Mike "Wuzzy121". Rest in peace, brother

Go Back   Tacoma World Forums > Tacoma Garage > Audio & Video

Notices

2013 Tacoma Radio Upgrade Question...

Reply
 
Referenced Products Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-10-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
Simple0936 [OP] Simple0936 is offline
Junior Member
Simple0936 is on a distinguished road
 
Simple0936's Avatar
Name: Mike
Joined: Feb 2013, #97194
Location: Tampa, FL
Gender: Male
Posts: 2
Simple0936's Tacoma Gallery
2013 Tacoma Radio Upgrade Question...

I have a 2013 Tacoma DBLE Cab w/the basic touch screen radio. I want to keep the factory HU (I live in a high theft area) but upgrade the speakers and possibly add an amp (no sub). Per other posts I understand the factory HU doesn’t have enough power to run the speakers/amp (I’m not a stereo guy). I wanted to hear reviews on JL CleanSweep and/or AudioControl LC7i (MS-8 is too expensive). I want to add Hertz High Energy Speakers/tweeters (front & rear) possibly combined w/the cleansweep and an amp. Will this produce good sound w/the factor HU? I’ve read other post but they got off topic… Thanks.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
Junior Member
dwc2170 is on a distinguished road
Name: Dave
Joined: Nov 2012, #90416
Location: New Jersey
Gender: Male
Posts: 4
dwc2170's Tacoma Gallery
I agree that the sound system is not great as is. The sound is good while the truck is not running. I found that the volume needed to be turned up greater than 50% in order to get to a decent decibel level. At that point the sound starts to distort.

While investigating new speakers and stereo, I settled on an amplifier instead. I chose the Alpine 445 Power Pack. The amp along with reverse wiring harness cost me less than $150.

Sound is very subjective and all may not agree. In in my opinion, it made a dramatic difference in overall sound quality and volume capability. All frequency ranges were enhanced and the bass is also very good considering I have no sub. I no longer turn up the volume greater than 30% for fear of damage to the speakers. Long term, the stock speakers may not hold up very well and new ones may be needed But for the past 7 months, they along with the normally underpowered stock stereo work well enough for me to stop shopping.

Hope this information helps.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
Member
chrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant future
Joined: Aug 2012, #84204
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Gender: Male
Posts: 88
chrispy's Tacoma Gallery
I also have looked on the forums for information on sound processors, and finally settled on a alpine pxe-h660 sound processor, it removes the factory equalizer settings than tunes your system using the provided microphone to get the best possible sound and allows you to use all your stock radio controls which seems to be a problem with the cleansweep.

Once I find the amp i want at a good price the system will be installed. The system you want to install would be a huge improvement over the stock stereo.

dwc2170 do you have pictures/part numbers of the reverse wiring harness and how to tied everything together?
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 03:30 PM   #4
Senior Member
SOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shedSOSHeloPilot is one of the sharper tools in the shed
Marines: Helicopter Pilot - RVN
Joined: Mar 2009, #15422
Location: Atlanta
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,588
SOSHeloPilot's Tacoma Gallery
.
. . . Sub'd
.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 06:49 AM   #5
Junior Member
dwc2170 is on a distinguished road
Name: Dave
Joined: Nov 2012, #90416
Location: New Jersey
Gender: Male
Posts: 4
dwc2170's Tacoma Gallery
I used a Helix PP-AC37 Plug and Play Harness. That harness is made for a Helix amp. I basically needed it for the reverse portion of the connector. I modified it for my purpose and formed my own plug and play. I did not want to cut into any of the wire in my truck.

I don't have pics of my installation. If you are going to perform this install I will make something up for you.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 03:49 PM   #6
Member
chrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant future
Joined: Aug 2012, #84204
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Gender: Male
Posts: 88
chrispy's Tacoma Gallery
Thats a pretty sweet idea, what cost was that harness? details on how you modified would be great

I was thinking of do this, which i believe would work the same. here is my idea-

http://www.amazon.com/Metra-70-1761-...tacoma+harness

and

http://www.amazon.com/Stereo-Harness...tacoma+harness

Than soldering those up to make my plug and play harness. my truck is brand new so i'd rather not cut into any wires lol.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2013, 03:59 PM   #7
...It Hurts when I Pee...
AWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
AWF ROWD's Avatar
Air Force: ParaRescue-SpecOPs
Name: Doc
Joined: Feb 2013, #97497
Location: 39.9833° N, 82.9833° W
Gender: Dude
Posts: 1,301
AWF ROWD's Tacoma Gallery
I'm researching for the same situation and have found out from the Audio geeks that if you want more wattage for the speakers,and some good bass power that this unit from Best Buy I found might do the trick...I'll let you kno this weekend..!!
Kenwood Model KAC-7005PS
1200 watt Class AB/D Multichannel Amplifier...gives you variable crossovers and Extra power on the subwoofer channel......$299 at
Best Buy...http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Kenwood+...&skuId=4873052
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2013, 07:24 PM   #8
Senior Member
dboz is on a distinguished road
Joined: Feb 2013, #96599
Gender: Male
Posts: 155
dboz's Tacoma Gallery
So where are putting the amp? Just got my 2013 and the volume and sound quality are the only gripe I have with it. I was thinking speakers were the problem but I find I need to be at 30-35 volume to get any decent sound. I have no clue how or where you would place the amp.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2013, 10:35 AM   #9
Senior Member
dboz is on a distinguished road
Joined: Feb 2013, #96599
Gender: Male
Posts: 155
dboz's Tacoma Gallery
Nice follow up guys.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 03:57 PM   #10
Senior Member
anarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shedanarion55 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
anarion55's Avatar
Name: Tony
Joined: Mar 2013, #98907
Location: S. Florida
Gender: Male
Posts: 273
anarion55's Tacoma Gallery
I just did this...

