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Stereo Upgrade BASIC How To... (2nd Gen)

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by 007Tacoma, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. Feb 8, 2007 at 5:11 AM
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    Ldytaco05

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    When are you planning on posting on how you installed your media player? i was planning on purchasing the same one myself but i want to make sure i am doing it right. ( not having the risk of damaging my "Diva".)
     
  2. Feb 8, 2007 at 6:34 AM
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    007Tacoma

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    I keep trying to find my camera, but I am having issues. My life is up in the air right now as I might be moving to San Antonio soon. I will do another search and rescue this afternoon. Maybe it is still in my truck..? :confused:
     
  3. Feb 10, 2007 at 7:46 AM
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    007Tacoma

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    Ok, here are the other pictures that I was going to show you.

    [​IMG]

    This is what the 2nd Gen. Tacoma's dash looks like with the stereo removed. This dash has plenty of room for a full size, double DIN, head unit with DVD and Navigation capabilities. However, I am only installing a single DIN size JVC head unit and an iPod adapter interface so I can listen to and control my iPod from my stereo.

    [​IMG]

    This is where I mounted the JVC iPod adapter inside the dash below where the stereo will go. Fortunately there is a little shelf that is made out of the forming plastic that is in the dash. I just sat the adapter on this shelf and secured it using the double sided tape provided by JVC.

    [​IMG]

    I had another option when I was putting the JVC iPod adapter in place. I could have put it in the center console just aft of the gear shift. This would have allowed me to run the cable back to the console compartment. I decided not to go this route because it would require me drilling a hole into the compartment so the cable could come in. I did not want to put ANY holes in my new truck.

    LdyTaco05 - I hope this answers your questions. The iPod adapter connects at one end to the stereo (CD Changer control slot) and at the other end to the iPod.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2007 at 11:17 AM
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    007Tacoma

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    I did, however, move the cable to come out next to the cupholders. I got tired of reaching all the way over to the glovebox to take my iPod out of my truck. It was more difficult to get the cable down there, but it was well worth it.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2007 at 12:25 PM
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    Great post!!! I am upgrading my stereo soon and this will come in handy!!
     
  6. Mar 24, 2007 at 9:46 PM
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    great post!! I am upgrading my stereo,but I am waiting on the HDR2CAR from Peripheral. HDradio stations and Ipod Interface
     
  7. May 16, 2007 at 5:36 AM
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    Well, I got tire of my old JVC KD-G820 Deck. So, when I got a deal on a Pioneer DEH-P7800MP - I jumped on it!!!

    The new deck has a MUCH BETTER iPod interface than the old JVC did. Plus it has a full color screen that is easier to read! Mark = :D

    I will post a picture on here later.

    Cheers!
     
  8. May 16, 2007 at 9:36 AM
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    THAT looks like the PERFECT solution for me!

    When does it come out!?
     
  9. May 16, 2007 at 9:42 AM
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    Check this out - a link to Twice.com's article on HD Radio devices and upcoming devices. I haven't heard when it is coming out though...
     
  10. May 16, 2007 at 9:45 AM
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  11. May 23, 2007 at 10:05 AM
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    I have a question in regards to the installation. I finished adding on a new stereo (made it easy from your great instruction), but the key light keeps blinking. How do I stop this light from blinking?

    Thanks.
     
  12. May 23, 2007 at 12:22 PM
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    Key light? As in, on your instrument cluster? Do you have a picture of it? I am not sure what we are talking about.
     
  13. May 24, 2007 at 6:29 PM
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    I beleive what they are referring to..key light.....is located below the radio where the clock, passenger air bag light is located. I have that on my new tacoma which i think is part of an anti theft system.
     
  14. Jul 3, 2007 at 10:18 PM
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    Just a quick tip, if you take the knobs off of the AC controls, you can use a pick tool (or a bent screwdriver) to pull the Control unit out and not put a big gash in your dash, lol. [​IMG]
     
  15. Jul 4, 2007 at 8:57 AM
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    Nice looking deck!
     
  16. Jul 4, 2007 at 9:33 AM
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    007 stereo looks nice I need to get w/ you and have you fix mine up since I live in SA also. I was just thinking about adding an amp to my factory stereo. Best buy has a 4 channel amp for 205.00 and 85 to install. Whats your take on just adding an amp and is this a good price. I don't need a booming sound just a little better than factory. I have my XM already installed. Thanks
     
  17. Jul 4, 2007 at 9:56 AM
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    What kind of deck do you have? I would think that you would want to upgrade your speakers first. Depending on the deck that you have and the speakers that you get, the 4 channel amp may be more than you need for what you are looking for.
     
  18. Jul 4, 2007 at 3:11 PM
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    My deck is the standard factory w/ the 6 disc changer.
     
  19. Jul 5, 2007 at 6:29 AM
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    For the better sound quality, I would look at upgrading my deck and speakers before adding an amp. An amp will only magnify the signal it gets. If the signal is of a poor quality (stock deck), then it will only amplify the poor signal.

    Alpine and Kenwood are tops in Audio quality. Pioneer and Eclipse are next. I chose a Pioneer for the price and the interface. Interface means a bunch to me. If you can't use your deck, then what is it for.

    If you choose to switch out your deck, I suggest spending a few weeks shopping around at local stores. Don't let anyone push you into a sale. Play with the different decks and make sure you get one that you will enjoy using and listening too.

    Good Luck!
     
  20. Jul 5, 2007 at 4:30 PM
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    Thanks for yor help. Maybe I'll see you around SA sometime.
     
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