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2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab

In a Nutshell

In this article, we'll tell you how to install car audio gear in your Tundra. Whether you are working with the standard factory radio or the JBL system, Toyota's factory speakers are pretty good. So as a first step we suggest upgrading your receiver first then, see what else needs to be done. 

If you decide you want a more refined sound in your Tundra, install some upgraded speakers, and maybe look into some more sophisticated subwoofers. An amplifier will make all your speakers sound better, and a sub will give you big bass if you want it.

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Overview of the Toyota Tundra Double Cab

When it comes to pickups, bigger isn't always better – but it sure can be helpful. Toyota spent years building tough, reliable trucks like the HiLux and the Tacoma, but as good as they were (which was very), small- to medium-size trucklets weren't quite enough in a country where full-size pickups generally sell faster than most cars – including Toyota's own Camry.

Toyota knew that if they were going to play with the big kids, they needed a big truck. The second-generation Tundra is big enough, tough enough, and strong enough to go head-to-head with the best of the Big Three. It's also a Toyota, though, which means the Tundra was available with a lengthy list of available features, including a not-bad factory JBL stereo system.

Bigger is almost always better when it comes to stereos, though. If you're looking to upgrade your Tundra's sound system, Crutchfield has the equipment and advice you need.

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 how to install a car stereo or speakers in your Tundra, there's nothing better than our exclusive Crutchfield MasterSheet™. This detailed, well-illustrated document is free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one separately for $9.99.

Toyota Tundra factory stereo

The Tundra's factory stereo (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory stereo system

The Tundra Double Cab had the option for either bench or bucket seats, depending on the owner’s preference. If you have the bucket seats, you'll need to disassemble the center console when you're replacing the factory radio.

Regardless of the interior setup, Toyota offered two different radio options in the Double Cab truck: an in-dash AM/FM/CD unit or the same radio with an in-dash 6-disc changer.

You could also choose between the standard 6-speaker system or an upgraded JBL system that features twelve speakers (including an 8" subwoofer) powered by a 440-watt amplifier.

Replacing your factory radio

Removal and replacement of the factory stereo is somewhat complex because the dash enclosure employs a host of trim panels and accessory systems that you will have to contend with.

It'll take some time to remove the stock radio. The process begins with the removal of the interior knee panel and the cup-holder assembly, and also includes removing the ashtray, displacing and disconnecting the heater control panel, displacing the entire instrument panel, and removing a myriad of trim panels that protect hidden screws. All this simply to gain access to the receiver.

It's not an impossible task for the DIY-er, but it is challenging, so work carefully and stay organized.

Toyota Tundra stereo wiring bundles

A close-up of the stereo wiring bundles (Crutchfield Research Photo)

You can install a single-DIN or double-DIN radio in the Tundra. The radio cavity is 9" deep, so there's no shortage of space to work with. You'll need a mounting kit to trim out the new radio and a wiring harness that allows you to connect your new radio to the factory wiring.

If you have the JBL option, you will have to buy and install a special integration adapter that ties your new car stereo into the JBL's amplified speaker system. You'll need a stereo with two sets of full-range preamp outputs to interface with this adapter; otherwise, you'll need to purchase a 4-channel line output converter.

Crutchfield offers a deep discount on the kits and adapters needed for both the standard and the JBL systems.

When you replace the stock stereo, you'll lose factory options like the AUX input connection, satellite radio, and hands-free cell phone interface. Fortunately, you can replace and probably improve on all of those things with the right aftermarket receiver.

Tools needed: Phillips screwdriver, small flat blade screwdriver, panel tool, 10mm socket, ratchet & extension, pliers

Steering wheel audio controls

It's relatively easy to retain your Tundra's steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo. 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.

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Replacing your factory speakers

Depending on whether you have the vanilla factory package or the upgraded JBL entertainment system in your truck, the central differences between the two setups are the number and placement of each system’s speaker array.

