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Old 04-12-2014, 11:10 PM
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2013 SuperDuty Audio/Stereo upgrade

I did not find any threads that talk about doing a full audio upgrade on the 2013 and up trucks with Navigation. So I figured I will make a contribution to the group and create a thread on my build.

I am not doing this build myself. I came up with what all I wanted and how I wanted it done and it is being done by a buddy of mine who is a professional installer.

Game plan:

The head unit, will remain the same. No changes all the way to the factory Sony amp. Basically disconnecting the factory amp is not an option as if you disconnect the factory amp, the sync goes blank and nothing comes up.

So will use a Bit Ten processor from the factory amp on-wards. Plan is to keep all the factory wiring untouched so if I ever have to put it back to factory condition it is pretty much plug and play.

It will be a passive set up. I do not want to spend the money to get an active setup.

The front door will get Dynamat inside out. The rear doors since don't have any mids will only get dynamat on the outside skin. The rear part under the rear glass will fully dynamated.

Equipment:
Processor / Line output converter: Audition Bit Ten processor
Amplifier: JL Audio HD 900/5
Front stage: Focal 6.5" KR component speaker system
Rear: Focal 6.5 coax speakers.
Subwoofers: Pioneer 10" Shallow mount X 2 in a custom box.

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Old 04-13-2014, 10:31 AM
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Front Door mids install:





Molex plugs drill to pass new speaker wires:








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Old 04-13-2014, 10:38 AM
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You can barely tell but there is a yellow tweeter in there:



Rear speakers install:


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No interest in a nice audio upgrade?
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:32 PM
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Good job!
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Nice work. I didnt know you could pass wires through the door like that. thats awesome. I been wanting to do a speaker swap in my truck but is there much improvement without adding an amp?
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:47 AM
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Yes you will definitely see an improvement if you change the speakers probably not as much as adding an amp though. I would not do just the speakers because the improvement is marginal, but again I have never tried to run an high end component speakers on factory amp either, so no idea how much more improvement that would bring.
Will post a pic of my processor and amp set up in the evening. The sub box and subs should be installed by Thursday so will post pics of that by Friday or so. So far I have found one issue with the Bit Ten processor that is related to auto sensing feature so will try to resolve that with the installer this week.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:38 PM
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I did a similar install in another thread. New JL door speakers, ran new speaker wire through molex. In lieu of driling them, I heated up a small pick and melted my way through the plastic in an unused terminal. Driver side has a ton of wires, passenger side is more open. New JL amps, new 13Tw5 sub. I didn't to any mat yet, but I might get around to it. there are some rattles in the ceiling around the upper console or inside the rear view mirror. Crap in door pockets vibrates too.
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although you said you had a factory amp which i dont believe I do with just an XLT. I was looking to buy some focal components and run them on my factory head unit. with mine being a reg cab i dont have much room as it is especially to be mounting amplifiers and what not.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:51 PM
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although you said you had a factory amp which i dont believe I do with just an XLT. I was looking to buy some focal components and run them on my factory head unit. with mine being a reg cab i dont have much room as it is especially to be mounting amplifiers and what not.
I'm sure you could find a spot for an amp. They are fairly small compared to amps in the old days.
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