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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Changing a car stereo

Anyone know how hard it is to change the stereo in a car and change the speakrs? Im thinking abt changing the stock stereo in my Highlander but I dont know if its something I need to take into a shop or something I can do by myself.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 11:31 PM
 
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Pretty easy if you can do simple task like changing the oil. The hardest part is getting the door panels off to get the speakers in. You can even but adapters so you can just plug the speakers in the factory plug. IMHO shops charge way too much for this....But I am sure someone on ghere near you would be willing to help for a case or a few bucks. Do it yourself. You will learn alot of basic know how....plus then you know what to check for if something is wrong.
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I did car audio for 7 years before I went to work for the railroad. Most car audio is not difficult to install, depending on the vehicle. The difficult part comes in taking some of the newer cars and making them sound better. Because of this, I recommend an expert to at least sell you the equipment. My buddy Bryan owns LoCo car audio http://lococaraudio.com/ and will make sure your vehicle has the sound you are looking for. If you go there, ask to see his 02 ZO6 corvette. Awesome audio system. Even if you install it yourself, at least have an expert sell you the right equipment. Tell him Dave Reineke sent you, he will take good care of you.
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The deck is pretty easily removed in a Highlander - I had to remove it in order to wire up the XM Radio for the wife. If you need any tips/help, feel free to shoot me a PM.
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Just don't force any door panels. The little plastic peices that fasten the plastic door panel to the door itself break really easy. Take your time and do a good job. Solder connections and use heat shrink. It's all basic wiring. If you're not sure about a connection refer to the wiring diagram.

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Search around online and see if you can find a manual for the highlander. A Highlander forum would be your best bet to find it. Or on the forum, they probably have step by step instructions on how to install pretty much anything. I've put systems in all the cars I've owned and am starting to gather components to install one in the Scion. Take your time, be careful removing and where you set down your interior panels to prevent scratches, and it should be fairly easy.
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Haynes or Chiltons definately would show how to take it off. Best $20-25 you can spend for your car.
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If ya want come by one day and I'll help ya do it. Ive been doin the custom car thing for 6 years. Its not that hard to do as long as you have the right equipment.

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Crutchfield 100%. You can easily do it yourself. Crutchfield will sell you the radio and include all brackets, harness it you will need for your exact model and year Highlander. They even include a free instruction pack with photos of your exact car showing step but step install of the head unit and speakers. Used them for the last 3 cars I had with super results. They also offer free American tech support that will walk you thru the install. Totally top notch.
Just did my 06 Toyota Corolla a few months ago. Returns are super easy with them too fi you are not happy with your purchase, they even include the prepaid shipping labels.

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I was able to do it myself, and I suck at electronics. If you have steering wheel controls, you might have to give them up, or pony up more money for extra hardware.

But if you aren't the most knowledgeable in the subject, do what Dave said and visit a car audio store.

And those plastic pieces Nick was talking about do break super easy, but I was able to find some at AutoZone for $2 a pack of 6. Assuming Toyota uses the same pieces across all their models, you should find them.

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Crutchfield 100%. You can easily do it yourself. Crutchfield will sell you the radio and include all brackets, harness it you will need for your exact model and year Highlander. They even include a free instruction pack with photos of your exact car showing step but step install of the head unit and speakers. Used them for the last 3 cars I had with super results. They also offer free American tech support that will walk you thru the install. Totally top notch.
Just did my 06 Toyota Corolla a few months ago. Returns are super easy with them too fi you are not happy with your purchase, they even include the prepaid shipping labels.

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the only problem with crutchfield is that there prices SUCK. THe markup on this stuff is near criminal, shop crutchfield, but if your smart you will buy from an esellet on ebay. You honestly will find prices at or below what most small stereo shops get the stuff for if you go to ebay. It's incredible.

If you have specific equipment in mind, shop ebay, if not, shop crutchfield to get some ideas, it's very basic stuff. Also, on most cars you can start with the head unit only, if you don't play music really loud, you can run with the stock speakers for a while (on some cars with premium audio this isn't possible (bose for example)

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It's not hard, unless you are trying to rewire the speakers. Are you just doing a basic head unit + speakers install, or are you running it through amplifier?

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the only problem with crutchfield is that there prices SUCK. THe markup on this stuff is near criminal, shop crutchfield, but if your smart you will buy from an esellet on ebay. You honestly will find prices at or below what most small stereo shops get the stuff for if you go to ebay. It's incredible.

If you have specific equipment in mind, shop ebay, if not, shop crutchfield to get some ideas, it's very basic stuff. Also, on most cars you can start with the head unit only, if you don't play music really loud, you can run with the stock speakers for a while (on some cars with premium audio this isn't possible (bose for example)
Their prices are not so bad anymore. For example they are usually the same as Best Buy. Some things are obviously retail but with free shipping and no tax sometimes it comes out cheaper. I got my head unit from them on sale for 100 bucks cheaper than Best Buy as a matter of fact. I was going to do Ebay but once you buy it ans your not happy you are fucked, no returns.

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