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2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab

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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)

Overview

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. 

Factory display (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory display (Crutchfield Research Photo)

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. The JBL system is very rare, and because of that we haven’t been able to research its factory subwoofer location.

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.

Installation note: 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

Two companies (PAC and Axxess) make adapters that allow you to connect your Tacoma's steering wheel audio controls to a new car stereo. If you have the JBL system, the PAC adapter is the better option, because it plugs into PAC's TATO wiring adapter that you'll use to connect a new car stereo to the JBL amp.  With the standard system, the Axxess ASWC-1 adapter (along with Metra's 708114 harness) is your best bet. This pair lets you hook up your steering wheel controls without having to splice into your factory wiring.

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.

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.

Installation tip: You'll have to remove the sail panel to get the door panel off.  When you pull the sail panel off, the little white retaining clips stay in the door. Make sure you pull those clips out of the door (if they haven't come out with the sail panel) and reattach them to the sail panel. Otherwise, when you push the sail panel back into place, it'll push the clips into the door.

Toyota Tacoma tweeter

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 your factory tweeter. 

You can cut off the factory heat shrink off the plug pictured here, 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.

At this time, we are unsure of the impedance of the JBL system's speakers, and we have no info on the factory JBL subwoofer location. 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:

Amplifiers

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.

Navigation

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 big touchscreen to control your Tacoma's audio system.

Security

You have lots of options when it comes to security and remote start for the Tacoma, and any system we sell will be a great match. You'll find ample room under the dash to route wires, and there's a great place behind the fuse box to hide the brain. You can make all connections under the driver’s side dash without routing wires all over the truck. 

You'll need to purchase one extra relay because this truck has two starter connections, and you'll also need a transponder bypass module. We suggest the FLCAN module because of the extensive mapping FlashLogic has done on this Toyota firmware, and we'll load the FLCAN with the correct firmware for your Tacoma when it ships.  The XpressKit XK05 module will perform the same task.

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