In 1979, Yamaha’s main competition was E-Z-Go and Harley Davidson (AMF). The body style changes over the years are a little more subtle than those of the E-Z-Go and Club Car, and because of these minor changes, many are wondering what model they DO have.
What year is my Yamaha golf Cart? The year of your Yamaha golf cart can be found in this listing of the all of the models and the years they were produced. You will also be able to locate your serial number in the guide below.
Model G1 1979 - 1989
Yamaha entered the golf cart scene with the model G1, which sported a 2-cycle gas engine. Club Car was not even producing gas-powered carts at this time. The G1 was introduced in 1979 and production on the electric was discontinued in 1986, the gas model ended in 1989. The vehicle has bucket seats and the entire rear body and top swings up and back to access the drive train.
The G1 is powered by 1. A 2 cycle gas engine with an oil injection system or 2. By a 36-volt electric motor & six 6V batteries. The G1 underwent several alterations over 10 years of production. The different models (and year of manufacture) are identified by the serial number and its prefix.
The original ‘J10’ model is followed by the ‘J17’, the ‘J24’ and finally the ‘J31’ model. The engines and bodies stayed very similar throughout the G1 model design.
The Yamaha G1 golf car has never had a standard ‘factory’ top assembly. There were several aftermarket manufacturers that provided the top section so, in order to get a wrap-around rain curtain to fit your G1, it’s pretty important to get the manufacturers name that produced YOUR cart top.
The serial number is located near the driver’s side rear tire underneath the golf cart.
Electric Yamaha G1E Serial Number Model Year J14-000101 to J14-099999 G1-E 1980 J14-100101 to J14-099999 G1-E2 1981 J22-000101 to J22-099999 G1-E3 1982 J26-000101 to J26-099999 G1-EM3 1983 J36-000101 to J36-009999 G1-EM4 1984 J36-010101 to J36-011211 G1-EM5 1985 J36-011212 to J36-01xxxx G1-EM 1986 Gas Yamaha G1 Serial Number Model Year J10-000101 to J10-007704 G1-A1 1979 J10-007705 to J10-029999 G1-A1 1980 J10-030101 to J10-049999 G1-A2 1981 J17-000101 to J17-029999 G1-A3 1982 J24-000101 to J24-029999 G1-AM3 1983 J31-000101 to J31-099999 G1-AM4 1984 J31-100101 to J31-139999 G1-AM5 1985 J31-140101 to J31-149550 G1-AM 1986 J31-159082 to J31-1xxxxx G1-AMD 1989
G2 Serial Numbers - Location
Early Yamaha Golf Carts with Model G2 serial numbers can be found under the rear bumper stamped into the square cross member of the frame on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. From 1988 through 1990 the G2 serial number can be found under the seat where the floorboard meets the engine compartment or under the front bumper on the frame of the golf cart.
Gas Yamaha G2A Serial Number Model Year J38-000101 to J10-007100 G2-A5 1985 J38-007101 to J38-066100 G2-A 1986 J38-066101 to J41-020100 G2-A 1986 J38-020101 to J38-071100 G2-AB 1987 J38-071101 to J38-07xxxx G2-AB 1988 JA2-000001 to JA2-xxxxxx G2-AC 1988 J55-000101 to J55-100119 G2-AD 1989 J55-100120 to J55-200100 G2-AF 1990 J55-200101 to J55-20xxxx G2-AG 1991 Electric Yamaha G2E Serial Number Model Year J41-000101 to J10-016100 G2-E5 1985 J41-016101 to J41-030100 G2-E 1986 J41-030101 to J41-053100 G2-EB 1987 J41-053101 to J41-0xxxxx G2-EB 1988 JE2-000101 to JE2-00xxxx G2-EC 1988 J56-000101 to J56-100100 G2-ED 1989 J56-100101 to J56-200100 G2-EF 1990 J56-200101 to J56-20xxxx G2-EG 1991
Yamaha G3 “Sun Classic” Models
In 1986, Yamaha introduced the Sun Classic (or G3) with a 2-cycle engine or 36-volt electric system. It was the first golf vehicle made with an integrated roof and tempered-glass windshield complete with a wiper. Headlights, a front trunk, turn signals and custom dash, were standard equipment. The G3 was later replaced by a larger G5 Sun Classic.
