James Barone Racing

BF Goodrich

BF Goodrich G-Force Sport

[1/15/2007] Reviewed by: Ed B. - time4lime@verizon.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99-'05 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

205-50-15 High performance tires

These are the first 15" tires I put on my Miata. Before, I was using the stock 14" wheels with Mastercraft tires. I bought some Speedy Race Mode wheels (15 X 6.5) and did a lot of tire research and review reading. Found these for 75 bucks each at discounttiredirect.com. Even better, free shipping. They're worth it and more. I read a few user reviews that mentioned noise. Yeah, they're a bit noisy. But not that much. In fact, they don't seem as noisy as the BF Goodrich Radial TA's I had on a Toyota once. Besides, we're not putting them on Buicks for cryin' out loud. I want to hear my car too, man. You know what else is noisy? A Lotus Elise. You gonna poo-poo that? Endurance: I drive a minimum of 1,200 miles a month just commuting to work. In addition, I love to take long drives on days off. These tires are holding up nicely in the wear department and they've never let me down as far as grip either. I did slip a little the other day as I met some thin road ice, but I expected that. They also look amazing when cleaned up. I use that tire foam on them. (I forget the brand right now, but it's a yellow can with a picture of a well-known race car driver on it. STP maybe?) The sidewalls have these ribs in certain areas that catch light in different ways as you move around the car. If they're glossed up, they look even better and the letters really pop out.

Bottom line- I love these tires for more reasons than one. The great handling has given me the nerve to push things more than I ever have. (That's just me- DON'T drive above your limit and confidence). The looks are worthy of the rest of the car. And best of all, they're holding up well despite all the use. Unless they stop making these tires I can't imagine shopping for anything else again for this car.

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BF Goodrich Traction T/A 185/60R14 82H

[1/1/2006] Reviewed by: Mark Chapmon - my1958mark@wmconnect.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

All-season high performance radial tire,

I installed the set of four in December 2004 and have driven approximately 10,000 miles in hot, cold, wet and dry conditions, but not in any snow. I find them to grip well in the dry and most wet conditions regardless of ambient temperature. I am able to break them loose in the wet if I try to.

A reasonably priced tire. I like the way the car performs on these tires and even like the looks of the tires. The ride quality is a little more harsh than the Michelin's I had on before this set. I don't push the car all that hard too often and can hardly notice any wear on the tires. I will probably by these again.

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BF Goodrich G-Force sport tires

[8/1/2005] Reviewed by: Matt Bernazzoli - Mbernazzoli@hotmail.com

Applicable to:

205/45/16 BF Goodrich G-Force Sport tires.

Very Very VERY happy with these tires. I got them from the TireRack.Com for under $80 each. They are very sticky for a tire with a 320 rating which means you will still get some miles out of them! They are great in the rain and made a huge difference in the way my car drives. I will buy them again no questions asked.

There is a 1 lane underpass that I have to go through every day, you have to stop then proceed through and as soon as you come out you have to make a sharp left turn and start up a very steep hill. In the rain with my old tires I had to basically either spin sideways up the damn hill or put it right into 2nd and lug the engine till I got going and that was with 195/50-15". The G-Force tires GRIP, they do not break loose, you would really have to try to get it sideways with these even in the rain. I will buy them again and for the price you really cant go wrong. Not sure how they will do in the snow/slush but they are a summer tire so Im not going to get my hopes up.

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BFG g-Force R1 245/45/16 on stock RX7 rims

[10/18/2001] Reviewed by: RE RX7 - rerx7@sinaman.com

Applicable to:

BFG g-Force R1 245/45/16 on stock RX7 rims

Used it for solo2 and track lappings. It was great the best tires from my experience. The sidewall is steel stiff and the rubber is so sticky that it sticks to everything. No matter how bad you turn into a corner, the tires will keep your car on track and let u maintain control.

A must buy for every racer.

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BFGoodrich Euro TA

[6/12/2001] Reviewed by: Anonymous

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 +

215/40 R16 on 16X7 rims

I'd like to start out with the good features. The tires grip a little better than the stock tires (of course these are quite a bit wider than stock), they look great, and they have a great tread life. I threw mine away after 45K miles and they still had 5/32 left. This leads me to the bad features. These tires shook so violently at 65MPH that the gauges were blurry. If it rains, you might as well be on ice. Wet traction is non-existent.

I would not recommend these tires.

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BF Goodrich Euro T/A tire 205/40-16 

[11/30/2000] Reviewed by: Kevin Anderson - kjanderson70@netzero.net 

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Performance tire


Bought this tire mostly on appearance - very square shouldered looking tire. Price was reasonable if not exactly cheap. Dry grip good - wet grip mediocre. Important here in Florida with all the liquid sunshine we get. Thing is, by 8000 commuter miles they were starting to look a little shabby and by 10000 miles they were shot - getting as smooth as a pool table. I never abused these tires at all! They didn't last long enough for me to get the chance! Nearly $400 bucks spent with mounting and tax and I needed new skins 5 months later. I realize these are not designed with long wear in mind but that is a little ridiculous. Imagine if I had driven the car aggressively on them. Wouldn't recommend them to anyone who isn't independently wealthy.

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BF Goodrich Comp T/A [12/5/2000] 

Reviewed by: James Lee - jameshlee@yahoo.com 

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

BF Goodrich Comp T/A 185-60H14 on 1995 factory alloy wheels

8 months, about 8,000 miles

Initial impression (compared to stock) - Good: Much quieter, better grip, Softer ride Bad: Very noticeable 65 mph shimmy (later corrected)

Eight months later, I think the performance is just average, nothing spectacular.

Summary - You get what you pay for. These tires were not high performance tires. If you most of your driving is fairly leisurely (with the occasional moderate aggression), and you want a long lasting tire, then these are fine. If you're looking for high performance, look elsewhere.

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BF Goodrich Euro Radial T/A Tires

[6/22/2000] Reviewed by Greg Almeida - greg_al@hotmail.com

Applicable to '90 - '97 1.6 liter

204 - 40 / 16

After shopping around for new rims and tires, I choose these BFG's on advice from the dealer as well as how they looked on the new wheels. Going to a 16" wheel actually improved the ride over my Dunlop D60 - A2's. With almost 1,000 miles on them, I have yet to hear them squeal! (I was often sideways with the Dunlops) Overall, I'm very happy with them up to this point.

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Reviewed by: Anonymous

Performance Tire

This is a good relatively inexpensive summer performance tire. It squeals very little, even when the wheels lock. It has great grip, but does not communicate feel well and feels a bit soft. The unidirectional tread disperses rain very well. I got less than 10,000 miles out of them with the wheels aligned correctly. This is probably due to my driving style more than anything else though!

Reviewed by: Martin Folb - (510) 548-2081

BF Goodrich All season Euro Radial T/A Tires
Size 195/50 HR 15

Fitted on 15 inch Unique Rims on 94' White Miata. Shopped around extensively for tires. Eventually chose these out of pure touch look and feel. They are visually much wider than other 195 tires, with chunky and soft to the touch tread. Once on the car the ride has improved vastly with regard high speed stability and cornering grip. For the first 1000 miles it was very hard to lose traction even on the autocross track. Now they have settled down and give great confidence. I've always liked BF Goodrich and their latest offerings are up to above-standard.

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