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2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma

Upgrading the stereo system in your Tacoma
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Toyota Tacoma

In brief: This Crutchfield Research Garage article gives you an overview of your Tacoma's stock stereo system and your aftermarket upgrade options. Use our vehicle selector to find the gear that will fit your truck. 

Overview of the Toyota Tacoma

The 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma is a rugged hauler with plenty of personality. Toyota built this tough truck in three cab styles with a couple of different stereo systems. The Standard Cab and Access Can sport a basic stock stereo system, while the DoubleCab could be had with an upgraded JBL stereo system. 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 custom-fit Stealthbox sub enclosures that fit perfectly in the AccessCab or DoubleCab. You can also continue to use your factory-equipped steering wheel audio controls with your new stereo with the help of a special adapter.

Replacing your factory radio

The radio removal process is the same in all Tacomas, regardless of whether your truck bas the base or the JBL system.

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 in your Tacoma 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.

Detailed stereo and speaker removal instructions

MasterSheet image
With step-by-step disassembly instructions and plenty of up-close, detailed photos, our exclusive Crutchfield MasterSheet™ takes the guesswork out of removing the factory stereo and speakers. It's free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one separately for just $9.99.

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

The Tacoma'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 truck's 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. 

Metra offers a Toyota wiring interface 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.

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

Shop for car stereos that fit your Toyota Tacoma

Replacing your factory speakers

The front door speaker removal and replacement process is the same for all cab styles, but there are some differences between the AccessCab and DoubleCab models. The removal instructions are also the same for base and JBL models, but when you replace the low-impedance JBL factory speakers with 4-ohm aftermarket models, you might notice some changes in volume levels. Pay attention to impedance when you're speaker shopping.

Toyota Tacoma front door

The front door in a Tacoma DoubleCab 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. You can install an aftermarket 6"x9", 6-1/2" or 5-1/4" speakers with the mounting brackets that we'll include with your speaker purchase. 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.

Use Posi-Products speaker connectors to 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.

Toyota Tacoma tweeter

All Tacomas have front door tweeters (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

The DoubleCab's rear door with the panel removed (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Rear speakers

You’ll find 6-1/2" speakers in the rear doors of the Tacoma DoubleCab, and 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. The process is the same for both the base and JBL systems.

In the 2005-2008 Tacoma AccessCab, the door speaker removal process is similar, and it's all explained in your Crutchfield MasterSheet. In 2009-up models, however, the door speaker location was eliminated and the rear speakers relocated to the headliner. These factory speakers cannot be replaced without extensive custom work on the headiner, so we don't recommend it for the average DIY-er.

Tools needed (AccessCab): Small flat-blade screwdriver, 10mm and 14mm socket, T25 Torx driver, panel tool

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

Shop for speakers that fit your Toyota Tacoma

Bass in your Toyota Tacoma

JL Audio Stealthbox

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

The Tacoma's JBL system includes an 8", 2-ohm subwoofer on the back of the cab wall. Removing and replacing this sub isn't exceptionally difficult, but there are a few steps involved and you'll want to work patiently and stay organized. You can replace the stock sub wth a shallow-mount aftermarket model, but you'll need to drill new mounting screw holes to secure it. That's not a tough job, but you are drilling a hole in your truck, so you'll want to work carefully, know what's around the area you're drilling into, and wear eye protection.

If you're looking to add a subwoofer to your Tacoma's system, JL Audio offers custom subwoofer enclosures that will fit behind the rear seat in the DoubleCab or Access Cab. There are also many powered subwoofers or shallow subwoofer enclosures that will fit under a seat in those trucks or even the Standard Cab. Finding room for an amplifier to power your subwoofer shouldn't be a challenge either. Enter your vehicle information to see the custom sub enclosures that fit your Tacoma.

Shop for vehicle-specific subwoofers for your Toyota Tacoma

Other options for your Tacoma

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. 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.

Note: We don’t recommend using an amplifier with the factory speakers as they are built for lower power handling.

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 touchscreen to control your new audio system.

Security

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.

Shop for car security systems for your Toyota Tacoma

Find the audio gear that fits your car or truck

Visit our Outfit My Car page and enter your vehicle information to see stereos, speakers, subs, and other audio accessories that will work in your vehicle.

  • Mike V from Fairfax Virginia

    Posted on 10/26/2020

    My 2014 Tacoma has non JBL factory radio. And a wired tailgate camera not connected to anything. I want a gps/Sirius/bluetooth/iphone that will use the steering wheel phone and volume control. Am I asking too much?

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 10/27/2020

    Mike, You have plenty of options, actually. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your car, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.
  • Todd M. Taylor from Richfield, WI

    Posted on 5/7/2020

    I have a 2013 Toyota Tacoma and I'd like to replace the stock non-JBL head unit with the Sony XAV-AX5000 head unit. Is there a way to use the vehicle's built-in microphone with an aftermarket head-unit? In the Tacoma, the microphone is integrated into the headliner between the passenger and driver and I'd rather not mess with that.

