Best Truck Parts of 2021
October 29, 2021
The holiday season is right around the corner. You know what that means...it’s also gift-giving season. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to a build refresh or give a fellow enthusiast the best gift they’ve ever received, make sure you’re up-to-date on the top truck parts and must-haves of 2021 so whoever opens up the package is getting the best of the best.
With an overwhelming amount of brands and products out there to choose from, it can be hard to find which are going to help you achieve the build you’re envisioning in your head. When it comes to modifying your truck, wheels, tires, and suspension are the common first “big three” to tackle. But, which are the best to choose? And what comes next? Keep reading to learn about the must-have aftermarket truck parts and products of 2021! (Pro tip: If see something on this list you really want...don’t be shy. Send it to your wife, parents, siblings….whoever. You might open up the best Christmas present you’ve ever gotten.)
- Truck Must-Haves Under $100
- Truck Must-Haves Under $200
- Truck Must-Haves Under $300
- Truck Must-Haves Under $400
- Big-Ticket Truck Mods
- Final Thoughts
Being a truck enthusiast is definitely not cheap. New wheels, tires, and suspension are big-ticket items. However, there are also a ton of accessories, performance parts, lighting options, apparel, and more to get so you can customize your truck and represent the lifestyle. So, if you’re looking to stay within a certain budget, these lists will go over some of the best truck mods/enthusiast-based gifts within a variety of price ranges.
Everyone’s got that one friend, brother, parent, or significant other that loves their truck more than anything else (Or hey, maybe it’s you!). So if you’re looking to put a smile on their face this holiday season, the best way to do that is by gifting them a truck cleaning kit so their build can always look brand new and show-ready. There are a variety of cleaning products available like wheel shine, exterior detailing spray, and safe vehicle wash designed to not strip away any wax or clear coat. There’s no better way to show you care about your truck than by taking care of it the way it deserves.
Another great way to embrace truck culture is proudly representing it, through not only the way your truck looks, but the way you look too. The best way to do that is repping with all the badass hoodies, tees, hats, decals, and more available that highlight the favorite parts of your truck build. A lot of truck enthusiast apparel and truck decals are designed by fellow enthusiasts, so you’ll be able to pick out a new fit for the next show. And if you’re looking for a gift for someone, apparel is a great affordable option as well if buying a whole wheel/tire package is just not realistic.
Don’t forget about the interior! When you’re customizing your truck, sometimes the interior doesn’t get as much attention. GlowShift Gauges are a really cool way to build a custom dash because you can choose from seven different colors with the LED lighting feature and also adjust the lighting to maximize visibility.
RBP RX-1 exhaust tips are a really affordable way to trick out your tailpipe. They look slick and are built with durability in mind while delivering a unique style. For less than $100, you can transform your bare tailpipe into a power statement.
One of the easiest ways to freshen up your wheels and achieve a new look is by adding spiked lug nuts to your build. You can keep a clean, classic look with chrome or black, or you can stick with the color scheme you’ve got going on with spiked valve stem caps that are available in a variety of popular colors. Spiked lugs ring in under $200, and add an unmatched value to your build that nothing else can quite do.
Another affordable gift option for yourself or someone else is rock lights. LED rock lights come in a variety of colors including red, green, blue, and white, and are a great way to customize any build and turn some heads while you’re at it. So, if you’ve been stuck thinking about what’s next for your build, check out some photos of trucks with rock lights and try to convince yourself you don’t need them. It won’t be easy...
Truck Must-Haves Under $300
On the topic of lighting, another option to refresh your build is wheel rings. Wheel rings will light up your build at night and can be found in a ton of badass colors. It’s almost impossible to not be the center of attention on the road with these. One of the best brands of 2021 for wheel rings is ORACLE Lighting. They’re just over $200 and will be one of the most exciting purchases you can make for your build. Forget about new socks and a gas gift card...Can you imagine unwrapping some wheel rings in December this year?
If you’ve already started modifying your truck and have put on some heavy tires or a new lift kit, chances are it screwed with your MPH gauge because of the change in the tire circumference. A tuner will help correct that and make sure you’re getting accurate reporting. Depending on what you want out of your tuner, it can also provide numerous performance benefits. There are a variety of brands/types available, so it’s totally possible to find one under $300, or you can spend a little more for even higher quality. Check out this blog to learn everything you need to know about tuning your truck.
