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    • On 7/15/2019 at 6:32 PM, Mikhail Lukichev said:

      Hi, guys!

      Just recently replaced standard Toyota WinCE Navigation by modern based on Android and I so happy about that!

      On a paper original Toyota head is good but in a reality it is just a piece of crap while Android not only provides fantastic functionality but also sounds waaaay better!

      So, on a simple car like Prado, definitely you can replace the head unit and you can even have working steering wheel buttons without issues!

      @Mikhail Lukichev. Could you please share the details of the product installed with actual pictures if possible.

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    • Although not the best possible solution, but if you really want to keep the OEM headunit that has no RCA outputs to power an external amp, you could install a high level to RCA converter:

      https://www.amazon.com/Converter-BOSS-Audio-B65N-Systems/dp/B000LP4RMQ

      This little device converts speaker output from the headunit to a RCA level output that you can feed to your amp. Some amps have this option built-in.

      I've done many installs like that in the past in European cars where the head-unit is almost impossible to replace.

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    • Mikhail Lukichev

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      Hi, guys!

      Just recently replaced standard Toyota WinCE Navigation by modern based on Android and I so happy about that!

      On a paper original Toyota head is good but in a reality it is just a piece of crap while Android not only provides fantastic functionality but also sounds waaaay better!

      So, on a simple car like Prado, definitely you can replace the head unit and you can even have working steering wheel buttons without issues!

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    • desertdude

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      Besides anyone with a little DIY knowledge does the installations themselves. for the last almost 20 yrs Ive done all my audio upgrades and installations myself. 

      Most difficult was my previous 1998 range rover which had a separate amp in each door and for woofer in the boot all married to the company head unit. Although the head unit was good but it was outdated so had to replace it with something that played mp3s and line input.

      But once I got it working the clarion head unit was really bumping the 11 harmon kardon speakers.

      Did never find a way to get my steering controls working but it was a well worth compromise in that.

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    • desertdude

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      16 hours ago, shadow79 said:

      Specifically Chrysler's head units if changed you can kiss your obd port bye bye as it won't determine anything

      Even on Peugeot it's like that

      Older model Lexus also if you put aftermarket heads only 2 or 4 speakers will work others won't

      People usually back probe the original unit and put a additional device in the glove box which has a mmc slot a USB slot and aux port

      Exactly after a couple years almost no cars will have swappable standard units. That's why the aftermarket audio business is down in the dumps.

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