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 5/11/2020

    Todd, In most cases, aftermarket radios and stock mics don't play well together. But with questions like this, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • James Dugas from Pearl

    Posted on 1/3/2020

    I have a 2006 Tacoma Double cab! Can you tell me the maximum depth of a speaker in the front door without interfering with the window regulator?

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 1/6/2020

    James, When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see the 6-1/2" or 6-3/4" aftermarket speakers that will fit in the front doors. Our fit requirements include depth, so you'll have a nice variety to choose from. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.
  • Tom from Maine

    Posted on 12/23/2019

    Thinking of getting a Kenwood Excelon DMX906S for my 2010 Tacoma double cab w/o JBL. Chose this because it has a fast capacitive touchscreen and is SiriusXM ready. Questions - What is the latency or lag time? Have heard some units take a long time to switch between screens. What is considered a great switching time? Can the factory back up camera be connected to this radio? If yes, does the radio provide backup guide lines? How many SiriusXM presets can be saved and can channels not wanted be skipped when searching? We have a 2019 Honda CR-V EX-L with factory SiriusXM but am limited to 12 presets and channels can't be skipped. Have a SiriusXM add on radio in the 2010 Tacoma now and can skip over any channels not wanted.

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 12/24/2019

    Tom, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • Kaiya from Kailua-kona hi

    Posted on 11/30/2019

    I want to add in new aftermarket tweeters, but don't know what kind of harness I need to plug them into the factory wires. Any help ??

  • Justin from Deland

    Posted on 10/29/2019

    I bought a tacoma with thr wire harness cut for the radio what colors are for the speakers. 2013 toyota tacoma base model 2.7l single cab

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 10/30/2019

    Justin, When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your car, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.
  • Jerry from Rialto

    Posted on 10/7/2019

    I have a JBL upgraded stereo with a factory sub woofer. Will the harness still work?

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 10/8/2019

    Jerry, If you're referring to the receiver wiring harness, that one is for installing a new aftermarket stereo. It's available at a nice discount when you order your new stereo from Crutchfield.
  • Miles Granados from Tucson

    Posted on 4/19/2019

    I own a 2011 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4 door, and I recently purchased a Pioneer double din stereo and got a wire harness for a Toyota Tacoma but the two plugs do not fit the stock JBL plugs and there is 4 connections to the stock stereo when I have 2 aftermarket plugs that do not fit. Is there another way to plug those 2 aftermarket plugs in or do I have to buy special aftermarket plugs for the JBL stereo.? hopefully this makes sense but I am lost with why the aftermarket plugs do not fit the stock stereo plugs, Thank you

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 4/22/2019

    Miles, If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.
  • Lawrence Bossard from Eldon

    Posted on 7/4/2018

    Need to know what kind of wattage my factory bol single disc stereo is putting out I have a 2009 access cab Tacoma any ideas how to find out?

    Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    on 7/6/2018

    There might be some numbers on the receiver itself, but somewhere in the 12-15 range, probably. In other words, low. You'll definitely want to replace the receiver, and according to one of our tech experts (who is also a former Tacoma owner), the speakers could stand an upgrade, too. Hope that helps!
  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/16/2018

    Robert, The factory stereo can handle new aftermarket speakers, almost any of which have more oomph than the stock models. You'll be amazed at how much better your truck sounds once you do the speaker upgrade. I'll forward this to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Robert Wade from Aiken

    Posted on 5/16/2018

    I've got a 2010 Tacoma, double cab with the non-JBL stereo. I'd like to replace the speakers but can't seem to find out what the output wattage is for the stock unit. Any idea?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/26/2017

    Mike, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.

  • Mike from Hanna city

    Posted on 5/25/2017

    2011 Tacoma 4 door, need a little more volume. What are my options?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/18/2017

    Rebecca, If you have the upgraded Tacoma system, you'll see a JBL logo on the stock radio. If the stock radio has been replaced, look for a subwoofer behind the rear seat.

  • rebecca from powhatan

    Posted on 1/17/2017

    how do I tell if I have jbl system or not in my 2008 Tacoma trd sport?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/11/2016

    John, You'll need a wiring harness adapter to make this swap work. I'll forward your question to our sales team, and someone will be contacting you via email shortly.

  • John from Peoria

    Posted on 8/10/2016

    I have a 2006 Tacoma with the factory Radio/6 CD changer. The CD player stopped working so I picked up the same radio but a JBL type. When I tried to connect the wiring, there is a difference and I cannot complete the install. Is there a conversion kit to connect the JBL type to a non-JBL system? The non-JBL has four wire connectors and the JBL has only three wire connectors. Can you help?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/8/2016

    David, We can help you with that. There are several adapters available, or you can replace the factory receiver with a newer one that has the inputs you need. All of this can be done at a pretty reasonable price, too. Just enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool to see everything that fits your truck. I've also forwarded this to our sales team, so someone will be contacting you via email soon.

