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PA15-TOY install question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bigmooze, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. Jul 4, 2009 at 9:54 AM
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    bigmooze

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    Just a quick question. I'm currently in the middle of installing my PA15-TOY. My single CD stock head unit has four connector in the back. There are no open connectors. When looking at the back of the head unit, I'm thinkin I have to disconnect the existing connector and replace it with the harness from the PA15-TOY kit.

    Is that correct?

    I would try it, but I'm scared or damaging it if it's wrong :)

    A quick response would be awesome, thanks.
     
  2. Jul 4, 2009 at 9:58 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Yes. You should have a harness that you plug into one of the spots on the rear of the HU, in whick the other OEM harness plugs into......I hope that makes sense....:)
     
  3. Jul 4, 2009 at 11:07 AM
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    I'd be very interested in how it goes for U, how U like it when it's done. Take some pics as you go along and post em if U have a dig camera. Thanks
     
  4. Jul 5, 2009 at 1:25 PM
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    First off, thanks Chris for your speedy answer. I hooked up the iPod adapter to my head unit with no problems. I didn't think to take any pictures though, sorry about that George.

    A few notes/comments about the this mod:

    1.
    When you remove the a/c and fan control panel, make sure you do use a plastic spatula/putty knife as your prying tool. The plastic underneath the controls is super easy to scratch.

    Also, place a decent rag over this plastic to avoid scraping it when you pull out the head unit. I only though about that after scraping it, because I was just resting the head unit on the gear shifter - obviously with no protection in place, it slipped and scraped the plastic some :(

    2.
    I set the DIP switches on my PA15-TOY to "all on". This enables the aux input on the adapter, which I'm using for my Sirius satellite radio receiver.

    Before installing the PA15, I was running the sat. radio through my aux in jack. I found that the volume using this method was much lower than the FM radio and my CD player. There's not much difference when you use the PA15 aux jacks. I have the volume of the Sirius receiver set to max, so I'll have to take wheat I get.

    The volume from the iPod is also low compared to the FM radio. I will have to try and turn up the volume of my iPod, failig that I will try to "boost" the volume using iTunes for all my mp3's.

    3. The install is very clean. I used some stick-on velcro to attach the PA15 to the air duct behind the head unit. for ease of removal in the future.

    Not much else to note really, other than I am very happy with it. I ordered it through Crutchfield on Monday of last week, and it was waiting at my folks' place when I got here on Friday. Awesome service.

    Any questions about the install, drop me a line.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2009 at 2:40 PM
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    I just did the install yesterday, it went pretty smooth.
    My only question is how do I get the song title and artist to display, I used the text button but nothing happened?


    Denis
     
  6. Jul 5, 2009 at 2:50 PM
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    How low is the volume on the ipod comparing it with the auxiliary input of the radio?
     
  7. Jul 5, 2009 at 3:18 PM
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    Double check your dip switches and then make sure you are in a play list (1-7- not 8). If it still doesn't work...Call them and confirm you have the right cable for your style/generation of iPod....if it still doesn't work- Ask for an exchange.

    My wife has a Scion tC and it would not charge the iPod...If I moved the cable to my truck...it would not charge there. So one of the wires inside was broken...
     
  8. Jul 5, 2009 at 3:41 PM
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    Check the switches for the volume also. My Ipod plays just as loud as the radio, and CD's.
     
  9. Jul 5, 2009 at 6:39 PM
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    It's not super quiet, but I can tell there's a difference based on the ability to hear the radio vs. the iPod/sat radio when driving with the windows down. I would estimate that, using the volume number scale, 63 (max) on the iPod is about 45-50 on the radio.

    Chris, I wasn't aware of using the DIP switches to change the volume. I'll have to look into that. I'm also going to look into increasing the volume of my mp3 files.
     
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