Customizing your pickup truck or SUV is a thrilling experience. If you’re like many outdoor and off-road enthusiasts searching for a reliable vehicle that is simple to customize, and fits the requirements for conquering rugged off-road trails on the weekends, you’ll love to view our list of top truck brands for off-road customization.

We go over our favorite truck and SUV customizations for camping and trailblazing, as well as the top car makers that make adding off-road accessories simple and practical.

Ford

The Ford brand has established itself as a top pick for American drivers when it comes to pickup trucks. For more than one hundred years, Ford trucks have led the way in affordability and durability and if you want a basic trim or you wish to accessorize something like the F-150 King Ranch or F-150 Raptor, you can take on any project with ease, as most custom accessories fit Ford truck stylings. 

Other models like the Ford Ranger pickup truck and the Ford Explorer are the perfect vehicles for drivers looking to slap on a body or suspension lift with larger off-road tires. The best lift kits for Ford trucks are made by Rough Country, Skyjacker, and Pro Comp. When it comes to outfitting your Ford truck with new tires, many recommend Toyo Open Country all-terrain tires, Cooper Discoverer, and the Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires.

Adding headlight accessories to your front bumper or tailgate is also easy for Ford vehicles. Most of the electronic components in Ford models are easily accessible for adding brighter trail lights that enhance your off-road experience at night and if you love adding aftermarket speakers or subwoofers, DIY projects for Ford are a breeze. 

 

Toyota

Toyota holds up to its highly rated performance reliability. Built for the roads as well as rugged terrains, truck, and SUV models like the Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner SUV. Efficient on fuel with a highly renowned V6 engine, compared to most trucks, Toyota delivers excellence when it comes to power, fuel usage, and versatility. Whether you decide to lift the body or suspension and switch to nobby all-terrain tires or customize the bed with gear storage or camping racks, Toyota fits a phenomenal line up of custom aftermarket accessories.

BF Goodrich mud-terrain and all-terrain tires fit Toyota trucks and SUVs well as do the Cooper Discoverer and Bridgestone Dueler. Jack up your ground clearance in a Toyota truck with suspension lift systems by makers like:

  • Rough Country
  • Supreme Suspensions
  • Fabtech
  • Pro Comp.

Toyota brings plenty of power and durability to drivers who want to stand out from the ordinary American truck look. The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) series is one of the most recommended Toyota models for drivers who want all the goodies straight from the factory. However, owners can still add on OEM suspension, brakes, and grill kits that make a stock Tacoma or 4Runner more sporty and agile on the trails.

 

RAM

RAM trucks have become a staple on the American roads for drivers who love to work hard and play harder. With massive horsepower for truck models like the RAM 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD. The RAM truck models make a midsize look tiny, and if you love rugged endurance mixed with ergonomic class, RAM delivers high-torque and gas and diesel-powered engines. 

From front grill attachments, side-steps and side-bars, seat covers, lift kits, and truck bed liners, to exhaust tips and diamond plated gearboxes, few trucks can compare to the fierce boldness in design that the RAM truck series is most known for.

If you wish to stick to the more affordable side when it comes to lift kits for your truck, choosing a RAM 1500 4×4 is a great way to save some money when lifting the suspension and body. Certain lifts get pricey for the RAM 2500HD and 3500HD models, but top recommended lift suspensions for RAM trucks are by brands like:

  • BDS Suspension
  • Zone Suspension
  • Supreme Suspension

 

Chevy

For the active family frequenting the outdoors, or the busy construction worker who needs to pull heavy trailers or pack in raw materials into the truck bed, trucks, and SUVs like the Chevy Colorado, Silverado 1500, 2500, 3500, and the Chevy Tahoe.

Just about any type of aftermarket exhaust system will pair with a Chevy SUV or pickup truck, and popular lift kits for Chevy include brands like:

  • Supreme Suspension
  • Pro Comp
  • Yitamotor
  • Tuff Country
  • ReadyLift

Upgrade to mud terrain and all-terrain tires like Bridgestone Dueler, Yokohama Parada, Kumho Road Venture, Falken Wildpeak, BF Goodrich All-Terrain, and Michelin Latitude. 

 

Jeep

For years, Jeep has delivered top-notch performance for drivers who love camping, ATVing, or mudding. Crawling up rocky steep hills or crossing deep water and mud trenches is a dream for many. Take a stock Jeep Cherokee, Wrangler, Gladiator, or Grand Cherokee and transform it into your off-road mud buggy. Most drivers will spend less than $4k doing so.

Raise up your ground clearance capability and crawl over rocky terrains with suspension lift kits for Jeep like: 

  • Skyjacker 
  • Rough Country
  • JKS
  • Liftcraft 
  • Mopar

Nothing looks more fierce than having knobby tires on your Jeep SUV. If you love running through mud, and slippery terrains, Jeep fits a long selection of tire options. Popular tires for Jeep are BF Goodrich All-Terrains, Nitto Trail Grapplers, Mickey Thompson Bajas, and Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac.

Jeep  builds its vehicles for dirt and grime. The traditional body style can take on the beaten path. Drivers can attach items such as bike and luggage racks, tow-winches, snorkel exhausts, and step bars. Cargo organizers for Jeep are great for camping, hunting, and camping gear.

Popular custom off-road vehicles

If you’re looking to customize an off-road truck or SUV, buy a used vehicle that’s compatible with your fave lift kit and tires. There are endless amounts of accessories for your truck. Once you cover the basics, you’ll gain the confidence to go against rough trails and mudding holes.

Learn more about popular SUVs and Trucks for off-roading by reading our blog on the top off-road accessories for 2020.–link to future blog

Patrick Kirk
I am a full-time copywriter from Naples, FL and living in Austin, TX. I have written for the automotive industry for three years, and enjoy other hobbies such as camping and mountain biking. I received my Bachelors from Florida Gulf Coast University, and served in the U.S Coast Guard.

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