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Old 05-24-2006, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Stereo install project - 2 single DIN units

too much information..........rambling on.........

This week i embarked on part one of my stereo upgrade project for
a 2005 tacoma access cab. It came with the stock single cd stereo.
Price did play a factor in my decisions.
I simply don't have it in me to spend $700
on a head unit and lcd screen for a reliable
brand name unit.

First i must thank this forum and those who posted info
on removing the dashboard 'console' area, information on
the harness to match the stock stereo and other hints.
This infromation was MOST helpful.
I actually found that harness at pep boys.
My plan is to install 2 single DIN units:
a dvd/radio unit and
a seperate lcd/tv unit.
At a later time i'll probably install an amplifier(s) and better speakers.
I have a reliable 4 channel soundstream amp that i removed
from my old 91' toyota pickup before i traded it in.

Anyway, for the reasons below, i choose a jvc single DIN dvd player
model kd-adv6160. It took me a while to do the research on a
unit that had all the features i wanted.
Unfortunetly i couldn't find it any place around here that had it
and inet stores wanted a left arm for it so i got it from ebay
for around $145.

It can play wma/mp3's stored on a DVD, video type dvd's,
vcd, dvd+-r/rw's, double layer dvd's,
pair of auxilary audio inputs,
video output, removable faceplate,
2 pair of preamp outs,
4 pair of speakers output
digital audio out
plus a load of other stuff i didn't plan on using.
Although this unit displays into on the built in display,
it uses the video output to diaply even more details
(ie. mp3 tags, disc names, artist info etc etc).

For the lcd screen i bought some cheap unit off of ebay for
roughly $120. It is a single DIN unit with these features:
7 inch motorized lcd screen,
built in tv tuner
video input
a bunch of audio outputs for the tv tuner part
and some other stuff.
I don't plan on using the TV part, but i can always
add some kind of antennea or whatever later.

Anyway, i bought the cheap black console replacement kit
last fall via ebay. I may upgrade to the
scosche kit that matches the original console later.
I'm not really that picky about it.
The biggest hassle of the whole project was attaching
the 2 single DIN units correctly into this cheapie kit.
But i got it done after making some screws,
filing some plastic and a few other bit.
I'm guessing i spent maybe $340 total for everything.
with any luck i can get some pics.

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Old 05-24-2006, 08:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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pics....

I want to install 2 single DIN units too...
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Old 05-24-2006, 08:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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dayum! And here I was looking at similar setups (moslty double din units) cost around 2 grand.

I don't need competition or "proffesional" grade stuff so that looks like a good solution to me! What kind of screen did you get off eBay?

I also would like to see the pics when you get them!

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onetimer, I know how you feel. I couldn't afford those expensive name brand double din dvd/tv. I didn't need the nav so I was fairly satisfied with the dvd/tv. I looked on ebay and bought the LM7508 for $450. Shipping took like a week but it was worth the wait since it came from hong kong. i installed it and everything works perfectly fine. I use the tv and dvd features all the time. I hooked up my ipod to it too. There's plenty of other installations you can put in it like rear camera and amp, extra monitors, and cd changer. I've had it for 6 months already. No problems.
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Here are some pics i took of the whole deal. 16 pics?
You may have to refer to the
URL's for the pics are at the end of this post to view them all.


Unfortunetly i did not take any pics of the dash kit **before** i put the
installed the 2 single DIN units into it. And after the hassle of
what it took to shoe horn the sheit in there i really don't
want to take it apart again. But all that matters is that
they fit.

I may have to adjust the depth of the 2 single DIN units within the
dash kit. I'm thinking about putting a plastic black plate over
the motorized LCD UNIT (the one on top) to protect it from
prying eyes. Its not much of an idea, but its better than nothing.
As i mentioned ina previous post, i don't have to worry about this for
the dvd/radio unit since it has a removable faceplate.

Removing the "center console dash" is really easy if you take your time.
5 minutes tops. Yeah, i know.....means 5 minutes for someone to steal it .
But i have an alarm system.



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Nice set up. You should paint that dash kit to color match the dash.
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I'm finished for now...until i get better speakers........
I pushed the lcd DIN unit (located in the top of the pics)
about 3/4 of an inch further back into the dash kit.
I then cut a black plastic plate out and velcroed it to the
front of the motorized lcd screen.

