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2013 Tacoma Radio Upgrade Question...

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Simple0936, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Simple0936

    Simple0936 [OP] New Member

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  3. chrispy

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    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?
     
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    Finally, got my "first 4x4" in a Tacoma. Barcelona Red w/ JBL & Entune - Then traded it in on a Ridgeline.
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    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.
     
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    AWF ROWD ~~I'll just put the tip in...~~

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    TRD Supercharger, Walbro 255 FP Upgrade, aFe Stage 2 si CAI, TRD Acrylic cover by Coupe ADD 1 OIL Catch can/SS hoses, TRD cat back exhaust, URD 2.8" Stealth pulley, 3" lift, Toytec/Bilstein C/O's, Toytec Progressive AAL's, LR UCA's, 5100 Rear Billies, Bi-Xenon HID BHLM Retro's w/ Halos RED LINE Tuning Hood Rods Swaybar Relocate, Line X'd Bull Guard/Step, Hitch, Craven Speed Dual Gauge mount, AEM Boost/AFR Gauges, Windows 20% tint, Weather Tech deflectors, GrillCraft upper and lower, Tacoma Raptor letters, LED Interior/Exterior lighting, Lund 6" Color Matched Oval Side Bars, Webasto 700 II sunroof, Heated Two toned custom leather TRD logo'd, Kenwood Multimedia 6990 HD head unit ,JL Stealthbox sub, Hertz Component speakers,, Entire cab damped with hushmat, Viper Security/Remote start, Weather Tech Liners, Blackened exterior LED Lights, Undercover Top w/LED's, Carbon fiber TRD windshield decal,, TRD stitched leather shift knob, TRD steering wheel emblem,
    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...over/4873052.p?id=1218560724327&skuId=4873052
     
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    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.
     
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    Nice follow up guys.
     
  10. anarion55

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    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
     
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    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....!
     
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    Good luck - it will be worth it.
     
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    Just wondering...if you tried these, did they work?
     
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    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.
     
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