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What options ARE there for in dash radio/montiors 2007 Tundra SR5

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by grannynancy, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Nov 26, 2019 at 1:29 PM
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    So I do have an android phone but HATE google maps and waze anymore because I am tired of being routed off the beaten path and into bad traffic areas because it will save time. The algorithms are TERRIBLE. As is I tend to use Mapquest but that does not appear to be supported on Android Auto.

    EDIT - Yes the old Garmin with lifetime maps is still reliable AND I can easily enter coordiates as DD.MMM format ..... but it would be nice to have everything on one screen.

    Sometimes I just want to stay on the main roads and not drive through subdivisions etc. We would like to be able to do bluetooth for calls and use my Apple Music since radio pretty much stinks in the entire SE.

    I want to buy a tailgate (not license plate, but in the handle) camera and will have to pay someone to install it so I can look at it when I am driving since sometimes things block our view and. trailers. and would also like a front facing camera for tight spots (not as important)

    Currenty car has 6 disc CD changer that can go away. Not looking to break the bank but we plan on getting at least 10 more years on this truck and will be doiing more road trips when I retire.

    Just now starting the research as to what is even out there.
     
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  2. Nov 26, 2019 at 1:49 PM
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    TSS 20's with Hankook Dynapro ATs, N Fab 3 Hoop Nerf Bars, TRD Wheel Locks, Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX, Masters Tailgate Replacement Latch with Camera, 1" Maxtrac Shackles, LED Interiors/Brake/Reverse/Cargo/Fog Bulbs, Fumoto Drain Valve, Toyota Aluminium Oil Filter Housing, TRD Shift Knob, Courtesy Door Projector LEDs with Toyota Emblem, Console Tray and Lower Divider.
    Crutchfield.com is a great resource for HU's. Just about anything can fit in there; Single & Double DIN. Most on here have had good luck with brands like Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine, and Sony. They all have a full line of HU's with various features.

    Masters Tailgate latch on Amazon is a great latch with camera.
    https://www.amazon.com/Master-Tailg...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SFER0D0BPG5PM64KWNRE
     
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  3. Nov 26, 2019 at 6:23 PM
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    Ok this is starting to make sense. I don't "have" to go with an android head unit but I want one with camera inputs and bluetooth and front USB input. Double DIN would give me a screen to work with.

    So a good bit of research. I wish I did not hate google maps so much anymore. It (and waze which is now owned by google) used to be better.
     
  4. Nov 27, 2019 at 2:17 AM
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    From reading the reviews. Then this is just like a standard camera standard output and I would have to run wires but could run them to a head unit which may or may not be an android unit. Deal with the "guide lines" if there are redundant lines on the head unit that cant be turned off by clipping a wire etc.

    I am so not into the complexities of hooking it up and installing the unit etc. (even though I completely rewired our old karmann ghia years ago and rebuilt the top end)---of course the wiring for an entire VW was less complex than the wiring for one simple radio these days.
     
  5. Nov 27, 2019 at 5:16 AM
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    Even though I am capable of the install, I had a local auto stereo/alarm shop do my install; I had acquired the HU and latch/camera. $200 ish well spent IMOH. What would have taken me 4-8 hrs was done in like an hour and a half, without any of the grief I was sure to have encountered.
    Many on here have done there own installs. Having not done one in 25 yrs, I was happy to defer.
     
  6. Nov 27, 2019 at 5:44 AM
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    If you purchase the unit from Crutchfield it will come with a free dash mount kit and wiring harness that is plug and play with the OE harness. Stereo comes out in 10ish minutes (YouTube). All you will have to do is run your wires from the camera underneath the sill plates and up under the dash to the back of your head unit. You will have to connect the stereo harness to the adapter harness either with crimps or solder but that's easy as well on a bench. I went with the $30 back up camera that mounts to the license plate and it's done everything I need it to do and I don't have to worry about running wires through my tailgait or dealing with them if I want to take it off.
     
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  7. Nov 27, 2019 at 2:36 PM
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  8. Dec 1, 2019 at 12:57 PM
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    I went in today and bought this from Best Buy and went ahead and paid for total tech support which is < the cost of 2 camera instals. Did the best buy credit card to get 10% on future purchases...will update with pictures when done.

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/kenwoo...-media-receiver-black/6330253.p?skuId=6330253

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ibeam-surface-mount-back-up-camera-black/6367029.p?skuId=6367029

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/echomaster-license-plate-back-up-camera-black/6296145.p?skuId=6296145

    But they will install a camera of my choice and after realizing it does not have night vision and it is not water PROOF I am going to buy this one and have them install it instead and return the echomaster. While my kayak trailer does not go in the water, if I tow the team boat there is a chance the back of my truck will [though without a raised transmission breather, I don't let it get in too deep]

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074KZSVD...olid=1DAFPV0CK2XW5&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
     
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  9. Dec 1, 2019 at 1:14 PM
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    Here's some of the things that went into my choice when I replaced my head unit with an aftermarket unit. First is cell service. If you have great access almost anywhere you go then you can go with a head unit that doesn't have a built in GPS app. You can download maps to your phone but that doesn't help you when you are in the middle of nowhere without service. Of course a pre-loaded GPS isn't going to get updated maps without you (possibly paying for the update) doing it. Cell service is great by my house but in in the foothills of some good sized mountains and service drops quickly so I went with the built in GPS.

    As for the camera, we have lots of dirt roads, plenty of snow, and lots of road grime. The rear view camera always gets dirty. The lower it is the more crud it will get on it. So I want with the camera built into the tailgate handle. The down side is that the cabling means I can easily remove the tailgate but I rarely did that on my old truck so I was willing to accept that trade off. Also being up higher makes it real nice for connecting a trailer. You can see the ball and the coupler and pretty much align them perfectly.
     
  10. Dec 1, 2019 at 2:58 PM
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    I have had decent results in the WNC mountains with predownloaded maps and google maps using only satellite reception ....... notiroiusly bad cell service there.....Most of our search calls are in those mountains and on some back roads well away from the highway.

    But, I also carry the trusty old Garmin Nuvi with lifteime maps in the glove box ....as a backup for those ocassions. I like that because it is easy to enter DD.MMMM to get a new routing if there is no address. At this point I mainly keep the device updated to keep up street maps on basecamp.
     
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