A long-time client from Richmond recently returned to Extreme Audio to talk about upgrading the audio system in his 2019 Ford F-250 work truck. We recently added safety lighting to the truck. The client wanted a sound system with better bass and the ability to play louder without intruding on the functionality of the vehicle. We know these trucks well, so we showed the client a few speakers and subwoofer upgrade options that would deliver the performance he wanted.
Alpine Speaker Upgrade
The first order of business was to upgrade the speakers in the truck. As you likely know, the speakers in an audio system are the most-important component in terms of delivering quality sound. We installed a set of Alpine R-S69C.2 component speakers in the front doors. This speaker set features a pair of 6×9-inch woofers, 1-inch tweeters and passive filter networks. We added a set of foam acoustic coupling rings to help focus the output of the speaker into the cabin and prevent it from echoing around inside the door panel.
Next, we removed the A-pillar trim panel and mounted the Alpine tweeter in the factory tweeter location.
The rear doors received a set of matching Alpine R-S65 6.5-inch coaxial speakers. We used a few pieces of HushMat damping material to act as a gasket between the speakers and the mounting surface for an air-tight seal. We also installed foam rings around the rear speakers.
Ford Truck Subwoofer Enclosure
For bass, we mounted a pair of JL Audio 10W3v3-4 10-inch subwoofers in a Fox Acoustics subwoofer enclosure. The enclosure fits nicely under the rear seat without the need for any modifications to the vehicle.
Ford Audio System Amplifiers
We started the integration process with a set of AudioControl AC-LGD load devices before connecting the outputs of the factory radio to a Rockford Fosgate DSR1 digital signal processor (DSP). The processor allows us to send specific frequencies to each channel of an ARC Audio XDi600.4 four-channel amp that drives the front and rear speakers and Rockford amp that the client supplied to power the subwoofer. We were also able to use the equalizer in the DSP to correct for any frequency response anomalies caused by the interior of the vehicle. The result: smooth and natural sound that’s impressively realistic.
Richmond’s Truck Stereo Upgrade Experts
With the new Ford F-250 audio system installed and dialed-in, it was time for the client to have a first listen. He was blown away at the improvement the new stereo made and thrilled with the way we integrated everything.
If you want to upgrade the audio system in your pickup truck, drop by our store in Midlothian or Mechanicsville or send us an e-mail using our contact form.