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Old 12-18-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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96 audio upgrade

I'm looking to upgrade from the factory speakers. I just have the two door speakers and the two rear speakers I believe.

I was thinking about replacing the front two speakers and putting a sub in the trunk. I don't need crazy loud just some clear great sounding audio and can kick the bass if I wanted.

What are your suggestions? I'm totally new to audio in cars. Thanks so much.
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No mach system right?

For just a nice audio upgrade buy the bypass harness from LRS to bypass your factory amp, install a good aftermarket headunit, four good 6x8 2 way speakers (I recommend Pioneer Premiers) and then you'll need a decent sub amp for a sub in the trunk. Nothing crazy but enough to power a single 10" and sound good. Buy quality btw, do not buy from wal mart or some pyramid or pyle piece.

A good headunit will be fine to power 4 good speakers and you can go from there.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the info! I do not have the Mach system.

The previous owner installed this head unit:

http://www.kenwoodusa.com/Car_Entert...ent/KDC-BT652U

Is it good enough?

I have no idea if he bypassed the factory amp or not...
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That headunit is fine, they likely did not bypass the stock amp but you can check, its at the very front of the center console under the dash when you remove the shifter trim. Or just trace the wires till you find it. Bypassing the stock amp will allow the HU amp to take over and even a half decent aftermarket HU will put out more power per channel than the stock Mustang amp can.
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Is this only for 96 and up cause I don't remember having it in my 94? I'm using am aftermarket amp and I don't remember bypassing a factory on unless I did it without knowing.
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Its right there, that metal thing with holes. If its not then someone removed it which means they did it right.

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I don't remember seeing it, my car came with a ****ty aftermarket radio so whoever put that one in must have removed it
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Yeah if you have a Mach system they should be in the trunk, the non-mach (better) ones get that amp under the console. I dunno I am honestly thinking of just running new speaker wires and ripping out/totally bypassing the stock wires if my RF amp tests good. I STILL need to test that stupid thing...
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All new speaker wire seems like a lot of work, unless your system is insane to the point where you need upgraded speaker wire then I would just replace the speaker connecters
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Nah, running new wire is easy. If you run wires to the amp its the same thing as running to the fronts. Put the amp in the trunk and the wires to the back speakers are literally right there. Run a set of good wires up to the front and either bug into the stock door wires or just use a really big industrial zip tie and a light coating of lube to pull the wires through the rubber door grommets and down to the speaker. Rip all the stock wiring out except for the power harness for the radio and power the HU off that.
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Yea you might be right just never thought if doing it that way, I have ran power line and reg wires to a sub and amp many time so it must not be to different
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How exactly would I bypass this factory amp and use the head unit amp?
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Buy the bypass harness from LRS or just cut/splice the wires. I recommend the harness.
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Buy the bypass harness from LRS or just cut/splice the wires. I recommend the harness.
Awesome, thanks. Do you have any good door speaker recommendations? Which pioneer premiers do you suggest?

I want mainly mids and highs for the front I think, just high quality sound and then a sub in the trunk. Thanks so much.
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96 audio upgrade

I used ks68 kickers all around In my stang with a jvc media center as a head unit with kicker amp with mtx sub (it was free) if the sub wasn't free I would have gotten an L7 they are pretty good subs
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:28 PM   #16
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I'm thinking about getting these:

http://www.amazon.com/Kicker-11KS68-...pr_product_top

And then this sub:

http://www.amazon.com/MTX-Magnum-MB2...pr_product_top

This works in the budget best. How do you think it would sound? What else would I need to buy?
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Old 12-21-2013, 09:43 AM   #17
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96 audio upgrade

I know the speakers will be good, have not heard much about mtx magnum before. I have mtx by sony I don't know if they are the same. Your going to need an amp kit it will have all the wiring you will need

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Also what type of music you listen to?
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Thanks so much for the help.

I mainly listen to electronic dance music, techno, some pop and rock. No rap so I don't need crazy bass.

So what do you think?
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Well components are going to be the best bet, either surface mount the tweeter on the delete plate or get a mach tweeter pod, gut it and put a GOOD tweeter in there and run the wires. However, if you are not a crazy audiophile a set of good 2 ways will be fine. Just make sure to get 6x8s, the 6x9s that the PO of my car put in the rear don't fit right and there is a lot of ratting/squeaking. Need to get those out of there...
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Thanks so much for the help.

I mainly listen to electronic dance music, techno, some pop and rock. No rap so I don't need crazy bass.

So what do you think?

Then you made some good choices, with that kind of music selection I would recommend a 10 inch sub. To be honest wouldn't spring for the component system, those speakers are fine.
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Only reason I am not doing components is because I am being cheap and the 2 ways I have are basically brand new. If you want good highs then you NEED components. Having the tweeter pointed right at your ears is what makes the highs sound best.

But with techno/dance/electronica its more about the bass. Just don't put neons under the car...
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