Ahhh, the good ol’ Toyota Tacoma. She’s given us some great times, hasn’t she? Let the memories play… Cruising overland in the brisk night, the sweet voice of Robert Plant, and a Big Gulp in the cup-holder. She loves us and we love her. That’s why we gotta spoil her with some new products and give her that shine. Accessories are a girl’s best friend, isn’t it? Okay, so it’s diamonds, but you get the point.
The Toyota Tacoma, nicknamed the Taco by loyal users, is a midsize pickup truck with a great reputation for reliability. While it's a sturdy work truck, the Tacoma's real appeal is in off-road capabilities. If you like sporty good looks, overlanding capabilities and playing in the mud, the Toyota pickup truck might just be your favorite toy.
To make your work/play life in your pickup truck even more memorable, you need to trick out your truck with accessories, and there are plenty to choose from. Here are some of the coolest things you can add to your truck to make it more useful, practical, and fun. Let’s get down and dirty. We’re giving you accessories organized by space or function.
The pickup truck bed sees all sorts of action. From camping to storing tools to a little rendezvous under the stars, your Tacoma bed sees it all. It’s been there for us through everything, so naturally, we want to give it some attention and TLC. Luckily, there are accessories available for just about anything you could think of. Let’s deck it out with some truck bed storage accessories, shall we? This will keep everything organized and increases the available space in your truck bed.
The DECKED drawer system sits right above your wheel wells, 12” from the base of your truck bed. The full-bed length drawers slide right out while keeping everything exactly where you left it; Everything is organized by dividers and boxes, safe within the drawers. Because your new truck floor is above the wheel wells, your usable truck bed space is dramatically increased and allows a full 2000lb payload, which means you’ll still be able to take the quad bike when you go fishing. Made 100% in America, each drawer can handle a 200lb load. If you decide you need to take it out, the drawer system can be removed—and reinstalled—in around 15 minutes.
DECKED Bed Storage Accessories
The D-Box measures 20.5" x 17.5" x 8". With a max load of 50lb, the D-Box nestles snuggly in the drawer system. A short full-size 5' 5" bed length system will accommodate two D-Boxes per drawer and a standard full-size 6' 6" system will accommodate three D-Boxes per drawer. Two D-boxes can fit in any midsize wide drawers.The Crossbox measures 17.5" x 10.75" x 7.75" and holds up to 40lb. They're designed to fit crosswise in all full-size drawers and midsize wide drawers and lengthwise in narrow midsize drawers. The ergonomically-designed boxes are weatherproof, and the gasket is sealed for ultimate water resistance, keeping your tools and equipment safe and dry no matter where you’re going.
They’re sleek. They’re sexy. They are…the beloved tonneau covers. Covering your cargo and keeping it protected from the elements is easy with a tonneau cover. While cargo nets and bed tie-downs sometimes can get the job done, there’s too much room for mistakes and fallout. Tonneau covers are designed to look good and keep your load secure. They vary from a seconds-to-install trifold cover to the more time-consuming installation of a fully automated tech-heavy roll-out cover.
Truck bed covers come in various designs:
- Soft roll
- Hard roll
- Soft folding
- Hard folding
- Full Shell
Depending on your security needs and budget, tonneau covers come from just a couple of hundred bucks up to around $1,500. Soft covers are less secure and therefore, a much cheaper option and are fine if your cargo isn’t likely to catch prying eyes. The more secure tonneau covers use a tailgate lock, and while most won’t keep your cargo completely dry, some of the pricier versions do come with watertight design features.
Beauty is only skin-deep...unless you have a truck to deck out. Let’s get your Tacoma beautiful and badass all at once. To up the cool factor and useability of your truck, you can add common accessories such as bed caps or truck bed rails. If you want some accessories on the outside that will also add storage space, protection, and convenience, take a look at our suggestions below.
If you’ve ever wanted to increase your short bed and your load-bearing capabilities, you’ve probably thought about a bed extender. Something to prop up a ladder or a load of timber, perhaps? This one is perfect for that job. But if you want a little more from your bed extender, check out this one, which pulls double duty by acting as a cargo holder when installed inwards.
If that’s not quite enough, or you want to carry larger pieces of equipment, you might consider installing a bed rack. These are great for kayaks, bicycles, skis, and a ladder rack that comes into its own for rooftop tenting. You can find styles ranging from simple crossbars to basket styles with light kits. There are also specialized racks for transporting ladders or construction materials. Yup, there are racks on racks on racks.
Grille Guards and Bull Bars
Adding protection against damage from minor impacts, a grille guard or bull bar can also make all the difference to the look of your truck. Depending on the terrain you’re planning on covering, adding a grille guard or bull bar might be essential. Rugged off-road terrain demands a lot from your truck, and these are designed to help clear the path while protecting your vehicle and your engine. And to top it off, we aren’t sure there’s anything cooler than the ARB Deluxe Bull Bar.
Truck Bed Mattress
When you’ve reached the end of the road and beyond, the night doesn’t have to end. Wherever you are, you can be home for the night with a comfy Airbedz truck mattress made to fit the bed of your truck and turn your truck into a camper. Put on some bed lights to make it really pop and cozy. Hell, let’s go there. Rooftop tent, anyone?
In addition to making your truck better organized and looking good, you can equip your truck with handy gadgets to make your life easier. Utility and beauty—that’s the play, my friend.
Batteries and Chargers
The thing about breakdowns is that they never happen when it’s convenient. Avoid being caught by a flat battery by having a spare in the back, or at the very least, a battery charger. The Clore Automotive Jump-N-Carry JNC660 1700 Peak Amp 12V Jump Starter is our number one choice. It’s powerful, compact, and won’t leave you stuck out in the woods with a dead battery.
Performance Monitors and Programmers
Keep an eye on your fuel consumption and get the most out of your engine with a performance monitor. The monitor displays performance parameters that your vehicle doesn’t show on its own. Using this information, the monitor helps you increase your engine’s torque and horsepower by maximizing efficiency and fuel economy. And who doesn’t love that?
While these accessories were compiled with our beloved Tacoma in mind, the same and some variations of these accessories will work for most trucks. So whether you’re rocking a 4Runner or Tundra (hey, even if you’re a Jeep guy), these accessories will take your truck to the next level. You can even take it to the next, next level by getting some bed bars, roof racks, or an accessory mount. Go crazy and add those floor mats, truck bed mats, or bed liner you’ve been eyeing. The terrain ahead is filled with possibilities. Just remember to bring DECKED along for the ride.