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Old 07-01-2009, 06:59 PM   #1
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Just wondering if anyone can provide some info on how difficult it would be to swap out the stock headunit, put in new speakers (front and back) and add an amp? Is this "difficult" for someone who's never done car audio before? I'm not looking to add a sub right now, but I'm thinking about upgrading the stock system. Just not sure if I should just pay a shop to install it all. I'm not too worried about hooking the amp and everything up as I am familiar with audio, I'm more concerned about being able to remove the panels, run the wiring, etc.

Is this a tough job for a newbie? Any idea how long it should take?

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Old 07-01-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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removing the panels and running the wires is extremely easy. id say around an hour to pop all the panels off, wires just depend on u but theres plenty of room along the floor
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Even without previous experience, I think pulling the doors apart and installing speakers, pulling the stock HU and installing a new HU can be done in about 4 hours. It might seem like a long time, but I am factoring in someone being very slow and meticulous. If you can get laptop and have it sitting in the passenger seat and use it to reference, it shouldn't be a challenge that scares you.

If I were doing an install of that sort on a Tacoma, I think I could have it all done in under 2.5 hours, including wiring. That is because I know where all the panel clips are and the size bolts and what not.

Seriously, it isn't rocket science. Just take a look at some of the tutorials / guides on here. You can get a really good idea of where everything will fit and what comes off and what doesn't. If all else fails, you can probably get someone's number here and have them help you if you get stuck or just have questions.
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Cool, thanks folks. Definitely sounds like something I could manage over a weekend in the garage. I've got no problem taking things slow and being systematic about it, etc.
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