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Old 02-13-2020, 09:26 PM   #1
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I am going to upgrade the speakers in my 2017 F150 super crew. At this time I have no plans of adding a subwoofer due to it taking up space.

My plan is to replace the 6x9 in the front doors and the 6.5Ē speakers in the back doors. I havenít bought car speakers in a long time and was hoping for some advice. At this time I have no plans of adding a subwoofer due to it taking up space.

What speakers give a full rich sound without the need for a subwoofer? I donít mind spending for some quality speakers. I have had good luck with higher end Infinity speakers in the past but not sure if they are good anymore.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:47 PM   #2
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I just put infinity reference 6x9 and 3-1/2 in my 2019 Ram 2500. HUGE difference. Super happy with the results.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:51 PM   #3
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Kicker makes a full kit with speakers and an amp. Plug and play system. Supposed to sound legit, I was looking at it, but ended up going a different route.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:53 PM   #4
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That kicker kit might have a sub. But if it does, it’s tiny and fits behind the back seat. Takes up none of the currently useable space.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:57 PM   #5
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Focal speakers. Love mine
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:22 PM   #6
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I would use Crutchfield. They have a good website or you can call and talk to someone who knows what they are doing. They will send you everything you need for your install and they will get you speakers that will work with your existing system. You have 60 days to change your mind if you are not happy with the new ones. I went with JVC and they do the job but I am not super picky.
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Crutchfield perfected this deal long ago.


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Old 02-14-2020, 02:12 AM   #8
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Focal speakers. Love mine
this hands down.
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I notice when I change out the factory speakers that I lose a lot of midbass. If you like the higher range, then you’re fine. Factory head units, and aftermarket for that matter, rarely drive speakers well enough.

I’d consider amplifying them if I was you. Find a nice spot under one of your front seats and you will hardly notice it’s there.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:16 AM   #10
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For what youíre looking for my go to set up would be Boston acoustic speakers in the doors and a 4 channel alpine amp under the front seat.


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Thanks guys!

Iím leaning toward going with a Kenwood Excelon Multimedia Head Unit. Likely with the Focal speakers as the reviews say they have good mid and bass. After the comments I might add a four channel amp if itís not too hard to do. All from Crutchfield.


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Old 02-14-2020, 03:59 PM   #12
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I need to do the same thing. Just went from a King Ranch with all Sony speakers to an XLT with crappy ones, I’m ready for a change.
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Call Crutchfield. They will point you in the right direction. Awesome people to work with, and will help you step by step with installing it too.

I got a set of really nice Infinity speakers for my car. I think I spent like $200, and they are 10x better than what was in there.
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Old 02-14-2020, 04:22 PM   #14
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Tagged.

Planned on upgrading my speakers in my 2017 F150 this year and almost kicking around the idea of changing the screen to one of the Phoenix 12.1" or Linkswell telsa screens but waiting for more and more reviews to trickle out.

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Also for true improvements you need to replace your head unit as well. Do you try to improve your picture quality of your DVD player by buying a new tv???? No. You buy a new blueray or 4kplayer. Speakers will only be as good as the signal feeding them. I would actually get a new head unit over just new door speakers.

Or keep your head unit and get a 5 channel amp. (You will have the sub out in case you want it later) and get a equalizer to adjust the output signal coming from your factory head unit before it gets to the amp.

I wouldnít hesitate to get the kicker all in one kit, assuming all the right stuff is there.

I just retroed my whole audio system in my tundra using all original wiring. Found a site online that sold everything needed for $699. Best sounding audio Iíve ever had in a vehicle.

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Also for true improvements you need to replace your head unit as well. Do you try to improve your picture quality of your DVD player by buying a new tv???? No. You buy a new blueray or 4kplayer. Speakers will only be as good as the signal feeding them. I would actually get a new head unit over just new door speakers.

Or keep your head unit and get a 5 channel amp. (You will have the sub out in case you want it later) and get a equalizer to adjust the output signal coming from your factory head unit before it gets to the amp.

I wouldnít hesitate to get the kicker all in one kit, assuming all the right stuff is there.

