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So I just purchased a 2012 Rav4, and my first project is to install a new radio.

Here is the current radio:

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And here are the steering wheel controls:

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I have successfully removed the old radio, only to discover my wire adapter kit doesn't match up 100%.

My goal this weekend is to pull out the radio, take photos of everything, and ask the manufacturer for a correct adapter kit.

Until then, my question is this... if the Rav4 didn't come with a backup camera from the factory, are the wires still run to the plug above the license plate? Or will I have to run cables from the dash to the license plate?

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Ok, so I had to take the radio out today, so the manufacturer could make adapter cables.

VERY few tools needed.

I have a tiny plastic crowbar to pop off trim without scratching anything ( came with LED kit from when I swapped out all of my bulbs )

10mm socket with extension

That's it, now on to the removal.

1. Pry the 2 side trim pieces, start from bottom.

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2. There are 4 bolts that hold in the radio (10mm), you will need an extension to reach the ones way in back.

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3. Grab either side of the radio and pull straight back.

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That's all there is to pulling the radio out. I don't have the adapter cables yet, so I can't show how to put it all back together yet.
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