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Unread 01-14-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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Cant decide between 14" and 12" wheels (23" ties) for my cart which will mainly be used on the street. Anyone go 14" and wish they had gone 12 due to the decrease in ride performance (bump absorption)?

any tire recommendations, or better yet, ones to steer clear of? had Sahara classics on the last cart, dont know if i need something that knobby this time.
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Unread 01-14-2016, 07:26 PM   #2
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My first lifted cart has 23's with 12" wheels. Rode as you would expect for a lifted cart with knobby tires. Our current cart has 23's with 14" wheels. Rides the same, probably a little better but that could be from the Jake's LT front suspension. YMMV
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Unread 01-14-2016, 08:46 PM   #3
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I had the jakes double A arm lift on my g16 I went with 12 inch wheels with 23inch tires rode great but I always wished I would have went with the 14 with 23 inch tires my opinion is 14 look better and as soon as I lift my new cart I'm buying 14 wheels.......my 2 cents.....
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Unread 01-15-2016, 07:24 PM   #4
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I agree, the aesthetics of 14" wheels look better IMO
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Unread 01-15-2016, 10:10 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. That made the 14decision a little easier. If anyone has anything negative to say please chime in.
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Unread 01-15-2016, 10:25 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. That made the 14decision a little easier. If anyone has anything negative to say please chime in.
my brother has a club car DS with 8"wheels and I think 20" tires and I can tell you it rides much softer than my Precedent with 12" wheels and 23" tires . he has so much more tire to absorb bumps but I do agree the larger wheels look better but 14" wheel and 23" leave very little rubber to soak up bumps . That's a tough call for me , if I change my wheel/tire combo I am thinking of going to 10" wheels and 22" tires for a better ride and more torque.I have heard deflating the tire some will make the ride better but can't confirm that, again 14" wheels do look nice !!!
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Unread 01-16-2016, 03:41 PM   #7
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Default Re: Ride quality

I like the 14" wheels with 23" tires so far. I'm still adjusting air pressures for the best all around performance/comfort but the ride isn't too bad.


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Unread 01-16-2016, 03:59 PM   #8
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Can I ask where u got your wheels and tires and how much? Still pricing stuff out.
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Unread 01-16-2016, 09:02 PM   #9
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Unread 01-23-2016, 03:01 PM   #10
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I would think radial tires would give a better ride than anything else with my experience on different utv, they make a difference on those. Yes they tend to cost more, but again you wont be wearing them out on a GC any time soon. IMO the rounded off road tires ride nicer but they wear the center of the tread off fast, the flatter desert tires seem to be the best for road wear and still go offroad. 2 ply tires will puncture much easier than atv 3ply or greater. They may ride easier, they will roll over more too (sideways when you corner hard), I don't recommend 2 ply just for durability unless you only run sand or other special use. I've had people with thorns in their 2 ply traction lawn tires just riding wooded trails.

I have old 8in wheels and 22s. While they will take a good hit with all that tire they don't ride much different than say 10in because you don't want soft tires on a cart it slows you down too much. So for hitting a curb or log they are nicer but far as ride I doubt it. Plus the atv tires on mine are stiff I can drive the cart a while with no air in the tires, when it sits for a few days not moving the tire will finally sink flat.

I also run about 4lb more pressure in my rear tires, as most carts the rear is a lot heavier than the front. I run 8 in the front and 12-14 in the rear depending on if I haul stuff or not. Below that would slow my cart down with stock power, though with the clone it does not matter as much it still slows it.
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