I just retroed my whole audio system in my tundra using all original wiring. Found a site online that sold everything needed for $699. Best sounding audio Iíve ever had in a vehicle.

What is your budget? I can help.


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Actually I do plan on replacing the head unit. I am either looking at a Kenwood Excelon multimedia unit with wireless Apple car play. Also looking at an alpine with a 9Ē screen. Was not planning on doing a four channel amp but might if itís not too much trouble.

Will look into the kicker sets.


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Old 02-14-2020, 05:01 PM   #18
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Actually I do plan on replacing the head unit. I am either looking at a Kenwood Excelon multimedia unit with wireless Apple car play. Also looking at an alpine with a 9Ē screen. Was not planning on doing a four channel amp but might if itís not too much trouble.

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Whatís your budget?? Alpine has a complete plug and play kit with 2 amps and sub and all door speakers for $15000. Probably a 6 hour install. You will never need to touch it again


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Old 02-14-2020, 05:18 PM   #19
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Whatís your budget?? Alpine has a complete plug and play kit with 2 amps and sub and all door speakers for $15000. Probably a 6 hour install. You will never need to touch it again


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I canít do $15,000, haha


$1,500 is probably do-able.


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I canít do $15,000, haha


$1,500 is probably do-able.


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Lol I meant $1500. But I went back to look and the google machine pulled up the wrong stuff. You are very limited (from crutchfeild anyway). I will pm my number. Call and I can help with info at least or a good starting point.


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Lol I meant $1500. But I went back to look and the google machine pulled up the wrong stuff. You are very limited (from crutchfeild anyway). I will pm my number. Call and I can help with info at least or a good starting point.


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Thatís funny! I was reading this thread because i want to upgrade a 2014 Ram.
I saw the 15,000 and cracked up. Didnít think we would get too many takers at that cost. It would be cheaper to buy a new truck😂.
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Sorry I havenít posted in awhile but I ended up getting involved with Crutchfield and they got me setup!

Ended up going with a Kenwood Excelon Multimedia unit with hands free Apple Carplay. Also bought the maestro system and brackets to retain all the factory functionality. The install of this equipment was not easy but each time I got stuck Crutchfield was just a call away and they walked me through my questions. The new maestro bracket also gives me a large pocket that Iíd didnít have on the dash before. The pocket added two USB ports, hdmi, and headphone type. So far I love the setup


While I was at it I added Focal 6x9ís in the front door and Focal 6.5Ē in the rear. Also purchased deadening mats and foam surrounds for all the speakers. Crutchfield provided brackets and wiring harnesses. What an upgrade.


Now the only question, is do I add a small sub to round out the sound?? I wouldnít want any earth shaking system just something to give it a total sound and doesnít take up much space.


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Sorry I havenít posted in awhile but I ended up getting involved with Crutchfield and they got me setup!

Ended up going with a Kenwood Excelon Multimedia unit with hands free Apple Carplay. Also bought the maestro system and brackets to retain all the factory functionality. The install of this equipment was not easy but each time I got stuck Crutchfield was just a call away and they walked me through my questions. The new maestro bracket also gives me a large pocket that Iíd didnít have on the dash before. The pocket added two USB ports, hdmi, and headphone type. So far I love the setup


While I was at it I added Focal 6x9ís in the front door and Focal 6.5Ē in the rear. Also purchased deadening mats and foam surrounds for all the speakers. Crutchfield provided brackets and wiring harnesses. What an upgrade.


Now the only question, is do I add a small sub to round out the sound?? I wouldnít want any earth shaking system just something to give it a total sound and doesnít take up much space.


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Hah I have virtually the exact same system. I did add a 10Ē W3 sub in a custom enclosure behind my rear seat. It has a dedicated bass knob in case I want to add the extra bass but overall-itís one bad mo fo. Crisp enough for a symphony set and loud enough to turn on for a party around the non fire.


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JL Audio C7 kit.. you will not want to get out of your vehicle.
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Thatís guys. I need to research what sub options is out there.


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