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Should I easily be able to spin the tires in the rain?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by daylorb, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:20 AM
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    daylorb

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    This is the first pickup I've ever owned, CrewMax 2016. I find that in any amount of rain I can easily spin the tires from a start, certainly can do a nice fishtail as well.

    Tires look like they have plenty of tread left on them, so my thought is that they I should just expect this from a truck with a light back-end, or the tires really are more worn-out then I can determine.

    I have no problem getting new tires if that will help, been sniffing around the Conti Terrain Contacts which seem to have really good wet performance.

    But maybe I'm just a lead foot and this is to be expected with any tire?
     
  2. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:22 AM
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    There’s a learning curve when driving a truck in the rain for the first time, as the vehicle has considerably less weight in the rear.
     
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    I’ve seen many people toss a few bags of sack-crete in the back to help with this. Others have used railroad ties.
     
  4. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:24 AM
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    Do you have VSC turned on? If so, if would be hard to spin the wheels with it engaged.
     
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    A pickup will always suck a bit in the rain but you can mitigate that with quality set of tires and have very good wet traction.
    I dont mean a set of mall crawler "bro" tires that "look bad ass" commonly seen around here. I mean a set of good road tires like the continental or michelin defender ect
     
  6. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:37 AM
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  7. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:38 AM
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    I will check. I'm definitely spinning them - the dash traction light flashing, car fish-tailing. Don't get me wrong, growing up in Wisco this is pretty common in snow and entertaining, but not in traffic with kids in the car...
     
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  8. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:42 AM
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    I find playing with the air pressure helps too. I keep the front somewhere around 36-38 psi and the rear between 28-32 PSI. At least for my stock tires this has been a good formula for me. But the back end is easily broken loose on a truck in general.
     
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  9. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:46 AM
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    Haven't done that yet with mine. I don't doubt I could, but I never hammer the gas on mine.

    My opinion would be to adjust your driving style.
     
  10. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:51 AM
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    I had the Continental tires on my Tacoma and they were great in the rain. I only put about 3500 miles on them before I traded for the Tundra. Those will be the next tire I put on the Tundra unless the price goes up. You may want to check with Discount Tire Direct to see if their prices are cheaper. They will beat Tire Racks prices too.
     
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    I just picked up my Tundra yesterday, and the roads were wet as well. I noticed the exact same thing, easy to loose traction in the back end.. What is VSC, not aware of this feature..?
     
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    With Tow/Haul mode on and traction control off, I can spin tires through the intersection, down the street and up the neighbours lawn in the rain.
     
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    Traction Control. Sorry.

    VSC = vehicle stability control
     
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    Same here...but you can feel the VSC pulsing the brakes to get wheel speed back under control...Always makes me grin...;-)>
    B
     
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    When was the last time you rotated your tires? They may appear to have a lot of tread left but if they are wearing uneven, there is less surface contact with the road and you’ll notice them spinning much easier.
     
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    Haha my 35x12.5x18 ko2 bro tires do very well in train and snow :rofl:
     
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    Normal. If you jump the throttle a bit coming off the line it's easy to do. Even my '06 300hp F-150 4-speed could easily spin the tires in the rain. There is simply no weight over the rear wheels.
     
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    About 3k miles ago, but they are due. Thanks.
     
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    I usually run BFG KO2s which I love but they are notorious for uneven wear if not rotated routinely. I was experiencing the same thing last “winter” when it would rain. Rotated the tires and problem solved.
     
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    Yes, worse when it's snow or ice.

    Too bad tundras don't offer AWD mode. My previous truck (2016 Chevy Silverado) had AwD mode, it was awesome in rain . Didn't slip going up hill. Even on cheap sicks Bridgestone tires
     
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    I've done a little..
    Certain tires do it no matter what... if you live in a continuously wet climate, I'd get myself some "better in rain" rubber
     
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    Exactly.

    Select your tires to fit where you drive and your driving style. For example, aggressive tread AT tires are unlikely to have the best traction on wet, hard surfaces; the rubber compound in them will be harder to resist wear on rugged terrain. Tires are rated according to several parameters including the softness of the rubber compound which translates into wear tolerance or surface adhesion. If you use your truck primarily on the street, look for tires that provide good scores for street use.
     
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    but... but... they wont look as "cool"!!! maybe a sweet "cold air intake" or "exhaust" will do....
     
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    okqBVGk+TRmuerisM8DElg.jpg I have those tires on my truck. Best E rated tire I have ever owned. They have been unstoppable in the snow here in Vermont.
     
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    Haha yes, welcome to something called torque.
     
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    Just went outside after the rain stopped. Current tires are Bridgestone Duehler H/L.

    It sure seems that after reading reviews on the Conti A/T it looks like a pretty darn good road tire as well. Tread pattern is not that aggressive, gets good noise rating/etc.
     
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    Coming from a Tacoma the Tundra is so much better in the rain. A combination of more weight and much nicer OEM tires. The Michelin LTX A/T2’s perform well in the rain and in the little bit of snow we had.
     
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    ^^^^^^This!
    I used to have Cooper Tires on my old truck and the tires would spin very easily in the rain (harder rubber). If I was going up a slight incline, even worse. My current truck has BFG KO's and I've never had an issue. There is a definite difference in hardness of the rubber and wet weather driving. The harder the rubber, the longer the tire wear but less grip in my opinion.
     
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