I have high praise for Discount Tire Direct! (www.discounttiredirect.com) especially thanks to their eBay store where for the second year in a row I’ve ordered two sets of tires for the cars in our household, one set are for the 16 inch five spoke wheels I bought for my Miata to use this winter. The tire choice was BFGoodrich g-force Comp 2 A/S. Apparently they’re billed as the ultra high performance tires with the A/S capable of handling some of the cold and snow this winter in the Northeast. Where the alternative would have been BFG g-force Sport Comp 2 – the summer ultra high performance version of the tire with slightly different tread pattern. These are 205/50ZR16.
The Miata.net forums were very vocal about people favoring the BFG tire from all the competition. The alternative would have been Continental Tire ExtremeContact DWS but what they offer in smoother in quieter ride they lose in the potential of the blowout. A few people reported getting bubbles in the side of the tire, which causes the sidewall to blow out from hitting a pot hole or other road imperfections which we have plenty of in the Northeast. So the BFG’s will have to do.
Interesting history about BFGoodrich is they were America’s first tire company, and are currently owned by Michelin. Fun fact…
Anyway, they’re going to get mounted shortly on my spare 16 inch set and will be used this winter. Next goal is to replace the 17 inch tires with something similar, maybe going a little wider with 215/45ZR17 instead of the stock 205/45ZR17.
How much did they cost?
Regular price: $424
DiscountTireDirect on eBay offered $100 instant OFF coupon for a purchase of 4 which brought the price down to $324
BFGoodrich is offering a $70 rebate on most of their tires, which the BFG g-force Comp 2 A/S qualify for, except that for some unknown reason DiscountTireDirect.com isn’t participating in the promotion, even though many Discount Tire brick and mortar stores in Illinois do. Which sucks. But hopefully I’ll be able to sell the old Yokohama’s I take off the 16’s to offset some of that cost. They still have some life left in them.
UPDATE: Friday, September 11
Took my stash to Paterson Tire across the Passaic River from my hometown, and for $15 bux apiece they mounted and balanced the new shoes. I kept the old Yokohamas to try to sell on Craigslist to offset some of my costs. The new tires look great!
Even though I bought them for winter use, I will go ahead and break them in right now so they’re ready for the negative temps when the time comes. (and there are no surprises)