A client with a beautiful 2016 Toyota Tundra CrewMax contacted Kingpin Car & Marine Audio about doing some upgrades to his truck. One of our team set him up for a time to stop by our shop with his vehicle. When he arrived, we spent significant time on looking over the vehicle and talking through ideas for the truck. It already had several performance and accessory modifications done to it, so we knew this was going to be a fun project.
After we were done at the vehicle, we came inside so the client could listen to the products we suggested and to give him a tour of our facility. At the end of the consultation, we worked up a proposal that he liked, so we set a time for him to drop off his vehicle.
Integrating In And Starting Over
Since this vehicle came with the factory JBL audio system’s integrated navigation, we knew the client wanted to keep the in-dash stereo system intact, and we knew a signal processor was needed to get great sound out of this vehicle. We started by installing an Audison bit One DSP processor. It does several things for us in this build. First, it removes the JBL equalization that they add to the music. Toyota adds this in an attempt to make an inexpensive speaker sound better, but when you leave it there with an upgraded sound system, it actually degrades the quality of the music. The second thing it does for us is sum the musical signal back to a full range sound. JBL divides it up and sends certain frequencies to each speaker.
Doing both of these things gets us back to an unmodified musical signal that is a great starting point for our upgrades.
That is only the beginning of what the bit One does for us. It also provides the capability to have dedicated amplifier channels for all of the front speakers and subwoofers, giving each speaker incredible control through 31 bands of equalization, digital delay, output level and crossover adjustments. In the hands of a gifted tuner with a laptop, the results can be extraordinary.
We mounted the DRC controller for the processor conveniently under the heater controls in an easily accessible spot. This gives the client control over the subwoofer output level and in selecting the multiple tuning curves set up by the Kingpin staff.
Hearing It Loud And Clear
The musical signal now travels underneath the rear seat, where we made a custom amp rack to hold three Audison Voce amplifiers. The AV Uno sends more than 1,300 watts of clean power to the subwoofers, while the pair of AV Quattro amplifiers send more than 1,000 watts of power to the front stage and 240 watts of power to the rear fill. We covered the Kingpin trim panel for the amps in black vinyl that is a complimented by a silver trim ring around each amp. Under normal conditions, the amps are completely hidden from view, but flip up that back seat and you see a feast for the eyes.
Clarity, Width And Depth
At this point, we turned our attention to the speakers in the vehicle. Up front, we installed an Audison AV6 6.5” woofer in the factory location in the front door on custom-machined composite speaker adapters. Since this client wanted his stereo to be crystal-clear at higher volumes, we installed an Audison AV3 3” midrange and an Audison AV1.1 28 mm tweeter in each A pillar. As you can see in the finished pictures, the final product looks like Toyota offered these speakers as a factory upgrade.
In the rear doors, we installed a set of Audison AVX65 6.5” coaxes for rear fill.
Making Room For Bone-Shaking Bass
Finally, it was time to turn our attention to the subwoofers in this vehicle. Since the client wanted a sound system that sounded incredible and played at concert levels, it made for an interesting challenge for the talented staff at Kingpin. For this Tundra, our team custom-fabricated a new set of seat brackets at our in-house metal working shop that moved the seat forward 2 inches, giving us the room needed to make a custom enclosure to hold four Hertz ES300D 12” subwoofers. That’s right: four 12” subwoofers in a Tundra CrewMax!
We covered the enclosure in matching upholstery materials and securely mounted it to the vehicle.
Coming All Together For Sonic Harmony
At the end of the audio installation, it was time to get out our laptop and begin the specialized task of fine-tuning the sound system. This is an area where many shops will cut corners. But at Kingpin Car & Marine Audio, we believe you should get all the performance you paid for, so we take all the time needed for the best sound quality.
Increased Driving Safety With Escort
The final touch for this vehicle was the custom installation of an Escort 9500ci laser and radar detector. We mounted the front radar receiver and laser shifters securely to custom metal brackets that let us aim the sensors precisely for the best sensitivity. Inside the vehicle, we mounted the display and controller in convenient locations chosen by the client. In our usual fashion, we tested the system to make sure it was working at peak performance.
Toyota Tundra CrewMax Audio Build – Delivery
When the client came to pick up his vehicle, he knew he’d made the right decision. He had already spent lots of money on this Tundra and he loved how the stereo system continued his theme of classy, modified looks. When we cranked it up for the first time, wow, was he happy! As he cranked it up louder and louder and the sound stayed crystal-clear, staging across the top of the dash, he was in heaven. He knew he was going to spend lots of time sitting in his truck just listening to his favorite music.
As we explained the operation of the 9500ci, he was excited to know he would be well-protected from tickets in the future.
Give Us A Call Today!
If you would like to upgrade the sound system in your vehicle, we invite you to contact us HERE at Kingpin Car & Marine Audio in Portland. Let’s set a time to get together with you and your vehicle so we can show you why Mobile Electronics magazine has named us a Top Retailer in the Nation. We look forward to meeting you.