The serial number for the Yamaha G3 Sun Classic model golf cart is usually located just under the rear bumper on the passenger’s side. It is stamped onto a tin tag which is riveted to the frame. It should begin with either a “J46” prefix for electric models and a “J42” prefix for gas models. See below.
|J42-000101 to J42-xxxxxx||G3A||1986|
|J46-000101 to J46-xxxxxx||G3E||1987|
Yamaha G5 “Sun Classic” Models
The serial number this model golf cart is usually located on the front of the vehicle stamped into a tin tag and riveted to the frame, underneath the cart on the main cross member of the forward frame.
|J50-000101 to J50-100100||G5AF||1990|
|J50-100101 to J50-1xxxxx||G5AG||1991|
|J50-200103 to J50-2xxxxx||G5AH||1992|
|J51-000101 to J51-100100||G5EF||1990|
|J51-100101 to J51-1xxxxx||G5EG||1991|
|J50-200101 to J50-2xxxxx||G5EH||1992|
The Yamaha G8 is a modified version of the fleet model G9 (See below). The G8 came out in 1990 and it exhibited a curved front cowl and rear fenders. It also has a long, full front bumper (side to side) and the seat bottom can be completely removed from the cart, whereas the G9 (and G2) seat bottom remains fixed to the seat pedestal and cannot be easily removed from the cart. The dash compartment interiors and dash trim are black. The G8 was retired in ’94.
The G8 Golf Cart serial number is located under the passenger side seat towards the front of the golf cart.
|Gas Yamaha G8A|
|JF2-000007 to JF2-100100||G8AF||1990|
|JF2-100101 to JF2-1xxxxx||G8AG||1991|
|JF2-200101 to JF2-2xxxxx||G8AH||1992|
|JF2-300101 to JF2-3xxxxx||G8AJ||1993|
|JF2-400101 to JF2-4xxxxx||G8AK||1994|
|Electric Yamaha G8E|
|JF3-000005 to JF3-100100||G8EF||1990|
|JF3-100101 to JF3-1xxxxx||G8EG||1991|
|JF3-200101 to JF3-2xxxxx||G8EH||1992|
|JF3-300101 to JF3-3xxxxx||G8EJ||1993|
|JF3-400101 to JF3-401800||G8EK||1994|
|JF3-401801 to JF3-4xxxxx||G8EKP||1995|
Yamaha Model G9
The G9 models started in 1991 with the prefix ‘JG5’, and the serial can be found just behind the back edge of the mat, under the seat pedestal in the engine compartment.
|Gas Yamaha G9A (Fleet Master)|
|JG5-000101 to JG5100100||G9AG||1991|
|JG5-100101 to JG5-10xxxx||G9AH||1992|
|JG5-200101 to JG5-2xxxxx||G9AJ||1993|
|JG5-300101 to JG5-3xxxxx||G9AK||1994|
|JG5-400101 to JG5-4xxxxx||G9AM||1995|
|Electric Yamaha G9E (Fleet Master)|
|JG6-000001 to JG6-100100||G9EG||1991|
|JG6-100101 to JG6-1xxxxx||G9EH1||1992|
|JH7-000125 to JH7-100100||G9EH2||1992|
|JH7-100101 to JH7-1xxxxx||G9EJ||1993|
|JH7-200149 to JH7-201800||G9EJ||1994|
|JH7-201801 to JH7-2xxxxx||G9EK/KP||1994|
|JH7-300101 to JH7-3xxxxx||G9EM||1995|
Yamaha Model G11
The Model G11 is a utility Vehicle used for maintenance and light hauling. It is also called the “Yamahauler”. This model came with a heavy-duty steel front bumper and an aluminum box with a tailgate and a rear trailer hitch. In 1996 they installed a larger 301cc engine in the G11.
