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    Spotlighting some Toyota Tacoma truck mods

    It's never too late to make some truck mods. Drivers of any model truck have an opportunity to make changes that can turn a standard vehicle into a prime off-roading machine. A few of the end results may even get spotlighted in an effort to show the wide range of adjustments that can be made to a truck, which is exactly what happened to one driver and his beloved truck thanks to The Pacific Daily News. 

    Highlighting one 2005 Toyota Tacoma
    It's hard not to notice Shawn Aquino's revamped 2005 Toyota Tacoma, and thanks to a recent inside look from The Pacific Daily News, there is some public info on just what went into making over this truck.

    The biggest change came from installing a lift kit - a 3-inch body lift and another 6-inch lift kit to add 9 inches of total clearance. Aquino then added 20-inch wheels to provide even more space between the ground and the underside of his truck. These changes comprised the bulk of the $7,000 that Aquino dropped on truck mods and other extras. 

    "It gives me the clearance but not the flex I need," Aquino told the publication. "I can't really do any crawling, because it won't get the proper angles without having it tip over. I'm going to be buying all the parts rights now and doing a solid axle swap in the front and changing out the rear axle too, running bigger tires to make it a little more capable." 

    This is a predictable development, as many drivers have to make some truck modifications to deal with the effects of a lift kit. However, this is just a single change among many common alterations, and there are other mods that can enhance a vehicle. 

    Popular truck modifications
    Installing a Toyota lift kit is arguable the most popular ways to turn a standard truck into an off-road vehicle. However, it is just one of the many options drivers have when looking to customize their rides. 

    Those drivers who have already installed a lift kit and swapped standard tires for larger ones may want to consider adding running boards and grille guards. Not only do these accessories create a rugged appearance, but they also serve a practical purpose. Whether it's making it easier to get in and out of the vehicle or protecting the exterior from damage, there are numerous benefits that can arise from investing in this gear - and these options don't have to break the bank, either.