The aftermarket industry provides almost infinite options for you to dress up your Toyota Tundra, and in some cases even seems to answer questions about your vehicle’s exterior appearance that you might never have thought to ask. A perfect example are caliper covers, which are designed to slide over existing stock calipers and hide them from the eyes of would-be brake component style critics.
While high end sports cars often feature attractive caliper designs that are painted so as to draw attention rather than deflect it, truck calipers fall squarely into the function-over-form category. Fortunately, for those bothered by this state of affairs there is now a caliper cover option available for pickups.
We’ve rounded up some of the most popular gifts from years past as well as some new stuff we saw at this year’s SEMA show below. If you own a truck (or know someone who does), this is good place from some gift ideas.
1. Heavy-duty floor mats for front and/or rear seats. Every year, heavy-duty floor mats are one of the best selling Toyota Tundra accessories available. WeatherTech Extreme-Duty Floor Liners are the top choice because they’re precisely matched to your truck, they have a “reservoir” that will trap dirt, mud, and water, and they extend right up to the door panel, so you can empty them out without spilling any gunk on the carpet.
If you want to spend a little less, check out Husky’s WeatherBeater mats which have many of the same features.
2. A truck bed tent. Truck bed camping gear is a nice gift for the adventurous truck owner. Setting up camp in your pickup means that
Getting stuck while driving your Toyota Tundra is never a fun time, but getting stuck out on the trail can be even more of a hassle. While you can usually count on locating a tow service to haul you out of a ditch or tug you free from a snow bank, off-roading far from civilization car dramatically reduce your options should you encounter a loss of traction serious enough to immobilize your truck.
Some all-terrain enthusiasts always make sure to buddy up when trail driving in order to avoid being stuck out in the wilderness alone, but there are situations where even a tow rope might not be enough to get your moving forward again. This is where a product like MAXTRAX can be a lifesaver.
Tonneau covers come in seemingly infinite varieties. One of the newer cargo-protection products to hit the market for the Toyota Tundra is the Undercover SE. At first glance, the Undercover SE seems similar to many other hardshell tonneau covers already available for the Tundra, but a closer looks reveals some intriguing features that make this particular product worth checking out.0
First, this tonneau cover is paintable. That’s a big deal to a lot of Tundra owners, especially considering that the official Toyota painted-to-match Tundra tonneau cover is a little pricey (about $1500). Of course, there are lots of fiberglass tonneau covers available that can be painted to match…but they’re heavy. Which brings us to the second benefit of the Undercover SE.
Strapping on a TRD supercharger is a dream for many Toyota Tundra owners, but only the most dedicated gearheads out there will actually be able to combine the skills required and the time needed to install this power-adder themselves. Add in the fact that Toyota offers better warranty coverage for those who choose to have their superchargers put in by a dealer (5-years / 60,000 miles versus 12-months / 12,000 miles for a self-install), and the idea of a DIY supercharger installation isn’t quite as appealing as letting the pros handle the heavy lifting.
That being said, there are a number of resources available online which are designed to walk you through the steps required to slap a TRD supercharger on top of your Tundra’s engine. Even if you intend to farm out the mechanical details to the technicians at your local dealership, there is a lot that can be learned about the Tundra by watching and absorbing the wisdom contained in these guides.