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Ok, I've used the search function and still have a question. I'm looking for a hardwire solution to connect my iPod to my stock cd player. As far as I can tell I DO NOT have cd changer controls on my stock stereo deck.

Can anyone confirm they've successfully installed (or had professionaly isntalled - no matter) and used an iPod adaptor with their stock head unit?

Here are some examples of what I've found out there - some specifically state that there needs to be a cd changer plug on the back of the stock head unit and/or there needs to be cd changer controls/buttons on the stock head unit.
http://www.mp3yourcar.com/product_info.php?products_id=54
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-UO1vHFcppiQ/cgi-bin/tools/digitaldrivethru/solution.asp
http://www.icarkits.com/product_info.php?products_id=94

If you HAVE been able to find a good adaptor, are you able to control the iPod through the stock stereo controls, or do you have to swerve across the road while fumbling w/ your iPod in your hand using the iPod controls? (I'm half joking) :)

Am I the only one that is totally shocked Toyota did not include an aux input on an '07 Tacoma...? I know people w/ FJs and 4Runner's that have stock aux inputs...what about the Tacoma?

One more question...I love the way the dash/console look in my truck, but it seems it's impossible to install an after market stereo head unit b/c it appears the stock stereo, hazard light button, clock, etc. are all integrated into one piece of the dash. Am I wrong? If so, then my iPod connection problems are over. But it would be a shame to hack apart my new/nice looking dash.

Please help! Thanks!!!
 

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I don't really know about the ipod adapter, I wish I could find one that works good. I use the crappy monster one that uses a station. I know that you can get a dash adapter if you get an after market head unit and it fits right in. I've seen a lot of guys with in-dash dvd screens with a nice adapter. There are some on ebay for around $35.
 

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I have the USA spec ipod interface, it plugs into the back of the stock radio and you can run it into your glove box so it isnt seen. it has better quality that a CD and never skips its great. one bad thing it costs $150 bucks but I think it was well worth it.
 

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My cassette with a headphone jack on it works just fine for me.
+1...did a sound comparison vs. the fm modulator thingy...the tape sounds WAY better...and you can get them for like $15.
 

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I've got an 07 and just installed the ipod2car unit. I have the 6 disc CD changer. The stock stereo (without cd changer) should also have a cd changer port.

The ipod2car is the PXDP unit which is made by Peripheral Electronics along with the wiring harnass PXHTY3. I bought both of these on ebay.

Here's a great write-up on how to do it:
http://aaronlinsdau.com/gear/articles/ipod2car.html

All my steering wheel controls work for 'up/down-forwarding/reversing' of playlists and volume works too.

Note: According to Peripheral's application guide -
http://www.peripheralelectronics.com/pdfs/iPod_Interface_App_Guide.pdf
You'll notice the PXDP2 unit listed. I found this on another site:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t188635.html

Also - they have it listed that you need to 'cut' the green wires when using the PXHTY3 harnas. When I installed mine, I didn't cut anything.
 

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I've got an 07 and just installed the ipod2car unit. I have the 6 disc CD changer. The stock stereo (without cd changer) should also have a cd changer port.

The ipod2car is the PXDP unit which is made by Peripheral Electronics along with the wiring harnass PXHTY3. I bought both of these on ebay.

Here's a great write-up on how to do it:
http://aaronlinsdau.com/gear/articles/ipod2car.html

All my steering wheel controls work for 'up/down-forwarding/reversing' of playlists and volume works too.

Note: According to Peripheral's application guide -
http://www.peripheralelectronics.com/pdfs/iPod_Interface_App_Guide.pdf
You'll notice the PXDP2 unit listed. I found this on another site:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t188635.html

Also - they have it listed that you need to 'cut' the green wires when using the PXHTY3 harnas. When I installed mine, I didn't cut anything.
It says it will not work on the 6 disk models. I have an '07 with the 6 disk non JBL stereo, will this work?
 

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I have the DICE controller, works with the 6-disc in-dash...

Most head units that have a CD player have a a CD changer control... you just wont see it until its plugged in.
 

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It says it will not work on the 6 disk models. I have an '07 with the 6 disk non JBL stereo, will this work?
I have the 6 disc changer..... and it has an additional port on the back that you plug the ipod harnass into. So yes, you can use the cd changer and still hook up your ipod to it.

Laugh..I didn't read everything on that writeup. I had confirmed (on another forum) that the unit had an additional port and all I needed to see was pictures on how to install it!
 

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I have the 6 disc changer..... and it has an additional port on the back that you plug the ipod harnass into. So yes, you can use the cd changer and still hook up your ipod to it.

Laugh..I didn't read everything on that writeup. I had confirmed (on another forum) that the unit had an additional port and all I needed to see was pictures on how to install it!
You must have the 6-disc in dash changer.. because if you have an external changer you cannot add anything.
 

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Thanks for all the input!

Thanks guys for all the info. I went to Best Buy yesterday and they attempted to install an "iSmart" iPod adaptor that plugs into the back of the stock stereo - this uses the "Peripherals" brand converter - however this particular unit was not compatible w/ my factory stereo.

Yeah, I found out they do make an install kit to put in aftermarket head units - the only thing is that they did color match the surrounding silver/grey plastic but isn't identical to the textured silver surrounding the stock unit. We also put my aftermarket (Alpine) unit into the install kit and it had a little trouble since it has a flip down face to load cd's, but wasn't too bad. I'll probably end up just putting in the Alpine unit and ditch the stock unit altogether...

Ok now to search forums on exhaust and headers :)
 

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Unbelievable!

I can't believe this thread hasn't been moved yet! :rolleyes:
Damn, it's newbie-tech. Sorry.
 

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Prerunner81,

Im not sure how much money you have to work with, but I have done extensive stereo work on my 06sport. I have an alpine deck put in using a cool silver aftermarket plate. And no, don't worry, the thing is made to support your clock, dials, and all that jazz. Its much simpler than it looks, the plate just slides over all that and looks stock. I put an Alpine deck in and the ipod is connected to it. I keep it in the glove box. Also, for 60$ you can buy a feature for the alpine that allows you to retain steering wheel controls. Its much easier to go through your ipod on an alpine that it is on the ipod itself.

Im not sure how many stereo buffs are here, but I scoff at just about anything stock, as they put in some of the lowest end garbage that can possibly be shipped out of taiwan. It doesnt cost much really to get a nice deck in, and its well worth it.

But, if you are not that interested in stereo's, im sure one of the solutions the others mentioned should work fine.
 

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That's funny, I have an Alpine deck I'm going to install. I had it in my last truck for only a couple months before selling my truck and upgrading to a Tacoma. The dash kit they had at Best Buy mounted the deck near the top of the dash - and since the dash is raked back so far it gave the flip down face of the deck a little trouble - but not too bad. I saw a dash kit on Ebay that looks like it may 'possibly' mount the deck closer to the middle and in an area w/ less angle so I'm thinking the flip down face may operate a little smoother. Either way I won't be using the flip down much to load discs since I'll only have thousands of songs on an iPod.

I'm surprised the stock cd deck doesn't even read MP3 format discs, and has no auxiliary input...but like you said I guess they use some cheap stereo components to save a dime.

Any suggestions on upgraded door speakers/tweeters? Make/model? What about a sub? size/location? I have the access cab, so my guess is I'd have to sacrifice a back seat for a sub.

Thanks.
 
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