Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who reads this! This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for the grace and salvation God has given me. What are you most thankful for?
A few weeks ago, I purchased a set of BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S ultra high performance all-season tires (P215/45R17 91W) from the Tire Rack ($118 each) for my 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan. On November 15th, I had them mounted, balanced, and installed on my car at Island Tire & Service in Pasadena for a very reasonable rate, although it appears they may have slightly scratched some of my wheels in the process.
Why select an all-season tire in (Southern) California? Or rather, why not?
First, I have a separate set of Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R (P225/45R17 91W) extreme performance summer tires that I use for the track. Second, I like knowing that my car can be driven in snow if necessary to go snowboarding, skiing, or to retreat sites. Third, it would be nice to have a set of tires that last for a while compared to summer tires or even the factory supplied Bridgestone Potenza RE92 tires, which only have a treadwear rating of 160 compared to the BFG’s 400.
So how exactly did I equipped my car with 12 tires? The answer is I didn’t. But in a way, I did. BFGoodrich’s g-Force Super Sport A/S tire replaced the venerable g-Force T/A KDWS. The g-Force Super Sport A/S is constructed with three distinct rubber compounds to provide traction in dry, wet, and snowy conditions. Many all-season tires may have three distinct zones, but each zone uses the same rubber compound.
Dry: The outer sides of the tread feature large shoulder blocks designed to maximize traction while cornering. Additionally, these same blocks also contain sipes to aid with acceleration and braking in snow. Displayed in the middle, the continuous center rib provides the driver with excellent steering feel.
Wet: The center rib and grooves on its sides work with the swept lateral grooves to effectively channel water and reduce hydroplaning.
Snow: In-between the dry and wet tread zones is the snow zone. Working in conjuction with the outer shoulder blocks’ sipes, the intermediate tread block provides a snow hook shape to function like snow chains.
You don’t have to take my word for it, though. In May, the Tire Rack conducted a test of the BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S tires against its chief competitors. You can see their results here. Although it finished second in their comparison, the g-Force Super Sport A/S produced the dry performance numbers. It didn’t have the wet grip of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position tire (another tire I was considering at $150 each) or the ride comfort, but I figured most of the miles I would accumulate would be on dry tarmac. Thus, I decided to sacrifice road manners for better handling (after all, I’m still young, right?).
If that’s not enough to convince you of what an excellent tire this is, Car and Driver also plays host to a BFGoodrich Tires Virtual Test Drive (Adobe Flash required) mini-site. There you can learn more about BFGoodrich tires including the g-Force Super Sport A/S. Four-time SCCA Trans Am champion and host of SPEED Test Drive and SETUP, Tommy Kendall, will talk, or rather, drive, you through the features and construction of the tire. You can even ride along with Tommy as he drives a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX on the track at Miller Motorsports Park.
Here’s a cool did you know (dyk): BFGoodrich is owned by Michelin (FRA) like Firestone (USA) is owned by Bridgestone (JPN)
With old man winter now upon us–or right around the corner–there isn’t a better time than the present to make sure your vehicle’s shoes will keep you and your loved ones safe in inclement weather. If your tires’ tread depths are less than 4/32 of an inch you should consider replacing them as soon as possible. 2/32″ is the legal limit, but grooves shallower than 4/32″ are less resistant to hydroplaning.
Not sure how to measure your tires’ tread depths? Here’s an excellent article you may find useful. Remember to keep your tires properly inflated as well!
Am I the only one who has noticed how similar these two commercials are?
Bridgestone 2008 Super Bowl commercial
Budweiser 1999 “True” commercial
I guess AdWeek noticed it back in February 2008 after the big game.
Lippert Rates the Super Bowl Spots
Do we have any guitar heroes out there? I LOVE the David Crowder Band!
God makes all the difference! God changes everything! God makes my whole existence (as a sinful man redeemed by Him) worth something so I sing…
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Now it’s time for some random ranting! Scroll down if you’re not interested in reading my two cents.
