Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/AReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82

2012 Ford F250 XLT 4X4
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Delafield, Wi
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2013

So far I'm impressed with the performance. I have mainly put winter miles on them. They are a good looking tire for the vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.53
 
 

2005 Jeep Wrangler
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Midwest City, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
December 24, 2013

If you take your Jeep or truck off-road this is tire everyone gets that have done their research. I got 45,000 out of my first set and I didn't even consider another tire or brand when it was time to replace them. 45K doesn't sound like much compared to street tires but in this class there is no equal. If road noise bothers you this may not be your tire but the traction advantage greatly out weighs a little tire singing. Ice is the one thing these tires don't like but when it comes to snow or mud, the tires are a definite confidence builder! I have never had any issue with balancing unlike many other brands and they have a strong sidewall that holds up well while playing in rocks.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.82
 
 

2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
December 23, 2013

I am an aggressive driver but these have very poor traction in any condition. The are the worst in the snow and water. The first set I had were the G-force, I went through those in about 6k and got these. At 20k these were covered in cracks, the worst being where the tread meets the sidewall. They had about 25% tread left but I could not put up with them any longer. Very disappointed in these tires and would not recommend!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

2004 Toyota Sienna LE FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Kenosha, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2013

I only have 100 miles on these KSI's. I realize that this is not that helpful, but since there have hardly been any reviews, I wanted to at least give a quick review. First, Tire Rack ROCKS! This is the 6th set of tires we've ordered. 1 day delivery, recommended installer rocked it, getting them installed in less than 30 minutes for $65 including disposal.

First impressions are that the compound is balanced for above average winter performance, but not as soft as other winter tires we've had. That's fine with me because I had some amazing Vredestein's that were the best winter tires I've ever had, but they wore out in 30,000 miles, and they were double the price of these.

I lifted the car up after install and looked at the tires: at least 75% of the sipes are full-depth, especially on the shoulders. They are stable but of course louder than normal and are a little squirmy. I will write an in-depth review in a couple months with more info.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.9
 
 

1991 Pontiac Grand Prix SE Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Center Line, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2013

I purchased these tires off Tire Rack based on their reviews being pretty good and I have to say, I am so glad I did! I've only put 5,000 miles on these tires but they've been put through all the paces... dry weather, wet weather, and deep snow conditions and they DO NOT disappoint! Dry traction is PERFECT, I have no issues taking freeway on-ramps going MUCH faster than I should be and they just grip. Wet traction is phenomenal. I recently put it through some paces in the rain; cornering and braking. Cornering isn't perfect but very good for what the tire is. Braking on the other hand, I can barely tell that it is raining because they stop so well. Finally we just got our first major snowfall since I purchased them and again, performed absolutely great in the snow. Has no issues getting going and at speed you can barely tell theres snow on the ground. I've even taken my car through un-plowed side streets where I should have gotten stuck but didn't. These tires offer the performance of a much more expensive tire at a much lower price. I will never buy another set of tires again unless it's a set of these. WOULD RECOMMEND!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17
 
 

2000 GMC Sierra 4wd X-Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 62,000
Location: Blakeslee, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 62,000 Miles on Tires
December 13, 2013

I put these load range E tires on my 1500 because 1)I occasionally carry some weight and 2) they last much longer. I am willing to give up some in ride comfort for a tire that lasts a long time. I drive highway, city, and some off road. Currently I have 62K miles on this set, rotating every 10K miles, will use them through this winter, and will likely get another 15 to 20K out of them. They have performed flawlessly in rain, mud and snow. I highly recommend this tire.

 

Which Competition Tires Suit Your Needs Best?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Many are already thinking about the 2014 track season and some of those that live in warm climates are still racing. Wherever you may reside, choosing a competition tire can be overwhelming, especially for the beginner.

Racetrack & Autocross Only

Majority of tires in this class feature a slick type design that offers the top in dry traction, steering response, braking and acceleration. These tires are delicate and are not intended to be driven on the street or exposed to cold temperatures. Their life can be extended by using our in-house heat cycling service. A few of the top performers include:

Wet Racetrack & Autocross Only

These tires feature a more aggressive directional tread design and deep tread depths to provide excellent wet traction on the track. Tires in this performance category are delicate and not intended to be street driven or exposed to cold temperatures. If this sounds like something you're looking for out of a tire, Hoosier offers a great option.

