With temperatures at all-time lows throughout most of the country, you probably don’t have a lot of motivation to spend hours on end in a cold garage lifting your truck, lowering your truck, upgrading your braking system or making other modifications to your truck. But, if you’re like us, you’re probably getting antsy to start modifying your Ford F150 or Chevy Silverado and making it your own. With the cold weather in mind, we’ve listed out some of our quickest and easiest winter truck upgrades that you can be making now and not spending hours freezing in a cold garage.
Top 5 Easy Winter Truck Upgrades:
1. Tonneau Covers
Adding a truck bed cover or tonneau cover to your truck is a great addition for protecting your gear year round, but this is especially true during the winter. A tonneau cover will help protect items you haul in your truck bed from rain, snow and other winter conditions. Plus, they are extremely easy to install on your truck. For an example installation, see the Extang Trifecta Tonneau Cover installation video below.
Popular Tonneau Covers:
2. Floor Mats
Installation literally could be easier than getting new floor mats, but these can easily become your favorite truck accessories. They help protect your interior from mud, dirt and everything else that comes with winter weather. Not only will this make you happier because your truck will look better, but it will help with the resale value down the line because your truck will be better protected from nasty stains. Getting new floor mats for your truck is one of the best winter upgrades you can make.
Popular Floor Mats and Floor Liners:
- WeatherTech DigitalFit floor liners
- Husky Liners Classic Style floor mats
- Husky Liners WeatherBeater floor mats
- Husky Liners X-Act Contour floor liners
- WeatherTech All Weather floor mats
- Husky Liners Heavy Duty Floor Mats
- Password JDM Carbon Fiber floor liners
For a quick upgrade that will make a big impact on the look of your truck, consider changing out the existing grill with a new aftermarket grille or grille insert. Like most aftermarket parts, installing a certain types of grilles can be easier than others, but in general this should be a fairly quick and easy upgrade. Check out the video below to see how to install a T-Rex Billet Grill on a Ford F-150.
4. Mud Flap Kits:
While these are a good year round truck accessory, mud flaps are especially important during the winter months. Mud guards are great for keeping your tires from kicking up water on the road, but did you know they actually help protect your vehicle from damage? As roads wear down and leave loose rocks and debris in their wake, your tires kick up debris and can cause unwanted dents, dings and chipping. Mud guards can help prevent this.
Popular Mud Flap Kits:
5. Paint Protectors & Hood Protectors
Like mud guards, hood protectors are great upgrades that you can make in the winter that are helpful all year round. Again, as loose gravel, rocks and other road debris are kicked up by tires, they can cause unsightly chipping and dings. Using a clear paint protector or hood protector can help prevent this and it’s an easy upgrade to take care during the winter.
Popular Hood Guards:
If you have any questions about the winter truck upgrades above or are feeling more ambitious and have questions about our other product lines like superchargers, brake kits or exhaust systems, give us a call at 866-250-5542 and we will be happy to help you. Also, check out our performance shop site for more ideas on modifications you can make to improve your truck’s performance!