- Extraordinarily-gifted Asian drivers
- Drivers who don’t use their turn indicators
- Slow drivers in the fast lane
- Drivers behind you who expect you to 1) Proceed so that you would end up blocking an intersection 2) Turn right even though there’s a “No Right on Red” sign on the traffic light 3) Turn right without waiting for the pedestrians to cross the street first
- Drivers who drive at night with only their Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) on
- Drivers who drive regularly with their high beam headlights on
- Drivers who drop their cigarette butts onto the streets/highways/freeways
- Drivers who intentionally wait until the last moment to change lanes
- Drivers talking and holding their cell phones in a way that it obviously affects their driving
- And the list goes on!
From the streets to my Father’s house (it’s a big, big house…with lots and lots of room…a big, big table…with lots and lots of food…a big, big yard…where we can play football…a big, big house…it’s my Father’s house = great song, not necessarily Biblically accurate, though…you can watch the video here)
- Irreverent worship – If a person doesn’t want to be in Sunday School or worship service, please leave. I’d rather have the person leave and screw around outside than 1) adulterating the worship God is being given and 2) distracting others from worshiping God. It (rhymes with kisses) me off that people are chatting with their friends, writing notes to each other (no, they’re not sermon notes), text messaging, and committing other acts of disservice to the God whom all should be honoring. Playing DS during Sunday School and worship is BS!!!
- If you see trash on the ground, please pick it up even though it’s not yours
- Sometimes the liners in the trash cans at church fall into the can. People then continue to throw their trash into the trash can without caring whether the trash goes into the liner or not. Here’s an idea. How about pulling the liner back up, wrapping it around the rim of the trash can, and then throwing your trash into the liner. It’s not that hard. Yeah. You might get dirty. Just wash your hands when you’re done.
- This one is also garbage-related. When the trash can is full, don’t keep putting trash into it. Look for another trash can that isn’t full and place your trash in it. It’s that simple, folks!
Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT) drivers Petter Solberg (Co-Driver: Phil Mills) and Chris Atkinson (Co-Driver: Stéphane Prévot) finished 5th and 3rd, respectively, in the opening Monte Carlo round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship. The fifth-place result is Petter’s best-ever finish in the Rally Monte Carlo. Chris’ third-place finish tied a career-best finish of third at the 2005 Rally Japan. For those wondering, the SWRT is using an updated version of the Subaru Impreza WRC 2007 rally car for the first half of the season instead of the hatchback Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 rally car. Markko Martin is testing the 2008 rally car for the team. The Rally Sweden is this weekend. You can follow the team’s progress at www.swrt.com. After only one stage, Petter is in the lead by half a second!
Speaking of rallying, the New York Giants rallied to beat the New England Patriots last Sunday to win one of the greatest Super Bowl games ever! The final outcome reminded me of the USC Trojans’ 2006 Rose Bowl defeat to the Texas Longhorns. The Trojans had an amazing season featuring one of the greatest offenses ever in college history. The Longhorns came in and knocked them off in one of the greatest college football games ever.
David Tyree’s catch pictured above kept the Giants’ game-winning drive alive. After his TD catch put the Giants up 10-7, TV viewers may have seen him point upward and if I remember correctly, say, “All God! All God!” When asked about his amazing catch the next day, Tyree basically told ESPN that he is in awe of God. You can watch the clip of his interview (2:40 long) below.
Keeping with the rallying and sports theme, our Edmunds coed softball team won our first round playoff game on Monday night. We actually lost our last regular season game to finish the season 10-1. Perhaps it was a good thing we lost. Hopefully, we don’t end up like the New England Patriots! We (#1 seed) were down to the #4 seed 9-2 after the top of the third inning (we were the home team). Our offense came together in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to rally and retake the lead. The #2 seed lost to the #3 seed in a close 13-12 game after our game. We should fare well against the #3 seed as we beat them 5-2 in our regular season matchup. Then again, that’s why we play the game! We play for the championship on Monday night!
Soli Deo gloria!