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2016 Explorer Sport - Audio System Build

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by Lexingtonian, February 2, 2017.

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    1. Lexingtonian

      Lexingtonian Elite Explorer

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      Next I fit one the speakers up and found that the magnet was hitting the steel (as I suspected it would). I used a hammer and some well placed smacks to detent the steel to make up the difference. :) One of my neighbors came over as I was caving in the steel with my hammer wonder what in the heck I was doing to my truck. It was pretty loud. I took a photo of the passenger side I caved in and a photo of the driver side before I caved it in for comparison.






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      Once I got everything mounted up I was happy with the results.





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      I must say, now that I have a side channel on the MS8 I can hear, Logic 7 never sounded so good. I am running the rear door and d pillar speakers in parallel to the amp as I dont have more channels on the MS8, but this works very well and really does provide the rear passengers with some sound so the Sub doesn't drown them out. I'm very pleased. Need to re-run MS8 Calibration, perhaps tomorrow. ...or perhaps I'll take a few weeks off. This build has been a LOT of work - ;-)
       
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    3. Lexingtonian

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      I also wrapped up the stealth box install today. I removed the plastic welds from the stock speaker grille and cut the top and bottom lip from the panel so the Stealthbox will fit.





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      I had to drill a couple holes so the JL Audio suppled bolt and nut would fit. I primarily used a step-bit as they create a clean hole and say to control.






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      Finally got everything buttoned up. Looks good and the rear seats work perfectly.




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      Sent you a PM regarding the above!
       
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      That's very impressive....I wish I had 1/10 of your stereo install skills. Well done!
       
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      Just wanted to post an apology to new viewers as Photobucket has decided to kill all free photo-linking. Hopefully sometime in the future I'll have time to relink all the photos on a new service. Apparently Photobucket isn't allowing downloads (as downloading appears to be broken).
       
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      That's going to be a big deal because lots of members here use the direct links in Photobucket to show their Explorer mods.
       
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      Also many pictures here posted using 3rd party sites have disappeared over time which can be very frustrated. Not sure if Photobucket was one of those sites. Don't know why more members don't spend $20 for an Elite membership to making posting photos easier and then they are saved to the Forum servers. Plus it also helps to support this site.
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      Are there any recommendations on what speakers are a good upgrade for our EX?

      I am looking for something a bit louder and with more "thump"...I tried looking on Crutchfield but they don't seem to have much information for the 2017 Sport. I have the sony system.

      Thanks.
       
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      Zodiac, you will not get "more thump" by just changing the speakers. To get "thump" you need more power to the system in the way of a amp or two, then start looking for new speakers.
       
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      Zodiac, for some dumb reason I am just seeing this. So sorry. I bought a JL Audio Stealthbox with single 10W3. I'm "fairly" happy with it. I suppose it depends on just how much thump you need. The 10 will shake the rearview mirror a bit and feels like roughly 4x what the factory 8' gives.

      Over the next couple days I'll be fixing my photos in this build log. Hope perhaps you get some ideas that help you if you haven't moved on it already.

      On speakers... Honestly, the speakers in the front doors are actually quite good. Not sure if I had it to do over if I would have changed them. The center channel, however, I am glad I changed to a 5 1/4". The 3.5" center speaker is utter crap. Rear Door speakers are fine left alone and I am glad I changed the D Pillar Speakers from measly 3.5" weak-sauce speakers to much stronger 4" speakers (with decent 1" soft dome tweeters).

      .....The real trick to making the Ex sound amazing is audio processing. I'm using the JBL MS8 which is a brilliant piece of kit and very easy to make the Ex sound great. I'd add a processor before I'd change speakers (maybe change the Center and add a better sub). You would be amazed at how much better the Ex would sound.

      Lex -
       
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      Update 12/24/17 - Many/most of the photos are back, but I still need to do a little work to them. I'm going add a more before I'm done. At the time of the original post, Ex Forum only allowed 10 photos per post. Now that I'm a member it allows for 20 per post. This really helps. Hopefully will wrap this up over the holiday..
       
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      No problem, thanks for the reply.

      I don't really need anything that special. I am just a bit underwhelmed by the "Premium" Sony sound system.

      Ideally I'd like to keep as much stock as possible.
       
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      Completely understand. Toss any other questions you may have my way.. happy to help. I would recommend the stealthbox if it’s within budget. Its pretty out of the way..
       
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      Awesome guide @Lexingtonian! I do have a question. Where did you get the ACM pinout diagram (assuming you did) so that you know which wires feed which speaker(s)? I'm asking because I need one myself :)
       
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      I thank you very much! I apologize for the brevity sitting here having a scotch and a cigar and a Bourbon bar with a good friend. Look at the very first post under the section called Ford Audio related. Look at number one. Should have a link for you to download them. If that doesn’t work let me know and I’ll get them to you!
       
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      @Lexingtonian thanks much! I believe I found what I needed and hope you enjoyed your Bourbon :) I have another question and I apologize if you already addressed it and I just missed it. When you program the APIM for variable line output does that mean you have to make sure all output channels now go through an amplifier (or something like this: AudioControl LC7i (Black)

      The reason I'm asking is that for now I just want to run the door speakers only (I replaced the factory ones) through an after market amp (I have an XLT version, so no Sony amp) and maybe add another one down the road. So I'm worried that the center channel and the (really sad) third row speakers will sound even worse.
       
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      If you enable variable line out, you -have- to have some sort of line level to amplification conversion. Your audio control would work but I would much rather have a processor to time align the signal. My MS8 has really good amplification built in frankly I installed on in my Dads F150 and was quite impressed.

      At the simplest level, you could take the front line level channels directly into the RCAs on an amp for your fronts and perhaps use a 5 channel amp for rears + sub for your rear line level output channels. Don’t forget, the D pillar speakers (if you have them) are wired in parallel so they won’t play in stereo. Ford cheated on those quite a bit. I fixed mine however.

      Happy to discuss more if you’d like. PM me your contact info (phone) if you’d like to dig deeper.

      Cheers hope this helps
       

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