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Kicker VSS™ SubStage™ SF150C09

Custom-fit powered subwoofer for 2009-up Ford F-150 Super Crew Cab

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Custom-built bass for your vehicle

Are you disappointed with the level of bass your factory system provides, but don't like the idea of installing a universal subwoofer and wiring kit? The VSS SubStage powered subs by Kicker are made to fit in specific vehicles, so you get harnesses that connect to your factory wiring, and a sub that's made to mount where your particular vehicle has space. Each system comes with vehicle-specific instructions that guide you every step of the way. The package also includes all of the wiring and hardware you need to complete the installation — that means no running to the hardware store to find a part that you didn't know you'd need.

Ready to rumble

The SubStage doesn't skimp on power and performance — it comes equipped with a 10" sub powered by a perfectly matched 200-watt amp, all housed in a custom enclosure that's optimized for sound quality. You'll look forward to rumbling lows that can play back the biggest digital drum beat yet also deliver the low-frequency subtleties of a standup bass. Kicker's earned their reputation for making subs that crank out bass you can feel and the SubStage is no exception.

The SubStage SF150C09 fits the 2009-12 Ford F-150 Super Crew Cab, and the subwoofer installs under the passenger's side of the rear seat. This kit will not install in 2009-10 models with the Sony factory audio system. It connects to the factory stereo via two wire taps for signal, and attaches to the battery for power. Please identify your car before purchasing to make sure it'll work with this package, or you can call one of our Advisors at 1-888-955-6000 to confirm fit.

Product Highlights:

  • custom-fit powered subwoofer
  • enclosure mounts under the rear seat on the passenger's side
  • molded plastic enclosure
  • 10" woofer
  • built-in amplifier (200 watts RMS)
  • includes instructions for your F-150 and all installation parts
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Vehicle-specific enclosures with subs? Say what?

Instead of the usual sub in a box, the manufacturer creates a molded enclosure that fits perfectly into a convenient spot in your specific vehicle, housing a high-quality sub. Some enclosures even include a built-in amp, for the ultimate in stealth bass. The advantages? You don't lose much space (if any), your sub is perfectly matched to its enclosure, and your enclosure has a factory look that won't tell potential thieves you have an awesome sound system. Doesn't get better than that.

Kicker VSS™ SubStage™ SF150C09 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

16 Reviews

This is a No Brainer...

Written by: Todd from Missouri on August 1, 2015

This fits the stock sony sub location, and sounds amazing!

Pros: Easy to install, a hour or less...

Cons: Doesnt install itself

Kicker VSS SubStage SF150C09

Written by: ChrisC from South Carolina on July 19, 2015

2009 Ford F-150 XLT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I still have my factory radio in my 2009 Ford F150 XLT crew cab and it's sounds amazing. It already had the holes ready to be installed under the passenger backseat, ran the cable just like the instructions said (ONE CABLE) and I had it done in less then an hour. Outstanding design and if you want to make it louder you can add another amp but for me it's louder then I expected anyway.

Pros: Easy install Great/simple instructions Very loud

Cons: Wish you could pick different color. Not really a con

2014 F150 XLT Sub

Written by: Ford Guy from Arizona on May 9, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Don't bother guessing, buy it!!! I searched a lot of systems and pulled the trigger on this one. Gust the right amount of bass. It will not rattle windows down the street but it is perfect for rich sound. I changed out the door speakers with Kicker 5x8s and the sound is $$ without having to pay all the $$. Had the speaker installed and even the tech said "wow I did't expect that" once the system turned on. Factory HU. FWIW... You need a sub in a super crew, and this is a great setup.

Pros: Great sound for a 10

Cons: It does cost some $$ but you get what you pay for

Good product

Written by: Javier from Texas on August 24, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product if you are looking for a good quality sound inside the vehicle.

Pros: Real easy installation

Cons: None

Kicker VSS™ SubStage™ SF150C09

Written by: Anonymous from Houston, Tx on August 16, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great easy installation



Solid Box, Solid Sound

Written by: Brock W. from Pasco, WA on July 5, 2014

Shows up packaged well, fairly easy install(about 1 hour start to finish) connects easily to fuse block under hood, wires to grab signal from under dash are easy to find and connect to(just have to cut some tape off of the wire harness and find the twisted pair) pulled out factory Sony sub and rand wires and hooked up,bolted down and turned on, sounds awesome compared to the Sony they put in my FX4 from the factory.

