Over the last few months, I’ve started adding some new interior mods to my Tacoma. One of the companies that I’ve been most interested in as of late is MESO Customs. They are doing a really great job at addressing many issues and gripes that Tacoma owners have about their Tacos.
One of the big issues they address in the market is the ungodly amount of chrome that Toyota decided to add to the interior (exterior is pretty bad too) of its latest generation Tacoma. I, like most Tacoma owners, hate chrome and the fact that Toyota did this drives us nuts! You can do a quick search in Google for Tacoma World threads related to chrome and there are countless posts about it.
When I decided to start making some additional cosmetic updates to the interior of my Tacoma, I reached out to MESO to see if they were interested in working with me on getting some product to use and review. Below are the four items they sent me (missing from the picture are the vent rings that arrived a few days later). As I buy or am sent additional pieces, I'll be updating this post with my thoughts.
MESO Customs Chrome Delete Vent Rings & Trim Pieces
As many of you know, I sell matte black vent ring decals, which I previously had on my vent rings. They worked just fine and if you're looking for a budget-friendly option, I sell them for $12.99 here. The number one problem with these decals was that it only solved half the chrome problem for me. I wanted a complete chrome delete kit and that's where MESO came in. They not only provide a vent ring chrome delete kit but a kit that deletes the chrome from the start button, 4-wheel drive button, cup holder and shifting knob. It pretty much eliminates all of the chrome except for the door handles. Hopefully they're working on that!
You can buy the vent rings here.
You can buy the start button, 4-wheel drive switch, cup holder and shift knob trims here.
MESO Customs Map Lights
The map lights the MESO sells are insanely bright, almost too bright. The install took me about five minutes max and was relatively straight forward. The process goes as follows:
- Grab the console with two hands and pull down from the roof of the truck.
- Disconnect the console from the power cord on the left-hand side of the unit.
- Grab a butter knife or a small flat tip screwdriver and push it into the outside gap and pull up. The plastic piece will pull right out. (see picture below)
- On the backside, disconnect the bulb and push in the cord connected to the back of the MESO light. (see picture below)
- Install the MESO light by pushing into the vacant slot.
- Reconnect the console to the power cord.
- Push the console back into the roof of the truck.
All in all, if you drive a Tacoma, you need these, regardless of how bright they are. The stock lights that come with your vehicle are straight up garbage and you can't see anything very well.
You can buy the map lights here.
MESO Customs Minimalist Keyfob
I've been very interested in the concept of the minimalist keyfob for a few years now. I loved what AJT did with their fob and I love what MESO did with theirs. I mean, how much smaller can you make these fobs? I honestly don't think you can. They've perfected it.
The one thing that makes me a little uneasy about their keyfob is the fact that it doesn't house the key to unlock your Tacoma if the battery in the fob dies. I've never had a fob run out of battery, but I can imagine that it happens and not having that key would make me pretty pissed.
You can buy the keyfob here.
Future MESO Mods
Some of the other MESO customers mods that I'm looking at doing this year include the following:
- Ultimate Turn Signals
- The Gasshole
- Stealth Pro Shift Knob - I would love to be able to control the ETC switch and my garage door opener with the side buttons.
- Climate Control Knobs - I want these to be black!