Toyota Tundra: Aftermarket Modifications

The Toyota Tundra is one of the top trucks on the road today; however, there is always room for improvement.

By Bassem Girgis - January 27, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota Tundra (2000-present).

The Toyota Tundra is designed to be a heavy duty truck that competes with the best trucks in the world. Being a very popular truck, you wouldn't think you could make it any better, but the aftermarket world allows you to take it to new levels. This guide will pick the best aftermarket modifications for the Tundra and shine some light on installation costs and other important information. If you know you want to make your truck better, but you don't know where to get started, you've come to the right place. Read on to learn about some of the most popular aftermarket modifications for the Toyota Tundra.

Aftermarket Modifications

Cold Air Intake

Cold air intake for Toyota Tundra

DIY Cost$240-400

Professional Cost$450-600

Skill LevelModerate; This job requires the removal of various components.

This is one of the most popular performance upgrades you can do to your Tundra. The cold air intake kit is a creative aftermarket product that pulls the air coming from outside of the truck, and pushes it into the engine. This allows the engine to get cold air when it's warm or warm air when it's cold, which increases the engine's performance. There are tons of companies with great reputations that make air intake kits. Most of the kits show immediate increase in performance without tuning. Most of these kits allow for better gas consumption. So, if you can make your truck more powerful while saving more fuel, this has to be the best modification available for the money.

Brake Kit

Brake kit for Toyota Tundra

DIY Cost$370-1,000

Professional Cost$500-1,500

Skill LevelModerate; This job requires removing most of the brake parts to install the new ones.

After you've made your truck faster and stronger, it only makes sense to make it stop quicker and harder. These big brake kits come with slotted rotors, which allow them to cool down a lot quicker, thus increasing brake performance. The big brake kits come with performance brake pads, that allow for more heat resistance, which are controlled by performance calipers that are designed to clamp as hard as you can imagine. That's not all; some of the big brake kits come with stainless steel brake lines. These lines are resistant to corrosion and can withstand almost any weather conditions. If you install one of these kits, you will not need to worry about brake leaks. Most importantly, you will never worry about stopping – these are made to stop a train.

Bed Liner

Bed liner for Toyota Tundra

DIY Cost$200-1,500

Professional Cost$300-2,000

Skill LevelModerate-Difficult; This procedure may vary in difficulty depending on which bed liner you choose.

When you decide to protect the bed of your Toyota Tundra, and you should, you will be faced with three popular options. The first option is the drop-in bed liner, which is the cheapest option. It's made out of plastic and rather easy to install; you just drop it in. The second option is the roll-on bed liner, which is a painted bed liner. The third and nicest option is a spray-on bed liner, which is sprayed by a professional paint gun, just like the one used to paint the truck itself. The drop-in seems like the easiest option; however, it has been known to trap water underneath it, causing corrosion. The roll-on liner is a bit better than the drop-in, but it doesn't last too long. The best option is the spray-on; however, it cost the most. In the end, whether you pick the cheapest or the most expensive option, having a bed liner is a must if you plan on putting anything in the bed of your truck.

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