The Toyota Tundra is becoming more and more popular here in the United States.

Thanks to its increased popularity, there are some great pre-owned Tundras on the market. In fact, the 2009 Tundra is currently one of the top-selling used trucks around.

While Toyota may be a foreign company, all Tundra engines and transmission are built in the United States, and the 2009 Tundra was assembled in San Antonio, TX. There are three engine options for the ’09 Tundra: 4.0L V6, 4.7L V8, and 5.7L V8. There are also three different cab sizes: standard, double cab, and Crewmax. The Crewmax offers 44.5 inches of leg room in the back, so there is plenty of room for four kids and a dog. With all that room and plenty of availability, the 2009 Toyota Tundra might be a perfect fit in your driveway.

There are some excellent, budget-friendly aftermarket upgrades to help you customize your ’09 Tundra, too. We looked to see what upgrades we could do on a $1,000 budget (total).

Westin Oval Tube Step Bars

tundra-step-barsWestin Oval Tube Step Bars are a real back-saver because you’ll no longer have to pick up the kids to get them into your truck. There are a couple different finishes you can choose from, including polished stainless steel or powdercoated black. You’ll need to pick up a set of the mounting brackets to fit your truck, but thanks to the foresight of the engineers, there is no drilling required.

Tonno Pro Lo-Roll Tonneau Covers


A tonneau cover not only protects your belongings from prying eyes, it allows you to use your truck bed in any weather by keeping your stuff dry. The Tonno Pro Lo-Roll Tonneau Cover features no-drill installation. It simply clamps to the inside of your truck bed rails and installs in about 30 minutes. Tonno Pro also includes a Tonno Torch LED Bed Light, so you won’t have to roll up the tonneau just to see if that last can of frosty beverage rolled to the front of the truck bed!

Bilstein B6 4600 Series Shocks and Struts


Shocks are one of those things you never think about, but when you take the time to make the upgrade, you know you made the right choice. These Bilstein 4600 shocks are designed to give you great ride control and on-road manners. However, when the pavement ends, Bilstein 4600 shocks still hold their own thanks to a monotube design that will give you the upgraded handling and ride comfort you want.

With all of the different cab sizes, bed lengths, and trim levels, there are 44 Tundra variants from Toyota. Companies like Summit Racing offer over 2,000 parts for the 2009 Toyota Tundra, so it’s easy to put your own spin on your truck — no matter which variant you might have!

Author: Al DiVencenzo

Al is a contributor to OnAllCylinders