Here's a round up of my recent experience
- replacing the stock
- 2-DIN Delco/Toyota AD6803 receiver/CD/cassette stereo in my
- 2000 SR5 3.4L 4Runner with a
- 1-DIN Clarion DXZ385USB stereo and a
- 1-DIN Metra 88-00-8000 pocket using
- Metra's 70-1762 wiring harness adapter.
Before we get started, make sure you have all of the info you need to disable your car alarm. You are about to need it. Then, take the safety precaution of removing the negative battery cable from the battery. There's nothing that ruins a day like getting popped in the face by an accidentally-triggered air bag. You will need the car alarm stuff when you hook the cable back up. Be ready!
Okay ... ready to swap the stereos.
I begin by doing the harness attachment in a nice cool place, like on my kitchen table. Using the color-coded wiring, it's pretty easy to them match up from the stereo wiring to the harness adapter. You will have a few extra wires left over, on both ends, but don't worry about it. Just cap them off so they can't short out and let them dangle.
I do my wiring by stripping a little off the wire ends, twisting them together really good, then slipping a little heat shrink tubing over the connection and shrinking it down. This give me an excellent, sturdy connection and saves me the trouble of soldering. If anyone sees a downside, lemme know.
Once the wiring has been done, it's time to move out to the vehicle. The only tool you will need is a phillips head screwdriver for the stereo retaining screws. Here's the original center panel:
There are 3 pieces to the panel covering that need to be easily removed in the order shown here. They are attached to the interior framework by simple pressure clips, and easily pop off using only your fingers.
Open the console storage lid, pull the emergency brake handle back a few clicks, grab the cup holders and the brake slot and pop off the first panel cover starting in the console storage area and working towards the front. There are 4 clips:
Then the section under the shifter. Just start from the open end and work toward the front/top. There are 4 more clips:
Then the big panel cover. There are 8 clips: 3 on each side and two on top. Just work your way from the bottom to the top and don't yank on them. They'll pop off easily. Keep the wiring attached as you gently pull the panel cover away and to the right to get access to the stereo:
There are 4 screws holding the stereo on to the center panel, two on each side. I find it's a good idea to keep a magnet-on-a-stick handy for when the screws fall into the console. Remove the 4 screws, and pull the stereo out of the console:
NOTE: The stereo connects to the stock amplifier, shown in the second image, above, below where the stereo was. You can see the single plug from the amp to the stereo, as well as the larger front fender antenna plug and the smaller rear window antenna plug in their khaki sheathing. The 2 plugs I need for my wiring harness adapter are plugged into the bottom of the amplifier. These are all simple clip-release plugs with a little clip to push down on on top, then slide the plug out:
#1 is the front fender antenna connector, #2 is the rear window antenna connector, #3 is the plug between the amp and the stereo, #4 are the plugs bypassing the amp that I will use with my harness adapter, and #5 is the AIR BAG CONTROLLER!!! Try not to mess with it.
Run the harness adapter over the metal bar, like the old cable (#3), and plug it into the bypass plugs (#4). Connect the other end of the harness adapter to the Clarion, and also attach the front fender antenna plug. Ignore the rear window antenna. You can remove the amp, if you want to. I didn't.
Once the new stereo and pocket are attached to the original brackets taken from the old stereo, screw the package back into the console, and replace the panel covers in reverse order of the above instructions.
I did not need the metal bracket that came with the Clarion nor did I use the trim ring.
I hope this is helpful to others, like me, who always manage to get that ONE vehicle that is not exactly like the one in the manual. Have fun!