I recently picked up a Kenwood media receiver, stereo adapter, iPod cable and Sound Ordnance B8PT little 8Ē powered sub. I havenít installed a stereo in about 10 years, and Iíve never installed a sub before. I have to tell you, the whole project was really rewarding but much more involved than I first realized. Between taking my time, watching the Tigers game and recovering from the Cardinals World Series win the night before, it took me about 8 hours! I took a few pictures along the way.
I started with the harness. Crutchfield orders come with faceplates and convenient harnesses that let you pre-wire your connections. I couldnít imagine trying to make all these connections by cutting the truckís harness and working behind the stereo in the cab to make all these connections!
Pulling the old stereo out was simple. Hereís a tip: the little blank panel to the right of the stereo (opposite of the 4WD switch on the left) will pop out easily. Then you can reach a long finger in there and push out the AC controls from the back. After that, you just disconnect the factory harnesses and unbolt the four 10mm bolts. Then the stereo just pulls up and out, and the factory harnesses are easily disconnected.
The only hard part is getting the dang hazard/clock panel out. You really have to take the factory faceplate off to get to it.
The Axxess ASWC adapter was a punk to wire up. Power and ground were easy, but I had to search tacomaworld to figure out the right two other wires to hook up. Plus, with Kenwoods you canít just plug in the 3.5mmjack. I had to plug that into an adapter and then wire the adapter to the steering wheel control wire on the back of the receiver. Things are never as easy as they could be.
Sub Ė small for sure, but adds a lot of bass to my system. I wasnít looking for thump, just a more rounded sound overall than just the 6x9s could provide. I really like it. Had a little trouble with the directions since it sort of made it sound like the remote power wire was optional. Itís not. I ended up running the remote power wire up to the red 12v switch power in the wiring harness. That did the trick.
I went with the black faceplate kit, and I like it as well. Nice texture and the fit is good. Looks pretty factory, apart from the obvious single din cubbyhole.
Closeup of the receiver:
And at night:
I love the fact that the ipod is in the glove box. And I forgot how clean it looked before I had the aux cable and cigarette power adapter plugged in. Now itís back to clean and neat with much much better sound.
Anyway, just wanted to post some pics since I'm pretty proud of the job. If you don't think you can install your own audio, you probably can as long as you can follow a simple wiring diagram and have tacomaworld to search when you get stuck. Remember to pull your negative cable off the battery terminal to avoid shorting anything out while you're working. I probably pulled and reconnected it five times while I was checking, tweaking and rechecking the system. Take your time and double-check all your connections before you stuff all those wires back in. I ended up removing the receiver a couple times to fix different things. In the end, it was definitely worth it and will make my daily commute a lot more enjoyable.