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Mazda MX-5: Miata BFGoodrich g-Force Comp 2’s Summer Tires Off Winter Tires On Rotation

Today’s project, at a very appropriate time mind you, just after Labor Day I decided to take the 10,000 mile BFGoodrich Sport Comp 2 summer tires and replace them with the all season BFGoodrich Comp 2 A/S which only have 5,000 miles on them (to even our the wear and make both sets last longer).

While this is a pretty routine tire rotation I just wanted to put up a little note about how different the BFG A/S’s feel compared to BFG Sport Comp’s. The A/S tires feel much quieter and give less effort to steering compared to the other set. Besides the compound difference the Sport Comp’s are mounted on my stock 17’s while the A/S’s are on the lighter five spoke 16’s which I bought for the winter. The road noise is noticeably lower, and there is much less effort to turn the wheel. Will be using them for the next five to ten thousand miles likely. Especially over the winter time as our Northern New Jersey roads are bound to degrade with the weather and the pot holes are bound to increase. Hopefully the higher sidewall on the 16’s will handle this nicely.

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Thanks to Maxi Max for the help!

Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Race at Watkins Glen International May 2016

Once I saw the schedule for the brand spanking new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup I quickly signed up to marshal it. Immediately following the debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last week, the Series tracked across the country to Upstate New York for their second race of the season at Watkins Glen playing a support role to the NARRA and Trans Am series.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Playboy MX-5 Cup which I credit with the reason for my buying an NC Miata of my own. Since I’ve been using my car as a marshaling rig to travel to various circuits including Watkins Glen International, Thompson Speedway in New England and even a trip down to Florida for St. Pete GP and Sebring 12 hour earlier this year where I visited Long Road Racing on the way home in North Carolina. The reason I mention LRR is because they make all the cars (hand built) that participate in this Global MX-5 Cup series and those parallel ones that happen around the world. Who’d thunk it?

The new Global MX-5 Cup cars are incredible and the field is huge pushing over 40 cars on the grid which almost guarantees incidents and accidents. Thanks also to the rain that blessed us this weekend there was a ton of cars that crashed including a major smash-up right under the start stand when the green flag was thrown. I was super privileged to work as a Starter this weekend and was amazed to see all the cars on pit lane staging for their race. I also got to work turn 7 where the cars were taking the fairly sharp turn at over 60mph which seems incredible to me.

Enough talking and here’s some photos from the paddock walk I did on Thursday as the cars were unloaded… the hardest part was selecting the pictures to share as I took hundreds of them…

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The first car I saw was plain vanilla… body in white.

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But the rest were like Skittles, all colors of the rainbow!

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Check facebook for more pictures from this event. Amazing event!!!

I loved it!

PS. Even the Pace Car was a new ND MX-5 Miata:

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Global MX-5 Cup Racing at Watkins Glen Int’l, See You All There!

The Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich tires first season kicks off at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend… which I can’t make. BUT, the second race is happening much closer to home at Watkins Glen International and I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage the Mazda Miata fans to come watch the racing with me. Well, I’ll be marshaling but I’m looking forward to the opportunity of seeing some local MX-5 owners there. In addition to all the brand spanking new Global MX-5 Cup cars (of which I got a nice preview at Long Road Racing in North Carolina).

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From what I saw at Road Atlanta last year during Petit Le Mans, the cars look fantastic and seeing a large group of them going flat out together will be awesome!

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Please come out and support the series….  Trans Am will be headlining the event, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth!

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Mazda MX-5: New Tires for the 17’s Ten Spoke – BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2 – 215/45ZR17

2015 was a great year to get all the tires sorted for my Miata. I bought the car with new looking tires on the stock 17 inch rims. The brand I have never heard of before: Accelera Alpha which is apparently a Korean tire. I thought that maybe they were crap until I saw a newish looking Bentley Continental GT at a shop wearing the same brand tire… so either the rich man driving the Bentley is really cheap and they are a good tire, or the rich man is cheap and dumb. Either way I decided to replace them first chance I get. Since buying the car and first contemplating changing the tires I was reading on the Miata.net forums how people have two sets of wheels, especially those that live in colder climates and alternate between summer and winter compounds. So I decided to do the same. I stumbled across a great deal on eBay for some OEM 16 inch rims. They came with fairly bald tires, so I replaced them with BFGoodrich g-Force Comp 2 A/S all season tires in 205/50ZR16 size, which have been great so far. And just this week I purchased a replacement for my Alpha’s from Sears: BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2 summer tires in 215/45ZR17 size.

Who says Motorsport advertising doesn’t work? It certainly seems to work on me. BFGoodrich is a long-time sponsor of the Mazda MX-5 racing series both on a pro level as well as in club racing. But to me it’s a cheaper alternative to Michelin tires which I really love.

The last time my family bought tires at Sears were Michelin’s for a Ford Explorer. Of course at that time my father paid something like $700 or $800 dollars. The time before that we bought Michelin’s for a Lincoln Town Car and they weren’t much cheaper either. But this time I got a steal.

Sears was advertising a Christmas promo of 10% off tires plus 100,000 points for their frequent shopper promotion where 1,000 points = $1, so $100 back to spend on purchases with Sears or K-mart. The tires themselves were on sale for $107 apiece, or $428 total which was cheaper by a smidge than what DiscountTireDirect has listed on eBay (which is the last shop I bought my 16’s from and thought I had gotten a great deal). In addition to those Christmas discounts, Sears had a coupon for $50 off any set of 4 BFGoodrich purchase and a general $35 off $300 purchase which I used. In addition to those discounts I also purchased some Sears and K-mart gift cards on eBay using discounted eBay gift cards, which I’ve been buying for a while just for a sale like this. I missed out on other eBay Sears gift card promos which were giving 15% off on a purchase of a $100 gift card (or $85 for $100 card), but what are you gonna do… I got what I could. In the end I paid something like $250 total including NJ sales tax of 7% as well as mounting and balancing, environmental fees, etc. Which is really cheap!

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Mounting the tires proved a bit troublesome. I’ll explain why… Since these were my summer wheels, they were already off the car. I called Sears to see if I could bring them loose especially since I was keeping the take-offs (the Accelera Alphas were still in excellent shape as I suspect there’s less than 5,000 miles on them). Sears said no problem, but by giving me the $8 back for the tire disposal fee that I had paid in advance, they ended up cancelling my order and re-processing it again. By doing so they voided almost all of the discounts I had gotten thru Sears and it really made me worry that I’d lose the 100,000 in points I got back. In addition since I used an airline portal to earn some frequent flyer miles (there was a 6x promo on miles from American Airlines earning me over 2,000 miles which is more than what I earned flying to Miami and back on AA this year), I ended up losing the miles… Damn shame if you ask me, especially since I repeatedly asked my Sears rep like 100 times not to touch the original reservation and make any adjustments so I could pay in the store out of pocket. They didn’t listen!

But I am very happy with the way the tires look. These are about 1 centimeter wider than the tires I took off, 215 width vs. 205 width and I can’t wait for better weather to put them on the car. Of course better weather is a few months away, and unlike using my winter tires during the summer to break them in (on the 16’s), I think I’ll keep the 17’s until it’s proper summer time, I know how these summer tires turn rock hard when it’s cold outside so I won’t risk it.

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Ironic how it’s always wet when I’m buying tires. The white stuff you see on the back of the car in this picture is snow and sleet. Our first winter storm of this season…  Looking forward to summer!

Mazda MX-5: New Tires for the 16’s Five Spoke – BFGoodrich g-Force Comp 2 A/S 205/50ZR16

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.

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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!

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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)