Drag Racing Radials

Specifically designed for straight line racing, this class gives the driver drag strip performance from tires that are streetable. Due to their soft sidewalls, meant to help the tire deflect under straight line acceleration, they can feel softer than normal around corners in street conditions. These tires are delicate and not intended to be driven in wet conditions or exposed to cold temperatures. Top performers in the category include:


BFGoodrich g-Force R1

Hoosier Radial Wet H20

Toyo Proxes TQ


No matter what your level of expertise on the track, Tire Rack has the tires you need!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 9,500
Location: Wales, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 9,500 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2013

So far so good! 9500 miles and great traction in all conditions! I don't understand some other peoples noise complaints, I am driving a trailblazer and granted they are not michelins but I also didn't pay for michelins! I don't hear my tires when I am driving, actually I am very surprised that given the aggressive core of the tire that I don't have noise! Highly recommended!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,860
Location: Canonsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 5,860 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2013

Just recently purchased these tires, and had them mounted/balanced and went on a coast to coast trip to visit my parents. There tires were purchased for winter use here in Western Pennsylvania, but I used them for my long trip from PA to California. Outstanding traction in the snow and ice, and surprisingly excellent grip in rain, and dry conditions. Didn't notice any discernible wear for the almost 6000 mile round trip!

Always great selection/prices, and fast shipping from Tire Rack. Don't waste your time
with the other online vendors.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.18
 
 

1999 Ford F150 Lariat 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 33,000
Location: Janesville, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 33,000 Miles on Tires
November 13, 2013

WHAT GOOD IS A WARRANTY 60000 MILES WHIN I NEED NEW TIRES AT 33000 MILES

 

Best Tires for MAZDA3

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

The MAZDA3 is a very popular vehicle that you can spot on today's streets and highways. It achieves good gas mileage, has a low cost of ownership and makes for a good daily driver. While the car is known to have many strong points, it has also been known to have a lack of sound deadening and isn't the quietest vehicle to drive, especially at highway speeds.


Bridgestone Potenza
RE760 Sport

Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


In fact, road noise is the single most common complaint I receive from MAZDA3 owners as they begin their quest for replacement tires. As such, the following list consists of tires I recommend to MAZDA3 owners based off the expectations of comfort, low tread noise and acceptable levels of treadlife.

If you're also in the market for a set of wheels for your MAZDA3, then create a Tire & Wheel Package.

Incredible Pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Snow Tire

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

For a limited time, we're able to offer extremely low pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI in the select size of 225/70R16. Priced at $67 per tire, or $268 plus shipping for a set of four, this tire will move fast as we head into the busy winter months. 

This Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow tire offers a large amount of biting edges, while its symmetric tread pattern features an optimized sip. It was developed for the drivers of crossovers, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks looking for the ability to get where they need to go in the worst wintry weather. Winter Slalom KSI tires provide traction that's ready to handle winter's cold, wet, slushy, snowy and icy roads.

Featuring a unique micro-pore rubber compound mix that provides a grip mechanism to generate traction on ice and snow, the tire doesn't compromise much in terms of wet grip. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts on top of a polyester casing, while BFGoodrich's ETEC System (Equal Tension Containment) of spirally wrapped nylon provides a consistent footprint and maximizes tread area contact to enhance winter driving control.

When the Winter Slalom KSI is approximately 50 perfect worn, a winter tread depth indicator molded into the tire's design lets you know the remaining tread depth is reaching the end of its ability to provide beneficial snow traction. It's also recommended that drivers install this tire in sets of four only.

Act now before this tire is gone!

Best All-Terrain Tires for Winter

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Do you own a pickup truck or large SUV and need an aggressive tire? Or possibly you're getting ready for hunting season or snow plowing and need new tires. If you're looking for an aggressive tire that can also go off-road while still performing on the streets, then look at options in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain category. Some options are branded with the severe winter mountain/snowflake symbol and can even be studded to provide added traction.

