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post #1 of 16 Old 09-15-2020, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Tuffy Center Console Stereo

Does anyone have any tips or heart ache around putting a stereo in a Tuffy center console? Can you install it yourself? Better to install somewhere professionally? Is there a good brand I should be looking at. I haven’t thought about car stereos in 25 years when the CD player came out in cars.

My end game is asking for speakers in the original location with stereo in the Tuffy spot. I need some tunes.

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-15-2020, 10:11 PM
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I like a simple set like Alpine. One knob and touch anything turns it on and off. Numbers for saved channels fewer things to look at the better.
Install was easy enough I just cant get it back out?
Great Company very helpful.
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I have the same model of Tuffy console.

It was sitting in my garage for a year or so before I got round to fitting it to my J truck. A lot of rust formed!!!!!!! I have since repainted it. The warranty does not cover paint!!! They are simple enough to attach, 4 bolts. The 2 long ones at the back may not work, depends on the shape of your transmission tunnel.

The inside is large enough to house a small 4 way amplifier stuck with double sided 3M heavy duty tape to the vertical side. If you want some reasonable power (it is a CJ, very noisy) I suggest investing in an amp.

Hpwever you will need to cut some holes into the bottom to get the cables in and out of the large compartment.

The stereo itself slots into the front. Before you do this you need to prepare the cables. You have to think about routing. Mine go through the floor and then under the truck and back up. you may want to route yours across the floor under the seats to the rear harness and then follow it up to the dash.

When the cable is in, just hook up the stereo (it needs some slack) and lower it in.

Be aware that being vertical a CD player will struggle.

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I've owned my for the better part of 20 years, really no issues. There are a few very minor paint issues but for as much rain as it has seen...not a big deal. I'd agree that some CD players can struggle, you need to find one that "grips" them...or, hate to say it, CD's are in their twilight with USB, electronic music, Bluetooth... so you could just go DIN and not worry about the CD player.

Install is an easy DIY type deal.
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I just installed one and it was simple. All I need to do now is get a new lock and key.


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I was just looking at some DIN sized Bluetooth and MP3 players as I'll probably just use my phone for entertainment or music on a stick.

Do they make any DIN CB or HAM rigs?


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Same here. In fact, I removed my old DIN cd player from my tuffy and covered the opening with a small 1/8" piece of paneling to hold pencils and eyeglasses for the present time. Ultimately will put a series of switches where the radio once mounted. For tunes, like John, I plan to use my phone and connect through a bluetooth amp (looking at this one) that will be mounted where the EIC box was originally. Also, the tuffy box makes an excellent place to discretely place a kill-switch, especially since it can be secured.

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I just installed one and it was simple. All I need to do now is get a new lock and key.


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Why a new one?
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Why a new one?

I got the console used and it was missing the lock and key.


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If you want to PM me your address I'll send you a Tuffy lock and couple keys, just pay the flat rate shipping. I think it is $8. It would be their older style barrel lock and key (which I kind of liked). I replaced all of mine with the newer style only because I had all of mine keyed alike.
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If you want to PM me your address I'll send you a Tuffy lock and couple keys, just pay the flat rate shipping. I think it is $8. It would be their older style barrel lock and key (which I kind of liked). I replaced all of mine with the newer style only because I had all of mine keyed alike.

I appreciate that but I got a hold of tuffy today and are sending me a new lock and key


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Well finally did this. I bought a cheap $35 Boss stereo unit from Amazon and $50 speakers. Currently doing the install but the nice thing is that the stereo unit is not deep and this allows the pre-existing hole in the Tuffy center console wall (between the stereo compartment and major compartment) to perfectly fit a kill switch that is accessible and out of the way in the major compartment. No drilling required. For $100 all of this was possible. All wires are being routed underfloor together in a black wire sheathing with same wire color to confuse anyone trying to figure things out. Anyway, everything fit perfect and this seems an easy job for the do-it-your-selfer.
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I was just looking at some DIN sized Bluetooth and MP3 players as I'll probably just use my phone for entertainment or music on a stick.

Do they make any DIN CB or HAM rigs?
I know this is an old question John, but I put my Uniden Bearcat in my tuffy console. I had to remove the top cover and very gently slide it in...tight fit but it made it. It worries me sometimes without a cover (haha), but it's been in there for years and still works fine.

Lately I've been rethinking it since a lot of the clubs are moving over to the newer radio types. Probably will just leave it since I don't want to take it all out. I'll just add another radio "somewhere?"...
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Kill switch was from Autozone. Third pic shows depth is plenty to spare. Speakers were Rockford Fosgate (sp?). I had to channel the tabs to work on the screws. Not sure how to explain but no big deal.
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