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Old 04-07-2021, 11:12 AM #16
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Maybe I missed it somewhere in the thread but, why did you go the way of cutting off the factory connector and then hard wiring the new head unit in? If the connector was cutoff by someone else or damaged, why not just get a new section of harness from a junkyard or a part out and splice that in? This just seems like the hard way to go about this.
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Maybe I missed it somewhere in the thread but, why did you go the way of cutting off the factory connector and then hard wiring the new head unit in? If the connector was cutoff by someone else or damaged, why not just get a new section of harness from a junkyard or a part out and splice that in? This just seems like the hard way to go about this.
I agree, if you are just replacing the head unit, but keeping the stock JBL speakers, amp, subwoofer, etc. Iíve read that itís possible to retain the rest of the JBL system with a new head unit, but then youíd still have a relatively crappy system. The stock speakers are junk, and the amp and head unit arenít much better.

I did it because I used an external amp and wired the speakers from the amplifier. My head unit is basically just a pre-amp, with a tuner and cd player attached. I only used three of the fourteen (?) wires in the factory harness. I wired the remote amp turn-on myself.

Also, with my last head unit that is now 25+ years old, there wasnít any other way to do it. It was a ďdead headĒ, meaning it had no internal amplifier. It had no speaker outputs, just amp outputs. There was also no way to retain the steering wheel controls with the old head unit.

It was basically free to do it the way I did it. I just had to use some connectors and wire that I already owned. How much time, effort and money would it take to find a section of harness from a junkyard, functionality unknown, and then splice fourteen (?) wires?

In my opinion, the way I did it was the simplest. It wasnít hard at all. I canít put the stock JBL system back in now, but I am never going to do that. The JBL system is low quality compared to the system I now have.
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Thanks to all of you for the abundance of help and answers. I should have this knocked out in an hour or two.

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Maybe I missed it somewhere in the thread but, why did you go the way of cutting off the factory connector and then hard wiring the new head unit in? If the connector was cutoff by someone else or damaged, why not just get a new section of harness from a junkyard or a part out and splice that in? This just seems like the hard way to go about this.

In a nutshell, bought the truck used, can't find any comparable model year 4runners in the local junk yard with said plugs, the metra aftermarket replacement OEM plugs are not toyota color coded, so I had to translate the colors.
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Here is the color coding for 3rd gen audio. This is for the standard audio 4runners, not the factory amplified ones.
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FINALLY, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED.

FINALLY GOT THIS DEBACLE OF A STEREO INSTALL COMPLETED.

Seriously, I couldn't have done it without yall. I'll post pics as soon as I get my interior reassembled
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FINALLY, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED.

FINALLY GOT THIS DEBACLE OF A STEREO INSTALL COMPLETED.

Seriously, I couldn't have done it without yall. I'll post pics as soon as I get my interior reassembled
Glad you got it fixed! I hope it was worth it, my audio install was but I didn't touch the speaker wiring at all so was more just taking stuff apart and putting in sound deadening than having to goof with wiring harnesses.
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