2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab

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John Pollard

John Pollard spent the first six years of his time at Crutchfield on the phone helping people as an Advisor. He later joined the writing staff, focusing on car stereo gear. A native of Charlottesville, VA, he left our rolling hills for the idyllic wonderland of Seattle. Despite the distance, John still works for us, leading up a special project for our vehicle photos database.

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This article is an overview of your vehicle's audio system and its upgrade options. If you're looking for step-by-step instructions on installing a car stereo or speakers in your Tacoma, we'll include a Crutchfield MasterSheet™ free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one for $9.99.
Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma (Crutchfield Research Photo)


The 2005-11 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab is a rugged hauler with plenty of room for passengers. Toyota built this tough truck with a basic stereo system or an upgraded JBL stereo system, and you'll find lots of possibilities for upgrading either system, including easy replacement of the stereo and speakers. If you want to add bass to your system JL Audio offers a  custom-fit Stealthbox sub enclosure that's made to fit perfectly in this popular truck. You can also continue to use your factory-equipped steering wheel audio controls with a new stereo by using a special adapter.

Replacing your factory radio

Factory radio in non-JBL system (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory radio in 2005-08 non-JBL system (Crutchfield Research Photo)

6-speaker system

Installing an aftermarket stereo will make your factory system sound better, plus it's a great way to add new features like iPod® control or HD Radio™ reception. You’ll need a dash kit to install a DIN (2" tall) or double-DIN (4" tall) radio, and kits are available in gray or black. You'll have to remove the display from your dash and reinstall it in the Toyota kit.

You'll also need a wiring harness that allows you to install a new stereo without having to cut into the factory wires. Crutchfield will give you a very nice discount on the dash kit and harness needed for this installation with most orders. Our step-by-step Crutchfield MasterSheet™ instructions for your Tacoma are free with your order.

If you want to keep the factory look, you’ll find it easy to add additional features to the Toyota radio. You can add an adapter that lets you control your iPod® with the Toyota radio (and your steering wheel audio controls). Adapters are also available for adding Bluetooth or satellite radio to your Toyota radio. You can build a full system around the factory radio with new speakers, amplifiers, and subwoofers, but an aftermarket stereo will give you a cleaner sound that will make these upgrades sound even better.

Installation notes: You can't install a car stereo with a fold-down face in this truck. If you have the Toyota satellite radio option, you’ll lose it when you install a new stereo.

Tacoma DoubleCab dash disassembled

Tacoma DoubleCab's dash, disassembled (Crutchfield Research Photo)

JBL system

You’ll know that you have the upgraded Tacoma system if you see the JBL logo on your radio. You’ll need the same dash kit to replace the radio in the JBL system, and you’ll also need a special wiring harness that retains the JBL system amplifier. It's a lot easier to keep the JBL amplifier for a couple of reasons.

First, you’ll have to run new wires from your new radio to each of the speakers in order to bypass the JBL amp, which is a time-consuming job. Second, you might think that keeping the JBL amp will mean that you won't hear a change in sound quality, but a new aftermarket receiver will send a cleaner signal to the amp and you'll hear the difference. 

PAC offers a Toyota Factory Integration Adapter (TATO) to plug into the factory harness and keep the JBL system’s amplifier working. Crutchfield offers a very nice discount on this special adapter and the necessary mounting kit.

Your new stereo must have two sets of preamp outputs in order to connect to PAC's TATO adapter. Again, you can't install a car stereo with a fold-down face. If you have the Toyota satellite radio option, you’ll lose it when you install a new stereo.

Steering wheel audio controls

It's relatively easy to retain the steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo in your Tacoma. When you enter your vehicle information, our database will choose the adapter you need to make your factory steering wheel controls work with your new receiver.

Tools needed: 10mm socket, panel tool

Replacing your factory speakers

Toyota Tacoma front door

The front door in a Tacoma with the 6-speaker system (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Basic 6-speaker system

This basic system comes equipped with tweeters in the upper front doors, 6"x9" speakers in the lower front doors, and 6-1/2" speakers in the rear doors. Toyota typically uses 4-ohm speakers in their factory systems, so most aftermarket speakers will work well in the Tacoma.

Front door speakers

The Tacoma's front door houses a 6"x9" speaker molded to a mounting bracket, so an aftermarket 6"x9" speaker will not fit unless you build a new mounting bracket. We recommend that you install a 6-1/2" or 5-1/4" speaker in the front door with the help of a mounting bracket because it will mount to the existing screw holes. The factory speakers are not too great, so a nice set of component speakers would be a great choice for this Toyota.

The factory 6"x9" speaker in its molded bracket (Crutchfield Research Photo)

The factory 6"x9" speaker in its molded bracket (Crutchfield Research Photo)

You'll have to remove the door panel to get to the factory speaker, which is attached to the door with four 10mm bolts. The factory speaker is molded to the bracket, so you'll need a new bracket to mount any aftermarket speaker.

To get the door panel off, you'll start by removing the sail panel. When you (carefully) pull it off, the little white retaining clips stay in the door. Make sure you pull those clips out of the door (if they didn't come out with the sail panel) and reattach them to the sail panel. Otherwise, when you push the panel back into place, it'll push the clips into the door.