Toyota Tundra dash speaker

Removing the dash speakers isn't too difficult. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Standard speaker system

Dash speakers: In the case of the regular system, the factory setup includes a 2" tweeters at each corner of the dash just below the windshield. Replacing the dash speakers is considerably easier than working with the receiver installation, and primarily requires prying up each dash grille and removing two screws. The only bit of complexity comes when you try to find tweeters that'll fit in these locations.  You will have to fabricate mounting brackets for any tweeters you select, and you'll either have to splice into the factory wiring or use a set of Posi-Products speaker connectors.

Toyota Tundra front door speakers

You can install 6-1/2" or 5-1/4" speakers in the front doors (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Front door speakers: Along with this tweeter complement, the Tundra has an oddly shaped 6"x9" speaker built into an integrated bracket installed in each front door.  Aftermarket 6"x9"s won't fit because of that integrated bracket, so your best bet is a set of 6-1/2" or 5-1/4" speakers that will drop right in with the help of mounting brackets.

Speaker harnesses are available for both locations. They'll allow you to attach the new speakers to the plugs that connect to the Toyota factory speakers, and they make it easier to reinstall the factory speakers if you ever sell your truck.  Crutchfield offers these speaker mounting brackets and wiring harnesses at a deep discount with every speaker order.

The process of installing door speakers is simply requires removal of the door’s sail panel, followed by several hidden screws placed under trim covers, disconnection of the electric door controls and, finally, removal of the entire arm-rest assembly. Once those components are free and clear of the door panel, simply unscrew the door panels, take the panel off the assembly, set it aside, and unscrew four speaker fastenings.

toyota tundra rear door speakers

The Double Cab's rear door (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Rear door speakers: In the Double Cab truck, the rear door factory speaker is a 6-3/4" that's also built into a bracket. And, again, your best bet is a set of 6-1/2" or 5-1/4" speakers that will drop in with the help of mounting brackets. Speaker harnesses are also available for the rear door locations. Replacing the rear speakers is very similar to the front doors except that the process begins with the rear window trim panel.

toyota tundra front door tweeter JBL system

Front door tweeter in the JBL system (Crutchfield Research Photo)

JBL speaker system

JBL's 12-speaker system includes a center dash speaker, two dash tweeters, 6"x9" speakers with separate tweeters in the front doors, 6-3/4" speakers and tweeters in the rear doors, and an 8" subwoofer in an enclosure behind the left rear seat.

The Toyota brochure cites a 440-watt power rating for the JBL amp that powers this system, but these ratings are usually combined peak wattage ratings. That said, you'll still get good results using that special adapter to tie your new car stereo into the JBL system.

If you decide to replace all your speakers while keeping the JBL amp, keep in mind that they're all 2-ohm speakers. You'll want to pick speakers with lower impedances (like JBL or Infinity) to replace them or you'll hear a significant loss of volume. Harnesses are available for all locations except for the tweeters – you'll have to splice into the factory wiring to replace the factory tweeters.

Tools needed: Phillips screwdriver, small flat blade screwdriver, panel tool

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Bass in your Toyota Tundra

You'll find a few options for adding bass to the Tundra Double Cab, including enclosures from JL Audio  and MTX.

JL Audio Stealthbox

The Stealthbox is designed to fit perfectly in your Tundra (JL Audio photo)

JL Audio Stealthbox: JL Audio makes a Stealthbox for the Tundra, which offers one 8" sub in a ported enclosure. This option eliminates the need to remove the under-seat utility box in the Tundra’s extended cab version. The system is placed under the driver-side rear seat. The enclosure is available in Black, Tan, and Gray.

MTX ThunderForm:  MTX makes a ThunderForm enclosure for the Tundra. It's loaded with a 10" sub that installs under the rear seat.

Shop for vehicle-specific subwoofers for your Toyota Tundra

Other options for your Tundra

Here are some other ways to improve your Tundra:

iPod adapters

If you want to keep your Toyota radio, you'll find several options for connecting and controlling your iPod with the factory radio. You'll want to pay close attention to the qualifiers for these adapters, as some use the changer control port on the factory radio while others use the satellite radio connection.

Security

Installing a security system in your Tundra 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 Tundra

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.

