Trucks & SUVs

5 Surprisingly Affordable Mods for Your Toyota Tacoma

According to Kelley Blue Book, the Toyota Tacoma has been the best-selling midsize truck for more than ten years. It’s great for both off-road and around-town driving and easy to adapt to your own style. There are lots of great and cheap Tacoma mods for a truck this loved.

 A simple but practical Tacoma mod is a center console organizer

If you like things to be neat and organized, a center console organizer is for you. It divides the open space into six or eight sections, depending on which generation Tacoma you have.

The interlocking plastic pieces are assembled together inside the console without any tools. The whole process takes only a couple of minutes. The organizer costs about $10 to $15. For an additional $10 to $15, you can add a tray to rest on top.

 LED lights to light up your Tacoma

If you’re looking for brighter, whiter lights, upgrade the standard halogen bulbs to LED ones. To upgrade multiple bulbs, look for an LED kit that includes the map, dome, vanity, license plate, and reverse lights.

Installing these just involves removing the covers and swapping out the bulbs. Some kits come with plastic tools to help remove the covers. A kit costs about $25.

Deflectors are a great mod to protect your Tacoma

Adding deflectors helps protect you and your truck from airborne debris, insects, rain, and wind. Window deflectors come in acrylic plastic with several tint options and let you leave the window down without wind noise or rain entering. Bug deflectors are attached to the hood to protect against flying stones or insects.

Window deflectors install into the window channel or with tape, and bug deflectors are installed with tape or screws. Both installations take only a few minutes and can generally be done without owning any tools. Window deflectors start at about $30 (two windows) up to about $140 (four windows). Bug deflectors cost between $40 and $125.

 Bull bars are a little more expensive but worth it

Adding a bull bar can protect the front of your Tacoma from collisions with animals in the road (whether bulls or not) or other vehicles. With variety in size and materials, the curved tubing adds a strong, tough look to the truck.

Bull bars are made of steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, or polyethylene and have a powder-coated or polished finish. It is made to fit your truck’s year, make, and model, and some bull bars have spots to add lights or a winch. A bull bar is pretty easy to install and gets bolted to the truck’s frame. Prices start around $100 and go up from there.

Nerf bars and running boards step up your truck’s game

Both nerf bars and running boards make it easier to get into your Tacoma, which is helpful since the truck has 9.4 inches of ground clearance. Having a step also makes it easier to see the roof of your cab.

These mods can be made of various materials and come in different lengths. Both generally run the length of the cab, although sometimes go wheel to wheel, allowing easier access to the truck bed. Both make the truck look closer to the ground and more streamlined.

Nerf bars originated in racing and helped keep the car from being damaged when other cars drove too close. Usually, these are made of steel or aluminum tubing, sometimes with rubber step areas. Running boards look more like a flat, wide step and come in aluminum, steel, plastic, or fiberglass. While nerf bars and running boards are bolted to both sides of the truck, drilling is sometimes required depending on the product you have. Prices run from about $120 to $550.