As mentioned above, mounting brackets for aftermarket 6"x9" speakers are not available, so if you have your heart set on putting 6"x9"s in there, you'll need to fabricate your own brackets. We do offer wiring harnesses that will connect your new speakers to the factory wiring, so you won't need to splice into the factory wires or cut the factory plug to attach a new speaker. The mounting brackets and wiring harnesses are available at a very nice discount with every speaker order at Crutchfield.

Toyota Tacoma tweeter

The Tacoma's front door tweeter (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Front door tweeters

The Tacoma's tweeters are located in the front door just below the window. If you decide to disconnect the tweeters and put full-range speakers in the front door woofer location, you'll need to do a little work. The speaker wires are paralleled together at the tweeter location, so the Crutchfield-supplied speaker harness won't work if you're unplugging the tweeter. 

You can cut off the factory heat shrink off the plug pictured above, cut the connections when they parallel together, and connect them to your speakers.

Now here's the good news – if you're installing new tweeters, look for a tweeter with a threaded hole on the back. Then you can use a backstrap to mount the tweeter to the holes in the factory tweeter bracket.  

Rear door panel removed

Rear door panel removed (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Rear door speakers

You’ll find 6-1/2" speakers in the rear doors of the Tacoma DoubleCab. You'll need to remove the rear door panel to access this location. You can replace these speakers with aftermarket 6-1/2" or 5-1/4" size speakers by using a mounting bracket. There is a wiring harness available for the rear speakers so cutting or splicing won't be necessary.

JBL speaker system

This system is rare so we haven’t been able to research its speakers fully. It has the same speaker setup as the basic 6-speaker system, with the addition of a subwoofer, which is located behind the rear seat.

At this time, we are unsure of the impedance of the JBL speakers, and we don't have any details on the JBL sub. If you're familiar with this system drop us a line. We'd love to learn more.

Tools needed: Phillips screwdriver, small flat screwdriver, 10mm and 14mm socket, panel tool, wire stripper/crimp tool, crimp caps

Bass in your Tacoma

JL Audio Stealthbox

JL Audio Stealthbox® installed (photo courtesy of JL Audio)

If you're looking to add a subwoofer to your Tacoma's system, JL Audio offers a custom subwoofer enclosure that fits behind the rear seat, and many powered subwoofers or shallow subwoofer enclosures will fit under a seat. Finding room for an amplifier to power your subwoofer shouldn't be a challenge either.

More options

Here are some other ways to improve your Tacoma:


If you're installing new speakers in your truck, an amplifier will give you an enormous boost in sound quality, providing the clean power and headroom that an in-dash receiver just can't deliver. (We don’t recommend using an amplifier with your factory speakers as they are built for lower power handling.) This truck really is a great candidate for component speakers in the front doors, and an amp will give you maximum performance from a nice set of components.

Satellite radio

If your factory radio came equipped with satellite radio, you will lose that option with a new car stereo. Look for a new car stereo that’ll work with an outboard SiriusXM tuner, or consider adding a Dock-and-Play satellite radio that you can take from car to car.


An aftermarket in-dash navigation receiver is a great option for your Tacoma, because there’s plenty of room behind the dash. Not only will you get great directions, but you'll love using the touchscreen to control your new audio system.

Installing a security system in your Tacoma isn't easy (security systems rarely are), but it's definitely a good idea. Our Crutchfield Advisors can help figure out what you need to get the job done, but we usually recommend taking your car and new gear to a professional installer.
  • Steven E from Las Vegas , NV

    Posted on 6/9/2015 4:09:38 AM

    I currently own a 2009 Toyota Tacoma with the JBL upgrade W/Subwoofer. its located where you have the stealth box setup, its just molded into the plastic, single woofer almost centered on the lower back wall. if you need more info, contact me via email. Ps, there has to be a way to retain the factory satellite receiver at least, because its a nice built in. better then the cheap magnet one from the box.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/9/2015 11:29:34 AM

    Steven, It IS possible to retain that factory satellite radio antenna in some vehicles, but not in your Toyota. Well, not yet, anyway. We hope to have an adapter for your Toyota soon, but at this point, we don't know when it will be available. You'll still need to install a new satellite radio tuner, like the SXV300V1.
    And big thanks for the info about the factory sub location. I've updated the article to reflect the new knowledge.

  • Bobby Vanover from United States

    Posted on 7/5/2015 6:09:35 PM

    What kind of stero andspeakers d9 u all recaend been long time since i have bought after market stuff with real good sound quality sound crisp clear and with good bass

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015 10:32:54 AM

    Bobby, we sent your question to our sales team for the best answer. They'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Kirk from Wards Creek

    Posted on 8/21/2015 8:30:11 AM

    Just trying to find out if the different models of factory stereos can be swapped in my 09 Tacoma?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2015 3:21:14 PM

    Kirk, you may get lucky, but typically no. Discrepancies in size and wiring will be an issue.

  • james from san jose

    Posted on 10/5/2015 1:41:59 PM

    2010 tacoma has factory installed satellite antenna. If ordering from crutchfield, do you have directions on how to utilize the factory gps antenna for integration to after market gps nav units?

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