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I want to keep the stock deck in my truck and wire the amp and JL 10 up. Today I went and bought some RCA module that taps into the speakers so I dont need a new deck with RCA outputs.

Any imput? How does it sound..? :cool:
 

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wait does that mean you were using the stock stereo?
beacause i'm thinking about getting JL 8" w7 and my friend told me i need like aftermarket stereo to connect the RCA cable to the system...or something like that...

i just have a bazooka bass tube...so i didn't bother with that yet...but i want to replace it with some JL w7s...
 

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why would u want to use the stock head unit? Do u just want the stock look? An aftermarket head unit would make the speakers sound much better, and you can get them pretty cheap as long as you dont get all the fancy stuff?
But i'm sure someone who know more about car audio will chime in.
 

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why would u want to use the stock head unit? Do u just want the stock look? An aftermarket head unit would make the speakers sound much better, and you can get them pretty cheap as long as you dont get all the fancy stuff?
But i'm sure someone who know more about car audio will chime in.
anyone know how much are the trim package if i get aftermarket headunit?
 

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Well i have a basic deck in my truck which is a pioneer deh-p 360 it costs about 250 bucks and it was worth it it has high pass filter for your speakers which makes em sound so much better, It also has low pass filter for your subs and it makes the quality of the sound much better god i love my 2 alpine r type 10's.
 

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I want to keep the stock deck in my truck and wire the amp and JL 10 up. Today I went and bought some RCA module that taps into the speakers so I dont need a new deck with RCA outputs.

Any imput? How does it sound..? :cool:
I'd also like to know about this b/c I'm getting two JL 6.5's and a 2 channel JL amp with new 5x7 Polks. I'd liketo keep the stock deck.
 

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The tacomas use a double din. You can connect them to the ISO brackets and buy a pocket if you wish. Don't buy the "kit". Forgot the part number. As for keeping it stock, the line converters sound OK. Just buy the stereo harness so you don't butcher your stock one. I install steroes and alarms so let me know if you need more advice or instructions.
 

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I'd also like to know about this b/c I'm getting two JL 6.5's and a 2 channel JL amp with new 5x7 Polks. I'd liketo keep the stock deck.
I know for a fact you can do this. Like many 3rd gen tacoma owners we want to keep the amber coloring, another deck would look horrible. I got this thing that you tap into the back two speaker wires and that eliminates the need for an RCA, so you dont need an aftermarket deck.

I feel that my 03 sounds great stock, I just need some bling bling bump! :cool:
 

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why would u want to use the stock head unit? Do u just want the stock look? An aftermarket head unit would make the speakers sound much better, and you can get them pretty cheap as long as you dont get all the fancy stuff?
But i'm sure someone who know more about car audio will chime in.
Yes, why the fuck do i need more than CD and am/fm? I got my iPod with FM transmitter that does the job!!
 

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An amp can easily be connected with an RCA thingy (sorry I don't know the technical term for it). What it does is convert your head unit speaker line outs to RCA signals for inputs. With the RCA converter thingy, the signals for the rear speakers just get used for the subwoofer (instead of the sub having it's own signal). In effect, the sub will not play as clean. I've heard several systems with this type of setup. Honestly, they aren't great but they're not horrible. The other problem with using a stock deck is that you cannot really tune the different components of your system. Most aftermarket head units have separate controls for the sub, fronts/rears, crossover, etc. With the RCA converter thingy, the signals for the rear speakers just get used for the subwoofer. In effect, the sub will not play as clean. Hope this helps/makes sense.
If you aren't too picky about quality and whatever, using the stock HU will be fine.

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If you are considering an aftermarket head unit I have a Pioneer DEH 6400 I'd sell for $175 + shipping. It's in terrific shape, I bought it new and I'll include the wire harness so you just have to plug it into your factory wires. No splicing at all. I'm selling b/c my truck was broken into and believe it or not they left the head unit. I think they may try and come back for it so I'm going back to stock.
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Sorry kind of went off on a tangent. halfxspaid, yes they sound okay. differs from car to car as far as engine noise and the quality of your converter. Also if your amp is a four channel, you will have to split the signal with some y's. Be sure and buy the wire harness for your stock stereo so you don't butcher your OEM harness. Hope this is what you were originally asking.
 

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halfxspaid said:
I want to keep the stock deck in my truck and wire the amp and JL 10 up. Today I went and bought some RCA module that taps into the speakers so I dont need a new deck with RCA outputs.

Any imput? How does it sound..? :cool:
I Have mine set up much like you have described with one of those line converters, but I'm not happy with it. I run two amps a crossover and one bass tube. The line converter causes a horrible popping when you turn the head unit on and off, so I have to leave it on all the time and just turn down the volume when needed. I did it this way cause I already had all of the other stuff from my previous car, but no money for a head unit. It works, but is not great. A new head unit would be a much better solution.
 

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stevet47 said:
why would u want to use the stock head unit? Do u just want the stock look? An aftermarket head unit would make the speakers sound much better, and you can get them pretty cheap as long as you dont get all the fancy stuff?
But i'm sure someone who know more about car audio will chime in.
I don't know about everyone else but my stock system sounds bitchin (for a stock system), I was really impressed. My buddy who has an 01 says that mine sounds way better than his did stock. And I'd rather save my money for suspension or performance rather than a head unit. Just my reasons...
 

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sounds allright. I have got the stock head unit running everything and 2 x 8" JL w0's and a Kenwood 300x2 amp. I like the stock look.
 

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I have been reading this and decided to join. Here's my thing. I have a reg cab. It was said earlier that it uses the rear outputs. Wouldn't a small sub work well in my case since there is no rear speakers?
On a side note, this site ROCKS! Really good tech info compared to other sites
 
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