This installation guide is intended to be used to assist you during the installation of your Sony 8100 Tacoma Plug and Play Bundle from Trail Grid Pro.
Sony 8100 Install
Sony Microphone Install
Installing your bundle
1. The Body – Consists of the head unit and our custom wiring harness.
You’re going to install this first.
- Make all your vehicle connections as noted in the document below. We’ve drawn a red box around the vehicle connectors you’ll be using for your installation, which are 2, 4 & 5. Vehicle connectors 1 & 3 will not be used.
- All the plugs are keyed plugs, which means they only fit their match on the Toyota side. All you’re doing is matching plugs – it may look like a lot of wires but it’s simple.
You will be using vehicle connectors 2, 4 & 5
- Next, secure the backup camera connection harness labeled CAM-TY12 (connect the female side of the CAM TY12 to the factory video harness), Sirius/XM satellite connection (if applicable), AM/FM antenna connection, Sony supplied microphone and the USB retention cable connection.
- DO NOT POWER ON YOUR HEAD-UNIT BEFORE ALL CONNECTIONS ARE MADE. This will cause an error when the PAC module is trying to calibrate to your vehicle.
More Install Tips Regarding The Components Of Your Sony Bundle
To secure your backup camera connection, ensure the female side of the backup camera harness labeled CAM TY12 is plugged into the factory video connection. The connectors are keyed, so they’ll only fit their mate.
2. The Dash Kit: Your new matte black Metra Tacoma dash kit.
You’re going to install this second.
Tacoma Faceplate: In your kit there are two faceplates. One is already attached to your completed bundle, and the other is wrapped in a separate cover in your shipping box. We always attach the larger of the two covers with your completed bundle (as a higher percentage of Tacoma’s use the larger version) but if it’s not the correct size for your truck simply swap the faceplates before installation by unscrewing the 4 faceplate screws that secure it to the side brackets.
3. The Sony 8100 Screen: The Sony 8100 screen display, supporting pieces and trim.
You’re going to install this last.
1. Attach the USB cable connected to the front of the body to the USB location on the rear of the Sony 8100 screen.
2. Place the wire in the provided channel on the rear of the Sony 8100 screen.
3. Attach the two rear panels to the back of the Sony 8100 screen on each side of the neck of the system. These slide into place from the top down. One has a slot that fits over the USB cable.
4. Attach/slide the Sony 8100 screen into the body.
5. After placing the Sony 8100 screen into the body, but before securing the screws in place, test all the functions of the radio before proceeding.
6. After you confirmed that the unit functions correctly, screw in the provided 4 silver screws, securing the Sony 8100 screen to the body (2 on each side of the neck of the Sony 8100). For this step, we recommend you use a magnetic tip Phillips-head screwdriver if you have it, as the two outside screws are set down farther than the other two.
7. Slide the small black cover on the neck of the Sony 8100 toward you to line up the final screw location.
8. Screw in the one black screw in the middle (in the middle of the neck of the Sony 8100).
9. You have completed installation of your new Sony Bundle! Congratulations!
Using a factory phone cable when making your connection for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is a MUST. When I say factory, I mean just like the cable that originally came with your phone. It cannot be a cable that you bought from Amazon or from the grocery store – those are only charging cables in most cases, not charging and data cables. Also, remember – phone cables don’t last forever. If you ever have connectivity issues in the future – I’d try to swap your cable for a new one.