Hi there, everybody! Pull up a chair, make yourself a nice cup of tea, and leave your phones/gadgets outside. Today we’ll talk about that fancy stuff – customized Toyotas vehicles. Back in the day, when the Japanese company was dominating the market of sports cars (in early 2000+), we all used to dream about a Toyota MR2 custom, or a customized Supra. These two were the hottest rides in the industry, and nobody could touch Toyota in terms of style, power, boldness and coolness. Well, unfortunately, those glorious days are well behind us and today the Asian mogul is only good for boring middle-class models. However, it’s not as bad as you might think. First of all, even those routine Corollas and Camrys can be turned into something truly beautiful. Second, today you can easily find a custom Toyota Supra for sale or a custom Toyota Celica for sale. Actually, I bet you’ll be surprised by how “alive” the old-school Toyota sport cars are today.
Customized Toyotas Still Relevant After 15-Some Years
We’ll talk about buying pre-owned and tuned sport cars later, but for now I just want you to know that even 15 years ago these babies look just as cool. The majority of Toyota custom cars constantly tops all kinds of “Most popular customized rides” lists simply because they’re awesome. If you want some general info about the easiest (and cheapest) ways to turn your ordinary Toyota car into a work of art, make sure to check out my 5+ Customizing Tricks For Toyota article – you’ll learn a lot of useful stuff, including current prices for swaged out tires/rims, the art behind a proper suspension tuning, pimping out the exhaust, and more. And if you’re looking for cool pics, facts, tips, and, most importantly, places to buy accessories for a beast like the Tundra on the photos, well, then you came to the right place! Close the door and let’s go!
Customized Toyotas Tundra
Alright, how about we kick it with the heavy hitters – the world-famous Toyota trucks? Before we start, check out my Blacked Out Tundra review. It’s not a review, actually, it’s more of a personal story, but I’m sure you’ll love it. A custom Toyota Tundra is one of the most popular models in the world of customs and tunes. All you need to “pimp out” your pick-up truck is a pair of working hands, a head on your shoulders and some imagination. Seriously, though, it’s not nearly as hard as you might think watching all those car-tuning shows out there. You’ve got 3 things to take care of: The color is the most important one, as that’s the first thing that folks will notice. Black is the classics, but you can still go with all kinds of crazy body paint, like pink and yellow, or green and orange; just make sure not to look too ridiculous in a car like that, especially if you’re driving through a Mexican or Black hood 🙂
The Tires And The Suspension of Customized Toyotas – Don’t Overdo It
Second, we’ve got the tires, or the rims, as the customizers like to call them. The trick behind turning a Toyota Tundra custom into something really cool is to try and match those rims with the body color as well as the suspension, which is the 3rd powerful instrument in your hands. Lifting is the major thing with trucks, but, please, try not to overdo it, because you might just make your custom Toyota pickup look ridiculous (and uncontrollable). If you wanna learn about this in details, go see my 4Runner lifted post. However, if you want a quick tip, I’ll tell you that it has to go from your heart: if it looks cool enough for the wild nature and still decent enough for routine daily driving to the mall and back, then you can call your customized Toyota Tundra a success. If not, try lowering that suspension a bit and maybe change the color.
Customized Tundra Trucks – Hunting For The Best Price
Like I said before, Toyota Tundra customized trucks are super-popular among automobile enthusiasts, and that’s equally good and bad. The good news is there’s plenty of choice and you can be really picky. The bad news is, because of the huge demand, sellers love to skyrocket the pricing and sell low-quality models. Fortunately, that’s more of a rare thing, than the new normal, but I just want y’all to be careful. If you’re looking for customizing parts, I’d recommend visiting http://www.realtruck.com/toyota-accessories/tundra/. They’ve got all kinds of affordable accessories/equipment (not necessarily for tuning) and solid pricing.
Tacoma is one of the best-selling mid-size pick-up trucks in the history and American favorite off-road buddy. A custom Toyota Tacoma is actually not that popular as a custom Toyota Tundra simply because you gotta be a full-size truck to pull it off, you know what I mean? Still, there are some crazy folks out there who turn this average-sized car into a real monster. In fact, I don’t even have to tell you – just check out the photos. Pretty nice, huh? As I just said two seconds ago, the major triple – paint, tires and suspension – is what people usually use for creating a Toyota Tacoma custom.
