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installing new headunit.. looking for some info.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ywen, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Mar 1, 2010 at 2:35 PM
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    ywen

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    Hi,

    About install a single DIN radio to replace my factory DD unit. Search on this site brings up some basic info about dash kits from walmart. HOwever, it looks like walmart doesn't sell them for the Tacoma anymore.. so starting from square one..

    1) What dash kit + wiring harness do I need? Link would be great.

    2) Do I need antenna adapter?

    Would appreciate any info you can provide. Thanks!
     
  2. Mar 1, 2010 at 2:44 PM
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    I highly recommend http://www.crutchfield.com/. I purchased a single din head unit from them in December and i was extremely satisfied with it. I also got a free dash/installation kit a free wiring harness and free shipping. Check it out.
     
  3. Mar 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM
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    i just did what about a week ago, and walmart had the dash kit as well as the wiring harness. Dynex was the brand and it fit a wide range of Toyotas. As for mine, I did not need the antenna adapter. Hope this helps.
     
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  5. Mar 1, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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    I got my stuff from Best Buy. I didn't shop for any of it, a friend that works there looked it all up for me and bought it on employee discount. Including head unit itself, everything was $58 :)
     
  6. Mar 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM
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    Tacotunes.com they sell everything specifically for tacomas. Antenna adapters are more for BMW's or audi's.
     
  7. Mar 4, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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    Aight went to Target and they carried the Scosche dashkit for Imports, which according to the back includes the 1st gen Tacomas... I should be all good right?

    The radio is already in my hands go it off ebay.
     
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    you're set my friend.
     
  9. Mar 5, 2010 at 6:20 AM
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    i ahve a set of instructions from crutchfeild, when i get home i will scan them for you and post them up
     
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    Scosche TAO-21 for the connector.
     
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    hey if you still want my instructions let me know. (i am feeling VERY LAZY and dont want to post them unless you need them)
     
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    Hey Thanks for the offer! Do whatever you feel like.. I appreciate it either way.. :)

    I started pulling apart the dash today and just for the record this write up is HORRIBLE. http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=77

    I'm pretty sure I need to take out the plastic molding where the two 12V power outlets are because the center black panel won't budge at all until that lower piece is removed.

    It's dark out now so I stopped for the day. I'm gonna disconnect the battery tomorrow and continue...

    Correct me if I'm on the wrong path.

    Oh and doing this for the 1st time after a few beers doesn't help either.. My poor scratched up dash...
     
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    Yeah remove the snap things on both side and then disconnect the connectors for the power outlets and it should just come right out.
     
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    Thanks for the confirmation.. so after that bottom piece is out.. do I just pull hard on the black panel? Do I start from the bottom?

    Also Looking at my Scosche supplied diagram I'm pretty sure it's totally wrong as well. For the rear speaker plug, it indicates the negative connectors at the top, which is contradictory of what the Toyota Service manual says.. Also the Scosche indicated pos wire has a black line on it so I'm pretty sure it's actually negative. Anyone who used Scosche wire harness care to chime in? Thanks!

    Top is Scosche manual, bottom is from the Toyo Service Manual... highlighted in Red is the part in question..

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  15. Mar 5, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    I pulled with my fingers where both vents are with them tilted up and it came out fine, also i soldered everything that the connector came with to the wiring for the headunit and everything works. May just be a typo on the scosche one? Mine only came with a little orange instructions that was part of the box.
     
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    damn epic fail.. the head unit I have, doesn't have side holes that matches up to the two mounting plates that came off of the factory unit. Is the a sleeve that will allow installation of 1 DIN head units that doesn't have matching mounting holes?
     
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    Suggestion, JVC makes a nice Ipod ready headunit, I've had mine going on three years and love it.
     
  19. Mar 7, 2010 at 4:34 PM
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    You don't have to cut the dash at all in this truck, I've done a few hundred of them and have never had to cut anything. If the mounting holes done match up for the radio you have to use the cage that came with the radio. Mount the dash kit in place, then put the cage into the DIN opening for the radio and bend the mounting tabs down with a flathead or picktool. The radio will slide in a lock in place. As far as the wiring goes, if you have the harness for the truck and the harness for the radio just match the colors up and use a crimp cap, or solder them if you want. Let me know if you need more help or post pics and I can walk you through it.
     
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