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What's the best way to upgrade stereo?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Maddog5150, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. JayBrun

    JayBrun Well-Known Member

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    BTW Keep your eyes open on the 2nd gen classifieds, I'll be selling my amps, speaker systems, brackets, wiring, etc. and I also have a custom made sub box that fits in between the back seats and holds a kicker L3 10" 4 ohm and keeps the subwoofer fully visible.
     
  2. denmen

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    Tube steps, bull bar and KC Hilites, trifold bed cover, variety of shifter knobs, comparing LED strip options, lift possibilities (prob 2 inch), and exhaust mods to tune growling on low end...
    speakers in the ceiling... that would be sweet, indeed!
    definitely tucking these ideas away for future use (need to save up dough), also still need the space in the access cab for a couple more years anyways.

    meantime, may just limp along with standalone subwoof...


     
  3. na5m

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    To: #19

    It isn't really all that hard to do a self-install. Even with a full-featured, double-din HU. Just don't even expect to get it all done in one day (or even two, or three, or ...). Each day I spent around two hours on the project, learning, diagnosing, googleing, forum hoping, info gathering, etc... for about two weeks. Just chipping away and making progress everyday. Looking back, I'm totally happy that I did it myself.

    The main reason I did do it myself is that I don't want anyone else laying their greasy little fingers on my Taco! Ha! Seriously, though.... I really don't like other people working on my truck. Even "professionals". If it is something that I absolutely cannot do, then I'll swallow my pride and take the Taco to a pro. But only then :)

    Long story short: If you want your HU installed in one business day, take your truck to a reputable installer. But if you're kinda like me, then I'd recommend doing it yourself
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2013
  4. denmen

    denmen Well-Known Member

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    Tube steps, bull bar and KC Hilites, trifold bed cover, variety of shifter knobs, comparing LED strip options, lift possibilities (prob 2 inch), and exhaust mods to tune growling on low end...
    yep, we're on the same wavelength on this.
    i'm in no rush
    i'd prefer to take more time and do it myself, so that after it's done, i'll know exactly what/how is done "under the hood" so to speak, plus have the first-hand know-how accumulated.
    i'm okay with incremental baby steps in improvements (besides, it helps with throttling the budget output!)
    thanks for your feedback!


     
  5. na5m

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    Lemme know if you need any help


     
  6. Blze001

    Blze001 Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to keep an eye on this thread. I'm looking to up the musical quality of my DC while keeping the stock HU as well.

    I want to keep the stock HU since I have steeringwheel controls and the factory hands-free phone setup. Don't want to loose those features... plus having buttons that don't do anything drives me nuts.
     
  7. 81shark

    81shark Well-Known Member

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    you can easily do it for a grand

    be careful if you use taco tunes. you may get your shit this week, or never

    doing the install is super easy. just takes a little time to pull door panels and run wires.

    i would highly recommend replacing the HU. what a POS
     
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