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Noob stereo upgrade setup?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by 808Raider, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Aug 19, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    808Raider [OP] Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2009
    '10 PreRunner SR5 AC
    Bilstein 5100s @1.75, AAL TSB, Pro Comp 7089s, 265/75/16 Firestone Destination A/Ts, Debadged, Black Billet Grille, Tinted, Nerf Bars, Mudflaps Removed, AFE Pro Dry-S Air Filter, Secondary Air Filter Removed, Sock Decals,
    Hey I saw the amazon pioneer deal and wanted thought it would be a great time to upgrade my access cab stereo. Basically my problem is that I'm not a fan of the stock speakers (would like better bass) and the stereo volume isn't loud enough for my taste. Completely new to this subject but from browsing this forum I'm guessing for my preference I will need only an amp and speakers and maybe some of those tacotunes things if I want to keep the stock face unit. Is this correct? Any recommendations on what kind of watt amp is good and what speakers would be good for me? And if I do decide to go the route with a new face what will i need a bigger amp or is there any other upgrades that I might need to make? The audio shops have a ridiculous markup out here in Hawaii so buying online or at least knowing what I'm looking for will definently help me save some bucks. Thanks in advance.
  2. Aug 19, 2010 at 4:17 AM
    Simon's Mom

    Simon's Mom Wag More Bark Less

    Apr 12, 2007
    First Name:
    Judy or Jude :)
    SBurl Vermont
    13 TRD OR DC MGM
    Stock for now
    I upgraded my stock non-jbl stereo with a Kenwood single din from Crutchfield it was by far the cheapest improvement mod done so far!
    The sound actually is so much better even with the stock speakers.
    It rocks & is loud :)
    I am sure if you go do the whole shabang and do an awesome system it will sound soooo much better over stock.

    FWIW, I got the headunit, wiring harness & fit kit that looks like stock (I choose a black metra kit) & installed it myself very easily & no little about doing that sort of stuff.
    Total cost was $109 w/ a $20 coupon & free shipping. I put the coupon code in the deals & coupon section of the forum.

    I am sure whatever is recommended by others far more into audio than me from the Amazon deal will sound great.

    pics are in my gallery.
  3. Aug 19, 2010 at 7:16 AM

    Lurkin Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2009
    First Name:
    Pearland, TX
    09 PreRunner SR5 DC
    Have to agree with Simon'sMom on the stock HU. If it were me, I would upgrade in the following order to get the most bang for the buck at each stage.

    o HU - wiring harness+faceplate
    o speakers - adapters(or make your own)
    o amp - wiring kit(power, speakers, RCA)
    o sub&box&amp - wiring kit

    Each step gives you a good improvement, and you can always stop at any point that you're good with the sound (ya, right :) Each step is also not too bad for $$ layout if done individually, except for that last one, kind of need a sub, box and amp at the same time unless you bought enough amp in the previous step.
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