The G11 Serial Number location is underneath the seat towards the rear of the golf cart
|Gas Yamaha G11A (Yamahauler)|
|JJ3-000101 to JJ3-100100||G11AJ||1993|
|JJ3-100101 to JJ2-1xxxxx||G11AK||1994|
|JJ3-200101 to JJ3-2xxxxx||G11AP||1996|
|JR3-000101 to JR3-100100||G11AR||1997|
|JR3-100101 to JR3-1xxxxx||G11AS||1998|
|JR3-200101 to JR3-2xxxxx||G11AT||1999|
|JR3-300101 to JR3-3xxxxx||G11AU||2000|
|JR3-400101 to JR3-4xxxxx||G11AW||2001|
Yamaha Models G14/G16/G19/G20
These serial numbers can be found just under the glove box on the far left of the driver’s side of the vehicle.
In 1995 the G14 was introduced followed in 1996 by the G16 and G19 which was Yamaha’s first 48-volt cart.
Gas Yamaha G14A (Ultima) Serial Number Model Year JN3-100101 to JN3-1xxxxx G14AM 1995 JN3-200101 to JN3-2xxxxx G14AP 1996 Electric Yamaha G14E (Ultima) Serial Number Model Year JN4-100101 to JN4-1xxxxx G14EM 1995 JN4-200101 to JN4-2xxxxx G14EP 1996 Gas Yamaha G16A (Ultima) Serial Number Model Year JN6-000101 to JN6-100100 G16AP 1996 JN6-100101 to JN6-1xxxxx G16AR 1997 JN6-200101 to JN6-2xxxxx G16AS 1998 JN6 -300101 to JN6-3xxxxx G16AT 1999 JN6-400101 to JN6-4xxxxx G16AU 2000 JN6-500101 to JN6-5xxxxx G16AW 2001 JN6-600101 to JN6-6xxxxx G16AX 2002 Electric Yamaha G16E (Ultima) Serial Number Model Year JN8-000101 to JN8-100100 G16EP 1996 JN8-100101 to JN8-1xxxxx G16ER 1997 JN8-200101 to JN8-2xxxxx G16ES 1998 JN8 -300101 to JN8-3xxxxx G16ET 1999 JN8-400101 to JN8-4xxxxx G16EU 2000 JN8-500101 to JN8-5xxxxx G16EW 2001 JN8-600101 to JN8-6xxxxx G16EX 2002
The Yamaha G19 serial number is typically located inside the driver’s side glove compartment or under the rear bumper attached to the frame.
Electric Yamaha G19E (Ultima 48-volt) Serial Number Model Year JR1-000101 to JR1-100100 G19EP 1996 JR1-100101 to JR1-1xxxxx G19ER 1997 JR1-200101 to JR1-2xxxxx G19ES 1998 JR1 -300101 to JR1-3xxxxx G19ET 1999 JR1-400101 to JR1-4xxxxx G19EU 2000 JR1-500101 to JR1-5xxxxx G19EW 2001 JR1-600101 to JR1-6xxxxx G19EX 2002 Gas Yamaha G20A (Concierge) Serial Number Model Year JR8-000101 to JR8-100100 G20AU 2000 JR8-100101 to JR8-1xxxxx G20AW 2001 JR8-200101 to JR8-2xxxxx G20AX 2002
|Gas Yamaha G21A (Yamahauler)|
|JR6-000101 to JR6-100100||G21AW||2001|
|JR6-100101 to JR6-1xxxxx||G21AX||2002|
|JR6-200101 to JR6-2xxxxx||G21AY||2003|
|JR6-300101 to JR6-3xxxxx||G21AZ||2004|
The Yamaha G22 or G-MAX began production in 2003 and the serial number is located inside the driver’s side glove compartment.
