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Connecting sub / splicing speaker wires

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by 82nate, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. Jun 2, 2020 at 8:28 AM
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    82nate

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    Hi. I'm trying to install a Kicker hs10 powered sub and need help figuring out what speaker wires to tap and where. I've read many different colors and locations on other threads, but, can't figure out which ones are correct. So, I'm trying to get the correct answer here.

    I do know typically you want to tap the bigger speakers (which I think are the front), but, everyone seems to tap the back. Does it not matter? I have the regular system, NOT JBL.

    Do I need wire connectors or should I just manually splice and silicone tape it?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Jun 2, 2020 at 8:31 AM
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    SearArtist Player Hater #001

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    Yes.
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    Look up 5 Star Car Stereo on YouTube. Dean and Fernando have numerous videos about doing this exact thing, and some complete install videos in 3rd gen Tacomas.
     
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    Could you point me to a link? Unfortunately, I don't seem to be able to find what you were talking about. I found their channel but, can only find them installing side door speakers or something that's not my car.
     
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    The link above is a better, vehicle-specific source for you. If you're into car audio, 5 Star's videos are certainly worth watching.
     
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    destin_meeks I used to fix people's crappy stereos

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    I’ll jot down some stuff in a bit during a break
     
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    Thanks! Basically, I'm just looking for the easiest way to get to the speaker wires and splice the correct ones
     
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    destin_meeks I used to fix people's crappy stereos

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    Long story short

    This
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087Z1794K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tau_GDO1EbJKKK1F1

    These
    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_136XDCLR2S/JL-Audio-XD-CLRAIC2-SW.html

    And a short spool of 18ish gauge speaker wire.

    Wire the adapter in behind the radio (plug and play)
    Mount the sub behind the seat
    Splice on a few more feet of speaker wire to the sub’s input wires, then splice on those RCA tips
    Run wires up door sills then across to radio
    Plug RCA’s into adapter
    Run sub’s power and ground and remote knob
     
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    Aww, I was hoping to avoid getting behind the head unit.
     
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    I used this adapter so that I didn’t have to cut into any factory harness, fits non-jbl Tacoma’s. I have a 2019 and it fits just fine even though the listing claims it doesn’t. It’s cheaper than the last one listed, BUT, it does not include the LOC. If your amp supports speaker level in then it’s fine, but if it doesn’t you’ll have to get one.
    IMHO, the one supplied in that other adapter is likely to sound like crap, but it may be fine if you aren’t discerning or just get lucky.

    Wire Harness for 1987-2018 Toyota and 2016+ Subaru (Used for Amplifier or Subwoofer Installation) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y2DJFXC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_nBU1EbHWDPCNF
     
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    I'm not trying to steer your decision but here's my 2 cents on making it worth your time. BTW I have went the "wire tap sub" route years ago and it's absolutely lack luster in case you are just looking to hear more "bass" in voices when you are listening to NPR.

    If you are going to try and tap a powered sub into a factory wire....and that's it, period. It's probably not worth the money you are spending on the sub. What are you trying to achieve sound wise?

    What's the plan for pulling power to the sub? It needs a source correct?

    So if this is true, you will want to do things right and have a clean install which all equates to you pulling some wire. If you are pulling wire you will take time to pull it clean and correct, I'm assuming.

    The driver's seat is exactly 4 bolts and 2 electrical disconnects, pull it out. Pull your head unit, also 4 10mm screws, it's scary to dive into that ball of wires, but a little TW diving and prior research will get you to the right place. You can do it!

    Pull your power from the battery, ground to the frame via self tapping screw in an inconspicuous area. You probably need a remote wire so the sub turns on and off with the ignition...See where I'm going here?

    It's a small job but you want to do it right. It's a job that; if you are going to take the time to do it right, you want to get the most out of your time and effort.

    Lastly...have you considered putting together an amp, sub and enclosure? To me that is the fun of adding something like that and quality audio equipment is so cheap these days, you are better off ditching those big names. You can save money and get equal or better quality.
     

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