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Mike F's 1998 Toyota 4-Runner SR5 4x4

I started my Crutchfield career as a product advisor. I fielded thousands of customer questions about A/V equipment, designing systems for homes, cars, and the occasional party bus. Do that for eight years, and you begin to understand what people really want from their gear. You also get a lot of hands-on experience with the latest products. That's one of the coolest things about working here. As a writer, I enjoy translating technical jargon into easy-to-understand language. My goal is to make shopping for speakers and amplifiers simple. After all, this stuff is supposed to be fun! Outside of work, I enjoy playing and teaching music. I'm always on the lookout for interesting left-handed guitars.

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Items installed:


  • Kenwood KDC-MP438U Head Unit
  • JL Audio Evolution C5/650 Components
  • CDT Audio CL-61A 6.5" TW-25 Tweets. "Rear"
  • (2) MTX Thunder Rounds 12" SVC 4ohm wired in parallel
  • JBL MONO Block 600w pounding subs at a 2 Ohm load
  • Rockford Fosagte amp kit
  • Street Wires: RCA and speaker wiring
  • Custom Built Twin 12" 2.5 cubic feet sub box. MTX audio factory look
  • Rockford Fosgate's Noise Killer

Installation Description


Install on the head unit was a breeze, I love Kenwood's Technical to Dollars Ratio. I have owned many units and they have never let me down. The JL front components I mounted the tweeter in the center midbass location, because I do not like the tweeters right on my ear. The timing in my truck was too far off for my taste. With the tweeter mounted lower, all the frequencies float around my head together to create an awesome audio experience. You truly can't beat JL Audio.

The rest was all pretty simple, besides fitting 6.5" components in a 5" door opening for the rear. That just took some simple saw time, and patience.

Wiring the car was of course the most time consuming event. That's the part where mistakes CAN'T be made. Wiring two amps really is simple if you can find grounds that work well. The sub box was fairly easy just making sure you have the proper diameter cut out, and depending on your taste vented, or sealed. I installed two baffles, and two small vents in the front. I listen mainly to very hard rock so I didn't want a sealed BIG Long drawn out bass. These MTX TR4512 subs are truly fantastic! The frequency range is great,. And the tones they reproduce are unparalleled. I experimented with about 4 other mfgs, and they just cant keep up with the Mitek family.

I have used JBL amps for years and they are user friendly both on the wallet and with a screw driver. The quality is very good and they are backed up by a company who takes audio very seriously.

I am a salesman from 8-5 but audio is my passion. I have put multiple units through this truck and others because I really enjoy the work behind it. I am always the first to volunteer to "go to the store to get milk": as long as I can take one my rides...

Q&A Section


Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

A great audio system is a must for anyone who enjoys premium sound


What's the first thing you show people about your installation?

Custom Sub box. Not the greatest of all time, my first enclosure..


Why did you choose these products?

Best Bang for the Buck. Quality products backed up!! Dont be fooled by off brands false claims, and cheap prices.. stick with who you know!!!


What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Wiring the truck with 0 gauge wire. Replacing all stock wires. Explaining to my wife why front speakers are $500.00!


What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?

Kick panels front: Additional set of JL components. These care just too good to be true. Only bad part is $$$$


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