My name is Jesse and have always wanted a Toyota Tacoma. I finally managed to buy my first new car and it was the Tacoma. Being that I install sound systems ... Show morefor my freinds, it was only right that I install in my own truck. Here is my truck. I managed to convince the salesguy to include the chrome step bars with the truck.
Because it took so long to get my truck; since I had to order it because they didn't have a black one in stock, I also managed to get a free chrome bull bar with the brush guard.
After checking out this website, I noticed that not many Tacomas had sound systems. There were only a few. And of those few there were even fewer with 12" subwoofers. I found out why. There is very little space behind the back seat of the Double Cab. I had to figure out a way to install a 12". The first thing I did is totally gut out my truck.
This is the inside of the naked Tacoma
After gutting it, I decided to add Dynamat since it seems to be so popular. I have never installed this before but it seemed that people thought it was great, so I tried it
I also ordered the speaker adapters for the front and rear doors.
Note: I found out that the adapters for the 6 1/2 " components does not work for the MBquart components. I emailed Tacotunes but they never emailed me back. I had to cut the hole to make them fit.
I had entered a contest with Car Audio Magazine and was lucky enough to win 5th place by sending them an essay on why I would choose Scosche for my sound system. I won an Ipod bluetooth which works great with my Ipod. I can control the sound system from outside my truck by using the Ipod. It sends a signal to by cd player and plays throuhg my sound system.
I decided to install the JVC DV5100 because it plays DVDs. I plan on installing headrest monitors later.
I mounted the tweeters for the front Mbquart 6x9 components in the factory locations and for the rear ones I cut out holes in the door panels to accomadate the 3/4" tweeters that come with the Mbquart RCE 6.5" components.
Now came the hard part. Making the subwoofer box for 12" subwoofer. I decided to only install one subwoofer instead of two. This is because in order to make it fit, I had to move the seats forward a little. If I added two subs, I would have to move bothe seats which I didn't want to do because of the lost room. There was also the problem of where to mount my amps. I didn't want to put them under my seat. I only moved the 1/4 seat forward by two inches. This gave me the room to mount one 12" subwoofer and both my MBquart Reference 2400s.
I started my box by making a frame out of MDF.
I then covered it with polyester.
Next came the fiberglass
after the fiberglass dried,I added bondo to smoothe it out.
as you can see, I tried to make the box and amp rack all one piece because I din't want the metal body to show. I made a panel out of the entire thing to make it look like factory as best as I could. I am not a pro so it is not perfect but is better than having the metal of the truck showing.
I finally finished the box by covering it in brown leather.
Here is the box already installed in my truck.
You probably noticed that I dont have a subwoofer in my box yet. Thats because I had bought an Mbquart PWE302 but one of the coils was no good. I had to send it back for an exchange. They told me that the PWE302 was no longer made so they will send me a Rockford Fosgate T112D2. I am looking forward to installing that bad boy but am a little dissapointed because my entire system was intended to be Mbquart except for the cd player. I'll add more pics once I get the sub.
Here are the new pics of the T112D2 Show Less