Top 7 After-Market Toyota Tundra Accessories
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So you have the new Toyota Tundra, now what? For quite a few of you, owning this fine machine is enough. After all, why add something to a truck that’s already near perfect?
But the REAL question is why not?
If you find yourself dreaming about a growling dual exhaust, a ridiculously high lift kit, a tree-pulling (and largely extraneous) winch, or chrome parts everywhere, you’re not alone. According to SEMA, an auto industry group that tracks aftermarket accessory sales, the average new truck owner spends $2,250 on accessories. So what are the most popular options and what makes them popular?
TOP 7 TOYOTA TUNDRA ACCESSORIES
- Spray-in bed liner: Spray-in bed liners are an EXCELLENT addition to any truck. A spray-in liner is made from an extremely durable plastic-like chemical (typically polyurethane, depending upon manufacturer) that bonds with the surface of your Tundra’s bed to create a protective layer. In addition to protecting the factory bed from scratches, the spray-in liner is a non-slip coating that is resistant to just about everything — even chemical spills. Ranging in price from $350 to $500, these liners can be installed in a few hours and will add value to your truck. Most come with a lifetime warranty. Popular brands include Line-X and Rhino.
- Custom Exhaust: The most popular Tundra engine is the class-leading, 381hp 5.7 liter iForce V8, and it’s a shame that this engine doesn’t come with a more powerful-sounding exhaust. After all, the 5.7L V8 Tundra is the fastest truck on the road…shouldn’t it come with the fastest sounding exhaust too? If you’re looking at putting an exhaust on your Tundra, we’ve got an aftermarket Tundra exhaust guide that talks about the factory exhaust system, power and MPG gains from adding a cat-back system, and the guide even includes a sound sample. Custom exhausts can range from $200 to $1200, so make sure you do some research on this one.
- Air Intake: One of the easiest and least expensive ways to gain performance on ANY vehicle is to improve breathing. Simply upgrading the factory air filter will usually net you one or two MPG’s and improve throttle response, while adding a sophisticated cold air intake can add as much as 15 horsepower. There is one trade off with upgrading your engine’s air intake system — you’re going to hear a little more engine noise. But, if you’re willing to put up with the sound of your engine sucking in air at full throttle, there’s no reason you shouldn’t consider this upgrade. Prices range from $60 for a new air filter to as much as $400 for a new cold air intake system.
- Lift Kit: Front-end leveling kits, suspension lifts, and body lifts are together in this category. While most people will choose a relatively simple and straightforward leveling kit or suspension lift, some will option for an outrageous body lift. While we like ANY lifted truck, we don’t like to recommend a lift over 4″ to the casual truck owner. Serious lifts of 4″ or more usually require substantial modification, and often result in reduced on-road performance. But that doesn’t mean a suspension lift or leveling kit isn’t a good idea. These kits usually don’t require modification of the suspension system, relying instead on spacers added to the stock truck. Because these kits don’t require modification of your stock Tundra, they don’t effect your warranty or the way your truck rides or handles. We also like leveling kits and suspension lifts because they’re fairly inexpensive — $100 to $300 for parts, with another $200 for install. You can even install them yourself. We’ve written up a basic review of Tundra leveling kits, with a suspension lift review on the way. Check em’ out.
- Tires: The best factory tire you can get on a new Tundra is a compromise. Factory tires are designed to be all things to all people. They must be relatively quiet at highway speeds, offer low rolling resistance to help fuel economy, and have fairly flexible sidewalls for good ride quality. At the same time, they’re expected to be able to go off-road, haul thousands of pounds, and have excellent traction. As you can imagine, no one tire can do all of these things. However, the worst aspect of a factory tire is that it was made by the lowest bidder. Every new Tundra owner should take a step back and ask themselves what they’re tires need to do. While a lot of us are going to be happy with the tires on the stock truck, there are a lot of users that need to upgrade. Considering most local tire shops will offer you good money for your factory tires when they’re brand new, there’s no reason not to investigate swapping out your factory tires for something more suited to your needs.
- Personality: Adding personality to your Tundra is important. Like it or not, a lot of people judge us by the cars we drive. Adding chrome door handles, a billet grill, or Yosemite Sam mud flaps is a way to make our trucks unique. Luckily, the cost of adding personality is low and most appearance parts can be added easily without special tools or skills. We like billet grills, shift knobs, all-weather floor mats, and custom wheels, but the list of personality items you can add to your truck is a mile long and getting longer everyday.
- Tonneau Covers, Toolboxes, and Truck Caps: Of all the accessories listed, these might actually be the most utilitarian. Adding a toolbox to your truck gives you additional storage space without substantially reducing the size of your truck bed, and a quality toolbox can both look good and be a secure compartment (watch out for cheap toolboxes — they can be broken into by anyone with a screwdriver). Tonneau covers come in all shapes and sizes, from a basic canvas snap cover to a lockable, gas-strut assisted fiberglass model. We’ve heard that Tonneau covers help fuel economy, but we don’t believe it. Finally, a Truck Cap (aka camper shell) is a great option for making sure whatever you’re hauling in the bed isn’t exposed to the elements, and they happen to be a good place to sleep if the situation calls for it. Good toolboxes can be had for as little as $200, basic tonneau covers start at $100, and a simple painted to match fiberglass shell can be had for $750 (including install).
There you have it. The top seven Toyota Tundra Accessories. Over the coming months we’ll be reviewing products in these categories. Leave us a comment if you have an accessory you’d like to mention.
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