1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

How to - Subaru/Toyota(3rd Gen) Tweeter Upgrade (Holy S***)

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by SomethingNew71, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Jun 11, 2018 at 5:18 PM
    #241
    CampTruck

    CampTruck Thats. What. She. Said.

    Joined:
    May 27, 2018
    Member:
    #254671
    Messages:
    253
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brooks
    NC
    Vehicle:
    2018 Silver TRD Sport DCSB 4x4
    Bartact covers, Hondo knobs, OEM bed cover, Subie Tweeters, interior chrome delete, a/c hose extension/relocate, blacked lower bumper, OEM bed extender and mat, Stealth running boards, debadged
    On an unrelated note, I have 2 OEM Toyota brand tweeters for sale. These are plug and play.
     
    Mnmlod likes this.
  2. Jun 11, 2018 at 7:52 PM
    #242
    dan_SD

    dan_SD Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2018
    Member:
    #245594
    Messages:
    154
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Daniel
    Vehicle:
    18' Cavalry Blue TRD PRO
    Yea i must have bent them bad as they do not want to slide in. The pounding to push them in, didnt help... :annoyed:
     
  3. Jun 11, 2018 at 8:05 PM
    #243
    toyotatacomaTRD

    toyotatacomaTRD Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    Member:
    #43379
    Messages:
    4,356
    Gender:
    Male
    Dang. Do you think they can be straightened out? Another guy on here left his dangling for a few days then was finally able to get them in. I'd take a break from it. You'll be able to get them in one way or another I'm sure. Good luck.
     
    dan_SD[QUOTED] likes this.
  4. Jun 12, 2018 at 5:26 PM
    #244
    Vanderjdm

    Vanderjdm Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2018
    Member:
    #253101
    Messages:
    560
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2018 Off Road
    5% Tint, ARE V-Series w/ Yack Rack, Ebay Grill, Emblem Black Out Kit, Bumpershellz, Predator Tube Steps, Radioknobs by Tacowiede, Kicker Speaker Upgrade
    Just did mine tonight! Totally worth it. I'm not an expert audiophile and can't put it into words, but everything sounds better. Sounds much more like the 10 speaker stereo in my Acura now. Even the door speakers sound better to me now. Just feel more enveloped in sound. Way louder too at equivalent volume level which is nice.

    I struggled getting the first A pillar cover back on. Took me about 20 minutes of trying before I figured out how to easily slide it back in place. Needless to say the second one was way easier.

    Thanks for posting this. I'm really tempted to do my door speakers now :)
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2018
    orangeracer and 0uTkAsT like this.
  5. Jun 12, 2018 at 5:32 PM
    #245
    trazerr

    trazerr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2015
    Member:
    #145900
    Messages:
    938
    Gender:
    Male
    Oregon
    Vehicle:
    2018 DCLB SR5 4x4(formerly 1996 AC LX 4x4 5sp)
    Welp, all done! Took about 20mins start to finish including disconnecting/reconnecting the battery a few times to test it all out. Tight fit on each side, but could have been worse. Used my old core tool from my Les Schwab days to remove the screw covers. That tool has a tiny flat head on one side that works great to remove our interior trim pieces. Will see how it sounds tomorrow on my way to work.

    Edit: I was surprised the stock tweeters were heavier than the kickers. I expected them to weigh nothing or at least less. Guess heavy doesn’t mean quality though haha
     
    Vanderjdm likes this.
  6. Jun 12, 2018 at 6:47 PM
    #246
    fgeorge097

    fgeorge097 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2018
    Member:
    #254596
    Messages:
    290
    Northeast
    Vehicle:
    2018 OR AT
    I called Crutchfield today and they recommended these Kicker KSC speakers as a step up to the kickers that have been discussed in this thread:

    For the front:
    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_206KSC6930/Kicker-44KSC69304.html?tp=91&l=C

    For the rear:
    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_206KS...DjrUxSZBXmx-7vamposdXxPePdYYv1IwaAhQOEALw_wcB

    Crutchfield says the rear does not fit, but I called and they said it should be doable.

    They said the KSC are a good step up , and would take an amp should I add one later.

    Any feedback? Would these pair well with the subaru tweeters?
     
  7. Jun 14, 2018 at 11:05 PM
    #247
    TRDPro916

    TRDPro916 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2018
    Member:
    #252190
    Messages:
    439
    Vehicle:
    TRD
    None
    Does anyone know how to remove the passenger side pillar? The driver side seems so straight forward.
     
