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the right head unit for me, 1st gen taco

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by fireturk41, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:48 PM
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    fireturk41

    fireturk41 [OP] I like to break shit!

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    well while im finding all my short circuits and wiring up hellas i wanna go ahead and install a new head unit that can accomidate an ipod, i drive 2hrs a day for work and the radio doesnt get decent signal half way between lol

    i know nothing about this and just need reccomendations, however nothing expensive my budget is low
     
  2. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:51 PM
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    747

    747 function > form

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    I've had good luck w/Sony in my other vehicles. Not sure an aftermarket will help you with radio signal (not sure it won't though)...may want to try Sirius (which is awesome!).
     
  3. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM
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    Taco76087

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    I've had my JVC with Ipod hookup for two years and it's easy to navigate through the iPod on the headunit. I love it.
     
  4. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM
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    747 function > form

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    Errr...meant to add, you might try a low-cost fm transmitter for the ipod if cost is a concern.
     
  5. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:59 PM
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    fireturk41

    fireturk41 [OP] I like to break shit!

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    ive tried a transmitter, its always fuzzy, im not so concerned with signal strength as i just wanna listen to good music on the highway haha.

    by cost is a concer i meant that i cant afford something like a 500 buck head unit, i have other stuff in need of work, but most head units are in my acceptable range
     
  6. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM
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    t.hornstra

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    i just got an alpine cda-105 off of crutchfield for 209 shipped in 3 days. arriving on friday and it came with the $30 ipod cord free since its a signature or some shit. i will let you know if its good
     
  8. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:05 PM
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    I'm selling my Alpine single din head unit with iPod hook up where you can control it thru the radio or plug it in the aux jack. I've had it for abt three years, it's a great simple Alpine. Nothing fancy. Bought it for 150. I'm gonna sell it for 100 with iPod cable if your interested.
     
  10. Jun 15, 2010 at 1:25 AM
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    will it fit a 1st gen?
     
  11. Jun 15, 2010 at 5:30 AM
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    most anything wil fit the first gen double din opening. .....if you go with a single din, you'll just gain a little cubby hole under the head for storing shit.
     
  12. Jun 15, 2010 at 5:43 AM
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    i got a sony explode unit for the wifes honda pilot and it comes with a usb port. you can plug your ipod right to it using your cord you use to the computer. It will charge it too. it cost like $155... the sound quality is actually real good.
     
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    It should. I still have the original box and everything. Ill post some pics up for you later.
     
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    Walmarts sells the Xplod units and they are pretty good, and inexpensive.
     
  15. Jun 15, 2010 at 8:36 AM
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    i got mine at best buy. the unit cost $149 + $20 for a 4 year warranty(if you want it). + $20 for the harness. im very impressed with it.
     
  16. Jun 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM
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    I would suggest just going to crutchfield, and doing a search by year/make/model and it will hook you up with just about everything you could want and everything will 100% fit your truck. Then you can filter by a feature, like aux-in input and then at the very least find a compatible HU model to shop around for.
     
  17. Jun 15, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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    FM Transmitters suck.

    If you're going to go the cheap route like that, I recommend an FM modulator. You never get static interference like you always do with a transmitter and it's super easy to install.

    The only downside of the modulator is that it does (at least mine which is 3 years old now) cut off some of the music signal. So it doesn't sound nearly as full as a USB or 3.5 mm connection
     
  18. Jun 15, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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    use crutchfield's fit guide to find radio that will fit in your truck. I bought a JVC discontinued model new from Best Buy for $57.. HUGE improvement over the stock unit sound-wise, even with the same speakers.
     
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    so your not getting the ford?
     
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    I'd go with a Pioneer DEH-P5200HD because it has HD radio built in.
     
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