If you own a Tacoma, you already know that you're part of a cult... A cult who loves to dump hundreds, even thousands of dollars into cool mods and accessories for their trucks. For many, our mods have to be planned out and budgeted financially, so I polled TacomaWorld.com, TacomaForum.com, and several Facebook groups and pulled together this list of mods for those on a budget.
These mods work with all 2016, 2017 and 2018 models.
This tailgate lock not only prevents thieves from stealing your tailgate, but when coupled with a tonneau cover, will protect your valuables as well. Originally designed for the Tundra, this pop & lock will work on your Tacoma and make it easy to lock with a push of button.
I'm a little biased about this mod, since I build and sell them, but I've never met a Tacoma owner who doesn't want an aftermarket grille insert for their Tacoma. Rip that thing out and mount up a solid steel, black powder coated grille and give your Tacoma the facelift it deserves.
Anytime Front Camera (Under $200)
When you drive a truck, it's really hard to see what's in front of you on the ground. Adding a front camera helps when pulling into parking spaces or pulling into your garage to make sure you going in straight and not running anything over.
Center Console Organizer Tray ($13.99)
If you're like most Tacoma owners, you feel like your center console is a catch all for the crap you have laying around your truck. This tray allows the bottom of your console to be the catch all for your crap, while having a nice organized section for the things you use most.
As mentioned in the pop & lock section, if you don't have a tonneau cover, you're missing out. A tonneau will allow you to protect what's in your bed from the harshest weather conditions and when coupled with the tailgate lock, secure them as well.
Ditch lights are something I've never really heard of or seen before, but they help off roaders get more light coverage, up to 120 degrees on each side of the vehicle.
Scotchgard Fabric Protector Spray ($20.44)
Scotchgard is a no brainer for anyone who has a car, truck, couches, or other fabric based furniture. Spray on 2-3 coats and watch the juice and soda roll right off your seats to your rubber floor mats.
Vinyl Decal Tailgate Inserts ($14.99)
One quick way to give your truck a facelift is by installing tailgate inserts into the embossed Tacoma logo on the bottom of your tailgate. There are so many different kinds, but I like the ones cut out of vinyl. They are cheap and easy to put on and can be swapped out for different colors in the blink of an eye.
Redline Hood Struts/Lifts ($99.95)
Why most cars and trucks don't come with automatic, gas spring based hood lifts is beyond me. I mean, it's 2018 people! These hood struts make it easy to prop open the hood of your Tacoma when you need to clean or work on your engine.
If you hate your round, non LED fog lights, Cali Raised has the most affordable solution for you. Their LED fog light pods make it quick and easy to install a brighter, more powerful light at half the price of their competitors.
Scosche Magnetic Phone Mount ($14.82)
One of the best phone mounts I've come across is the Scosche mount. It's good looking and mounts just about anywhere to keep your phone front and center while you're out on a drive.
Tacoma owners who tow a lot love the KB Voodoo anytime backup camera. With a little wiring, you can activate your backup camera at anytime to check out your trailer, boat, or whatever you might be hauling.
One of the basic mods you can make to any car or truck is adding tint. Tint not only helps keep your Tacoma cool in the summer, but helps keep the inside of your truck private to outside viewers.
Matt Gecko Under Bed Rail LED Lights ($85 - $90)
If you run any sort of a bed cover, you know it's very dark in the bed of your truck, day or night. These sweet bed rail lights provided by Matt Gecko give you the light you need to see anything and everything while your cover is down.
AC Drain Mod (Less than $15 and ten minutes of your time)
A lot of Tacoma owners don't realize that where their AC condensation drips out under the truck, hits the frame and causes rust. This handy little mod brought to you by the folks at Tacoma World needs to done this coming spring before you start using your AC again. Better safe than sorry.
Who else hates that the passenger side and second cab mats slide all around? One easy fix is to superglue heavy duty velcro to them, which works some of the time. A better solution is installing these anti-slip fastener clips. They will hold your mats in place for as long as you own your truck.
AJT Design Injection Fob ($34.99)
A simple, but cool mod offered by AJT design is a replacement key fob. It's very easy to take apart your current, black fob and put the guts into one of their color matched, more rugged fobs.
Hood Bulge Glare Blocker Sticker ($29.99)
Many Tacoma owners complain that the bulge on their Sport model casts a wicked glare and makes it hard to see on a sunny day. The solution to this is the hood bulge glare blocker decal. It deadens the rays from the sun and makes it not reflective anymore.
Cali Raised Behind Grille LED Light Bar ($269.99)
Light bars are all the rage with serious off roaders. Even a lot of mall crawlers put light bars on their rigs. The Cali Raised behind grille light bar mounts right below your Tacoma grille and with a little wizardry, can be wired right to a push button to light it up... but please do so responsibly. You don't want to be one of those douches who blinds people on city roads.
Tacoma Pros Raptor Light Kit ($79.99)
Not sure why Tacoma owners want to make their trucks look like the Ford Raptor, but they do. On the top of the grille, the Raptor has three amber lights. This mod makes any Tacoma grille look like a Raptor when the sun goes down.
A bed mat is pretty self explanitory, but for those who want to keep their stuff from rolling and sliding all around the bed of their truck, the OEM bed mat is the perfect solution. It's thick and kinda grippy and does the job right.
KB Voodoo Remote Start Kit ($149)
If you love your Tacoma to always be warm when you jump into it, installing a remote start kit is vital to your comfort. The KB Voodoo kit is cheap and incredibly easy to install.
Spidertrax Wheel Spacers ($91.91)
For those who want their Tacoma's to have a wider, more aggressive stance, but can't afford new wheels, wheel spacers are for you. They allow you to keep your stock wheels, but give you a more beefed up look.
LED Interior Lights ($14.99)
These days, most of the world is powered by LEDs, so why Toyota didn't equip Tacomas with LEDs all the way around is beyond me. This mod is very easy to complete and gives you more of a daylight look to your lights.
Many Tacoma owners complain about their sound system and how their music just sounds awful. I don't necessarily agree, but for those who want an inexpensive way to upgrade your system, this upgrade is for you. Here's the install video
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