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What Have You Done To Your 3rd Gen Today?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by hamiltonuh60, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Apr 17, 2021 at 10:51 AM
    Regulator

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    Installed tailgate actuator lock. Install took like 30 minutes. Only "hard' part was finding the right size drill bit for that plastic piece on the tailgate. Truck should have come with this from the factory.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf5Mr-6PbVU

    Also "installed" these over my oem JBL radio knobs. Now I can actually grip them while driving. Size 13.5-14 fits perfect on JBL head unit btw.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B8K2W4B/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8

    Lastly "installed" this to hold my phone after giving up on replacing the head unit for an android auto one. The options out there aren't impressive for the amount of money they cost. I'll just use my google maps straight off the phone lol.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I608BJ8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o03_s00?ie=UTF8
     
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  2. Apr 17, 2021 at 11:12 AM
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    Did it sound any better? I was told that the head unit only puts out a small amount of watts and therefore can not push those speakers hard enough.
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2021 at 11:18 AM
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    That's a great idea.
     
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  5. Apr 17, 2021 at 11:20 AM
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    Not Op but I did this and it does sound better, went with tweeters and four door speakers with some sound deadener

    definitely underpowered looking at an inline amp solution to keep the factory head unit

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084HLVFFK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glc_fabc_S951GYQ26HWFJ8J0QWG3?_encoding=UTF8
     
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  6. Apr 17, 2021 at 11:28 AM
    Jose_Dirte

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    I ran the cs series as well and put them on a 4 channel amp. They do great if you just want to swap out your speakers and not do an amp but if you have any plans of hooking them up to an amp you will be disappointed.
     
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  7. Apr 17, 2021 at 11:31 AM
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  8. Apr 17, 2021 at 11:34 AM
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  9. Apr 17, 2021 at 11:39 AM
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    Great question. It sounds clearer at higher volumes. More base as well. Did it make as big of a difference as I was expecting? No. I also put in sound deadener as well so that may have improved the sound quality also. I was hoping to get more sound from the rears but no different. I have my fader set almost entirely to the rears.
     
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  10. Apr 17, 2021 at 11:42 AM
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  11. Apr 17, 2021 at 11:48 AM
    Jose_Dirte

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    On this note:
    I soldered up a custom harness, ran an lc7i, 4 channel amp, kicker cs door speakers and the suburaru kicker tweeters so I could keep the factory head unit. Super disappointed. The factory push virtually no sound to the rears and the sound system still doesn't sound great. It's better than nothing at all but not worth the time and money I invested.
    If anyone is looking at upgrading their sound do yourself a favor and start with a new head unit. The kicker cs series is an improvement over stock speakers but don't expect anything awesome.
     
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  12. Apr 17, 2021 at 12:24 PM
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  14. Apr 17, 2021 at 12:37 PM
    MikeyMcFly

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    Can you clarify why? The power rating on them are reasonably high, certainly to the limits of the stock wiring. Is it a case that the speakers sound worse with an amp connected to them compared to OEM or is it that you expected them to sound better than they do with an amp? Not meeting expectations in terms of improvement in sound is one thing, but sounding worse than pre-amping is another story. I'm interested as I have the CS speakers and am making preparations to amp them.

    EDIT: Missed your post below. That clarifies it. I'll play with the amp tuning and see what happens when I put it in.

     
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    Great advice. Not saying I have buyers remorse but not the improvements I expected. Could have got the caliraised raptor taillights instead. I was torn and went with the audio upgrade.
     
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  16. Apr 17, 2021 at 12:46 PM
    MikeyMcFly

    MikeyMcFly This is heavy, Doc.

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    Today's project - the 2016 to 2018-2019 left hand of the steering wheel switch setup in preparation for my amp install.

    My stock setup, ignore the switch blanks, they've since been filled.

    [​IMG]IMG_1586 by Mike M, on Flickr

    I picked up a 5-channel amp which has provisions for a bass volume control knob. My plan is to tune the knob for max power the subwoofer can handle, but if I don't feel like waking the dead I can back it off. Since I've got a 2016, I only have the dome light and two switches. 2017 switched to three switches but one is notched for the power rear window. The 2018-2019 piece is three switches while I believe either 2020 or 2021 removes the upper pocket area. The part number for this unit is: 5544604081C0.

    I had a pair of leftover switch blanks from my 2013 which worked put perfect to test and fit. I disassembled the knob box and covered the knob circuit board in 3M Temflex and filed down the switch blank to work and this is what I ended up with:

    [​IMG]IMG_9006 by Mike M, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_9007 by Mike M, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_9008 by Mike M, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_9009 by Mike M, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_9010 by Mike M, on Flickr

    I figure that's about as OEM as you can get with an aftermarket knob. I'm pleased with how it turned out and hopefully I'll be able to fit everything together soon.
     
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  17. Apr 17, 2021 at 1:03 PM
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    Part number for those speakers?
     
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  18. Apr 17, 2021 at 1:07 PM
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  20. Apr 17, 2021 at 1:10 PM
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    I like the idea of a flat surface when camping, so I called up a local plastics company and they cut those for me in 3/8 HDPE. The cutouts aren't the prettiest, and I am waiting for some cup holders to arrive so I can maybe mount those in. $25 bucks. Not to shabby.

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