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2007 Tacoma Blu Logic Install How-to

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by melsman, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. Mar 11, 2010 at 8:59 PM
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    melsman

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    Hello Everyone,

    I recently installed a Blu Logic hands-free system in my 2007 Tacoma and it works really well. Plus, it was pretty easy to install. Since there's limited information on how to do this on the web, I thought I'd post how I did it.

    First of all, the system DOES work with the 2007 with no modifications, even though the specs only list years 2008-10. I suspect that it would work on the 2005 and 2006 Tacos also.

    Second, this was an easier install than I thought. I'm not a auto tech - mostly I've just worked on older cars as a hobby. However, the snap-apart panels of the Tacoma and simple plug-and-play design of the Blu Logic system made installation a breeze. If you've ever installed a new radio/HU and/or speakers in a vehicle, this is going to be pretty easy for you.

    Anyway, here's basic information on my truck. I have a factory, non-JBL, non-XM, 6 Disc system. (FWIW: the instructions specifically state that there are conflicts with the JBL and Factory Nav units.) I also have a Pre-runner 2X4 with locking diffy, but none of the other traction stuff, so I have three blanks to work with on the left side of the steering wheel.

    I ordered the Blu Logic system, part # PT923-00098 (see picture),from these guys, which is the "large button" version of the Blu logic system. (Note: If you have the knock-outs in the center console between the lighter and the 12v power outlet(and want to use them for the system switch), then you have to order the "small button" system switch, part number PT923-00090-SW)

    After thinking about the location, I decided to place the Blu Logic (BL) switch where my fog light switch was (so I could see it better) and move my fog lt switch to the lower row of knock-outs. No big deal to do, and makes it much more user friendly. (See photo)

    The instructions that SHOULD come with the system are pretty clear and understandable. However, I'm going to give you a brief run down here. Basically, you remove the radio, run the switch and mic to their positions left of the center console, run their cables across the center to the right side of the glove box area, run the main harness from the center to the right side of the glove box area, plug BL harness into the module, place the module in a gap on the right side of the glove box area, secure the cables into place, plug the harness into the original harness, and plug the BL harness plugs and antenna cable into the radio, and reassemble everything back together!

    The first steps involve removing the radio and the lower knee panel in order to route the switch and mic wiring. Rather than go through the entire panel disassembly process, I'm going to point to the following thread - steps 9 through 20. He does a great job of explaining how to remove the panels:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/au...sb-charger-connection-port-factory-blank.html

    Also note that I decided to place the mic in the inside upper left corner of the Fuel/Temp gauge.(See photo) I liked that spot better than the factory recommended location and it works really well. One note though... it blocks the "A" of the "ABS" warning light when viewed straight on, turning it into a "BS" light... :)

    Remove the glove box to route the cables, harness, and install the module. There's a gap to the far right behind the glove box area that the module fits into. Plug the harness, mic and switch cables into the module and slip it into that gap, using zip ties to secure it to the main harness running through that area. (I had to remove one of the plugs in the adjacent module (red arrow in photos) in order to fit the module in. Once the module was in place, I plugged it back in.) Then, bind the BL harness and mic/switch cables together with electrical tape or ties, and then route across glove box area. (See photo)

    Finally, plug the original harness male plugs into the BL harness female sockets. One of the connectors on the BL harness is a AVC-LAN (12 pin) connector that may not be present on your original harness. (It wasn't on mine.) Be sure to plug this into the radio even if you don't have an AVC-LAN plug on the original harness to plug into the female end of the BL harness. (See photos. Red arrow points to empty socket on BL harness; green arrow points to the AVC-LAN plug on the BL harness that plugs into radio HU.) Make sure you connect the radio antenna cable also!

    Took me about two hours, taking my my time, not having busted into the dash before. Piece of cake.

    Melsman

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  2. May 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM
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    GatorLou

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    Melsman,

    Great post... got a few questions as I unboxed my new BluLogic and I'm about ready to start in a day or so.

    1. How do you remove one of the existing panel switches, like your fog light switch? Do you just force it in toward the panel, or are there detents to compress on the back-side?
    2. On pulling out the radio, how much slack cable can I expect - probably not enough to get my fat arm behind to disconnect plugs, right? Do you go in blind from the top, bottom, or sides (or all of the above)?
    3. How did you get the mic in the location among the gauges? Can't tell how you routed the wire in there - doesn't seem like there's a gap or hole between the speedo and trans/fuel guage to feed the mic or the plug through, is there?
    4. Did you really remove the entire guage bezel and upper dash (as Electronman's post step #15 says)? I mean the whole thing :confused: - it's huge... must have boocoo connections and panel snaps!!! What about that plastic pin in the doorway - left of the left-most (fog light) switch? Or did you just remove the screws and opened it up a little bit to gain access for your mic harness?
    5. Lastly, I think I understand the 12-pin LAN connector situation. I have an 07 so if it's like yours - great (thanks your instructions - they make sense) I just wire-tie the empty plug on the BL harness so it doesn't rattle around, right? Otherwise, there's a male and a female connector on the BL harness - vehicle plug goes to appropriate gender BL harness connector, the other BL harness plug goes to the radio! By golly I's thinks I've got it?!?!?:rolleyes:

    REALLY appreciate your response. :D
     
  3. May 2, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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    Not Melsman, but since I just did this....

