5 Killer Toyota Tacoma Mods That’ll Toughen Up Your Exterior

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Toyota Tacoma Exterior Mods

Want to enhance the looks and functionality of your Tacoma? Here are five great options to get you started.

For lovers of Toyota trucks, now is a great time to be alive. Whether you’re a devout fan of old stuff or love your new TRD Pro, customizing your ride to your own tastes/needs has never been easier. There are quite literally endless choices out there when it comes to custom parts. But if you’re a fan of, say, the Tacoma in particular, we haven’t seen too many places that carry better stuff than Pure Tacoma.

And that’s by design, you see. The folks behind the Cedar Park, Texas outfitter are off-road and Tacoma enthusiasts themselves. Thus, we stumbled across lots of cool kit while perusing their site. But among all that great stuff, these five items stood out for those looking to add both style and a little utility to the exterior of their pickups.

Tacoma Ultimate Lighting Package

If you own a 2005-2015 Tacoma and want to upgrade your exterior lighting, it’s hard to beat the all-in-one solution that is the Ultimate Lighting Package (pictured above). Instead of trying to shop and piece everything together, this kit has all the typical stuff you’d look for. That includes a 52″ curved optic bar, twin 18W pods, a 31.5″ straight optic bar, two more 3×2 pods, and all the stuff you need to mount and wire them.

Rear Hitch Bumper w/ D-Ring Mounts & Lockable Storage Trunk

Toyota Tacoma Exterior Mods

We’re big fans of anything that turns something rather mundane into extremely useable space. And that’s exactly what Pure Tacoma’s Warrior Bumper does. For starters, it’s a beefy piece of steel with integrated D-rings and a hitch. But the bumper also doubles as a storage compartment that’s lockable, water resistant, and internally lit. And who doesn’t need all the space they can get for gear?

Expedition One Tacoma Front Bumper

Toyota Tacoma Exterior Mods

If you’ve got a 2016+ Tacoma, you aren’t lacking for options here either. Just take the Expedition One front bumper, for example. It’s easily one of the beefier ones you can buy, weighing in at a hefty 150 pounds. Inside, it’s all 3/16″ and 1/4″ steel construction. The exterior is bent from 3/16″ plating. The bumper also features an integrated winch and shackle mount and options including a bullbar and center hoop.

Honeybadger Winch Front Bumper


Toyota Tacoma Exterior Mods

If you prefer your bumpers to be a little more subdued but no less awesome, how about the appropriately named Honeybadger? This slick piece gives up nothing in aggressive looks or toughness, yet also doesn’t take up too much real estate. It also comes ready to mount up your winch, light bar, and D-ring. Heck, you can even mix and match your lighting sizes and brands to your own taste.

Go Rhino Tacoma BR5 Front Bumper

Toyota Tacoma Exterior Mods

If you desire the toughness, style and functionality of the full-size BR10 on your Tacoma, upgrading is easy thanks to the Go Rhino replacement front bumper. The incredibly beefy looking bumper comes with the requisite lighting and winch mounts. But it also features a host of mesh covers that enhance air flow, and even various options for mounting a license plate if you live in one of “those” states!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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