Q11: How do I get an aux in on my 04-06 or iPod control on my 04-08?
Several companies have adapters, but you must have the aux button on the radio to use them. Most will take the place of the rear seat entertainment or Sirius.
Brand Motion http://www.brandmotion.com/ http://www.f150forum.com/f30/brand-m...adapter-50931/
USA Spec http://www.usaspec.com/
Q12: The paint is flaking on my stock head unit, can I just swap faceplates?
Q13: I installed an aftermarket amplifier, and now my lights dim when the bass hits, do I need a capacitor?
No! You need to upgrade your electrical system. Do the Big 3/4 first http://www.f150forum.com/f33/how-big-3-upgrade-46822/
. Then look at batteries and alternators.
Q14: How do I remove/install the factory head unit?
1. Pull off the center instrument panel finish panel.
2. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the finish panel.
3. Remove the 4 screws and the audio unit.
4. Disconnect the electrical connectors and the antenna lead.
To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Q15: How much dynamat do I need?
Less than you think, read the info at sounddeadenershowdown.com
Q16: I want to install an aftermarket amplifier, can I keep my stock head unit?
Yes! You have two choices, either buy an amplifier with speaker level inputs or buy a "Line Output Converter" (LOC) to change the speaker level signal to a low (RCA) level signal. You can get a lot of different LOCs and prices range from $20 to $500+.
Basic LOCs are available from companies like Scoshe, PAC, and Stinger. DavidNavone.com has some well respected ones.
The next step are Bass Restoration Processor LOCs, like some Audiocontrol units and the MTX Re-Q series.
The best of the best have built in "Digital Signal Processing" (DSP) and the ability to sum signals that have been split. These include the JL Audio Cleansweep and the Rockford Fosgate 3Sixty series.
Q17: How do I swap my stock head unit for an aftermarket one?
There are two things you need to do a head unit swap from stock to aftermarket.
The first is what is called a dash kit, which is a plastic "adapter" to let the universal mount of the aftermarket hu attach to Ford's model specific mounting. The 04-08 F150 Metra dash kit is 95-5812 for Double Din aftermarket installation and 99-5807 for single dins. The kit will come with instructions, and once you remove the stock head installation is fairly simple.
The second is called a "harness," and isn't mandatory, but it makes things significantly easier and allows you to easily switch back to your stock head unit. The aftermarket deck will come with it's own connector with pigtails (these are normally interchangeable with similar models from the same brand). In order to integrate the new deck's pigtail, you'll need to attach it wire by wire to a factory integration harness, I listed the Metra model numbers in the first post. Some units, like DVD players, will need to be connected to other wires as well to get signals for your parking brake. You can accomplish the same thing without the integration harness, but you will have to permanently cut off your factory connectors and do all the wire connection up in the dash. You can either use crimp connectors or solder the wires together, make sure you secure and insulate with electrical tape or heat shrink whichever way you go. Using crimp connectors and following the instructions, you should be able to connect the harness and complete installation in around an hour your first time.
Q18: Can I retain my factory Rear Seat DVD Entertainment (RSE) with an aftermarket head unit?
Yes, use PIE FRD04-DVD