Now when the screen gets sucked back into the
dash, this part of the dash looks like a
dumby panel has been installed.

Luckily the on/off button for the lcd screen
is located in the bottom left corner of the unit.
just tap that part of the dummy face plate
and the screen pops up and out.


I wonder if they make some type of motorized lcd screen with
a removable faceplate, that doesn't cost and arm and a leg....


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Quote:
Originally Posted by onetimer
I'm finished for now...until i get better speakers........
I pushed the lcd DIN unit (located in the top of the pics)
about 3/4 of an inch further back into the dash kit.
I then cut a black plastic plate out and velcroed it to the
front of the motorized lcd screen.

Now when the screen gets sucked back into the
dash, this part of the dash looks like a
dumby panel has been installed.

Luckily the on/off button for the lcd screen
is located in the bottom left corner of the unit.
just tap that part of the dummy face plate
and the screen pops up and out.


I wonder if they make some type of motorized lcd screen with
a removable faceplate, that doesn't cost and arm and a leg....


onetimer

You know we need a pic of that one now...

Sounds cool. Did you have extra plastic somewhere or was it something you cut out of the dash kit?
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I like how they put 7" Car TV right on the front. So stealthy.
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I like how they put 7" Car TV right on the front. So stealthy.

if it's on and open it would kinda obvious wouldn't it?
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I will take some pics of the black plastic cover setup for the lcd screen
in the next couple of days.

I was annoyed at the '7 tv....' on the front of the lcd unit also.
I blacked it out with a sharpie.


I made the black plastic cover for the lcd screen
from a dvd 'slipcase'. It works good enough.
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There should be 2 pics in this post.

Just below my finger/black plastic plate is the on/off
switch for the lcd screen. Tap the black plate here
to turn it on/off. This does limit the use of the remote unless
the unit is on since the black plastic is covering the
remote control 'eye' on the front of the lcd unit.
But i don't care about using the remote for this.

The screen pulls out and rises and so does the
dummy plastic plate. I never have to take the dummy black plastic
plate off. But just in case, i attached it to the front of the
lcd unit with velcro. Like i mentioned before, this dummy plate is made from
an old dvd slipcase.

The dummy plate solution isn't exactly perfect. I could probably do better
with some better material and time. It took me about 10 minutes to
do it this way.






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Thats a pretty neat idea you got there. Like the install.
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Couple more questions...

Does that work all the time? Or do you have park and have the ebrake on for the screen to work? If it was like that, how did you bypass it? (was it easy?)


And finally, what the heck is on the dash/windshield? It's driving me nuts seeing part of it but not the rest!
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The lcd screen works all the time.
I must state ahead of time that i'd never be dumb enough to try and
watch that screen while the truck was moving (although i have seen others do it
in their vehicles!). I wouldn't sacrifice a 22G truck for watching a snippet of
'jaws'.

Another technical note on this jvc dvd player.
As i mentioned before, it can play mp3/wma files stored on a dvd.
That was one of the reasons i bought this particular model.
I had 83 cd's worth of songs stored on a single layer dvd.
And it can handle double layer dvd's also, so double that
if you want.
Anyway, when its playing mp3's stored on a disc, it puts out
info on the 'video out' jack which shows up on the lcd screen unit.
This info includes 'directory name' (which is the same as
the music cd's original name in my case), title, songs in
the current directory, name/artist/cd name of the particular song
being played and a few other bits and pieces.
This is one of the main reasons i bought this lcd screen unit,
so i could view this information and help me navigate the mp3's
on the disc.

Technically, the jvc head unit(dvd player on the bottom of the photo)
has a 'parking brake' signal wire. With the theory being you wire this
to a parking brake switch/signal. If i remember correctly,
I wired this signal wire to "ground" instead.

On the windshield is one of those silver reflective covers to keep the heat
(and eyes) out. I probably got it at pep boys or kmart.

On the dash is something called a 'dashmat'. I was getting a lot of film/fogging on
the windshield. Maybe the dashboard plastic was 'curing' or whatever.
I'm not expert on that, but the 'dashmat' makers claimed they could help eliminate
that 'fogging' effect so i gave it a whirl. It 'seems' to work. I beleive i bought it
off of ebay...but don't quote me. i might have paid $25-$45 for it?
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