Top Toyota Tacoma Mods

Top Toyota Tacoma Mods

Last Updated March 4, 2022 | Andrew Boyle

The Toyota Tacoma has developed a following, and with that following comes a whole slew of aftermarket parts and accessories that make it even easier to modify this already-capable truck. Whether you plan on going off-road, or you plan on sticking to the pavement, these mods will help you get the most out of your truck. To help you traverse the massive number of mods available for the Tacoma platform, we’ve created this guide of the top five Toyota Tacoma mods.

Side Steps and Running Boards

Tacoma Side Steps

Running boards and side steps are a great way to improve the look and accessibility of your Toyota Tacoma. There are a large variety of designs available, from running boards to nerf bars. All of these will provide a secure platform to step on to gain access to the Tacoma’s cab. While this is useful for smaller and less mobile passengers, it will be a great help to everybody if you decide to lift your Tacoma.

It’s also undeniable that nerf bars add a rugged look to your Tacoma. That being said, if you want a cleaner look for your truck, then retractable, powered steps should be your choice. These are there when you need them, and out of sight when you don’t.

One of the great things about installing side steps or running boards on your Toyota Tacoma is that they are easy to install. You can install these in under a couple of hours with the tools you have in your garage alone. That means that this mod is a quick and affordable way to mod your Tacoma.

Tonneau Covers

Tacoma Tonneau Cover

Tonneau covers are a great way to protect the contents of your Tacoma's bed. These covers come in several different designs and are made of several different materials. Some tonneau covers roll over the bed of the truck while others fold or slide into place. Similarly, some tonneau covers are soft and flexible while others are rigid.

There are plenty of ways a tonneau cover could help improve your Tacoma. Besides providing a dry and contained space for the things in your bed, some tonneau covers can also be locked, keeping your items safe and protected from theft. Additionally, tonneau covers are easy to install, meaning that they can quickly improve your Tacoma.

Floor Mats

Weather Tech Tacoma Floor Mats

It's a bunch of fun to get the outside of your truck muddy, but the second mud enters the interior, it's a pain. That's where floor mats come in. With a rugged floor mat installed on your Tacoma, you can hose the mud out of your truck just like you hose the mud off of it.

There are floor mats available for both the front and the rear seats, and most importantly, they are both firmly secured and easily removable. That means the dirt and mud won't sneak its way onto the carpet, and that they are easy to remove and clean. If you plan on taking your Tacoma off-roading, then floor mats are a must, that is unless mud really is your thing.

Keep in mind, high-quality, durable floor mats are appreciably better than the cheap, ill-fitting floor mats that many of us have had experience with. These floor mats are designed to perfectly fit your specific make and model of Tacoma, meaning they won't bunch up under your feet, or slide around.

Cold Air Intakes

Afe Power Toyota Tacoma Cold Air Intake

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to boost your Tacoma's performance, then cold air intakes are for you. Regardless of how you plan on using your Tacoma, a better functioning engine is key. Cold air intakes provide your engine with both more air and cooler air, aiding combustion within the cylinders and increasing horsepower. While there isn't a discrete amount of additional horsepower that can be promised by any cold air intake, they are a great place to start boosting your Tacoma's performance.

A cold air intake is an excellent mod on its own, but with the addition of other mods like an upgraded exhaust system and a tuner, it can really shine. Not only does the additional air entering the engine need to escape eventually, but the built-in engine parameters might be too conservative for the increase in airflow.

Lift Kits and Leveling Kits

Toyota Tacoma With A Lift Kit

Beyond simply raising the height of the truck, lift kits come with improved shocks and coils that increase the amount of damping force available on your Tacoma. It should be noted that while lift kits can greatly improve off-road performance, they can lead to a more jarring on pavement driving experience, and if installed improperly, can interfere with steering and alignment. While there are a fair number of risks for lifting your Tacoma, the off-road benefits cannot be overstated.

Even if you don't hit the trails that often, a lift kit will give your Tacoma an impressive look. If you do want to improve the look of your Tacoma, but don't want to lift it, then there are leveling kits. Those don't lift the whole truck, but rather just the front to compensate for the naturally raised bed of the truck.

Honorable Mentions

There are quite a few wonderful Toyota Tacoma mods that didn't quite make the list. Since Tacos are so adored by their fans, there are parts available to improve whichever part of the driving experience that you see fit. as with all other off-roading vehicles, there are light bars available that can help better illuminate trails for night driving, and there are a large variety of Tacoma wheels and tires that help increase off-road and on-road performance.

Whether you have a 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 or even a 2019 Toyota Tacoma, then these mods will work wonderfully for you. Regardless of what you decide, CJ Pony Parts has what you need to modify your Toyota Tacoma to your liking.

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Top Toyota Tacoma Mods

There are plenty of ways to mod your Toyota Tacoma. From something as big as a lift kit to something as small as a floor mat, there is always something to upgrade on your truck. Here are some of our ideas on the best ways to begin upgrading your Toyota Tacoma.