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Fitting a CD Player into a Toyota Yaris

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Very often we get asked “How to fit an after market radio into a Toyota Yaris?”

Today we are going to show you how simple it is. The Toyota Yaris has a factory build-in radio which is part of the dashboard itself and no fascia adaptor has been made available to replace the original radio.
But, below the radio there is a pocket, and if removed will allow us to fit an aftermarket head unit, and that’s exactly what we are going to show you below.

Tools needed for the job:
1. Insulating Tape
2. Phillips screw-driver
3. 1 x Toyota ISO Adaptor Loom picture below

1. First we are going to remove the knobs from the heating system which will uncover 2 screws that we also need to remove:

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2. Remove the ashtray below the original radio and behind it you will see 2 other screws that needs to be removed as well:

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3. Pull the top panel (heating panel) towards you and move it a bit upwards to unvail the other 2 screw behind it that hold the original radio in place, which we are going to remove as well:

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4. With all the screws removed the radio should easily be pulled out of it place:

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5. At the back of the radio you will notice 3 white plugs, but we only need to remove 2 of them, which will be plugged into the Toyota ISO Adaptor pictured at the start:

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6. Connect the ISO Adaptor into the 2 original plugs removed from the radio:

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7. Now we are going to remove the pocket located below the original radio to make space for the new after-market CD / MP3 Player head unit  :

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8. Once the pocket is removed, we are ready to get the new radio in the empty space but first we need to remove the cage and the surrounding plastic panel from the new head unit as shown below:

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so the new radio will look like this:

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9. With these two things removed, now we can force the new radio in the empty space left when the pocket has been removed and we are going to use 2 small screws to fix it into the cage that holds the original radio, but make sure those 2 screws are long enough to hold the radio but not too long to touch the inside mechanism. They should be only 5-7mm long.

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and this is how it should look from the front…

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10. Plug the new radio loom into the Toyota ISO adaptor as shown below:

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then connect it at the back of the new radio. Don’t forget to plug in the aerial connector as well.

11. Now you are ready to put everything back in its place starting with the radio..

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and screw back the 4 bolts that are holding this panel in place. Two above the radio and two below it located behind the removed ashtray.

12. Push back the top panel (heating) and fit the 2 screws removed before and put back the 3 knobs as well.
This is how everything should look when finished:

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As you can see, it wasn’t that hard and in less than 1/2 hour you are ready to listen to your favourite Cd’s or Mp3’s.
Enjoy your music.

November 30th, 2007
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