SAMURAI RIDES: POWER PARTS EDITION W/ BFGOODRICH All-Terrain T/A® KO2 & g-Force™ COMP-2™ A/S TIRES
It’s been an active summer for Samurai Rides. In this edition we’re bringing something new to you and focusing specifically on some high performance tires. While we all know the importance of tires, few of us really get to dive into what makes one tire stand out from another. Before hoping into my next review vehicle I had the opportunity to link up with BFGoodrich during their NYC area stop of their Are You Driver Enough Tour. Geared specifically for auto part dealers this gave me a great crash course, no pun intended, of what goes into quality tires.
What I was excited about is that for all the driving I’ve done in my life I could only tell you but so much about tires. I do a little research but generally any purchases I made were budget driven. I’d get the best of what I can afford. In addition to that I think a lot of us just trust that what you’re getting is quality. We don’t have the opportunity to throw on tires and very test them out. That’s why I took so much joy in the BFGoodrich Are You Driver Enough Tour because it gave me the chance to see what various tires can do in extreme situations.
We put the All-Terrain T/A® KO2 Tires and the g-Force™ COMP-2™ A/S tires to the test to see just how much they stand out. The events of the day placed me on 2 courses. One course was wet and the other one was dry. Each course would have me accelerate at max speeds and hit a full and sudden stop. Following this I would peel out and continue through a quick hitting series of turns, 2 sharp lane changes and a final hard stop. All of this while trying not hit too many cones. Let’s just say I have new appreciation for racers.
On the wet track we were pushing Toyota Scions while on the dry surface we stepped up in power with a couple of Mustangs. It was quite an experience. After getting familiar with the cars I took my shot at the respective courses. The differences in grip, traction, braking time and take off on acceleration all were in the favor of the BFGoodrich tires.
As the lone media/consumer in a group of retailers I could really look at this from my personal perspective as a driver. These g-Force™ COMP-2™ A/S tires are ideal for the vehicles I find myself driving these days. I don’t see myself doing the speeds I was doing the track but I’d feel safer knowing the quality of the tires I’m riding on. Those All-Terrain T/A® KO2 tires make me miss my old SUV. That all terrain toughness is a must have having to take things off-road.
BFGoodrich is really bringing you top performance options here. Make sure you ask your local dealer to show you these new tires when the time for replacements arrive. You wont be sorry. Check out some the images for the days events below including some valuable info on the two new tires