    1. Detents on the rear you compress then push out the front.
    2. Not much, I got to them sitting in pass seat, hold headunit in left hand, use right hand coming mostly from top (lean radio forward) to press in the detent and pull off plugs.
    3. I ran mine from box location up the a-pillar and across top of headliner to rear view mirror - works great.
    4. Not needed if you are willing to locate in lower section, upper section needs the space for fingers to get in there and press detents. Might depend on hand size & dexterity.
    5. Yes, I think you do as well.

    Do you have the install instructions from Toyota? If no, then there is a 2MByte pdf file I can send - PM me an e-mail address.
     
  4. May 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM
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    Hi lbridges,

    Thanks for the reply - looks pretty straightforward and promising.... I like your idea of routing the mic to the rear view mirror - that's where most factory installed mics are located. But... how difficult is it to route 'across top of headliner'? Do you have to release the front attach points of the headliner? What about the roof ceiling console that comes to the windshield - does it need to be popped loose? Does it go back together okay and not sag? :eek:

    I have the Blu Logic instructions, but if you have any details on the headliner, I'll PM my e-mail address to you.

    BTW, we're almost neighbors - maybe 20 mins away! :)
     
  5. May 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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    I have the SR5 with rearview mirror backup camera video feed. That means I have a small black piece of plastic the clips between the headliner and the mirror housing. The BluTooth microphone has a sticky back that I stuck to that plastic piece with the wire tail going over the top of the black plastic clip and heading directly into the headliner.

    Then slipped the wire in along the front of the headliner to get it over to the A-Pillar.

    A-pillar comes off with a couple of 10mm bolts (IIRC) under those little covers. Dropped the wire down on the top side of the dash and fished it out to make the connection.

    Now, finally getting to the meat of your question. I used a cotton Q-tip and pushed the microphone cable as far back in the headliner as I could - never even tried to take it loose, pull it down, etc. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I refer you to the second page of the thread below.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/45648-toyota-blu-logic-bluetooth-2.html

    Has not fallen out or otherwise caused a problem, but I've only had my truck for 1833 miles (as of this morning).
     
  6. May 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM
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    Hi GatorLou,

    I concur with lbridges. He pretty much answered the questions as I would've. However, the mic installation in the console was actually pretty simple. There is a slight gap between the gauge bezel and the gauge console - just large enough to run the mic cable without modification. Since I was switching positions of the fog light switch, I needed to loosen the gauge console anyway, which included removing the two "screw clips" under the upper "lip" on the gauge console. Once that was done, the gauge console was loose enough that I could run the mic cable from the upper left corner of the right-side gauge, over the back of the bezel, and through to the radio compartment. Then, I reassembled it and the gap between the bevel and gauge console was sufficient for the cable to run without pinching.

    It works well.
     
  7. May 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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    AAAoooogggaaaaaaaaa!!!!

    I did it! And it all works, Blu Logic and all.... and no rattles - amazing.

    Thanks guys. Your instructions and photos really helped - clarified a lot of vagueness in the Toyota instructions.

    So - on the mic.... I would have liked to route the mic to the rear view mirror area. But I decided on a new location - on my very own! I located it on the black filler piece just below the A/C vent left of the center radio console. I thought this location would be better to allow others in the car to join in the converstation.

    As soon as I figure out how to upload photos - I'll show you.

    Again thanks!!!
     
  8. May 6, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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    Excellent! Glad it all worked for you.

    I too, had considered that space below the vent, but was concerned the the A/C noise from the vent might be a problem. (I had a similar issue on a mic located by an A/C vent in our 300C.) Perhaps the BL folks have a noise cancelling feature built in - U-Connect certainly does not. (Not real impressed with the U-connect product.)

    Give it a test while driving and running the A/C on high and let us know if the person on the other end can still hear you clearly.

    Melsman
     
  9. Jun 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    Just to let everyone know, I just installed this on my 2006 base model Tacoma and it works perfectly!
     
  10. Jun 18, 2011 at 6:35 AM
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    All,

    The Blu Logic works great... but your right at medium to high A/C fan levels the other person does hear what sounds like 'wind noise.' At least I should have located the mic further away on the black plastic insert.
     
  11. Jun 22, 2011 at 6:27 PM
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    I put the mic on the window over the rear view mirror. Seems to work well there. :cool:
     
  12. Oct 20, 2011 at 7:42 PM
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    Is this ebay listing the appropriate kit to install the button on the left of the steering wheel? Here's what the seller sent me: "YES ITS THE BIG BUTTON KIT, THAT IS THE CORRECT PART # BUT IT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY PT923-00112"
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/37055264166...id=m570.l2736&_nkw=370552641663&_fvi=1&_rdc=1
     
  13. Oct 21, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    It looks right and the part number matches the number at the top of the installation instructions I got when I purchased it local from my Toyota dealer for a 2011 SR5 double cab, single-cd player. If you end up buying it, ask for the instructions - they don't come in the box as it is assumed to be a dealer installed item. Alternately, PM me a personal e-mail address and I will send you a pdf of the file I scanned in for another forum member.

    Before I leave the subject, let me caution you to make sure you will be staying with the OEM headunit - the BluLogic unit and OEM iPod interface work only with the factory head unit. I bought both BluLogic and iPod interface thinking I would keep the factory player. Then my wife sprung for the aftermarket headunit - a few hundred $$$ down the drain (excepting any resale money - if I ever get off my lazy rear).
     
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