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Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by deewan, March 10, 2012.

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    1. chowdarygm

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      Hey Jon, I have the same stock setup as yours on my 15 XLT and looking for upgrading the stock speakers as they are sounding very flat even when compared to my 11 Fusion. whats the model of the Infinity speakers you have got? Are these the one? I am just looking to little bit more bass to the existing system as somehow my 11 Fusion with stock speakers could vibrate the rear view mirror but the Explorer can't even reach that level.
       
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      I think you're going to be disappointed if you swap out the factory speakers without adding a 4ch amp to power the aftermarket speakers. With or without the amp the clarity of your system will definitely improve. However the factory head unit lacks the power to really drive any sort of aftermarket set up.

      So basically, if you swap out the factory speakers for aftermarket speakers you will actually lose what little bass you have but gain clarity.
       
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    4. Jon M

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      I got those for the front doors, and the 6512is for the rear doors.

      There is a definite improvement in clarity, and I've noticed no loss of bass. That said, I dropped it at the dealer a couple of days after the install, and it's been there for 10 days, so I haven't spent that much time in it with the new speakers.
       
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      I can spend couple of hundred dollars without wife getting mad :laugh:. Do you think I can get an amp installed within 200 and gain more sound quality? I also bought extended premium care warranty and doesn't want to loose it if there's going to be too much touching of electronics to add an amp.
       
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      You should be able to. You could get one of those 4ch power packs for around 100+. Install should be around 100 for parts + labor.
       
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      I've taken my Explorer to a few audio shops and I'm not sure what it is but I've been quoted things from 1000+ worth of work (replace all speakers + install amp + install some sort of other converter) to another audio shop that said my option was to replace the entire head unit!

      Anyone know of a reputable shop that they've worked with in the Phoenix area?
       
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      I've only dealt with their Scottsdale store (Scottsdale Road just north of McDowell).

      They did excellent work on my '13 Explorer Sport.
       
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      Welcome to the Forum Metaldog99.:wave:
      Thank you for your post.

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      I finally got the rear door speakers installed. Crutchfield had to send me different adapters.

      The change in sound is awesome.

      But, here's the weird thing. The voice command prompt (after you hit the voice button on the steering wheel, and it says "please say a command") is only playing from the center dash speaker. Maybe it always did, and I just didn't realize it, but it's now VERY distinct, and obviously coming only from that speaker. Is that the norm?
       
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      My DSR1 has 2 unused outputs, one for the front center speaker and one for the rear center speaker, so I picked up a Rockford Fosgate 2-channel amp to add those two outputs to the party. Now the problem is where to put the amp. I am thinking under the front passenger seat but there is a vent there that will be be blowing hot or cold air at all times. The amp will sit under it but the air will be hitting it pretty hard. Has anyone used that position before? Any problems with folks in the back seat kicking it?

      Thanks in advance.
       
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      In my 17 XLT which did not come from factory with a subwoofer, I had Tunes n Tint in Lakeland, FL change all the door speakers to Rockford Fosgate & a Pioneer subwoofer installed under the driver's seat. Yes, there is a heat duct there. The subwoofer, when turned sideways is clear of this air duct. Also, no one sitting in the back seat has kicked or touched it yet. Also, all positions of the driver's seat clear the top of the subwoofer.
       
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      Thank you for the reply but I am talking about an amp that is too wide to clear the air duct, so it will have to sit right under it, being subjected to the heat or cold that will be blowing out of it. I did see someone install an amp there on Youtube so I guess its okay. I really would like to install both amps under the front seats, that will give me my 3rd row seats back.
       
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      Why not under the 2nd row, in the middle, where that black plastic cap is? Or under the 3rd row, forward of the spare tire, or even next to it? I don't know how big they are, but that seems like a good unused space.
       
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      2nd row has absolutely no clearance for any kind of amp, and could possibly start a fire. I think its like 2 inches or something like that. Even if it fit, no one could get into the a 3rd row seat without stepping on the amp. I wish I could install an amp under the 3rd row but again, no clearance with all that motorized stuff going on there unless you want to just give up your trunk or load groceries on top of amps. The spare tire well has lots of room but you would have to give up your spare tire.
       
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      Depending on the size of the amp, there is dead space behind the side plastic trim panels in the rear, around the rear wheel wells.
       
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      Good point. I wish there was a way to tell exactly what can fit back here. I have the tiny DSR-1 audio processor taking the place of the old Sony amp. If there is enough room for a 13-1/4"W x 2"H x 7-3/8"D amp on the other side, that would go pretty far in cleaning up this mess.

      You know, nevermind. These amps have controls that may need occasional adjustment. Front seats held down with Velcro is probably my best bet.
       
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      Hello All,

      I want to thank everyone for all the great info. I read everything I could find before starting my project to upgrade the stereo. While I respect everyone's opinion regarding what their ideal system would be, I had my own criteria:

      - Retain spare tire
      - Make system invisible when not in use
      - No loss of Ford Sync functionality
      - ROCKIN' GOOD SOUND!

      Since my Explorer is my daily driver, I have little to no use for the third seat position, but wanted to keep the power-fold third row seats. My option was to remove the third row seat backs and create my own "single seat back" for mounting the equipment. Real estate was a challenge, as was cable movement when stowing the system. I ran 1/0 pos & neg cable directly to the battery, which will help to eliminate ground loop noise. Also, all speaker wire was replaced with minimum 12 ga. (subs are 10 ga.) and all speakers were replaced with Focal. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding my system and how I got around some hard spots.

      If someone can tell me how to upload a photo or two, I'll show what I did...
       
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      You can either pay for a premium membership or upload your photo to a place like imageshack and hotlink it here
       
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      IMG_20180819_104526009.jpg O.K. - the photo above shows the system (seat) in the raised position.

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      And in the stowed position.
       
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      I'm still slightly traumatized by awesome job EJohnson1 did but I installed my two amps under the front seats and pushed them back as far as they could go, now I am wondering how vulnerable they are to getting kicked by people sitting in the back seats.

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      So I got a 12 x 12 piece of 1/4" Plexiglas and folded it so it would fit over the amp, like this:

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      Now I am wondering if this would present a heat issue. I felt the big amp after a 30 minute drive and it was warm but not hot. I asked the guy at Crutchfield and he said yes, but I am thinking that was just a CYA type answer from 1st level support. How about if I came up with a way to raise it a half inch off the amp? Or does it matter at all?

      Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
       
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      Do you have either the Husky or WeatherTech liners for the 2nd row? I'd be concerned about Winter time passengers with snow/slush on their boots.

      Peter
       

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