BFGoodrich G-Force Rival Tires Installed - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: BFGoodrich G-Force Rival Tires Installed

September 12, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

The old Yokohamas on our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S were heat-cycled to oblivion. They're being replaced by BFGoodrich g-Force Rivals, a relative newcomer in the category of high-performance summer tires. I've had previous experience with Rivals on another car and reckon they're a good fit for our Project FR-S, which is focused on being an effective dual-purpose street/track car.

For the FR-S I figured I'd give the mobile installation service of ASAP Tire a try. The idea of the tire installer coming to you just makes a ton of sense. ASAP Tire's process was simple: Schedule your preferred time and location online, and the truck comes to you to install your tires. As long as there is adequate clearance for the van's roof and a flat-enough surface, it's game on.

Our installer was friendly, knowledgeable and worked efficiently. Even arrived early. In less than an hour, our FR-S had its new skins mounted, balanced and the wheels torqued down, and the old tires hauled away. The price is pretty competitive with what you'd pay to have a regular shop mount and balance a set of tires and dispose of the take-offs, too. I'm liking this service.

We'll scrub the Rivals in and then, in couple of weeks due to some logistical complications, test them.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I wanted to try ASAP for installation when I got new BFGs (G-Force Sport Comp 2s) on the Miata, but the wife said no. But I said the same thing you did, their price was pretty comparable. Maybe next time.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I looked up the price. You're right, that's actually a very good deal for somebody to come to you. Did you offer him a drink of water to be nice? You do after all have a post about it being 107*F and then a post about a guy changing out four tires on hot concrete....

  • What size are the new tires?

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    @stovt001 I'm due too--trying to decide between the BFG and the Sumitomo--Sumitomo price is only $52, how do you like the BFG? Miata forums are + on both

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Hmmm...upside to this is that I can watch the guy every step of the way without any BS about shop insurance regs, and the downside is that he's using a floor jack rather than a lift.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    did he road force?

  • ayao ayao Posts:

    Looking forward to your assessment of wet-weather street performance in addition to all the other obvious stuff ...

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @noburgers: I haven't put a lot of miles on the BFGs yet, just a quick run up our less technical canyon road (San Gabriel Canyon Rd, Hwy 39, which connects to the infamous GMR) to scrub the release off and then a few around town errands. Grip seems pretty

  • marksmx5 marksmx5 Posts:

    Beware of the Rivals in the rain. At least in heavy rain/standing water on the road. They have so little void area that they can be an absolute handful in hard rain. I have had a set on my Miata DD since they came out this March. We got a ton of rain in MO this spring, and there were a few times where it was white knuckle on the way home from work. I had Bridgestone RE-11s prior to these, and they actually did quite well in comparison. The Rivals do stick well on damp pavement though, so no worries there. They are just more like water skis when it's raining hard. However, in the dry, they are awesome. They have way more grip than anyone has any business using on the street. I'll be very curious to see how these stack up against the Yoko's in instrumented testing.

  • diigii diigii Posts:

    @fordson: What is wrong with changing tires using a jack? As long as he's jacking the car on the car's jacking points and he knows how to jack up a car properly and safely, the installation should be just fine.

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