Again, black is the most popular color (and not only for the body) and lifting is the number one tool for making your custom car stand out. You know, back in the day my uncle used to own a custom lifted Toyota Tacoma, and it looked just like the car from the pics. Well, not that fancy, of course, but it was pretty close. If you want an exact copy, you must either have a good friend at one of the Toyota’s American plants, or have tons of money and know some folks from the hood who can do that for you.
I told you about me and my friend’s efforts on a custom Toyota 4Runner in the 4Runner Lifted article I mentioned a few chapters ago. So, why did we decide to work on that exact SUV, and not a pick-up? Well, believe it or not, a customized Toyota 4Runner is actually the second most loved and “national”, as I like to say, Toyota vehicle, because of the great potential it has. Honestly, even without a proper paint job or tire change and lifting, this full-size SUV already looks like it’s been heavily tuned. Hands down, the 4Runner is the ultimate Toyota car for messing around with. You can lift it to a ridiculous amount and it will still look pretty awesome. Fair and square, SUVs work much better with suspension lifting then the trucks.
A good lifting kit would cost you no more than 200-300 dollars (Icon Omega is great). The paint can be yours for just 20-30 dollars, if not less. However, a good set of tires could very well cost you 1 to 2K dollars, so, don’t let those mechanics fool you: go with something that looks equally amazing and fits your budget. You can find a good enough set for about 400-500 dollars. And remember: a custom Toyota truck is more than just a couple of pimped-out rims and a stupid paint – you gotta put your heart to it and even a tiny bit of your soul. Otherwise you might end up ruining it all and wasting your money.
Customized Toyotas Land Cruiser
The Land Cruiser used to be huge back in the day. Today it’s lagging a bit behind the pack and a custom Toyota Land Cruiser is not that big of a hit anymore. When I was growing up there was this shop two blocks away that had all kinds of customized Japanese cars, and the Cruiser was one of my favorites. Actually, it was a FJ40, one of the very first editions of the Cruiser. It looked awesome, and I still remember every small detail about it. If you’re craving for a custom Toyota Land Cruiser, go to www.vintageoffroad.com/ and check out the available line-up. If you’re a mechanic yourself and are only interested in custom parts, check out http://extremelandcruiser.com – they’ve got all kinds of equipment for you.
The Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV – the family-oriented edition of the Tundra truck, as folks like to say. It was first introduced back in 2000 as Toyota’s first full-sizer on the American market. Major competition includes Chevy’s Tahoe and Ford’s Expedition. It’s the biggest SUV from the Japanese manufacturer and the perfect model between the 4Runner and the Land Cruiser. The basic trim will cost you 45K, while the premium edition comes with a 60K price-tag. But that’s not really important, is it? A custom Toyota Sequoia is not that rare of a thing as you would think, even though mid-luxury large SUVs are not really popular among customers.
If you’ve got the skills and want to work on your Sequoia by yourself, make sure to visit http://www.stylintrucks.com/vehicles/toyota~sequoia.aspx. They’ve got everything you’ll ever need for a proper custom Toyota Sequoia. Another great place to check for customization equipment would be http://www.andysautosport.com/auto_parts/toyota_sequoia.html.
Ok, let’s leave the trucks and SUVs for a moment and discuss the famous Toyota sedans – Camry, Corolla and Avalon. At first, when I didn’t even know about, say, a custom Toyota Camry, I used to think that it was a joke. Who in their right mind would willingly decide to customize/tune a low-budget family vehicle? As it turns out, a lot of people would. Obviously, sedans are way behind when it comes to pimping out a ride, but, nevertheless, if you take a look at the pics, you’ll see that a good pro can make them shine bright and beautiful. It’s all about noticing the possibilities and making them a reality.
Take the first picture, for example: It’s a race track-ready model with fancy body paint, sexy tires and a mighty V8 under that hood. I’m not sure about lifting, though – I guess it’s not really a good match for a street-racing car. It’s a pretty common customizing routine to switch the standard front and rear bumpers with some cool-looking ones, as well as to add new head-/tail-lights, a new exhaust and a spoiler. You can see all that on the second photo. Again, if you want some fancy tires, go to Carid.com. If you want general equipment, go to Andysautosport.com. These two are one of the best places for serious car shopping.
