature wear that can lead to failures and blowouts, as well as stress added to other parts of your golf car—all of which can lead to at best time-wasting hassles and at worst injuries, especially on terrain that isn’t flat.
Convenience and Time Savings. Since rim and tire packages are sold together, already assembled, you save time in the selection process—you don’t have to choose a tire then match it to a rim—plus, you save time by eliminating the need for mounting the tire to the wheel and installing the valve stem. That has already been expertly done, and the assembly has been balanced at the factory.
Money Savings. You’ll find that it costs you less money to buy a golf cart tire and wheel assembly than to buy the same tire and the same wheel separately—and that’s before the costs of mounting and adding a valve stem.
You get your Treadworld Lowspeed Tire and Rim Assemblies delivered to your door, and if you put them on yourself, you’re ready to use your golf cart in just minutes.
The first thing to consider when choosing a new wheel and tire package is the SIZE. You can check the owner’s manual, measure the existing wheel and tire, or check the sizes printed on the tires you’re replacing to determine the golf cart tire sizes you need—though most standard golf carts require an 18-inch tire. Some golf cart models use larger tires, especially golf carts that have been lifted. Golf cart tires generally have a three-number identification system—like 18×8.50-8—where the first number indicates the tire’s diameter or overall height when it is mounted and properly inflated, in this case 18 inches; the second number is the tire width, in this case 8.50 inches; and final number is the rim diameter the tire will be mounted on, in this case 8 inches.
Another factor that you will want to consider is matching the BOLT PATTERN of the wheel to the hub. If your current wheels connect to the hub with a 4 on 4 inch bolt pattern, then the new wheels must have a 4 on 4 inch bolt pattern as well. Along with 4 on 4, 5 on 4.5 is a common bolt pattern for golf cart wheel rims. The first number indicates the number of lug holes, and the second number indicates the diameter of the circle that those holes sit on, measured from the center of one lug hole to the center of a lug hole directly across from it.
Choosing the TREAD PATTERN that will provide the best traction and stability performance for your golf cart is an important decision that will depend in large part on the type of terrain you’ll be driving on most often. Golf carts that are used primarily on grass and other soft surfaces you find on a golf course will excel with a turf-friendly tread pattern. For golf carts that are used on pavement at a resort or living community, a tire with a more aggressive tread pattern will likely provide better traction and handling, while a smooth tread will provide a large, stable footprint.
Turf and S-turf treads offer a larger contact patch, which provides better traction and maneuverability on a wide range of surfaces, including grass, dirt, sand, and gravel, while helping reduce soil compaction and turf damage. Ribbed treads are known to provide improved control and maneuverability, with less rolling resistance and damage to turf, especially on well-maintained courses where the ground is relatively flat, while also providing excellent traction on hard surfaces such as concrete and asphalt. Versatile sawtooth treads have an angled pattern that is a hybrid between a rib and a lug tread pattern which provides excellent traction, maneuverability and stability on various terrains, including grass, dirt, and gravel, making it an ideal choice for use with diverse terrains. While not as gentle on the turf as a turf or S-turf tread, sawtooth treads still provide relatively low levels of turf damage compared to some other, aggressive lug treads. Smooth treads have no tread whatsoever, so are very turf-friendly. They are often used on easier grass terrains, or flat, hard surfaces, that don’t require much in the way of traction.
Golf cart wheel and tire combos offer no advantage if the quality of the components—wheel rims, tires and valve stems—isn’t up to par (pun intended). With Treadworld Tire and Wheel Assemblies, you don’t have to give quality a second thought. Every RubberMaster Tire is manufactured to strict tolerances from top rubber compounds, then triple-tested for quality, balance and uniformity before being X-rayed to be sure it’s perfect. It is then matched to a tough, durable SteelMaster Rim that undergoes its own battery of quality tests, proving its reliability and toughness before it leaves the factory. SteelMaster Wheels are virtually indestructible. Add in a quality valve stem, and precision mounting and balancing, and you’ve got wheel and tire packages you can depend on.
When you’re looking for replacement golf cart tires and wheels or new tire and wheel combos for your golf cart, count on us here at Treadworld to provide you with the high-performing, long-lasting low-speed tire and rim assemblies you want, in a wide range of styles and a huge selection of sizes. You can count on RubberMaster Lowspeed Tires and SteelMaster Rims to provide you with “never-let-you-down” quality. Easy ordering, fast shipping plus your satisfaction is always guaranteed with our no-hassle Ultimate Advantage Warranty. Don’t hesitate to contact our tire experts via live chat, or email with any questions you may have, and to get the golf cart rim and tire packages—or the perfect ATV tires, UTV tires, skid steer tires, lawn and garden tires, trailer tires and many others—from our extensive selection.