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New speakers WOW

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by iridelow, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Oct 10, 2019 at 11:20 AM
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    Rottencotton

    Rottencotton Well-Known Member

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    Yea, that's what I used too.
     
  2. Oct 10, 2019 at 11:50 AM
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    For those with the Kicker Key Amp - How involved is the install?

    I already have the Subaru tweeters, and Kicker speakers installed, and while the stereo sounds much better than stock, it still is lacking. It's a lease so I don't necessarily want to add a sub, and feel with a little more power these upgraded speakers could sound much better.
     
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  3. Oct 10, 2019 at 11:57 AM
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    Not bad. There is a write up in the audio section including making a plug and play harness.
     
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  4. Oct 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM
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    Anybody making a harness? I just viewed some posts of people making a harness, while I'm more than capable, as my truck is a lease I definitely don't want to go cutting up the factory harness.
     
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  5. Oct 10, 2019 at 12:17 PM
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    I was hoping to find someone to make the harness for me as well, so far I haven't found one.
     
  6. Oct 10, 2019 at 12:47 PM
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    I have the JBL system in my 19 so the subaru tweeter thing doesn't apply to me. Can I simply replace the stock door speakers with something or do I have to re-do my entire setup, incl headunit?
     
  7. Oct 10, 2019 at 4:14 PM
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    I'm kind of a noob at this stuff, once you get the door panels off, is this a simple plug and play swap, or will some additional wiring have to be done?
     
  8. Oct 10, 2019 at 5:03 PM
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    You will have to plug the Crutchfield supplied connectors onto the speaker, and they will allow you to plug directly into your factory harness. You will need to mount the speakers (they come with the necessary screws) to the Crutchfield supplied speaker adapter plates. Then use the factory hardware to mount the speaker to the doors. It's easy. You will have to drill new holes to mount the 4th screw on the front speakers to the adapter plates. You will also have to trim some of the adapter plate (easy with a dremel).

    All in all, it probably took me 3 hours beginning to end. I had some trouble figuring out the door panels, mainly how they go back on.

    Real easy overall. I could do it again in 30 minutes.
     
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  9. Oct 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM
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    Installed the speakers this afternoon. I would say the hardest part is removing the cable plug. But as others noted, take your time, push the clip part and it pops off. I would say they are an improvement but I am not sure these speakers are a $100 improvement if that makes any sense at all. I tested the first install vs. the original in the other side and there is definitely improvement, the replacements sound more like real speakers rather than buzzers. One note on my '17 TRD Off Road, on the passenger side there is , I guess a light sensor of some sort. I was not sure how to unclip its wire so I left it in place and worked around the speaker grill still connected to that wire. Just made it a bit tighter to get at the windshield side bolt but not too bad. Oh yeah, one thing I did was stuff some shop towels into the crevasses around the speaker once the grill was off. If I didn't do that I am convinced I would have dropped a bolt into the abyss of the dash, never to be seen again. Maybe next I will go for the doors. Appreciate the helpful comments.
     
  10. Oct 16, 2019 at 3:08 PM
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    Give the speakers some time to break in, I felt the same way initially. They are sounding much better now imo.
     
  11. Oct 16, 2019 at 3:22 PM
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    na8rboy

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    From what I have read, there is nothing at this time compatible with JBL system.
     
  12. Oct 16, 2019 at 3:53 PM
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    I don't get why everyone is doing the kicker upgrade, Kicker speakers are usually crap, are they better than stock? Yes, but they're so cheaply made too
     
  13. Oct 16, 2019 at 5:52 PM
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    Tacospike

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    Yeah, most haven’t had a lot of experience with different speakers and brands. Once one thing pops up everyone gets on it. From the thousands of people upgrading and having longevity of good use over the years, I can see the hype and choice for these especially from most running through stock HU
     

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