Standard Limited Warranty (All BFGoodrich® Tires)
All BFGoodrich® tires have a Standard Manufacturer's Limited Warranty, which covers defects in workmanship and materials for the life of the original usable tread, or for 6 years from date of purchase, whichever occurs first. See warranty for details
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Comments about g-Force Rival:
I bought these tires early this year from a major online tire retailer and they were considered a brand new tire at that time. I loved how crazy good they handled and braking force was amazing. Steering, throttle response and hard cornering all felt well balanced and effortless. They are pretty loud in hard cornering though with very audible whining and hoo'ing especially when warmed up on fresh pavement. I never tracked them as my car is not a track-ready type and I definitely never took it to autocross or anything severe so I cannot speak for their performance in that circumstance.
I ran the 225/45 size on my 17x7.5 stock size wheels on a 2003 Subaru WRX. I ran this stock fitment with corner balanced Tein Coilover suspension (1.5"r/2"f drop) with matching sway bars to the spring rate of the suspension with all stock settings for camber, caster etc. It is a very tight handling car with power reading in at 265hp/266tq at the wheels on a heart breaker dyno. This kind of power keeps your suspension honest and even more so with great tires. I was enthusiastic to find such a high performance tire at such an affordable cost that looks fantastic, no less.
Here's for the BUT...
I logged about 6000 miles on these tires over about 6-7 months. Some spirited driving in the hills on cool evenings when traffic is low but mostly highway on-ramp pulls and the rest was just townie daily driving. I NEVER ever hooned them as you cannot anyway with AWD without sacrificing the drivetrain.
The tires went up to Redding and back from Berkeley, CA and after a few weeks of driving after that trip which consisted of nothing but boring highway miles I saw *severe* cracks developing along the shoulder of the tread where the tread meets the sidewall at the final edge. These were not your typical vertical cracks you will often see from temperature changes over time but horizontal cracks that dug deep into the shoulder of the tread that you would stick a fingernail in further in that you could see. These cracks ran the entire circumference of all of the tires on both the inner and outer shoulders.
I took them to a BF Goodrich retailer and the tech manager who happened to be working the front desk at the time gladly came out to see what I was talking about. His face went white. He kept his calm and explained to me "don't drive these much longer at all, take the car home, take them off and NEVER go on the freeway unless you have to and stay well within the speed limit." This was irking, to say the least. He measured the tread depth for me and it measured a healthy perfectly even 5.5 on his tire gauge. He said the pressure was well within spec and also perfect for that car.
I called the retailer they were purchased at and sent photos. A day passed and they instructed me to warranty the tires immediately. I was already going to go to Reno that week and the distributor warehouse is right in Reno so I organized to do a personal exchange so they could see in person what was wrong. I hopped in my Girlfriends car, threw the wheels with the tires still mounted inside and drove up to Reno to partake in Hot August Nights and to deal with the warranty.
When I brought the tires in to warranty them in the front office, a crowd gathered around them, everyone was silent and some taking pictures. I asked, so do you think they can be warrantied? They all simultaneously laughed out loud and one older man, a sales rep and former warranty tech chimed in and said "Absolutely! There is NO QUESTION that ALL of these tires are a manufacturer defect" He showed me a stamp on the tires and said two were from the same batch and the other two were from another, different batches and all four with the same scary cracking pattern. He said if I hadn't seen it sooner, as it looks like it had started to crack very early in the game, they very well have tried to de-tread themselves clean-off "like a cheap re-tread you see blow off semi-truck trailers" he said.
Lovely. Tires I didn't get any kind of deal on (although still affordable for me) gave up the ghost with all possible healthy characteristics within 6000 miles. I only wish I had looked at them sooner. God knows when they really started to do that. I always check my tread depth to make sure there is no camber or misalignment wear but have never before thought to look at the sidewall, much less the shoulder of the tread. I only HAPPENED to notice a "new feature" of the tread shoulder I hadn't remembered being there when I got them which urged me to take a closer look.
Heavily disappointed. Of course this could be the fluke of a lifetime that my car somehow caused a freak show on two separate batches of the same tires or these tires simply put- are not tried and trued quite yet. Take your chances. I will not buy again (or any "new" tires that are not fully tested by the public). Too bad, because they really are (were), great tires! Until they could've killed me, or my car at the very least. Bummer.
Comments about g-Force Rival:
THE TIRES ARE REALLY GOOD, HOWEVER ONE OF MINE FAILED IN APRIL 2014 AND IT IS NOW MID JULY 2014 AND BFG CANNOT PRODUCE A TIRE TO REPLACE IT
Comments about g-Force Rival:
I bought the BFG Rival tires for street and HPDE events. Previously I used the BFG R1s at HPDE events.
After about 800 street miles and a few days at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course I can see why everyone is impressed with the new Rival tires. They have excellent street manners for an Extreme Summer tire with good ride qualities, outstanding grip and minimal tread noise only noticed on grooved concrete or major tar strips.
When it comes to track use the Rival really does deliver just as the demo videos above substantiate. Turn in is crisp and precise. Grip is exceptional and only about 10% behind the R1s as far as I can tell. The grip plateau at the limit is very wide and allows you to adjust your line even when at the very limit. Braking is strong with good feedback.
As if that were not enough the wear rate appears to be amazing in my experience. After 200 track miles and 800 street miles I measured about 1/32 of wear across the tread with about 2/32 on the side radius as you'd expect on the front tires from negative camber and steering input. Being able to swap the tires to any position on the car means it's easy to even out wear should it occur on some cars.
One really nice feature on the Rivals vs. other tires is that they grip immediately. Track only slicks usually take a few laps to really grip. On the out lap in cool weather (60 F) track tires can bite you and I've almost experienced this myself. The Rivals being a true street tire compound, they just work immediately with no drama. Like track tires however the compound gets sticky with heat so they also improve after a couple laps but are just great to start with.
Several HPDE instructors asked me about the Rival's performance and they were impressed when they observed in firsthand on the track. IMO BFG really hit a home run with the Rival. Everyone that I talked to at the track who had tried them were quite happy and felt they delivered as advertised. No special heat cycling or other break-in procedures were required.
I've driven on enough extreme performance and track only tires to appreciate just how good the Rival tires are. They make life really great for those who want one tire that does it all. You can drive on these everyday with excellent comfort and take your car to the track whenever the opportunity presents itself without having to lug a second set of tires and do the swap at the track. At the end of the day you drop the tire pressures back to street levels and away you go. No dram or work involved. It makes life a whole lot easier.
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