Stinger heigh ten Tacoma head unit
When I originally purchased my 2017 Tacoma, the first thing I told myself was that it did not matter to me if the interior was equipped with any comforts or not. After having my truck for close to three years at this point, I can say with complete honesty that the technology found within an early model of the third generation of the Tacoma has plenty of room for improvement, particularly in light of the numerous options that are found in more recent vehicles.
In the beginning, I decided to replace the factory head unit with a third-party one, but it did not have a screen. Because of this, I ended up upgrading to the Stinger Heigh 10 headunit discussed in this post (Model: STH10TACOM) Found here. The update is a complete dashboard and multimedia system that can be installed in Tacoma without any problems.
UPGRADING YOUR TACOMA’S STEREO
After getting used to not having a screen or any other fun things that come standard in many other cars on the market, I decided it was time to change the head unit once more. I wanted to find a solution that fulfilled all of my requirements, including Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Apple Maps, and the capability to add 4 cameras throughout my Toyota Tacoma.
Stinger was kind enough to give the head unit that checked all of these boxes and additional ones in a really simple and straightforward package to set up. Which include the ability to watch Netflix and YouTube on the head unit with a simple add-on!
Lack of Features
Owners of third-generation Toyota Tacomas are aware, as are many of us that their vehicles, particularly the earlier models are missing a variety of features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, GPS, and other types of camera inputs, except an optional backup camera.
It is insane that after paying such a high amount for one of these automobiles, the only thing that can be done with the audio system is listening to music. This is especially true given the current state of the market. I wasn't sure whether I would need Apple Maps because I already have it on my phone, but the GPS on the Stinger head unit works just as well as, if not better, my phone's GPS. This was one item I wasn't sure I would actually need, but I definitely enjoy it.
- HD touchscreen panel measuring 10 inches and an information and entertainment system
- Replacement radio that keeps the OEM controls but is otherwise identical.
- OEM Tacoma antenna adaptor
- Sirius XM Adaptor (allows you to retain factory SiriusXM antenna, sold separately)
- bespoke dashboard assembly
- Dual USB ports, flush mountable flush mountable
The installation of the head unit was not a difficult process at all. The installation was not difficult in the least, even though there are what seems like a billion cables (more like 15).
Tools & Materials
- Mechanic’s Tool Set
- 10mm socket
- Plastic Trim Removal Tools
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Wire Stripper/Crimper/Cutter
- Wire Connectors
- Zip Ties
- REMOVE CLIMATE CONTROLS Surround
To get rid of the original hardware, you will need to use a plastic prying tool, begin on the edges, and then work your way around the climate controls area on the dashboard around the factory head unit. After that, unplug both connectors that are attached to the control panel on the back of the stock radio.
2. REMOVE BOLTS
After removing the temperature control surround, you will want a 10mm socket to take out the four bolts that keep the upper half of the bezel in place.
Two can be discovered relatively easily, while others cannot be seen at first glance. You can find them somewhat above the two visible bolts and get to them with a ratchet and extension if you need to.
- REMOVE STEREO & UNPLUG CABLES
Pull the unit up and toward you while utilizing both hands (one on the bottom and one on the top). After the two clips have been released, you can remove the unit by pulling it off.
Once you have removed the component, you can view all of the connections to the stereo. Disconnect everything that is carefully linked to the stereo. Then you can remove the entire audio system from the truck without it being connected to the vehicle.
4. CONNECT WIRES
Although this step may seem difficult, I can assure you it is not. To begin, you will need to cut the existing wires linked to your current system's harness. These wires will need to be cut.
After you have severed the connections between the cables, you will need to arrange them so that their colors correspond with one another. Using a wire stripper and a wire crimper, match each color on the 16-pin harness (blue to blue, red to red, etc.) to its corresponding wire. You should be left with roughly 3/8′′ to 1/2′′ of bare wire after stripping the wire. To maintain the connection between the wire strands, carefully twist the wire by hand. Crimp one end of each wire utilizing the wire connectors, then put one end of each wire into the connector. Give the wires a light pull to ensure that they are firmly attached to the connector and have been crimped.
5. ASSEMBLE STINGER HEAD UNIT
The next step is to use two M4x6 screws to join the metal mounting brackets to the plastic mounting brackets. After that, ensure the two holes in the bracket are aligned correctly, and then insert the two screws. You should have four screws available (on the top and the side, by the black bracket).
6. ATTACH MOUNTING BRACKET
You should take the clamp given to you and fasten it to the monitor using the four M4x14 screws provided. Be careful not to line it up perfectly, and ensure space between the two holes.
7. ATTACH RUBBER BOOT AND RADIO TO DISPLAY ASSEMBLY
Five hooks are on the back of the mounting bracket that the head unit is attached to. Because of this, the screen will always have a secure attachment to the rubber boot.
After the rubber boot has been secured, the stereo will be fastened to the remaining components of the setup. To begin, you should attach the top hook to the top rail. The spring can then be compressed by applying downward pressure to it. At long last, you should fasten the hooks to the lower rail. In this process, you will also use a locking clip that attaches to the side corners. You will need to cut the clip, attach the locking clip to the corner, and finally screw it in with an M5x10 screwdriver.
8. INSTALL MOUNTING KIT
As soon as you acquire the TOYK972 mounting kit, you must take the tabs off both sides. After that, you should ensure that everything is properly orientated and aligned before snapping the pins into place and aligning them with the spaces on either side.
Removing the center piece of plastic from the mainframe is necessary to make room for the head unit, which will pass through that area. Altogether, the mainframe and the three metal spring clips should be attached to the mounting studs as depicted at the top of the preceding image. The hazard/clock module should then be positioned inside the frame, the side brackets should be aligned, and the module should be securely attached.
After you have everything mounted and put together, you will need to insert the radio through the front of the mainframe. Before doing so, ensure that the radio is appropriately positioned so it can be inserted without difficulty. First, you will need to align the holes on the radio, and then you will need to place the 10 x 3/8 bolts into the holes and then tighten them down.
9. CONNECT HARNESSES
To guarantee that your radio operates properly, you will need to use the given module, insert all of your cables, and check to see that they are situated in the appropriate slots.
10. INSTALL THE ENTIRE STEREO INTO DASH
You should now be able to correctly install all the cables, and it is time to install the unit into your truck. This is contingent upon your having followed each of the stages outlined above. It is highly recommended that you use zip ties to guarantee that all cables are tucked away and safe. Place the radio, so it is centered in the opening, then carefully push it in a while, ensuring everything is aligned properly. After that, you need to ensure that all four of the screws that you initially removed have been reinstalled.
The only other step consists of reinstalling the temperature and ventilation controls. Now you should turn on the truck and check that everything is operating.
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