Setting up a Tacoma to stand out is an extremely rewarding endeavor on both the aesthetic and performance level. As you are shopping for modifications to make the truck stand out you will find that most of the popular upgrades will also increase the vehicle's capabilities in some manner.
Wheels & Tires: The first place anyone is going to look to start upgrading their Tacoma is the wheel well. Wheel and tire packages are a great way to give a Tacoma a particular look you are after. Depending on the package chosen, wheels and tires can improve off-road or street performance.
Lift Kits: Tacoma trucks have an outstanding presence in the off-road segment. Fitting the truck with bigger wheels and tires can improve ground clearance. To fit those bigger tires a lift kit may be needed. This will help increase off-road performance while enhancing the Tacoma’s already aggressive appearance.
Grille Guards & Brush Guards: The use of a grille guard or brush guard gives the front end of the Tacoma an additional level of protection on the trail. This unit will protect the front end from potential threats in the brush while providing additional space for lighting to be attached. It also works to give the truck an all-out off-road appearance.
Bumpers: For even more protection than a grille guard can offer, heavy duty bumpers can be attached. These units give the vehicle the ability to bust through stumps while easily attaching accessories like lighting and winches. Tubular bumpers can also be selected to help improve wheel clearance and improving the Tacoma’s ability to roll over tall obstacles. Either choice will radically change the look of the truck.
Caps: A cap is an extremely useful upgrade. They provide secure, dry storage for cargo and can double as a sleeping space while overlanding. The cap is another modification that will radically change the Tacoma’s appearance. They also make room for the use of racks that can be mounted to the roof of the cap.
Roll Bars: You are bound to push the limits of a Toyota Tacoma and that does mean you Risk running into the worst case scenario. If the truck were to topple over a roll bar can very well save your life. Roll bars will give the truck a very serious off-roader appearance and does double as a location for auxiliary lighting to be mounted.
Auxiliary Lighting: Many of the mods listed make it easy to mount auxiliary lighting. Additional lighting is extremely helpful to have onboard in order to spot upcoming obstacle and plan a line while off-roading in the dark. These units also happen to transform the appearance of the truck almost entirely and give a real trail worn truck feel.