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Old 11-08-2018, 02:52 PM
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I'm thinking of doing one of those compact 4x50ish amps. I found a nice plug and play harness that I wouldn't even need to run a power wire on ebay. I have a non-premium XLT Sync 3 setup.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2015-18-FOR...!-1:rk:16:pf:0

Few quick questions. #1, do the tweeters on the A-pillars run off the same channel as the door speakers?
#2, any improvement in sound? I would do this first THEN likely upgrade to aftermarket speakers later. A lot of times I've found more juice goes a long way.
#3, am I better off just ditching the stock speakers first? I just cringe when I hear quality speakers being ran under watt.

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You could use this
https://www.ebay.com/itm/ISO-SOT-984...53.m1438.l2649
plus this to get better sound
https://www.ebay.com/itm/KICKER-45KEY180-4-CAR-AUDIO-STEREO-4-CHANNEL-SPEAKER-SUBWOOFER-SMART-AMPLIFIER/332552647364?epid=15014820383&hash=item4d6daeb2c4: g1cAAOSwMEtagcv2
as far as I know the tweeters are the same as the doors
i would suggest getting a set of 2 way or 3 way speakers as it will make things sound clearer than stock
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If you get new speakers, get two ways in that lower budget that you'd like to be in. A good two way will be better than a cheap three way.

Stock setup on the truck is a 6 x 9 (full range??) one way in the door, and tweets in the A pillars. (Plus a full range in the back doors)

Crutchfield has a setup for the front ...a 6x9 with remote dome tweeter, and matching 6 1/2 two way for the rear.

Read the Crutchfield catalog and vids and pics to learn stuff about the truck
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Have you looked into a Kicker Key 180.4? Solves two problems: Greatly improves your stock radio and tidies up the balance, timing and a number of other soundfield issues. It gets great reviews, relatively simple to install (they say. We might see) and small enough to tuck away. Also compatible with Stop/Start if that matters.

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Originally Posted by Vortech View Post
I'm thinking of doing one of those compact 4x50ish amps. I found a nice plug and play harness that I wouldn't even need to run a power wire on ebay. I have a non-premium XLT Sync 3 setup.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2015-18-FOR...!-1:rk:16:pf:0

Few quick questions. #1, do the tweeters on the A-pillars run off the same channel as the door speakers?
#2, any improvement in sound? I would do this first THEN likely upgrade to aftermarket speakers later. A lot of times I've found more juice goes a long way.
#3, am I better off just ditching the stock speakers first? I just cringe when I hear quality speakers being ran under watt.

Thank you!
i would do it once.. do it right.. if you are going to upgrade then get components, amps and subs..

1) the tweeters do branch off the door speakers, but i took dhmcfadin layout idea and mounted my crossovers on my amp box then ran the tweeter wires back to the front
2) see first response
3) same as before
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Thanks for the replies. No start/stop on my truck to worry about. Stereo stuff is such an addictive box to open. Because once you do one thing you want to do it all. I know, I've done it in both my stangs. I'll spend some time searching on here to see what others have done. I wish there was a stereo specific section on here rather than hoping to get lucky on search terms.
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Thanks for the replies. No start/stop on my truck to worry about. Stereo stuff is such an addictive box to open. Because once you do one thing you want to do it all. I know, I've done it in both my stangs. I'll spend some time searching on here to see what others have done. I wish there was a stereo specific section on here rather than hoping to get lucky on search terms.
https://www.f150forum.com/f30/
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Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post
Have you looked into a Kicker Key 180.4? Solves two problems: Greatly improves your stock radio and tidies up the balance, timing and a number of other soundfield issues. It gets great reviews, relatively simple to install (they say. We might see) and small enough to tuck away. Also compatible with Stop/Start if that matters.
itís funny you mentioned that amp as thatís the one I linked above as a suggestion as well. Iím glad Iím not the only one that thinks itís a good improvement over stock.
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Originally Posted by redbroncokid View Post

itís funny you mentioned that amp as thatís the one I linked above as a suggestion as well. Iím glad Iím not the only one that thinks itís a good improvement over stock.
its a mental progression because Ford offers a Kicker Subwoofer .. your mind is already pre programmed to that. That being said i've used Kicker Amps in the past and they never did me wrong. The only issue i had with one of my amps was the trunk of the car would get too hot and it would shut down, however this was over 10 years ago, amp technology has changed.
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Kicker makes good amps but almost nothing else.
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