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Dash speaker replacement with Kenwood

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by bullyd, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:14 AM
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    bullyd

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    I opted to replace all of my factory speakers. I used the recommended Kickers for the front and rear doors, but instead of using the Subaru dash replacements, I chose to use Kenwood KFC-X2C and the harness from ********* ($$$). It came out to a little less than the Subaru speakers and they are higher quality, IMO. The install was very easy and the speakers fit perfect into the Toyota design.

    Crutchfield was out of stock, so I ordered them online from Freeman's Car Stereo. They arrived in 2 days

    I have a standard radio, without NAV or SiriusXM. The dash speakers make an enormous difference.

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  2. Apr 6, 2019 at 7:05 AM
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    Interesting that you chose that brand as the Subaru ones are Kicker. I still need to do the door speaker upgrade
     
  3. Apr 6, 2019 at 7:17 AM
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    I know people with both and these are a palpable upgrade over the Subaru Kickers. Best Buy has the door speakers on clearance, BTW. They were just over $100, out the door, for all 4
     
  4. Apr 6, 2019 at 7:24 AM
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    I just saw that on the daily specials! Guess I’m about to make another unnecessary purchase! Thanks for the heads up
     
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  5. Apr 6, 2019 at 7:26 AM
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    Good choice.

    I chose to do Rockford Fosgate for all doors and in-line tweets for the front. The tweets could be better, but with the adapters and ********* harnesses total was $120

    The Rockford tweets could be better, but for the price it sounds great over stock
     
  7. Apr 7, 2019 at 11:46 AM
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    Night and day upgrade over the stock base Entune and paper speakers. Well worth the $200 upgrade
     
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    How'd you wire the red, whites and black wires from that connector to the speaker?

    And did you leave the in-line crossover in place?

    Thanks
     
  9. Jun 22, 2019 at 11:27 AM
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    If you do front speakers and get pigtail from crutchfield, make sure to zip tie pig tail to door on inside to eliminate getting caught in window regulator ... from experience after slicing wiring after a few window up/down operations
     
  10. Jun 23, 2019 at 10:37 AM
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    I bought the speaker wire harness from *********. A bit pricey @30, but plug and play.
     
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    I just upgraded my stuff.
    added this kicker inline amp along with all new kicker speakers. (haven't done the top dash speakers yet)
    also added the kicker 8' hideaway subwoofer. I wanted some more bass for fuller sound without sacrificing precious storage space in the truck and this actually fits right under the driver seat. The passenger seat has a bar that wouldn't let it fit but the driver seat did not have it and it slid right in. I did car audio in my early 20's and was not expecting how much bass this sub put it out. I've had a ton of experience installing other systems over 10 years ago like this and wowzers did they come a long way. This is not a small sub that added a little bass, this thing really hits close to a full size 10 in my experience. it's not quite there but damn it's more than enough that I actually turn it down a bit. doesn't really distort either. The kicker key inline amp for the door speakers was a huge upgrade. Can really crank it up now with clear sound and no distortion. I can't even get to the point of distortion because i think my ears would bleed it would be so loud. Alpine has an inline amp also but the kicker key amp has better reviews and does a better job with its own equalizer that tunes itself with a mic.
    https://www.kicker.com/key-smart-amplifier
    https://www.kicker.com/hideaway
     
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  12. Jun 23, 2019 at 1:01 PM
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    Right, so did I. The thing is the plug and play harness has 4 wires coming off it, those 4 wires need to be hooked to the positive and negative on the Kenwood Speaker leads. It has to be wired in parallel so the door speakers will still work. So that was the question, how did you wire those 4 wires to the speaker?
     
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