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Old 09-21-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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double din theft prevention

Anyone here have any ideas or suggestions to prevent the theft of an aftermarket double dine?

Has anyone tried making their own "stealth cover" I.e. recessing ur double din and cutting up a factory faceplate to sit in the double din opening and it giving the look of a factory stereo....I have an extra faceplate n may give it a try. I know tinting windows would be a choice Also as I have 20% all the way around w a 20% windshield strip.

Any suggestions are appreciated or am I being to cautious about upgrading..
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I posted pics of the Ranger guys doing it. I plan on doing something similar too. Let me find the thread.
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Razor blade mod. lol

The only thing I can think of is to get some weird shaped bolts to bolt it down. But they are still going to tear everything up trying to get it out, and when they don't they will tear everything else up.
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Are you talking about the stock stereo or aftermarket. For an aftermarket unit I was thinking about doing this with a stock Ranger unit:






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I posted pics of the Ranger guys doing it. I plan on doing something similar too. Let me find the thread.

I've heard of other car owners doing it but thought I might give it a try with the truck. My gf just bought me an avh4300 n I wouldn't want it to get stolen not only would I feel bad she would prbly be pretty pissed off as well.
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Have u started on this project? I am currently pulling my old faceplate apart to figure out what to cut out. If u have started any ideas would be great.
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No this is just a future mod. I'm thinking I should be able to do the same with a 1st gen Tundra headunit because they are double din and they say Toyota.
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A good alarm with pager. Viper 5109 for starters. The antenna is mounted just below the rear view mirror with blue lights which may help deter would be thieves and They might justproceed to the next car instead if breaking in yours.
Yeah alarm would be good but more on the expensive side of being cautious. Haha I could get a decal that says, "Brinks Home Security." Haha that'd be a theft deterrent!
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I have my old daceplate all apart with buttons removed but I think I should wait to get an actual dimension on how much to cut off to fit in the opening of the double din dash kit
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I have 30% tint, not very dark but legal, an alarm that will go off when thunder hits, and a removable face plate on my radio. When I get out I pop off the face plate and put the cord and face under my drivers seat and take my Ipod with me. I don't have anything of huge value in my truck other than my radio stuff which takes some time to get out. Between the removed face plate which is black underneath and my tint you can't tell that there is anything there.
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Looks way too fake.

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Looks way too fake.

Yeah too fake it'd be better to put an actual stock headunit of some sort rather then that....good suggestion tho.
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$40 on ebay. Pull the face off and attach it over the aftermarket headunit. I'm going to try to get the dash kit and or stereo that sits in the dash a bit further than normal so I can just put this over it. You might even get lucky finding a broken unit for cheaper or free.

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Yeah I was checking em out. Cause u said they were the same size as an aftermarket double din. Ill have to look more.
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Yeah I was checking em out. Cause u said they were the same size as an aftermarket double din. Ill have to look more.
I'm about 80% sure they are.
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keep the stock radio .. install the audio control lc6i and nice amp .. and you are all set.. never have to worry about it .. no one will know you have a bad ass sound system using the stock radio ..
Then you don't have Navi and you get to deal with the stock junk failing after a couple of years. Oh and if you have the JBL it is a pain in the ass to add any kind of sound processor with the stock amp in place.
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Then you don't have Navi and you get to deal with the stock junk failing after a couple of years. Oh and if you have the JBL it is a pain in the ass to add any kind of sound processor with the stock amp in place.
Not all of us need Navi or are comfortable using our phones. If he is using an Audio Contol l6i, I doubt he is using the factory jbl amp and it is quite easy to use a sound processor at that point.

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I'm about 80% sure they are.
Think it would be hard to hack up an old original tacoma faceplate and drop it in the opening of the new dash kit so it'll look bone stock?? And not with a different stereo head?
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nav can be from a portable unit which i have and can take from my car to wifes car.. plus no thief looks at it at all .. with factory radio .. and dont ever order with jbl ..
I'd rather have it in the dash so it isn't something else to worry about putting away. Also you don't have to find a spot to mount it when you need it.

The JBL system sounds awesome. That's why I'm not in a hurry to rip it out for aftermarket but I want to in the future because as always I want more. Also I had no choice when I bought my truck. The JBL was part of the TRD packages.
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