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Old 08-15-2006, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default 2005 Tacoma install suggestions (Sportster Replay)

Hey guys, new to the forum and new to Sirius.

I picked up the Sportster replay and I've placed the unit on the bottom left of the windshield, where it just basically sits on the corner, on the edge of the dash. 2 Questions

1) Is there a better way to install this? I have a basic stock radio, so no Aux in plugs or anything like that to work with. I have the antenna going into the door lining and running the floor past the back passenger door (4dr double cab) and coming up behind the back seats and out the back access window. The chord is hardly visible. I have the power adapter following the same path, but then coming up underneath the steering column and going straight across to the cigarette lighter. This is my main problem, to me, this just looks messy.

2) What ways can I increase the sound quality? I know they have the various FM cords, but wouldn't I have to basically take apart the stereo/cd player housing? I'm a newb to most of this stuff and any help is greatly appreciated.
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Hey guys, new to the forum and new to Sirius.

I picked up the Sportster replay and I've placed the unit on the bottom left of the windshield, where it just basically sits on the corner, on the edge of the dash. 2 Questions

1) Is there a better way to install this? I have a basic stock radio, so no Aux in plugs or anything like that to work with. I have the antenna going into the door lining and running the floor past the back passenger door (4dr double cab) and coming up behind the back seats and out the back access window. The chord is hardly visible. I have the power adapter following the same path, but then coming up underneath the steering column and going straight across to the cigarette lighter. This is my main problem, to me, this just looks messy.

2) What ways can I increase the sound quality? I know they have the various FM cords, but wouldn't I have to basically take apart the stereo/cd player housing? I'm a newb to most of this stuff and any help is greatly appreciated.
I have an '06 tacoma with a starbase installed (you can probably find my install thread through a search if you'd like ot see it). I did my antenna a little different by running through the 3rd brake light. that actually turned out to be a pain.

1) For power I would recommend buying a 12 volt cig adapter and hiding it behind the dash. I use this one for my GPS and it works great:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

You just tap into 12v power then find a suitable ground. I zip-tied it above the glovebox. You just then use the supplied power cord and run it behind the dash for a clean look. You can also look for vehicle specific mounts that would give you a mounting platform to the right of the climate controls. i've seen the mout there but don't ahve a link off hand (search www.tss-radio.com for these).

2) for better sound quality you can use the wired FM relay:

http://www.tss-radio.com/sirius-wire...b77ede6fb38608

or even better get the USA Spec aux in adapter:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-EVENMan...ota&i=581DFTOY

I've used both in my tacoma and both work great. The aux adapter is AWESOME. It's super easy to install and gives you the best audio quality this side of a sirius-ready head unit. I hid mine beneath the front cupholders (they just pull out) and I ran the cable up behind the radio.

I've since pulled the stock head unit and replaced it with a Pioneer that had a couple aux-inputs. Of course all these require taking out the radio or paying someone to do the work. It's not hard to do though. for good info on this stuff check out www.tundrasolutions.com/forums and search around. i found a lot of good stuff on there when i did my install.

good luck!
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I installed my Sportster 4 in my Tundra recently. I also ran the antenna wire thru the 3rd tail light, but honestly, didn't consider it that big of a pain. It, to me, was as simple as the new head unit install (an aftermarket unit with AUX inputs) and standalone sub install I also did at the same time.

I got my head unit from Crutchfield, and they added in a the "Toyota factory pocket" that installed below the DIN sized unit since my Tundra has - as I assume most all do - a double DIN sized opening. I got all my stuff gathered up, and outside of soldering the head unit's wiring kit to the supplied Toyota wiring adapter kit from Crutchfield together, only took about 4 hours to complete. That included the VSM mount for the Sportster 4, and running power and ground from the sub thru the firewall and to the battery area, as well as routing the Sirius antenna from the roof thru the 3rd tail lamp and up into the dash, and of course all the RCA cables to the sub and Sirius unit, and running the power antenna lead to the sub to turn on and off its built-in amplifier. Sounds scary I guess, but went remarkably well and as I said, took just most of an afternoon. Outside of the 5v cig-power adapter for the S4, you can't see a thing and it looks pretty much like it all came wit my truck. Not a single person has even noticed the micro dot antenna on my roof yet and it's been up there for over a month now...
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I installed my Sportster 4 in my Tundra recently. I also ran the antenna wire thru the 3rd tail light, but honestly, didn't consider it that big of a pain. It, to me, was as simple as the new head unit install (an aftermarket unit with AUX inputs) and standalone sub install I also did at the same time.
I hated dealing with the tape that held the third light bezel onto the truck which I ruined by prying the bezel off the truck (looking back I could have probably used a heat gun to get it off and to preserve the factory tape/gasket). Then cutting 3M double sided tape (heavy duty of course) to match the shape was a big pain. I was worried about leaks but haven't had any problems in that department. If something happens that I have to replace the antenna I am going to figure out how people are installing at the top center of their windshield and do it that way. The other thing that kind of sucks about the tacoma is that the roof has contour near the third brake light. so you can't jam the antenna right next to the bezel to minimize exposed wire. If you do shove it up against the bezel it doesn't contact the roof over the whole bottom surface of the antenna (maybe using a non-dot micro antenna would work better though since they have a smaller contact area). And because the contour is over a relatively short distance, trying to use one of the stick-on wire tails is impossible. You may get it to stick on and match the shape of the roof, but give it a couple days and it'll straighten itself out again - which means seperating itself from the roof at points. So my wire is naked for 2-3 inches after it exits the bezel. This is the only thing I am not really happy with but haven't wanted to spend time to fix since it doesn't look bad and works just fine. Maybe one day I'll get bored and fix it to my liking

But you're right, overall it's pretty straight forward to do a nice clean install in a Toyota truck. And buying from Crutchfield is always a good idea. The extras they include for free are a big help, not to mention their phone support.

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I guess I got lucky with mine, so far as the double sided tape issue. My Tundra is pretty much creeping up on dinosaur status (an original 2000 model, purchased in the Fall of 1999) and was surprised to find that the unit came out easily, with all the tape intact. I did take an exacto knife and just split the interior side of the tape just a tad, to give the wire a small groove to rest in.

To the best of my knowledge, it hasn't leaked any yet, and has had several major oppotunities to do so. Honestly, the scariest part was getting it into/under the headliner once inside the cab, without creasing the cardboard or whatever it is that gives the cloth liner its backing support.

As for Crutchfield, I love 'em. Been ordering from them long before there was even a public web, much less a Crutchfield website. I have switched my Sirius allegiance to TSS since finding this site and learning of them. Their service appears to be fairly top notch and they obviously carry more Sirius products than most anyone else out there that I've seen. But for head units, speakers, amps and the like, I like Crutchfield, even when they aren't the cheapest. Case and point, that's where I got my Sportster 4, and the first one they sent didn't want to be registered; "Invalid SID" was what the call center and website said. They over-nighted a replacement with a send-back post paid label for the unit that wouldn't "register". That's pretty good service in this day and time of "everyone with a tax ID number" having a sales website. I gladly pay a little extra if the people on the other end are genuinely into customer service. Crutchfield and TSS both appear to take customer service pretty seriously, so they get my business.
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