  • Jesse Raines from Kenmare

    Posted on 8/7/2016

    I'd like to know why I can't fit a 7" flip face double din unit in my 06 tacoma. The dimensions are the same as a fixed face. Looking at a pioneer avh x4800bs. Any info will help thanks.

  • David Jamison from Peachtree city

    Posted on 8/7/2016

    I have a 2007 Tacoma with the JBL system. All I am looking for is some way to bring in a line input from an iPod or iPhone. I don't want to use an FM transmitter. Does Crutchfield make something that I can plug in the harness to make this possible? Thanks.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/25/2016

    Kenrick, The Fix 86 is a great piece, but in this situation, I'd recommend having a detailed conversation with one of our experts before you order anything. I'll forward this to our sales team and someone will be in touch via email soon.

  • Kenrick Venett from KINGSPORT

    Posted on 7/23/2016

    I have a 2016 Tacoma with JBL and looking for a DSP to mix the channels. I don't think the JBL amp is sending out a full range signal to the rear speakers. I'm thinking of the JBL Fix 86 to sum and remove favorite equalization. Will I need another DSP to add EQ back to the signal or can I use the aftermarket amp to process the signal to sound good?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/9/2016

    Aaron, When you enter your vehicle info on our "Outfit My Car" page, our database will pair you up with a harness that will allow your new receiver to work with the JBL amp and your steering wheel controls.

  • Aaron from Greensboro

    Posted on 6/9/2016

    I have the Jbl System on my 2007 and I want to keep the Steering wheel interface. Is their one harness for both?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/3/2016

    Al, The factory tweeters measure just a wee bit over 2-1/2".

  • Al from Calgary

    Posted on 5/3/2016

    Trying to determine the diameter of the tweeters in the Tacoma. A friend has some Kicker KS35 speakers that he was going to give me but I can't tell if they would fit, no size listed with the tweeters.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/13/2016

    Drew, In the 2015, it'll depend a bit on whether you have the base system or the JBL. I'll send this to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Drew from Florence

    Posted on 4/13/2016

    I have a 2015 Tacoma and would like to keep the stock radio interface but would like to replace and amp my door speakers. Do you have an adapter that will make that work.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/28/2016

    Davison, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Davison from Miami

    Posted on 3/27/2016

    I am looking for suggestions for a double din stereo for my 2006 Tacoma. I was looking into the JVC KW- 910BT. I would like to stay under $200 for the stereo.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/14/2015

    Ryan, if it's a stock Toyota stereo, your best bet is to inquire with your local Toyota dealership or give Sirius a call.

  • Ryan from West Virginia

    Posted on 12/11/2015

    I bought a 2007 Tacoma with stock radio. Recently I bought a 2011 stock radio that is satellite capable to replace it so I could transfer my Sirius. What do I need to get to make it all work. Thanks

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/3/2015

    Murrey, The Pioneer 4100NEX actually does fit in your Tacoma, and it's an excellent choice. Any time you have questions about fit issues, you can use Crutchfield's vehicle selector to see which stereos (and speakers!) fit your vehicle and get some info on what else is needed for the installation.

  • Murrey from Salt Lake City, UT

    Posted on 12/3/2015

    I have a 2008 Tacoma, and I'd like to put in a double din deck, but I've heard that I cant install a 7" touch screen, or a flip down face! do you know why? I've seen video's of people having a 7" flip open deck, Is there mods that can be done to implement one. Any help would be appreciated. looking at a Pioneer 4100NEX

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/25/2015

    Jon, I'll send your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Jon from NLR

    Posted on 11/25/2015

    Hello, Is there a double-din aftermarket radio that has a screen/gps, and will be able to plug into the back-up camera?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/12/2015

    Daryl, If you're investing in a set of component speakers, you might as well install the new tweeters up front. You'll appreciate the improved performance and sound staging. In back, a set of full-range speakers should be all you need.

  • Daryl

    Posted on 10/9/2015

    If I wanted to install component speaker up front (to avoid doing anything to the stock tweeters) would you recommend components in the back doors? Would it be better to use full range coaxials in the back doors?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/6/2015

    James, Most people mount the aftermarket GPS antenna on the dash, so they don't have to run the cable outside the vehicle. The receiver comes with detailed instructions, but if you buy from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free troubleshooting if you need it. If you purchase your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • james from san jose

    Posted on 10/5/2015

    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?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2015

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

  • Kirk from Wards Creek

    Posted on 8/21/2015

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

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/6/2015

    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.

  • Bobby Vanover from United States

    Posted on 7/5/2015

    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 6/9/2015

    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.

  • Steven E from Las Vegas , NV

    Posted on 6/9/2015

    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.