Truck Must-Haves Under $400
This next truck mod is going under the “under $400” category because the bulk of them sit around the $400 mark or lower, depending on which you choose and the year, make, model of your truck. Banks Power cold air intakes are a great way to unleash some power in your engine, as they’re a leading designer and manufacturer of power-enhancing products for diesel and gas-power trucks. It’ll also help you achieve a more aggressive sound with your aftermarket exhaust system.
Big-Ticket Truck Mods
As mentioned earlier, it’s NOT cheap achieving your dream build, which is why the process often takes a long period of time to make all the modifications you want. Some of the bigger, more popular modifications like wheels, tires, and suspension cost a little more than most like to spend on others during the holiday season. However, after a long 2021, you deserve to treat yourself to the mods that are going to bring you one step closer to your dream truck. Check out some of the bigger ticket items you might want to get for your build this next year.
Adding power steps to your build adds not only a badass look but also functionality. These retractable steps allow you to get in and out of your truck easily but also are designed so they can get tucked away for more ground clearance. Imagine pulling up to a show and having steps just come out on their own. AMP Power Steps are made to accommodate a wide variety of years, makes, and models, so there’s no trouble finding one that fits perfectly. They’re a little spendier but definitely worth checking out, especially if you installed a big lift on your truck. Also, they make lighting kits to add some more customization.
When it comes to aftermarket lighting, Morimoto has been taking the industry by storm since its beginning in 2008. Headlights (and tail lights) are another great modification to refresh your build because they’re often seen as the “eyes” in the “face” of the truck. Morimoto lights are a game-changer as they look great, add some aggression to the front of the truck, are well-built, and have virtually an infinite lifespan. Custom headlights help improve brightness, and they often times look cleaner and sharper than stock ones. Other benefits include the fact that they last longer, are energy-efficient, and are easy to install. It’s fairly affordable to stray away from the dull, yellow stock lights and upgrade to some new aftermarket headlights and tail lights.
One of the biggest mods, and commitments, you can make to your truck is new suspension. From leveling kits to lift kits to adjustable coilovers, there are a ton of options when it comes to upgrading your suspension. Common goals with new suspension include adding height for an aggressive stance, a better look, room for bigger tires, ground clearance, and better visibility. With so many suspension brands out there, be sure to do specific searches for suspension systems that are compatible with your year, make, and model. If you’re looking for more of a beginner lift kit that’s more affordable, Rough Country might be what you’re looking for. If you’re searching for more height, and a little more high quality, consider checking out brands like ReadyLift, BDS Suspension, or McGaughys.
Instead of making them into their own category, wheels and tires are getting lumped together because you SHOULD be buying them together to save money, time, and the hassle to take them to the local shop to get mounted and balanced. When picking out wheels for your next truck build, remember black and milled is the way to go. Recently, preference has been shifting away from chrome wheels to black and milled. This is because the supply chain has been motivating manufacturers to push black and milled because it’s an easier finishing process. Chroming wheels is hard to do right now, resulting in manufacturers having to discontinue chrome models and change to black and milled finishing. So, based on popularity, favorites, and trend projections, this list shows the Top 10 Best Wheels of 2021.
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For tires, 2021 has seen a lot of popular brands like Nitto, Toyo Tires, and Atturo struggle to have a consistent inventory available due to supply shortages and shipping delays caused by the pandemic. While they’ve delivered badass models like the Ridgle Grappler, Open Country A/T III, and Trail Blade MT, other brands have had to swoop in and deliver some equally badass tires to make up the difference. Some of those include the AMP Mud Terrain MT A, BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO2, and the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W.
Don’t let yourself or someone you love go into 2022 without being one step closer to having a badass truck. Whether you want to start small and work yourself up to the bigger modifications, or vice versa, remember there’s no right or wrong way to build your truck. Your custom truck should be a reflection of your unique style, so whether you want to go big and flashy or keep it modest, just keep grinding until you’re satisfied. Use guides like these as a reference point to become informed about the latest industry trends, popular products, and the little mods that sometimes get overlooked but make all the difference in the world.