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2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

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Charlie Pastorfield

Charlie Pastorfield writes about car audio for Crutchfield. Raised in Connecticut and the U.S. Virgin Islands, he graduated from the University of Virginia, but was having way too much fun to leave Charlottesville. After a long, beautiful career touring the East Coast from Boston to Atlanta as a professional guitarist (Skip Castro Band, The Believers), he married Emilie, had two daughters (Morgan and Emma), and got his first full-time job at Crutchfield. Still an extremely active musician, he's now a member of The Gladstones, a 4-piece group that plays just about anything, and Mama Tried, a 4-piece band that plays early Grateful Dead.

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Chevy Silverado

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Chevy Silverado GMT800

The 2007 "Classic" models have a distinctive face. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Overview of the Silverado Crew Cab

Pickups aren’t just about hauling what’s in the bed or on the hitch anymore; they now feature interior touches that rival some luxury cars. The audio/video equipment in this new breed of pickup truck is no exception, and Chevrolet made sure to equip the new-for-2007 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with some top notch features.

If you didn’t get the premium stereo on your truck, or you just want to improve on what’s already there, you can add anything from a simple speaker upgrade to a complete mobile theater makeover.

The chassis discussed here, known inside GM as the GMT900 and to the rest of the world as the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, was introduced in 2007. The previous generation, the GMT800, hung around for another year as the "Classic" model. If you're not sure which '07 version you have, compare your truck to the photos above. The more aggressive-looking "Classic" features distinct "eyebrows" above the headlamps, plus a slight dip in the front bumper to accommodate the grille.

This article is an overview of your vehicle's audio system and its upgrade options. Looking for step-by-step instructions on installing a car stereo or speakers in your Silverado? We'll include a Crutchfield MasterSheet™ free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one for $9.99.

Outfitting your Silverado

Start with the basics: Even Silverados equipped with upgraded Bose systems can benefit from better speakers. The speakers in the doors and dash are easy to access and swap, with a wide selection available in the aftermarket. Look for speakers with high sensitivity ratings if you plan on keeping your factory stereo – this means they’ll sound great even without added power.

An office on wheels: If you use your truck for work, there are a few additions that make any Silverado a great business partner. Stereos with navigation and Bluetooth technology let you get to job sites without trouble and stay connected on your way there. The added power from an aftermarket head unit will make your stereo loud and clear, especially when matched with new speakers. Throw in a satellite radio to stay on top of business news and current events or enjoy listening to a game after a long day of work.

Party in the front, business in the rear: You may have purchased a pickup to get work done, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride between job sites or tasks on the honey-do list. Your truck can serve a dual purpose as a great family vehicle, especially with kid-friendly features like a rear-seat DVD system or the ability to add a gaming system. Replacing the speakers with new units and powering them with a quality amp keeps the music perfectly clear, even at highway speeds with the windows down. Consider adding an in-dash stereo with a screen and a rear-view camera to make sure you’ve got all the angles covered when behind the wheel.

Factory radio

The GM factory radio in the Chevy Silverado (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Replacing your factory radio

The Silverado came equipped with several stereo systems, including a 6 CD in-dash Bose® system and options to add navigation, rear seat audio, DVD systems, or satellite radio. It’s possible to add to or completely replace any of these stereo systems fairly easily, though getting to the amplifier and 6-1/2" subwoofer of the Bose system requires some extensive tear down of the interior. And it’s not hard to replace any of the features you may lose by taking out the factory stereo, because there are adapters that let you keep OnStar®, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth® and more.

You'll need a mounting kit to trim out the new radio, along with an antenna adapter that allows you to connect the Chevy antenna plug to your new radio. You'll get these parts at a deep discount with your receiver order, along with free step-by-step instructions for your Silverado. We also offer a big discount on the special adapters (see below) that you'll need for this installation.

Dash without radio

The Silverado's rather spacious dash opening (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Standard system

If you’re replacing your standard GM radio, you’ll need to purchase an adapter that allows you to install a new stereo and still retain your warning chimes (along with OnStar functionality if you have it). You’ll also need a relay to keep your audible turn signals working with your new car stereo.

Bose system

If you’re replacing your GM Bose radio, you’ll need to buy an adapter to install your new stereo, allowing you to retain your warning chimes, the use of the Bose amplifier, and your OnStar functionality (if you have it). Another note: if you have the GM Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system, you also need a separate adapter to keep that system working and connect it to the audio/video output on your new receiver.