Customized Toyotas Corolla
Toyota’s second best-selling sedan is the Corolla. It actually falls into the category of compact cars, but it can still look dope if you put your mind to it. A nice set of wheels, a tiny bit of lifting, a trendy body work and maybe some new headlights will turn your mediocre Corolla into a real-world princess. A custom Toyota Corolla is a rare thing on American streets these days, but there still are some pros that can get the job done for you. Hey, you don’t even need to discover some hidden underground places and have a special code for entrance. Everybody heard about the Monster Customs , Krazy House Customs, West Coast Customs and Platinum Motorsport shops, but any decent customizing shop out there will be more than qualified. One thing to remember, though, is to keep it all under control and lead. Otherwise, you’ll end up with something truly ugly that doesn’t even look like a custom Toyota Corolla.
Go Crazy! Have Fun!
And you don’t have to limit yourself to the major triple: go crazy and have the seats switched with some fancy Recaro equipment, or have the engine swapped, change the steering wheel, the shift knobs…the opportunities for experimentation are truly endless, and you can make your Toyota Corolla custom car really unique. You just gotta have the right sum of money to cover all of that spending 🙂 Besides the regular suspects, there are some examples of a custom Toyota T100 and a custom Toyota Avalon. However, they’re not nearly as popular and exciting as the rest of the bunch.
The T100 is kinda old and wacky, and a custom Toyota Avalon wouldn’t even look cool, I presume, because, first of all, it’s a full-size sedan, and the platform won’t actually let you play around with the chassis/suspension, and second, it already looks pretty great (and strict), so, why even touch it? It’s most definitely the least attractive car for your customizing efforts, and thus, we’re not going to discuss it in here. If you, by chance, are a proud owner of one, prove it by sending me a photo. No, no photos today? No worries, let’s move on.
Customized Toyotas Emblems
Yep, it’s a thing. Even more so – it’s a movement. People are making all kinds of cool and scary emblems that resemble that famous Toyota “T” symbol. It’s been around a while and today we’ve got all kinds of alternative takes, if you will. Go visit www.emblemart.com/ and check out their amazing collection. They won’t cost you much: starting from 3 dollars each, these little masterpieces will give your car’s grille that unique character that you’ve been looking for. The web-site looks a bit awful, but don’t let that scary you, because the selection is solid. Another great place to shop for custom Toyota emblems would be Royaltycore.com. Go to “Custom-Designed-Logos” and browse through the collection. You want an emblem that looks like the US flag? Done. Looking for a Darth Vader or a Superman Logo? It’s yours! Want something that says “F*** You”? No problem! Just don’t blame me if you run into trouble with the authorities 🙂
Yeah, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a custom Toyota emblem – go with anything your hearts desires. If you’ve got something special in your head, the team will be more than happy to turn it into a reality. I had some guys make a tiny terminator emblem for me back in 2003 when the third movie was out. It looked really ridiculous on my Toyota Tundra, but I didn’t care. To me it was the coolest thing on the planet and I was super happy about it 🙂
Customized Celica And Supra For Sale
As I told you guys in the beginning, the legendary Toyota sport cars – Celica, Supra and MR2 are still pretty relevant. If you want to feel young again and cruise down your block with that Paul Walker Supra, you have the perfect opportunity to do it! The internet is super-crowded with all kinds of offers – amateur and professional, so, you won’t have any problems finding a custom Toyota Supra for sale. That Fast And Furious franchise gave a super boost to the whole market of sport cars – Toyota’s especially. The Celica is very well available as well, as is the MR2. The most important thing to remember when shopping for a pre-owned custom ride is to be as thorough as possible. In case you found your dream car in the I-net, spend some quality time studying the seller’s page.
If it’s got some high-res pictures they could tell you a lot about the vehicle. If there’s also a video, that almost certainly means that the persons selling it is serious about it and doesn’t want to fool you. However, you should most definitely go and check the Supra/Celica/MR2/other sport car in person and try it out in 2 to 3 hours-long test-drive. Nothing will tell you about the car’s condition better than a proper ride down the hills. So, I don’t think it would be wise of me to share any particular links with you, because, again, there’s plenty to choose from. These advices, on the other hand, are universal and will help you get the best out of the next deal regardless of the city/state/country you live in.
Ok, I guess that’s it! Customized Toyota cars are my childhood heroes, just like Spiderman, Rambo, the Terminator and my Dad. If you share my passion for the 2000+ Toyota sport cars, then I’m happy to call you a friend and shake your hand. Despite the fact that today the market of sport cars is not in a particularly great spot, people never lost their love from them and the legend lives on. So, keep on dreaming, keep up the good work and stay positive! And, as always, don’t be shy to talk about your favorite customized Toyotas in the comments!
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