New for 2013 is the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar. Just one look at this tire and you can see how well it will churn through the snow. It's heavily siped which will certainly help with the grip on ice. The sidewall rubber compound features Goodyear’s Durawall Technology to protect the polyester cord body by resisting cuts, punctures, scuffing and abrasion.

Another great option is the General Grabber AT 2. This tire consistently rates well by our customers and is very aggressive. It has tremendously deep tread depth and can plow through deep snow. The tread blocks feature multiple traction edges and sipes, and are molded to accept optional metallic studs to increase wintry weather traction.

Finally, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO is worth a look. This tire has been around for quite some time, but more importantly, it's a solid performer and does very well in the snow. Its aggressive tread design easily goes through deep snow and will keep you trucking along to your destination.

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
General Grabber AT 2
General Grabber
AT 2
BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain
T/A KO


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Alternative Options to Tire Chains

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with how to use tire chains. Quite a while ago, government agencies that oversaw roads cutting through mountain regions required vehicles to use tire chains before proceeding through a mountain pass. Although they increased traction for the type of tire technology at the time, they were cumbersome and inconvenient to install during a storm.

In the 1990s, a new standard was developed to help consumers identify and purchase a tire that offered a higher level of traction in harsh winter conditions. Tires were now to be branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol. In addition to tire chains, winter / snow tires meeting this performance standard are considered traction devices, allowing drivers to get through the passes. Listed below are some light truck/SUV options that are branded with a mountain/snowflake symbol. These tires offer a higher level of winter traction without the requirement of using snow chains.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season

On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction

To learn more about the mountain/snowflake symbol, read "How to Confirm a Winter Performer."

Dunlop SP Sport Signature Still a Top Choice in the High Performance All-Season Category

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

With tire technology advancing quickly these days, it's rare to find a model of tire that stands the test of time and remains competitive in its category year after year. First introduced over six years ago, the Dunlop SP Sport Signature is one of those tires. Even after this many years, it continues to hold its own against newer tires in the High Performance All-Season category. If you're looking for a great all-season performance tire at a good price, the Dunlop SP Sport Signature is for you!

With over 2.6 million miles reported, the tire is currently ranked third in our survey results. This is a higher ranking than other popular tires including the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, Goodyear Eagle GT and BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S. The SP Sport Signature is often praised for its good road feel, quick steering response and great combination of wet and dry traction. 

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Dunlop SP Sport Signature:

"These have been such fantastic tires that I am now on my third set. Great dry weather traction and awesome treadwear. I have been very pleased with these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Infiniti G35 Sedan

"These tires handle great. I have almost no road noise and they handle great on wet pavement. Even with my aggressive driving habits they wore perfectly. They were a great buy for the money." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2001 Lexus ES300

"The Dunlops have transformed my car. I've gone from such noise to such quiet and smooth riding and handling. For a car with 280,000 miles on it, the difference is astounding. I'm very happy with the purchase of these tires." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1998 Honda Accord Coupe EX V6

For more information on this tire, read "The Dunlop SP Sport Signature Continues to Impress." 

All 15 Sizes of BFGoodrich's g-Force Rival Now In Stock

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

After a strong initial release and promising first test, many of the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival sizes seemed difficult to get our hands on. While we were able to receive many of the higher volume sizes quickly, some of the more specialized sizes remained out of stock.

We are pleased to report that all sizes of the tire have now been received into stock and are ready for shipment. This includes the larger Pro-Touring sizes with widths up to 335mm. This comes as excellent news to autocross enthusiasts in street tire categories who have the Solo Nationals knocking on the door in September.

The tire was created with razor-sharp reflexes to raise the limits by delivering extreme grip that's extremely predictable. It's been an early hit in the Extreme Performance Summer category and well received by drivers. Take a look at what some of the first to own this tire are saying about their experience with the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival.

"We have a 1966 Chevelle that we drive to local and distant track and autocross events and the g-Force Rival has been working tremendously for us since we switched to it in June 2013. The tire responds to steering input very quickly and is very predictable in all conditions. I'm looking forward to running Rivals for years to come!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

"I am in love with these tires. Great on the track and on the street." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1991 Mazda Miata

Read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here" and determine if the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival is right for your vehicle.

BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Tested at Miller Motorsports Park

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Every so often my job allows me to travel the country and experience the products I recommend and sell to consumers. This past week, I was fortunate enough to spend three days at Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City, Utah to experience the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 on the school's prepped Mustang GTs. 

With a 340 treadwear rating, the tire isn't considered a dedicated track tire, nor does it achieve the designation of an Extreme Performance Summer tire. This tire does, however, provide consistent and predictable grip levels and allows a driver to experience a dedicated summer tire that still provides acceptable levels of treadwear and wet performance.

Using both the tight and technical east course and the long sweeping west course at Miller Motorsports Park, the tire performed admirably as an Ultra High Performance Summer tire and remained its composure under 110 mph braking zones, fast sweepers and challenging downhill S-curves. While this tire isn't as fast on course as its big brother the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival, it deserves its best-in-class rating in our consumer surveys and is suitable for drivers looking for responsiveness, predictability and most of all, fun.

While there are faster tires available in other higher performance categories, I can say with much confidence that this tire under my watch was driven harder than is possible to do on the street. For several hours I pushed this tire and it inspired good confidence.

Available in a multitude of sizes for muscle cars, sports cars,and coupes, this tire deserves your attention. View all sizes and choose the one that's right for your vehicle.

Great Extreme Performance Summer Tires

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Ranking the top three quarterback in the NFL is tough. Is Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady the best? Answers may vary across the country, but even neutral observers will be hard pressed to say who's the best.

That's how I felt after finishing our widely anticipated Extreme Performance Summer test. They're all great across the board and it's pretty hard to declare a clear number one.

BF Goodrich g-Force Rival
BFGoodrich g-Force
Rival
Dunlop Direzza Z2
Dunlop Direzza
ZII
Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R
Yokohama ADVAN Neova
AD08 R


The BFGoodrich g-Force Rival, Dunlop Direzza ZII and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R were the top three tires and all provided crisp, immediate and linear steering response that really performed well through the five-cone slalom section of our test. Compared to these three, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A's steering response wasn't quite as crisp. Our opinions varied, however I like the predictability of both the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Our test writer had the difficult task of sorting through subjective assessments and data to anoint a winner. Our official results show the g-Force Rival taking first, the Dunlop Direzza ZII in second and Yokohama's AD08 R finishing third. Amongst those three, it's a photo finish when it comes to overall dry lap times as .22 seconds separated them.

If the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival isn't made in your vehicle's size, the Dunlop Direzza ZII and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R are both more than capable. The RE-11A is a worthy competitor that could use a little more dry traction, but overall it's a great Extreme Performance Sumer tire.

For complete test results, read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here."

Finding the Best Tires for Your Nissan Maxima

Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Colin .

Nissan's Maxima can take a variety of different tires from several performance categories. The first step to determining the best tires for your Maxima is to confirm the tire size. Next, you'll want to research and find what performance category fits what characteristics you desire in your new set of tires. Take a look at the following categories, along with some top choices in helping you determine the best tires for your Nissan.

While all options may not be available in your size, visit our Tire Decision Guide to help you determine the best tires for how and where you drive.

Test Results: Which New Extreme Performance Summer Tire is the Best?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Ben Rooney

This year, enthusiasts are treated to an impressive new crop of Extreme Performance Summer tires. One of the most publicized new releases has been the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival. The Dunlop Direzza ZII, replacing the well-liked Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, is another hot new entry into the category.

Slightly less publicized, but no less worthy of attention are the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R. Yokohama and Bridgestone have been two of the class leaders and are answering the new challengers with upgraded models for this summer.

All of us here were eager to take these new tires out for a comparison. Driving them on the street was a useful test of what it would be like to use them on an everyday car. Taking them on and off the entry and exit ramps gave us a chance to get a hint of what their performance capabilities would be. All four tires gave excellent steering response and handling on the road, though each exhibited its own personality.

On the track, we had the chance to push these tires to their limits in both wet and dry conditions. Each one found slightly different areas to shine, whether it be wet or dry traction, ultimate lateral grip, responsive steering or confidence-inspiring stability.

Each tire could find a niche depending on the type of performance that's desired. To see a detailed report of how these tires stacked up, read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here" and watch the test video below.