Installed new HU, sub and amp in my 2013 Taco. I was unsure of what install kit to use so I purchased both (Scosche and Metra.)
Pro and cons on Install kits
Color of plastic was closer to factory
Snaps held better
Plastic radio mounts
Too much space on the sides and top. Even for a 7 inch screen!
Metra tells you to cut and add some plastic to the sides
Better looking fit
Zero cutting of the plastic
Flat black color (I know this is "in" now, but I probably will paint it)
Metal brackets scratched the shit of my dash (yeah, my fault but have to blame someone)
Overall both kits could use some improvements. I may try filling in the sides of the Metra and see how it looks. Nothing to lose but time.
Ok... My advise. TAPE OFF ALL SIDES OF YOU DASH AS YOU MAY SCRATCH IT UP LIKE I DID. I did use my heat gun to soften the dash and used a scotch bright pad to mold the plastic. Not perfect, but looks much better (see pictures.) After a couple of days, I was getting frustrated squeezing in all the wires and the metal brackets scratched the dash. Should have had beer first......
The install took me about 20 hours total and only 4 beers.
- Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD
- Clarion SRQ1722S Speakers (cheap, but sound nice)
- Metra ASWC-1 Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface
- Clarion Mobile Electronics XC1410 (Class D amp)
- Soundstream USB-8A 8" Powered Subwoofer
BASIC amp (under drivers seat) and sub is under the passenger seat. No alterations to seat required! Before you trash the amp/sub, I'm 56 and just want a little low end base. Not wanting to shake the neighbors houses when I pass by.
Notice the back of the radio.. I added right angle RCA connections to help with the space issue.
The Bluetooth on the HU works great and the Pandora interface is nice! I also get free traffic reports. All my steering wheel controls work with no programming. Plug an play with the Metra adapter.
Using the information found here, I also added the backup camera to my HU. Picture is OK. I also tried an aftermarket camera and the video was MUCH better. So it seems to be a cheap camera for the crappy picture.
Thanks again for everyone help and support... Love this place!!!!!!