Last updated December 29, 2016
  • Robert Robledo from Lewiston ID

    Posted on 6/19/2015 6:28:04 AM

    I got the factory jbl system how can I tie in just a bigger sub with an aftermarket head unit while keeping the jbl speakers

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/19/2015 11:13:45 AM

    Robert, It depends on how much bigger you want to go. If you install one of the subs noted in the article, the job's pretty simple. If you directly replace the factory sub with an 8" aftermarket model, there's a bit more work involved, but it's not too bad. And, of course, you'll need to choose the right receiver - since you want to keep the JBL amp, your new receiver should have at least two sets of preamp outputs. Then decide whether or not you want to add an amp for the sub. Once you've basically decided what you want, give us a call and let one of our advisors help you make sure you're getting the right gear for your system.

  • Carl

    Posted on 4/20/2016 9:23:11 AM

    With the factory radio and amp can I put 3-way speakers in the doors instead of 2-way as long as they are 2 ohm

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/20/2016 10:23:00 AM

    Carl, Yes, that'll work. As long as the impedance matches, you're good to go.

  • Travis hooker from Vero beach

    Posted on 6/30/2016 9:55:06 PM

    My sub is blown in the back is there a direct replacement for it I like the way it sounded before if I could just get that back

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/1/2016 9:04:25 AM

    Travis, If you're looking for an OEM replacement, you'll need to check with your dealer, or go online to see if there are any used or "new old stock" subs out there. A Tundra-focused web forum might be able to help you, too. If you want to upgrade to an aftermarket model, there are several 8" subs that will fit in that location, so give us a call and we'll help you find something that will give you the sound you want.

  • Jerry Jacobs from Ft McCoy

    Posted on 7/30/2016 10:10:27 PM

    I have a factory am/fm/cd stereo with xm and steering wheel controls in my '13 double cab tundra. I'd like a replacement with navigation keeping my xm and steering wheel controls. I want something that looks factory finished. Any suggestion?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/31/2016 8:42:29 PM

    Jerry, We can totally help with that. 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.

  • Deb from Springfield

    Posted on 11/28/2016 9:49:39 AM

    I just want to be sure I am understanding this correctly. If I install a new system in my 2008 Tundra Limited with Bluetooth capability, I will lose the bluetooth functionality on the steering wheel and built in mic. Is this correct?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/28/2016 9:54:59 AM

    Deb, It depends on the stereo you choose. If you go with a new receiver that's equipped with Bluetooth, we'll give you a deep discount on the wiring harness adapter you need to retain Bluetooth and steering wheel controls.

  • David from Houston

    Posted on 1/25/2017 10:00:42 PM

    Kinda confused. Above you are stating that with the factory radio and amp you can substitute a 3 way for a 2 way in the doors. The door speakers are not 2 ways, they are component speakers(Tweeter and mid/woofer). I was under the impression that they are behind a crossover(since they are component afterall). So even if you put a three way in the lower door if wouldn't be receiving a full range signal, correct? Secondly, Deb asked about losing steering wheel function for phone and factory mic. Answer was that it depends on stereo you choose. Is there an after market harness that allows you to keep both the answer and hang up control on the steering wheel as well as the factory built in mic?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/26/2017 10:56:54 AM

    David, Good questions. With the non-JBL system, there's a full-range signal leading to the woofer and tweeter locations. The woofer naturally rolls off the higher frequencies and the tweeter is protected by a cap. If you're adding new 2/3 way speakers, we suggest disconnecting he stock tweeters because they aren't timbre-matched and the highs can be pretty harsh. Your best bet is a new component set without an external crossover, which would work great with the stock system, or a new aftermarket head unit. As for the steering wheel functions, the new radio obviously has to have Bluetooth, but the retained OEM functionality depends on the receiver adapter harness and the steering wheel controls adapter. You normally DO retain the steering wheel controls. But you DON'T normally retain the factory mic. Maybe in some cases, but not usually.

  • David from San Antonio

    Posted on 2/4/2017 10:36:53 AM

    Can you fix 6x9's in the rear doors

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/6/2017 9:13:33 AM

    David, Aftermarket 6"x9" speakers won't fit due to the integrated brackets in the doors. A set of 6-1/2" or 5-1/4" speakers will fit with the help of mounting brackets that are included when you buy your speakers at Crutchfield.

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