Note: Some double-DIN radios may not fit because of irregularities in the dash substructure. It’s best to pick a double-DIN radio with wire harnesses or RCA connectors located on the bottom half of the back of the radio. Your other option is to pick a new radio with a depth that’s less than 6-1/2 inches.

Tools needed: Panel tool, 7mm socket and ratchet.

Steering wheel audio controls

It's relatively easy to retain your Silverado's steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo. When you enter your vehicle information, our database will choose the adapter you need to make your factory steering wheel controls work with your aftermarket receiver.

Shop for car stereos that fit your Chevrolet Silverado

Replacing your factory speakers

Front door speaker

The front doors will hold a variety of aftermarket speakers (Crutchfield Research Photo)


Standard system

The factory speakers in the Silverado front doors are closest in size to an aftermarket 6-3/4" speaker, but you’ll need an adapter plate to install any speaker in there. The front doors will accept several very common speaker sizes, including 6-3/4", 6-1/2", 5-1/4", and the adapter plates make for an easy installation. GM uses a 4-ohm speaker in the front doors, so you have lots of great choices.

You'll need speaker harnesses to attach your new speakers to the plugs that connect to the GM factory speakers. The speaker harnesses, along with the speaker mounting brackets you'll need if you're installing smaller-than-stock speakers, are included free with every Crutchfield speaker order.

You can use the same size speakers in the Silverado's rear doors. GM uses 4-ohm speakers back here, so if you're want to keep the factory radio, you can install just about any speakers.

If you rarely have passengers in the rear seats, you might consider using these locations for midrange speakers that will really fill out your music’s sound. On the other hand, if you do a lot of people-hauling, you should consider replacing the rear door speakers with full-range units, which will maintain some high notes for back-seat passengers.

Bose tweeter

The Bose system includes A-pillar tweeters. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Bose system

The Bose system also features one tweeter mounted in each A-pillar, and they can be pried out with relative ease. You can splice or solder your new speaker's wires to the factory wiring, or use a set of Posi-Products connectors. We recommend the latter option, because it's faster, easier, and the connection is much stronger. A mounting bracket is not available, but you can use our universal backstrap to secure the new tweeters..

Replacement speakers can work with the factory Bose amps, or you can power them with your own amps. The Bose system also uses a 1.9-ohm speaker in the front doors and a 3.6-ohm speaker in the rear doors, so it's a good idea to pick an Infinity, JBL, or other aftermarket speaker with 2-ohm impedance if you're going to keep the factory amp, or you'll notice a loss in overall volume.

Tools needed: Panel tool, 7mm & 10mm drivers, drill with 1/8" bit, flat blade screwdriver, needle nose pliers

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MTX Thunderform

This ThunderForm fits under the rear seat of your 2007-up Silverado Crew Cab. (MTX photo)

Bass in your Silverado

If your Silverado came equipped with the Bose system, there is a small woofer mounted in the center console, along with the amplifier that powers all your factory Bose speakers. If you want more bass, it’s a good idea to simply eliminate or bypass this woofer and add a new, larger sub with a more powerful amp.

Thanks to a variety of custom enclosures that fit in the center console or under the rear seats, you’ll be able to keep valuable interior room and add more kick to your music and movies. To see the complete list of what's available, enter your truck's information in our Outfit My Car page.

A variety of sub enclosures will fit the Silverado, including a dual 10" model that goes under the rear seat. (photo courtesy of JL Audio)

Shop for vehicle-specific subwoofers for your Chevrolet Silverado

chevy silverado interior

A well-appointed truck deserves well-chosen audio and electronic gear. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Other options for your Silverado

There are plenty of other ways to improve your Silverado. Here are a few suggestions:

Rear seat DVD/stereo

The optional DVD system features a flip-down screen in a roof console and two pairs of wireless headphones. A secondary set of controls for the radio and DVD system are housed in the rear of center console, and some models include an A/V input for adding more gear, like a gaming console. If you’re replacing the factory stereo, you’ll need an adapter to keep that system working and connect it to the audio/video output on your new receiver.

Adding an aftermarket DVD player and screens to a Silverado is pretty easy, thanks to products like flip-down overhead monitors with DVD players or replacement headrest screens that match the truck’s interior.

SiriusXM satellite radio

Chevy made satellite radio available as an option on most models. If you have a current subscription, you’ll want to buy a new stereo with built-in SiriusXM satellite radio or a model that works with an outboard tuner. You can call SiriusXM to move service over to the new stereo. If you have multiple vehicles, consider getting a plug-and-play tuner to take your satellite radio along, no matter which vehicle you’re driving.