  8. Jun 14, 2018 at 11:43 PM
    #248
    dentedporsche

    dentedporsche Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2018
    Member:
    #245373
    Messages:
    99
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ron
    Did this upgrade and also added about 25 sq ft. of sound deadener in doors. Definitely spend the time because really quiets the ride and gets rid of the tin can effect. Factory literally only puts a 4 x 6 inch piece on upper part of door ... useless. Also add a 1 inch foam on outer edge of each speaker and baffles around each speaker ... big difference.
     
  9. Jun 15, 2018 at 12:44 AM
    #249
    shakerhood

    shakerhood Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2015
    Member:
    #161370
    Messages:
    36,179
    Gender:
    Male
    Southern Ohio
    Vehicle:
    2017 MGM DCSB Off Road, 6 Speed MT, P&T
    The grab handle is what retains the passenger side cover, remove the 2 bolts and you are good to go.
     
  10. Jun 15, 2018 at 7:10 AM
    #250
    LTG4087

    LTG4087 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2012
    Member:
    #81852
    Messages:
    1,360
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    LT
    DFW
    Vehicle:
    2019 TRD Off Road
    Two bolts vs on one the driver's side. The bolt covers come off pretty easily with just a slight pry and are tethered by a small strip of plastic material. Be careful replacing the bolt covers when you're done. When lined up properly they will snap in with little force but it is easy to bend one of the tabs, especially the one near the tether.
     
  11. Jun 15, 2018 at 7:43 AM
    #251
    Bascoma

    Bascoma I smell dog poop.....

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2017
    Member:
    #229871
    Messages:
    476
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    Deep Creek VA
    Vehicle:
    S/C 2017 OR MT
    Magnuson Supercharger TRD Bilstein 6112/5610 w/ Head Strong 3 leaf AAL URD Mark 2 Y Pipe OV Tuned (pre Magnuson install) TRD Intake TRD Exhaust TRD Skid Plate TRD Shift Knob Leer 100XR Subaru Kicker Tweeters Toyota Bed Mat Kicker CS Door Speakers Kicker H8S Hideaway Sub Toyota All Weather Floor Liners Caliraised LED Bumper Light Bar De Badged Tint Console Organizer CMC with BAMF Plates 17” SCS Ray 10’s 285/70r17 Ridge Grapplers Faux PRO Grille Hondo Radio Knobs Accumulator Delete Mod URD Short Throw Shifter JLT Oil Separator MESO Ultimate Turn Signals MESO Map Lights MESO V2 Dual Color Dome Light RC Seat Covers Stoptech Slotted Rotors Sport Pads and Stainless Brake Hoses
    Just did mine. Meh. Now I feel like I opened a can of worms. It is not any louder. And I defiantly lost lows and bass. The stock twitters had a nice big coil and I guess that is what powered the slight bass from them. I do believe the sound is clearer though. Maybe if I swap the other four speakers for the Kicker CS I’ll get my lows back?
     
  12. Jun 15, 2018 at 7:46 AM
    #252
    toyotatacomaTRD

    toyotatacomaTRD Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    Member:
    #43379
    Messages:
    4,356
    Gender:
    Male
    No question. I felt very similar after doing it. I honestly think you could do just the kicker door speakers and be completely satisfied. The tweeters are so easy to do though.

    If I were to rate the change for me, the tweeters were about a 2. The door speakers were a 7. Completely transformed.
     
    Bascoma[QUOTED] likes this.
  13. Jun 15, 2018 at 7:54 AM
    #253
    bora12

    bora12 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2018
    Member:
    #249068
    Messages:
    16
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gary
    Chesapeake
    Vehicle:
    2013 DCLB Sport
  14. Jun 15, 2018 at 8:46 AM
    #254
    Brodozer69

    Brodozer69 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2017
    Member:
    #238218
    Messages:
    9
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2017 TRD Bro
    **Yelow BD led fogs** **Sick tint all over my windshield** **Fox Head Air freshener**
    This mod goes to 11.
     
    Swarfston likes this.
  15. Jun 15, 2018 at 9:51 AM
    #255
    skierd

    skierd Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2018
    Member:
    #247038
    Messages:
    1,218
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    David
    Fairbanks, AK
    Vehicle:
    2021 F150 XL STX Screw 4x4 2.7
    If you want real bass you need to add a sub. If you want to add volume, you have to add power and amp the speakers.

