This is the continuation of our Accessory Benefits series. This is where we delve into the custom cart accessory world to show you the benefits and results of adding different custom parts to your carts.
If you missed the first segment of the series you can check it out here!
This week we are focusing on the different effects rims and tires have on your cart!
There is a plethora of rims and tires out there, so how do you know which are the best for your application?
Well that depends on your intentions for what you want to use your cart for;
– is it going to be used strictly for golf?
– maybe you live in a golf resort community and need to travel on the roads as well as the course
– you could be using your cart as a work horse
– or maybe it’s just a fun off road adventure your after
Let’s address each of these general topics, there are of course variations and exceptions to everything but as a general rule the following will get you started in the right direction!
The 18x 8.5″ turf tires on an 8″ rim absorb the bumps and ruts the best giving you the smoothest ride possible. They are also a very low tread pattern so they do not eat up the grass. These tires do tend to wear faster on pavement applications due to their soft compound.
Just like for your normal vehicle, you can get rims and tires to dress up the appearance of your cart. These are 12″ rims with a low profile tire, this tire is a better choice if you are going to be doing a combination of pavement and turf, it has a harder compound, yet still has a low profile tread.
Keep in mind with a low profile tire you will notice the bumps a lot more than the big golf specific turf tires. But they sure look cool!!
With a work cart you really have to know what application it is going to be used for, is it going to be used around a complex spending all of it’s time on pavement, or is it going to be driving up logging roads. Sometimes it is a combination of many surfaces, the tires above are similar to the 18 x 8.5″ turf tires but they are a harder compound to wear better on multiple surfaces.
Many work carts opt for a more aggressive tread pattern, this gives them better traction in gravel or hilly situations.
Some carts are used year round, and adding changes to your work chains means that snow is no problem at all.
OFF ROAD CARTS:
Off road carts will use a much larger diameter tires requiring a lift kit to provide adequate clearance. They also have a very aggressive tread pattern that would make any golf course maintenance staff VERY nervous!
Off road tires are also made of a softer compound to allow them to flex and absorb sharp surfaces along with providing excellent traction. This means they do not wear well on pavement and are quite noisy!
Regardless of what your application there is no arguing that a good set of tires and a custom set of rims add that extra touch any cart owner would be proud of!