BF Goodrich Touring T/A TR4 Passenger/Performance Tire

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BF Goodrich Touring T/A Pro Series @ Sam’s Club

Mar 1, 2005
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Strong Ratings in ALL Categories, Good Value, Excellent Handling & Nice Ride

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: I am confident that I made the right choice! These tires in my opinion are a Great Value and Rated Very Well!!! I would recommend these tires!!!


01MAR2005 – 20:25

BF Goodrich Touring T/A Pro Series @ Sam’s Club

Traction Rating – “A”
Temperature – “B”
Tread Wear – 𤂸”
Speed Rating – “T” (118MPH/190KPH)
Load Index – 㧈” (1389LBS/630KG)
Warranty – 70,000 Miles or 4 Years (down to 2/32nds)

Source – BF Goodrich Specification Sheet, Direct From Manufacturer & NTHSA)

See Government Ratings @ http://www.safercars.gov/Tires/Index.htm

My 1,000 Miles Review

I purchased these tires from Sam’s Club. After extensive research on various tires, I decided on the BF Goodrich Touring T/A Pro Series.

I needed a tire that would hold up to extended highway speeds. My main concerns were as follows… a) I needed a tire that would hold up to highway speeds – I typically drive at 75MPH for a period of 50 minutes to and from work. B) I wanted a tire that would handle well in all seasons – here in Virginia we experience extreme heat in summer (at or above 95 degrees), torrential rains and c) we get an average amount of snow. I also wanted a tire that was relatively quiet at highway speeds.

I have driven on various tires over the years… I have had tires with low tread wear ratings mainly. These tires always seem to wear down, “very fast”. I have replaced tires at 25,000 miles on more than one occasion and I didn’t want to do that again. I have also experience tread separation at highway speeds on tires with low tread wear ratings and high mileage.

I decided on the BF Goodrich Tire because they are well known and they are a Michelin company. Although they are not Michelin tires, I did learn by speaking to BF Goodrich directly that they do share and implement technology learned by each facility (this also included Uniroyal which is also part of Michelin).

Additionally, I decided on these tires because the baseline ratings were strong in each and every category, as you can see above and by reviewing the NTHSA website listed above.

You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned price so far… I truly didn’t consider price while researching these tires. We have a toddler and a newborn so safety was my number one priority as I research these tires. I was fortunate enough to have a third car in which to drive while I performed my search for tires. I think had that not been the case, I may have been forced to chose a tire that was being sold to me, rather than a tire that was right for me, my driving style and my precious cargo.

I have driven 1,000 miles on these tires since my purchase on 11FEB2005. I have encountered dry warm conditions (Sunny & 70), very wet conditions (Rainy & 50) and snow & ice (Frozen Precipitation Below 32) twice since owning these tires. In each an every instance, these tires have performed “WELL”. They seem to corner well, stop well and accelerate well. Additionally, these tires are very quiet. I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase and I recommend these tires, if you are in need of new ones!!!

Pricing at Sam’s Club – Purchased on 11FEB2005 @ 10:56

4 P205/65R15 BFG Touring T/A $54.82ea $219.28
4 Tire Installation PLUS $ 9.00ea $ 36.00
Virginia Sales Tax $ 12.76
Grand Total $276.04

“PLUS” means that Sam’s will (at the owners request) rotate, balance, repair or replace the tires during the tread wear lifetime down to 2/32nds tread remaining. This also includes “road hazard” (e.g. cut, snag, bruise, impact break or puncture, whether repairable or not).

I’d like to add an important note to my review. This has to do with “Proper Inflation of Tires”. It had always been my belief up until now that the tires pressure rating on the tire was what should be in the tire. I typically have mechanical and tire work done at a service station and for the most part, the service center check and inflate my tires accordingly. I occasionally check the tire pressure (e.g. while traveling on vacation) and fill them to the rating on the side of my tire (fortunately my service center checks them at rotation time). It is “VERY IMPORTANT” that you inflate your tire to what is on the vehicle placard (normally on the drivers side door jam). The various manufacturers have tested these cars and recommended tires and pressure based on testing. An over-inflated tire is just as dangerous and a under-inflated tire. You may recall when Firestone had issues with the SUV tire, they made several recommendations on various tire pressures to eliminate tire malfunctions. Find out what’s right for your tires and BE SAFE!!!


BF Goodrich Specification Sheet – Direct from the Manufacturer

Benefits:
• High-mileage 70,000-mile Manufacturer’s Limited Tread life Warranty*
• Excellent wet and snow traction (M&S rated)
• Helps resist hydroplaning
• Smooth ride, sustained durability, and predictable handling
• Quiet highway ride
• Optimized handling and helps resist uneven wear
*See warranty for details
**Touring T/A® Pro® Series tires come with one or two polyester
carcass plies, depending on size. All come with two steel belts.
^Compared to the Advantage Plus tire
Features:
• Advanced tread compound for exceptional treadlife
• Unique all-season tread design
• Three wide, deep circumferential grooves aid water evacuation
• Polyester carcass plies** and two strong steel belts
• Computer-phased, variable pitch tread elements
• Stabilized shoulder blocks
The new Touring T/A® Pro® Series tire. BFGoodrich® performance. Warranted for 70,000 miles*. The excellent
overall performance (UTQG 640 A B), the excellent mileage limited warranty (70,000 miles*), and the
improvement in wet braking and dry handling^ makes this a great tire to sell to your customer.
24345 6/30/04 10:48 AM Page 1
*The dimensions shown are average values for tires measured on the specified measuring rim width. Individual tires may vary from data shown.
**Section width varies approximately 0.2" (5mm) for every 0.5" change in rim width.
DANGER: Never mount a 16” diameter tire on a 16.5” rim.
WARNING: Serious or fatal injury may result from: Tire failure due to under inflation/overloading – follow owner’s manual or Tire Information Placard in vehicle; Explosion of tire/rim assembly due to
improper mounting – Never inflate beyond 40 psi to seat beads – Only specially trained persons should mount tires; Mixing bias tires with radials on the same vehicle; Mixing different tire sizes.
Therefore, follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
For speeds over 100 mph, load and inflation must be adjusted according to the table below.
T-Rated Sizes:
Maximum Speed (mph) 100 106 112 118
Inflation Increase (psi) 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
Load Capacity (% of max) 100 100 100 100
Inflation pressure increase must not exceed the maximum pressure branded on the tire sidewall. When a consumer requests a replacement tire with a lower speed rating than the original equipment
tire, you must clearly communicate to him or her that the handling of the vehicle may be different and that its maximum speed capability is limited to that of the lowest speed rated tire on
the vehicle. Exceeding the lawful speed limit is neither recommended nor endorsed.
Estimated data subject to change for all sizes.
Description Treadwear Traction Temperature
Touring T/A® Pro® Series
All Sizes 640 A B
UTQG RATING:
Stock #BAL21773 ©2004 MNA Litho U.S.A.
Computer-phased, variable-pitch tread elements
Advanced tread compound for exceptional treadlife
Three wide, deep circumferential grooves
aid in water evacuation
Polyester carcass plies** and two strong steel belts


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