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who installed their own stereo from crutchfield...

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by linkfeeney, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Sep 20, 2010 at 4:26 PM
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    linkfeeney

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    I really need a new head unit...

    my 09 stereo is such a P.O.S

    is it easy to do? I want to put a kenwood in...

    I want the finish to be like silver like what i have now...
    can any one most some pics? thanks!
     
  2. Sep 20, 2010 at 4:29 PM
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    steve o 77

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    Did this on my first gen on friday. It took about 2 hours total. The hardest part for me was getting the wiring harness straight and soldering all the connections correctly. Their instructions are awesome btw.
     
  3. Sep 20, 2010 at 4:31 PM
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    Even a caveman can do it.
     
  4. Sep 20, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    so you didn't have to splice any wires? But I dont have a thing to solder connectors thou...
     
  5. Sep 20, 2010 at 4:38 PM
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    linkfeeney

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    so I guess whatever crutchfield gave you to install it looks good?
     
  6. Sep 20, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    undercover tonneau ,bug deflector, removal of all tacoma emblems added a set of component speakers behind the rear seat egr in channel window visors
    i installed one on my mazda p/u when i had it,they supply good instructions and its fairly simple to do. just changed my speakers with some of theres too. that took a lil mor eeffort casue of the tweeter and having to fabricate a bracket but it was well worth the time and effort
     
  7. Sep 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM
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    I have to crimp it? I dont have any tools for it... or they come with it from crutchfield?!

    the stereo looks good!
     
  8. Sep 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM
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    steve o 77

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    Go get some of these:
    [​IMG]

    and some of these (butt connectors):
    [​IMG]

    I believe you need the red ones for that small wire. Maybe a blue one for the power wire.
     
  9. Sep 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM
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    Or go get a cheap soldering iron at wal mart and some solder and practice on some scrap wire. Also get some shrink wrap if you decide to go this route. I prefer solder as it makes cleaner connections if you do it right.
     
  10. Sep 20, 2010 at 5:54 PM
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    hey link feeney.

    Its really easy to install a head unit in our trucks. when you order a dash kit and stuff from crutchfield it comes with instructions for the install. there are also alot of install threads on here that I used to learn how to do it.

    However.. i would not recommend using butt splices.. use insulated cap splices. they allow you to cram the wires in the cavity more easily.

    heres a pic.. if the link works..http://media.mydoitbest.com/imagerequest.aspx?sku=514152&size=2&warehouse=C&newsize=600
     
  11. Sep 20, 2010 at 5:58 PM
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    oh i'm ready to do this myself, just really worry about my electrical. i dont want to f up the beast!
     
  12. Sep 20, 2010 at 6:02 PM
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    sorry!

    Yes jlink is right, those are better for this application. They will even send you some if you ask.
     
  13. Sep 20, 2010 at 6:16 PM
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    I wouldnt use butt splices OR wire caps. Vibration (from driving) will eventually wiggle something loose.

    IMO, just do it right the first time and solder your connections. :D
     
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    I just recently installed a Clarion CX400 that I purchased from Crutchfield. It came with the dash kit and wiring harness. It was super simple to install. I had spare time at work and soldered all the wires together (see above statement). If you buy a Clarion you get %50 off the steering wheel control interface too. I spent $234 total with shipping. Highly recommend this setup if you aren't looking for anything fancy.

    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_020CX400/Clarion-CX400.html?tp=5684

    It greatly improved the sound quality in my truck, even with stock speakers. The only part that threw me off track was programming the steering wheel controls.
     
  15. Sep 20, 2010 at 6:58 PM
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    so i have to buy that soldering tool to solder the connections??
    man, if I buy my fingers, I'm going to sue!!:D
     
  16. Sep 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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    Its easy, just practice first so you don't mess up on the real thing.

    Maybe do a google search on soldering to get the technique down.
     
  17. Sep 20, 2010 at 7:02 PM
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    You can get a cheap butane powered one for less than 20 bucks. I'd get some shrink wrap too.
     
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    super easy i did
     
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  20. Sep 21, 2010 at 3:08 AM
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    mmm i see

    what's the shrink wrap for again?
     
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