    The Kicker tweeters are a good starting point, and if you don't listen to bass heavy music they're probably as far as most people would need to go. What I noticed most is they've added clarity to the sound that wasn't there before. The stock dash+door speakers really didn't have any crisp clean highs and had a very muddy vocal and mid range. With the Subaru tweeters the highs ring clearer and vocals are much much cleaner. I noticed it most actually listening to podcasts: with the stock speakers I'd have to turn my volume way up, in to the 40's, to attempt to hear what people were saying while with the tweeters I'm able to keep the volume in the mid to low 30's. It's not any louder than before, I can just hear the words better so I don't have to turn it up as high. And when I do listen to my music loud the Subaru tweeters can handle the highs much much better than the stock dash speakers could ever have hoped to do.

    Is there less bass? Yes and no... I notice the distortion in the stock door speakers much sooner and much more readily than I did with the stock dash speakers when you move the bass level off the mid point. They're actually kinda nice and balanced when set to the mid point and paired with the Subaru tweeters, but at the mid point the stock door speakers don't put out much in the way of heavy low bass. Well honestly they never really put out much bass, but the bass control is more like distortion control as you crank it up!

    I've got an 8" Pioneer subwoofer in a sealed box ready to go in behind my passenger seats with a Kenwood KAC-M3001 mono amp that'll get installed in the rear seat cubbies underneath to take care of the low notes and leave the doors to handle the mid-range. I shopped around and was able to buy all the components necessary for about $240.
     
    Bascoma[QUOTED] likes this.
  16. Jun 16, 2018 at 5:06 PM
    #256
    Techsan

    Techsan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2018
    Member:
    #250706
    Messages:
    533
    Gender:
    Male
    South Texas
    Vehicle:
    2017 BBPDC
    Completed the tweeter replacement today. Start to finish about 20min. The pillar covers are the trickiest part. the airbags really need to be treated with caution and respect. The bolt covers, (1)L and (2)R, slide back into place without any effort whatsoever. Just take your time. As a side note, I used no pry tools at all to remove either the bolt covers or tweeter covers. Just my thumbnails.

    Results? No doubt better, but not just blown away. As mentioned before, when your main source is digital compressed Bluetooth music, you need to temper your expectations. Door speakers are next! Maybe some decent midrange and bass.
     
  17. Jun 16, 2018 at 5:18 PM
    #257
    CRCs Reality

    CRCs Reality Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Member:
    #210005
    Messages:
    306
    Gender:
    Male
    Pittsburgh-Ish
    Vehicle:
    2017 DCSB TRD Sport (OVTuned)
    Now add the Kicker door speakers front and rear.. Then sound deadening in the doors (yeah, I know).. The difference is AMAZING.
     
    shakerhood and Techsan[QUOTED] like this.
  18. Jun 16, 2018 at 5:28 PM
    #258
    Techsan

    Techsan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2018
    Member:
    #250706
    Messages:
    533
    Gender:
    Male
    South Texas
    Vehicle:
    2017 BBPDC
    On order. :cool:
     
    shakerhood likes this.
  19. Jun 17, 2018 at 8:07 AM
    #259
    Bascoma

    Bascoma I smell dog poop.....

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2017
    Member:
    #229871
    Messages:
    476
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    Deep Creek VA
    Vehicle:
    S/C 2017 OR MT
    Magnuson Supercharger TRD Bilstein 6112/5610 w/ Head Strong 3 leaf AAL URD Mark 2 Y Pipe OV Tuned (pre Magnuson install) TRD Intake TRD Exhaust TRD Skid Plate TRD Shift Knob Leer 100XR Subaru Kicker Tweeters Toyota Bed Mat Kicker CS Door Speakers Kicker H8S Hideaway Sub Toyota All Weather Floor Liners Caliraised LED Bumper Light Bar De Badged Tint Console Organizer CMC with BAMF Plates 17” SCS Ray 10’s 285/70r17 Ridge Grapplers Faux PRO Grille Hondo Radio Knobs Accumulator Delete Mod URD Short Throw Shifter JLT Oil Separator MESO Ultimate Turn Signals MESO Map Lights MESO V2 Dual Color Dome Light RC Seat Covers Stoptech Slotted Rotors Sport Pads and Stainless Brake Hoses
    Just ordered my CS’s from Crutchfield. BOGO 1/2 half off and free shipping is cool.
     
    Larrys4x4 and Mnmlod like this.
  20. Jun 17, 2018 at 8:20 AM
    #260
    TacBlu4x4's

    TacBlu4x4's Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2018
    Member:
    #245538
    Messages:
    22
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    lui
    Vehicle:
    016 Taco 4x4 trd OR
    C4 sliders, custom grill, 17in American racing Baja wheels wrapped with Nitto trail grapplers, MBRP cat back, AF dynamics cold air intake, rough country blacked out 30" hidden light bar.
    how did you figure out a Subaru tweeter would work in the taco?? that's awesome!!
     
    Mnmlod likes this.
To Top