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Doing an android double din install and the only wires that don't match up (besides radio antenna which I have a part coming for) are the ignition switches. The plug from my radio (2011) doesn't match up to my 2012. It's just a smidge too small.

Wondering if anyone has had this issue? Might just go to the local audio shop to get a new one if needed and do the soldering work myself. Just curious if anyone else has run into this issue. :confused::confused:

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Yes there was a change. From 2006-2011, all the head units are interchangeable. In fact, I have a 2011 head unit installed in my 2008. But, in their infinite wisdom, Toyota decided to change the head unit to a unique model for 2012 and 2012 only. This was to add the USB port and Entune on the high end models. There may be an adapter or harness available. I would search on Crutchfield, Amazon, and Ebay.
 

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Yes there was a change. From 2006-2011, all the head units are interchangeable. In fact, I have a 2011 head unit installed in my 2008. But, in their infinite wisdom, Toyota decided to change the head unit to a unique model for 2012 and 2012 only. This was to add the USB port and Entune on the high end models. There may be an adapter or harness available. I would search on Crutchfield, Amazon, and Ebay.

After some more digging I found someone going through the same issue and I believe.. maybe.. I found a work around via crutchfield. Expensive as heck though so I might DIY mine because the only pieces that don't match up are the key wires so rather than buy this for $100 I might just do some soldering.
 

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Sorry I talk a lot. This is where I am at currently. Everything was plug and play except that one adapter and the radio antenna. Antenna piece will be here monday and the other part should be here friday or saturday if we don't get more snow. Will post a better video and small write up with part links and such when i'm done.
 

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Don't take this the wrong way, but please, please hold your phone horizontally when making videos. It's like peeking into a keyhole when the video is vertical. Thanks!
 

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Don't take this the wrong way, but please, please hold your phone horizontally when making videos. It's like peeking into a keyhole when the video is vertical. Thanks!
A mistake MANY people make is they start with the phone vertical, push the record button, then turn the phone horizontal. By then it's too late, and the result is kind of a mess.

You need to have the phone be horizontal BEFORE you push the record button, so it knows in advance you want to shoot in landscape mode.

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A mistake MANY people make is they start with the phone vertical, push the record button, then turn the phone horizontal. By then it's too late, and the result is kind of a mess.

You need to have the phone be horizontal BEFORE you push the record button, so it knows in advance you want to shoot in landscape mode.

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Don't take this the wrong way, but please, please hold your phone horizontally when making videos. It's like peeking into a keyhole when the video is vertical. Thanks!

Well as I stated ^^Up there this was kind of an on the spot. I went and rotated the videos in youtube so they should be normal now. I'll have something by the weekend after the rest of the wiring gets here to show with a small write up.
 

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Talk away. The more info the better.

I too have noticed a few differences of the 2012 compared to the previous years. So far I like the addition of the Aux in, bluetooth and USB. But other things like the fog light connectors were changed too. I think these were changes that came on their 2013 RAVs wondered why they jsut didn't wait one more year.
 

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I was considering a roof basket / light bar route instead of traditional fog lights because I just don't feel like fog lights do anything useful or maybe I haven't found the right set, but I've always used yellow and tried a mix of regular, coated lenses, HIDs, LEDs, and a few others.

It was cool to have the USB/AUX right there and I plan on seeing if I can wire it in somehow to the setup I am working on so it looks more OEM. I also have an Escort radar detector to wire in this weekend to get it all set up before my cross country move in June.
 

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Oi... you're doing what I'm dreading to do... change the Head unit.

I do this all the time with my cars, upgrade... however mine came with an Eclipse HU/GPS. Upon opening and peaking at the wiring I realized it's a buttload of wiring, HOWEVER... it's the Eclipse wiring, not the regular wiring, will keep looking at your thread to see how you did.

Did the RAV4's only come with USB capability after 2012?? or did it have it before as well??
 

