If you have a 2019-Present Toyota RAV4 and didn’t pick up the JBL package, then you know that the speakers in the car are not that great. At highway speeds, audio can be very hard to hear no matter how high you turn up the volume. That’s why one of the first upgrades owners perform is to update the dashboard speakers. It’s easy to do by yourself and literally takes 10 minutes per side to complete. It’s also a relatively inexpensive upgrade as well and I was able to pick up everything I needed for around $50.
You’ll need to purchase the speakers and the wiring harness adapter. You can get these from Amazon and I’ve provided the links to both below.
- JBL CLUB3020 3.5″ 120W Club Series 2-Way Coaxial Car Speaker
- RED WOLF Car Front Center Dash Pro Tweeter Audio Speaker Wiring Harness Replacement for Toyota
You could use other 3.5″ speakers, but these JBL units seem to be the ones most RAV4 owners swear by. For tools, you’re just going to need a 10mm socket wrench and a flat pry tool to remove the speaker covers.
To remove the speaker covers, which are located at the front of the dashboard, you’ll use the flat pry tool and insert it into one of the edges and just pull downwards. The speaker covers should lift up easily and you’ll be able to remove them now.
Place these somewhere so they don’t get lost or damaged.
Once the speaker is exposed, you can use your 10mm socket wrench and unscrew the two bolts holding it in place.
Lift the speaker upwards and on the back you’ll see a clip that you need to remove from the back of the speaker. There’s a tiny tab you have to press inwards so you can pull the clip down and out. Be careful not to tug on the wires and only handle it from the white plastic clip part.
It should now look like this.
Take the Red Wolf wiring harness adapter and plug it into the stock clip. It only fits in one direction so there won’t be any issues with you plugging it in incorrectly.
The other end of the adapter goes into the speaker. You’ll want to plug the red wire into the left side and the grey wire into the right side. Just push the clips into the terminals.
Here you’ll want to tuck all the wiring back into the hole, carefully. There isn’t really much room in there so just try to tuck the wires along the side. Then place the speaker back into the hole and bolt them back in.
After that, just pop the speaker cover back on. Everything fits as it should and you should not have to modify or cut any parts at all.
For the other speaker, just rinse and repeat steps 1-4.
That’s basically it. As I said before, this is a very simple and easy upgrade that anyone with 30 minutes of free time and do on their own. For around $50, you’ll now be able to enjoy much better sounding audio no matter where you’re driving. If you want to go another step further, you can think about upgrading the door panel speakers, but this should suffice for most people.
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