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We have the 2009 XR and 18 inch OEM wheels and tires. I have about 20K in miles, rotate them every 5K. I have noticed that when I accelerate, there is a significant about of spinnng before the vehicle proceeds and I do not have a heavy foot. Has anyone else noticed this? Could it be the tires are too small, I should get 19 inch when I need new tires.

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Sounds more like your tires are either under inflated or over and you are not getting a good grip on the road. Bigger tires will not help that.
 

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is the road wet/snow present?
Even with wet roads- spinning my tires is difficult--- (im easy on the gas)...so.... are your tires bald at all? overfilled (whats your PSI).

Also- are you seeing the traction control light flash on your instrument panel as you feel wheelspin? or did you turn it off?
 

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Are you talking straight line acceleration from stand-still? Are you perhaps coming out from a driveway and/or turning into the roadway with the front wheels at a significant angle to the direction the truck is currently facing (i.e. pulling to the side versus forward)? What are the road conditions like (i.e. dry pavement, loose gravel, snow?)

Definitely check your tire pressures and set as necessary.

Being heavy footed is subjective. I used to think I didn't have a heavy foot (but I really did). The truck has 280HP, you may encounter some wheel-spin if you apply the throttle enough. I'm not saying *you* are the problem here, just citing that there are many factors that could be at play here.

My '09 XR is around 17,000KM. So less mileage than you. I can get wheel-spin in the wet quite easily from a stand-still if I blip the throttle of the get go (particularly if you happen to be on the big white line). In the dry, it's not bad at all. But can easily get wheel spin when pointing the vehicle around a corner coming out of the local coffee shop and trying to merge with the morning rush traffic. You get the picture...

The vehicle weighs in pretty heavy (over 2 tons), so hitting the pedal will cause weight transfer to the back and reduced traction up front.
 

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Maybe GM put a North Star V-8 in his by mistake :eek:.
 

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Well, if you go by the display read out, they always say the tires on the right side are under inflated (another problem). Typically, I put the correct amount of psi in them. I will check for over/under inflated and report back.

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