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Old 12-19-2006, 06:19 PM   #1
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A friend wants in on Sirius, and I believe he has the factory stereo in the truck, (I'll find out tomorrow if he has an aftermarket, which makes installation a snap) but for safe sake let's say he has the factory unit. I want to recommend the Starmate 4 and a direct wired setup.

Questions: do these tacomas head units have any Aux inputs for me to plug in directly?

Do the newer Sirius units have a conversion unit from 12v to 5v?

If he doesn't have any inputs on the factory unit, and we do not use the crap fm transmitter, what's the other option? Fm extender? Or is there another way?

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A friend wants in on Sirius, and I believe he has the factory stereo in the truck, (I'll find out tomorrow if he has an aftermarket, which makes installation a snap) but for safe sake let's say he has the factory unit. I want to recommend the Starmate 4 and a direct wired setup.

Questions: do these tacomas head units have any Aux inputs for me to plug in directly?
No they don't

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Do the newer Sirius units have a conversion unit from 12v to 5v?
Yes, the cigarette lighter plug that the sirius radio comes with will handle all the voltage conversion. Easiest solution is to buy a power outlet from radio shack and hide it behind the dash. Use the stock sirius power cord plugged into the outlet and you are done.

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



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If he doesn't have any inputs on the factory unit, and we do not use the crap fm transmitter, what's the other option? Fm extender? Or is there another way?
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-apV6GZb...toy&i=581DFTOY

I've used it and it works great. The specs say 98 and up toyotas. Also provides a second aux input for anything else that you may want. I connected my 2nd aux input to a connector that i mounted in my center console. this way my sat rad aux connection was hidden and i had an external 3.5mm connector for whatever else i wanted to hook up.
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:10 PM   #3
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I mounted a 12 v socket behind the dash for my S50. all the radios can plug into it and is't hidden behind the dash for a nice no wire showing look.

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

I'm not sure about an AUX jack on that truck but a popular choice here is the wired FM modulator relay for $17.99.

http://www.tss-radio.com/sirius-wire...29e16575c2e193
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Sounds like you could use this: http://www.crutchfield.com/S-psFCpqi...asp?i=581DFTOY

still trying to find out if it would work on my 97...
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I have the USA Spec Unit on my 2003 4Runner. It works very well, but eveyone in a while it just stops working, and I can only play CD's when pressing the CD button. It will not switch to CD1 and CD2. If unplug the fuse to my radio, and leave in out for 30 seconds, it starts working again. Anyone know what might be causing this?
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