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From what I understand (and I've only had this thing for about a week now) is that in 2012 they added the bluetooth / USB option which is why the one connector changed in the back of the stock head unit. My recommendation for you if you have the GPS unit would be to go HERE and get an idea of the unit that would fit since you have the GPS. Try and talk to their service reps through chat and they will link you to what fits. Then take the names and look them up on Amazon. If you click on the unit you're looking for with Amazon, the bottom of the page will show you the "What others have looked at who viewed this item" and you'll be able to price shop better that way. I LOVE the android head units because of the low price and ability to customize. It's all preference though. I did not have the stock GPS unit which is another reason I jumped on a replacement.
You can click on this HERE and ask the dealer / seller if they have a model that would fit yours since I believe this one states that it does NOT work with the toyotas that came with GPS.


Also.. I should note that the large adapter and the only one that changed from 2011 to 2012 is NOT plugged in and my unit functions just fine, turns on and off with the key, and from what I've seen so far doesn't show an issue. I will know more this weekend.
 

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This car is so....plastic. There's nowhere to ground my radar detector. Power is at the CIG lighter. No metal to ground to :(
What about that big metal bar? There is a white plastic bracket screwed to it. Use that screw. Or you can use the ground wire at the CIG lighter.
 

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What about that big metal bar? There is a white plastic bracket screwed to it. Use that screw. Or you can use the ground wire at the CIG lighter.
An ideal ground should be contacting metal on both sides. The mounted screws in the metal cross member are mounted to plastic body pieces. I chose instead to splice into the ground on the CIG lighter and solder it together for a stable connection.
 

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The Install...ish

2012 RAV 4 ANDROID DOUBLE DIN INSTALL & ESCORT PASPORT 9500IX INSTALL​



I am still only partially done with the install, but for now it looks great and functions. The Steering Wheel Controls (SWC) are not functioning right now and I have temporarily disabled the USB/AUX beside the mirror controls in the center dash.

The stock radio came out pretty quick and easy. I used a butter knife to remove the plastic on both sides of the stereo (pieces holding the LOCK and HAZARD buttons) after watching someone do it on Youtube. The rest all came apart with a tug and no “tool”.

RADIO:

The stock radio brackets have four little bumps on them which only seem to fit into the stock radio. I am not sure if this was another deterrent design by Toyota or not.



The radio I chose to use came with a bezel piece already attached so I didn’t need to remove any parts from the stock radio.

The large 21? pin connector (the one that started this thread, I’m not sure how many pins it has but it’s unique to 2012) is still a mystery to me. I did however find a part on Amazon that I am currently still working on to figure out the wiring diagram for the SWC to make them function. I am about 30% through that and will update when I get somewhere noteworthy.


Overall it looks great and was fairly simple. The Side Airbag though did make me a tad nervous as I’ve never worked on a car with them doing wiring. I know it takes quite a lot of force for them to trigger though so I was just careful not to tug when routing the radar detector wire and It came out just fine.










PARTS LIST​

Android Double Din Head Unit with GPS Navigation & Google Play: HERE

28 Pin Connector with SWC (Steering Wheel Control) harness: HERE

Radio Antenna Adapter: Here

Mirror Mount for Radar Detector: HERE

Escort Passport 9500IX: HERE

Radar Detector "Socket Saver" plug ("Does NOT use CIG Lighter Power"): HERE



For some reason I cannot get my pictures to show up while they are hosted online :(



A brief video of the functionality of the "finished for now" product: HERE
 

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I too was dreading this knowing of the changes to 2012. Mine is one of the last 4.3 models ever built (build date 12/2012) so I’m sure to have a compromise vehicle with some slight changes which are close to 4.4 spec.


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Reviving an old thread here. I also have the 2012 RAV and am looking at getting a new HU for backup camera functions (and really just to look cooler than the OE). I do have the aux and USB by the parking brake, and would like to still have those working, but if it's got an aux on the unit itself then I'd be ok - same idea with bluetooth and steering wheel controls. What's the best route for me? Any actual model suggestions?
 
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