I just did what the OP wants to do, and it SOUNDS GREAT - but it did take some time, and work -

Kyle from Crutchfield helped with all but the amp, which I got through Amazon (only thing with good specs that would fit) -

Here are the components -

AudioControl LCQ-1 Six channel ine output converter with multi-channel EQ
Kicker HS8 Powered 8" Subwoofer
Precision Power S320-4 60Wx4 Power Amp
Kenwood KFC-1664-S 6 1/2" 3-way speakers (rear)
Pioneer TS-A1605C 6.5" component speakers Front - seperate tweeters)
Also needed - Kicker 09ZISL interconnect cable, to connect the sub to the LCQ-1
I added the AudioControl ACR-2 remote bass controller - well worth it.

The sub and LCQ-1 went in vertically, behind the right rear seat. The Power Amp fit under the front Passenger seat.

Wire routing was the most labor intensive part - power & remot wires ran in the bottom door channels, passenger side. Speaker & RCA cables ran in under the carpet, under the rear seats, on the psgr side of the hump, under the console to the front seat. This was the trickiest part, as there are many extremely sharp edges through which the wires must pass.

I had all the seats, the center console, the door chanel covers, the kick plates, climate control and radio pulled for most of the job. I used 10' long, high quality RCA cables, and 16 ga. paired speaker wires. The dash connections were soldered, using Wester Union joints (look it up), and heat shrink.

The sound is unbelievably good, and 60W doesn't appear to be much, but the sound will get painfull before distorting.

Only down side is, i dropped the head unit while putting everything back together, and cracked the touchscreen (I had it put aside i na safe place through the whole install, and broke it when I was sound-testing it).

If anyone knows of someone selling their original head unit (PN 86140-04080), I AM INTERESTED.

PM me if you have questions or want photos.

Tony
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2013, 06:18 AM   #11
...It Hurts when I Pee...
AWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shedAWF ROWD is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
AWF ROWD's Avatar
Air Force: ParaRescue-SpecOPs
Name: Doc
Joined: Feb 2013, #97497
Location: 39.9833° N, 82.9833° W
Gender: Dude
Posts: 1,301
AWF ROWD's Tacoma Gallery
I decided to completely gut the stock sound system,, bite the bullet and have a custom system installed by the pro's...a little pricey with the entire cab/doors/roof Hush matted, but investing $4k without dampening road noise and vibrations seemed bassackwards...will post pics and equipment install hopefully soon....!
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 12:52 AM   #13
Junior Member
joeyd27 is on a distinguished road
Joined: Mar 2013, #100133
Gender: Male
Posts: 14
joeyd27's Tacoma Gallery
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrispy View Post
Thats a pretty sweet idea, what cost was that harness? details on how you modified would be great

I was thinking of do this, which i believe would work the same. here is my idea-

http://www.amazon.com/Metra-70-1761-...tacoma+harness

and

http://www.amazon.com/Stereo-Harness...tacoma+harness

Than soldering those up to make my plug and play harness. my truck is brand new so i'd rather not cut into any wires lol.
Just wondering...if you tried these, did they work?
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 07:56 AM   #14
Member
chrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant futurechrispy has a brilliant future
Joined: Aug 2012, #84204
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Gender: Male
Posts: 88
chrispy's Tacoma Gallery
I'm still debating on wether to get the two wiring harness's so that i don't have to cut up my factory one. It should work perfectly fine. I'm planning my install for next saturday and i'll be posting my install. If anyone has done this with the two harnesses it would be great to see some pictures.
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Products Discussed in this Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2013 Tacoma Radio question... Simple0936 2nd Gen. Tacomas 7 02-28-2013 07:00 PM
Mod/upgrade ideas for 2013 Access Cab tank2593 2nd Gen. Tacomas 6 12-08-2012 10:40 AM
2013 Tacoma Speakers and Amp question. vsg1980 Audio & Video 2 10-31-2012 07:38 PM
2013 Radio/nav question RWSgunsmithing 2nd Gen. Tacomas 16 10-04-2012 01:28 PM
Radio Upgrade question Gkershner2 2nd Gen. Tacomas 1 01-23-2012 01:11 PM


Copyright © 2014 Tacoma Forum. Tacoma World is not owned by, or affiliated with Toyota Motor Corporation.