Gas Yamaha G22A (G-MAX) Serial Number Model Year JU0-000101 to JU0-100100 G22AY 2003 JU0-100101 to JU0-1xxxxx G22AZ 2004 JU0-200101 to JU0-209200 G22AA 2005 JU0-209201 to JU0-2xxxxx G22AB 2005 JU0-300101 to JU0-310100 G22AC 2006 JU0-310101 to JU0-3xxxxx G22AD 2006 JU0-400101 to JU0-4xxxxx G22AE 2007 Electric Yamaha G22E (G-MAX) Serial Number Model Year JU2-000101 to JU2-100100 G22EY 2003 JU2-100101 to JU2-1xxxxx G22EZ 2004 JU2-200101 to JU2-205700 G22EA 2005 JU2-205701 to JU2-2xxxxx G22EB 2005 JU2-300101 to JU2-306200 G22EC 2006 JU2-306201 to JU2-3xxxxx G22ED 2006 JU2-400101 to JU2-4xxxxx G22EE 2007 Gas Yamaha G23A (U-MAX Medium Duty I) Serial Number Model Year JU5-000101 to JU5-000401 G23AZ 2004 JU5-000401 to JU5-300101 G23AA 2005 JU5-300101 to JU5-3xxxxx G23AC 2006 JU5-400101 to JU5-4xxxxx G23AE 2007 JU5-500101 to JU5-5xxxxx G23AF 2008 JU5-600101 to JU5-6xxxxx G23AG 2009 Electric Yamaha G23E (U-MAX Medium Duty I) Serial Number Model Year JU6-000101 to JU6-00300 G23EZ 2004 JU6-000301 to JU6-300100 G23EA 2005 JU6-300101 to JU6-3xxxxx G23EC 2006 JU6-400101 to JU6-4xxxxx G2EC 2007 JU6-500101 to JU6-5xxxxx G23EF 2008 JU6-600101 to JU6-6xxxxx G23EG 2009 JU6-700101 to JU6-7xxxxx G23EH 2010 Gas Yamaha G27A (U-MAX Light Duty) Serial Number Model Year JU7-000101 to JU5-000500 G27AZ 2004 JU7-000501 to JU5-300100 G27AA 2005 JU7-300101 to JU5-3xxxxx G27AC 2006 JU7-400101 to JU5-4xxxxx G27AE 2007 JU7-500101 to JU5-5xxxxx G27AF 2008 Electric Yamaha G27E (U-MAX Light Duty) Serial Number Model Year JU8-000101 to JU8-00300 G27EZ 2004 JU8-000301 to JU8-300100 G27EA 2005 JU8-300101 to JU8-3xxxxx G27EC 2006 JU8-400101 to JU8-4xxxxx G27EE 2007 JU8-500101 to JU8-5xxxxx G27EF 2008
These serial numbers can be found on the passenger side of the vehicle near the rear fender(Gas) and under the seat on the driver’s side(Elec).
Gas Yamaha G29A/YDRE/DRIVE Serial Number Model Year JW1-000101 to JW1-100100 YDRAE 2007 JW1-100101 to JW1-1xxxxx YDRAF 2008 JW1-200101 to JW1-2xxxxx YDRAG 2009 JW1-300101 to JW1-3xxxxx YDRAH 2010 JW8-000101 to JW8-100100 YDRAJ 2011 JW8-100101 to JW8-1xxxxx YDRAK 2012 JW8-200101 to JW8-2xxxxx YDRAK 2012.5 JW8-300101 to JW8-3xxxxx YDRAL 2013 JW8-400101 to JW8-4xxxxx YDRAM 2014 JW8-500101 to JW8-5xxxxx YDRAN 2015 Electric Yamaha G29A/YDRE/DRIVE Serial Number Model Year JW2-000101 to JW2-100100 YDREE 2007 JW2-100101 to JW2-1xxxxx YDREF 2008 JW2-200101 to JW2-2xxxxx YDREG 2009 JW2-300101 to JW2-3xxxxx YDREH 2010 JW9-000101 to JW9-100100 YDREJ 2011 JW9-100101 to JW9-1xxxxx YDREK 2012 JW9-200101 to JW9-2xxxxx YDREK 2012.5 JW9-300101 to JW9-3xxxxx YDREL 2013 JW9-400101 to JW9-4xxxxx YDREM 2014 JW9-500101 to JW9-5xxxxx YDREN 2015
Yamaha could be considered to be a new-comer in the Golf Cart market, but because they have been in the field of innovation and technology since 1887, they consider themselves as a leading manufacturer of golf carts and other products.