This 2018 Toyota Tundra owner recently dropped into Westminster Speed and Sound to inquire about upgrading the audio system. He wanted his music to have a fuller and richer sound while being played at higher volume levels than the OE system could provide. After our team inspected the vehicle and the client auditioned several product options, we put together a package that would transform his truck into a mobile concert hall.
Toyota Tundra Stereo System Upgrade
We started the project by removing the interior trim panels and the stock speakers from all four doors. Our team treated the outer door skins with a layer of our WSS sound deadening before covering the interior skin with SoundShield three-layer damping material. The addition of deadening will dramatically improve the new speaker’s performance and reduce road and wind noise transferred into the truck’s cab.
We created mounting adapters for the woofers from a set of BLAM S165.80 component speakers in the front doors. The adapters are made from expanded PVC plastic, and they allow the new speaker to bolt into the original fastener locations. The tweeters from the component set are mounted in the sail panels to maintain a nice, wide soundstage.
For bass, we installed a pair of Kicker CompRT 10-inch subwoofers into an Audio Enhancers TUNCM110 enclosure. This compact enclosure is explicitly designed for 2014 through 2020 Tundra CrewMax trucks to optimize the available space. The rear seats bolt back in place in front of the enclosure, so no functionality is lost because of the upgrade.
Car Audio System Power Amplifier Integration
This truck came with the JBL audio system and source unit. We used a PAC Amp Pro interface to extract a full-range audio signal from the radio and feed a JL Audio XD1000/5 five-channel amplifier. This amplifier is wired to the front speakers in an active configuration. It can produce as much as 75 watts for each of the front speakers and an impressive 600 watts for the system’s subwoofers. We mounted the amplifier under the passenger seat so it would be out of the way. We flush-mounted the remote level control from the interface into the center console just ahead of the armrest. Power from the battery and charging system is fed to the amp with a four-AWG Stinger amplifier installation kit.
After we completed the installation, our technicians configured the crossovers and level controls on the amp to fine-tune the system’s balance. When the client returned to Westminster Speed and Sound, he hopped in for a listen. He was thrilled with the performance of the system and loved that everything was invisible. If you are looking for better sound from your car stereo, drop by our store or use our contact page to send our award-winning team an e-mail.
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