Amps

The factory Bose system includes amps, but they aren’t ideal for use with aftermarket head units or speakers. It’s best to bypass or eliminate these amps in favor of newer gear if you want the best possible sound. You’ll find room for amps in the spaces under and behind the Silverado’s seats or in the center console.

Security

Installing a security system in your Silverado isn't easy (security systems rarely are), but it's definitely a good idea. Our Crutchfield Advisors can help figure out what you need to get the job done, but we usually recommend taking your car and new gear to a professional installer.

Shop for car security systems for your Chevrolet Silverado

Find the audio gear that fits your car or truck

Visit our Outfit My Car page and enter your vehicle information to see stereos, speakers, subs, and other audio accessories that will work in your vehicle.

Last updated May 06, 2016
  • Grady Ross from United States

    Posted on 7/13/2015 2:22:56 AM

    Why does the radio/cd player sounds low and the volume will not adjust. Once the radio/CD is turned off for awhile the speakers sounds are normal and adjustments return to normal?/.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2015 1:58:38 PM

    Grady, Is this the factory stereo or a replacement? Either way, something is definitely wrong in there. Start by checking all the connections. Hopefully, it's something simple like that. Good luck!

  • Kellen from Orlando

    Posted on 7/18/2015 12:25:18 PM

    If i wanted to hook an amp to the door speakers, where would be the easiest access point to the four wires, and is there a limit to how much the speakers can be amped due to wire size?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/20/2015 9:36:47 AM

    Kellen, This article on connecting your speakers to an amp should have the answers you're looking for. And if you bought the amp at Crutchfield, you can always call our Tech Support team for free help troubleshooting your system.

  • Robert P Centeno from United States

    Posted on 7/31/2015 2:12:50 PM

    How can I get introduction How to install may New sterio and my silverado 2010 to do it myself I didn't get that sheet

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/31/2015 2:24:32 PM

    Robert, if you ordered your stereo from us, you should have received a free MasterSheet with your gear. Just give us a call at 1.888.955.6000, and an advisor will be able to send you what you need. If you didn't purchase your stereo from us, we have vehicle-specific MasterSheets available for $9.99.

  • Mauricio nun from denver

    Posted on 11/3/2015 11:48:50 PM

    Can I add stereo system on the Original stereo for a 07 silverado LT extended cab In other words can u add RCA to the back of the stereo

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/4/2015 9:40:36 AM

    Mauricio, There are a lot of great ways to improve your truck's stereo system. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your pickup and what's needed for the installation. Or, just give us a call and talk to one of our advisors about the system you want to build.

  • Kyle Davis from Lufkin

    Posted on 12/3/2015 8:24:50 AM

    I just finished putting...well starting on mine I luckily didn't have the Bose system so tear down was simple we pulled the back seat's out and put a 1,400 watt amp in with a ported box under the seat with 2 10's and oh my does it beat and will even more so due to me adding a stinger battery so my lights will stop dimming....after Christmas my plan is to pull the back seat again and do another amp there and wire my mids and highs from there 1 day at a time I guess but thank you for the speaker sizes man that's going to make my life much easier

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/3/2015 10:21:03 AM

    Kyle, Happy to be of help. If you have some time, visit our Custom Car Showroom and tell us all about your truck.

  • Ken from Manhattan. KS

    Posted on 1/10/2016 10:37:19 AM

    My daughter bought a 2007 Chevy Silverado 4X4 2500 ans wants to replace the stereo with after market. The harness for that transition seems to be all over the place. IT does not have on-star or Bose. What exactly do I need to replace this OEM radio.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/11/2016 8:57:00 AM

    Ken, I'll forward this to our sales team for the best answer. They'll be contacting you via email soon, but for immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Brian from Minneapolis

    Posted on 4/23/2016 6:00:42 AM

    I have a 2014 Silverado 2500 and I installed a JL Audio XD700/5 in place of the factory Bose amp, using the factory head unit signal wires. It was working fine for about 10 minutes of listening, but now there is no sound from any music source (AM/FM/XM/Aux) However, warning chimes, turn signals, NAV instructions, and bluetooth telephone all still work perfectly. I have no idea what happened, it is almost as if something switched inside the head unit. Any experience with this??

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/25/2016 10:41:15 AM

    Brian, It sounds like the factory receiver isn't liking the new amp, so it's simply refusing to deal with it. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.