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INSTALLING A Toyota Tacoma Factory JBL Sub, Amp, and Box

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by patrickockander, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Feb 12, 2009 at 4:26 PM
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    patrickockander

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    So I picked one of these up from ebay recently and was wondering if anyone had experience in putting one of these in a truck which didn't have it originally...

    Any advice would help.

    Thanks in advance,
    Pat

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    BTW, this came out of an 07 and mine's an '08​
     
  2. Feb 12, 2009 at 4:29 PM
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    Did you get the wire harness with it?
     
  3. Feb 12, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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    No...was thinking...hoping that the truck might be prewired for it....
     
  4. Feb 12, 2009 at 4:33 PM
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    I don't know much about that sub. Is it out of a d/c or a/c truck? I have seen that sub they put in the a/c in between the two rear fold up seats.
     
  5. Feb 12, 2009 at 4:36 PM
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    looks like the one in my doublecab
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  6. Feb 12, 2009 at 4:39 PM
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    ok. Hope he is pre-wired for it.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2009 at 4:39 PM
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    same here, I doubt they ran the wires for all of the doublecabs if they did not need to.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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    Probably cost him more for the wire harness. I think he will be out of luck to find on on ebay.
     
  9. Feb 12, 2009 at 4:46 PM
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    A wreckign yard might have the harness, although I don't know how many were made with the JBL option. If ebay doesn't pan out you can try a local stereo install shop, they might be able to hook you up with something.
     
  10. Feb 13, 2009 at 3:50 AM
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    I'm thinking if its not prewired ill just swap out the amp with an aftermarke one and sell the oem on ebay...
     
  11. Feb 13, 2009 at 8:31 PM
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    Never know because sometimes it's just easier for Toyota to throw one master harness into all the vehicles of the same model then try to make different harnesses and coordinate their install every time. ie .. the 09's have the option for a rear view camera. If you don't have one when you purchase your truck the wires are still in the headliner as well as the camera in the tail.. you just add the mirror aftermarket.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2009 at 11:41 AM
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    Ill find out this weekend and update this post...
     
  13. Feb 14, 2009 at 3:46 PM
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    Is there a way you can tell that you have the JLB option? without looking in the back for the sub of course..
     
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    There'll be a 'JBL' logo / decal / whatever on the head unit ...
     
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    yup... it's fairly obvious...
     
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    2005+ Double Cabs (without the optional factory JBL system) are *not* pre-wired for it. In particular, the harness leading to the separate amplifier unit will need to be added. To make things more difficult, the amplifier (and / or the wiring to and from it) uses one or two special multi-pin connectors.
     
  17. Feb 14, 2009 at 4:34 PM
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    And it says JBL on the speaker grill on the doors. I took my sub out and it turned all the speakers off in the truck, so the sub has to be wired in to the whole system.
     
  18. Feb 18, 2009 at 1:57 PM
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    I never got around to this...sorry, will update asap.
     
  19. Feb 18, 2009 at 2:00 PM
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    You will have the JBL logo over the door speakers:
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    and it is on the head unit as well:
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    Sorry I am a little late.
     
  20. Mar 1, 2009 at 7:20 PM
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    I have found a JBL head unit that I was thinking might work to replace my non JBL 6 disc unit, but from what I read here, if you didn't get the JBL from the factory, the truck will not be wired for it, correct? Can one just put in the JBL head unit without the sub and amp into a truck that did not come with one and have it still work as the non JBL head unit does? Would anything be gained by doing this and adding only the JBL door speakers? I also found a complete set of JBL door speakers and was considering them with or without the JBL head unit. Will they work with the non JBL unit and if so, would this be worth doing? Just looking for better sound not loud sound. Hope this all makes sense.
     
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