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Old 10-10-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
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Factory Tacoma fake stereo face

I live in an area that's known for the tweekers. And when they're tweek'n, they'll steal anything that isn't tied down, and even some things that are. Plus, I just wanted to see if I could do it. You might be thinking "just remove the face". Yeah, no, thats not enough in my book.

I wanted a stereo with bluetooth, and already had a unit with a missing face. I acquired a face off ebay to save a few bucks. Also I was already familiar with how this stereo is setup. One of the keys to this mod was steering wheel controls so I don't necessarily have to take off the fake face all the time. A pain to install but worth it. Actually what I like most is I can see the aftermarket screen through the stock screen. I had to mod the brackets a bit, but wasn't too hard. If I get enough interests, I'll show you the brackets. Enjoy.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:15 AM   #2
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rather clever
nicely done
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:03 AM   #3
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Thanks, will have a few things to wrap up like getting the bottom panel to line up better, and maybe some magnetic strips underneath to hold the face in a little more. Right now it's just sitting there and I haven't driven with it yet.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:52 AM   #4
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This is pretty cool!!!
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:45 AM   #7
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+1. I'd like to see the brackets and more. How did you separate the stock face from the head unit? Wonder if this can be done w a double din.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:33 PM   #8
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Finally, some more pictures.

All I did was mount a thin plate to the original brackets, then made new holes in the thin plate to locate the stereo. BTW, old license plates work really well ;-)

Double DIN? Hm...maybe.

Separating the face from the stock stereo: A few screws on the side and some tabs. There will be a circuit board still attached to the face. You'll need to remove the screws that mount it. I used a hot glue gun on the back side to keep all the stock face parts in place. Sorry, no pics.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:53 PM   #9
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Now get a couple of bins to put top and bottom of radio. You'll be able to hide all kinds do stuff.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:41 AM   #10
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Very neat idea for single din HU's.. +1
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