Pros: Easy install, great sound, tucks right into factory spot under seat

Cons: If your expecting the Bass of a pair of competition 12" subs with a 1000W mono amp this isn't the unit to buy

Nice clean sound

Written by: Anonymous from Lake Charles, LA on June 21, 2014

2014 Ford F-150 Lariat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very pleased with the sound from this product. It has given me exactly what I was looking for. A solid crisp base that doesn't overpower all the other sound. I actually have the base turned all the way down on my radio settings I was not looking for license plate rattling base just to show everyone else I have big speakers. I appreciate clean sound, not attention getting base. The installation was pretty straight forward by the directions provided. I will say that if you have never installed any car audio equipment of any kind, you might be a little in over your head. Not from the speaker itself, but from the removal of the vehicle components and such that it takes to install. I have a 2013 F-150 Lariat that this was installed in. I also upgraded the four door speakers at the same time with Rockford Fosgate Punch P1683, 3ways. I am very pleased with the overall sound and I am enjoying my new sound.

Pros: Great clean sound and doesn't fill up the whole back floor board.

Cons: None

Kicker VSS™ SubStage™ SF150C09

Written by: klinger from Cherry Hill, NJ on April 6, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have really enjoyed the kicker 10 sub I bought for my F150. It provides ample bass and sound. So much so that the standard sony speakers are not providing enough sound to complement the bass.

Pros: Fits perfect, easy to install, sounds great


Kicker VSS™ SubStage™ SF150C09

Written by: Brandon from Charlotte, NC on March 5, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this in an 09 F150 Platinum without the Sony Factory Sound, I previously upgraded the door speakers which helped quite a bit however the door speakers just weren't meant to produce bass, after thinking long and hard about purchasing this I finally decided to pull the trigger, other options I looked at took up all the room under the rear seat, the only downfall to this product for me was the price. After receiving this item I found the installation to be very easy, the wiring was basically plug and play and this kit was designed very well. I am very pleased with this product as it produces the clean tight bass that I was looking for and compliments my door speaker upgrade very well.

Pros: Very easy to install, doesn't take up all the room under the back seat, great sound quality

Cons: Price, no bass control knob

Easy Install, Nice Sound

Written by: Jim from Palatka, FL on January 1, 2014

2012 Ford F-150 FX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased this for my daughter's '12 F150 and had it professionally installed for $79.50. Very neat and clean set up and adds a nice bass to her stock system. Not a huge sound but good enough for Dad though my 17 year old probably wishes it had more thump but she likes it regardless.

Pros: Easy, clean install

Cons: Lacking a little on power and sound


Written by: Rene B from Las Vegas, NV on December 15, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product sounds amazing. It was louder than I expected! Super easy install! From start to finish 90 mins max. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and love it.

Pros: loud thump. Easy install

Cons: None

Good Sub for Factory Upgrade

Written by: kap2424 from Michigan on July 22, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This sub has lots of bass. It's very clean and tight. I hooked this up to a factory headunit with that did not have an existing sub. Connected sub to rear speaker output. Though this sub puts out lots of bass you can't adjust the crossover. I think Kicker wants you to purchase the DPS that does some of the EQ that the stock head unit can't do. Not having a crossover adjustment makes me give it 4 stars. I've been able to make it still sound good by messing with the stock treble and bass adjustment along with adjusting the EQ on my phone and my iPod but can't make is sound great.

Pros: lots of tight bass out of a little unit

Cons: no crossover adjustment

Sound gate Substage SF150c09

Written by: Nate from Converse, Tx on June 4, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I received this kicker subwoofer package about two weeks ago and I was excited. I'm no sound installer guru but I was able to install this kicker subwoofer durning my lunch hour at work. When I say it's a upgrade, it's an upgrade to the factory sub that came with my 2012 f150 fx2. Inside of the truck it sounds good and it hits pretty hard! Now with that said, it's only a 10, so the bass doesn't hit as hard outside of the truck. If your sitting in traffic, the cars to the left, right, front and rear will hear it but that's pretty much it. So, if you want a sub that you can hear down the street, this sub is not your best option. Still, I love it cause it hidden and it sounds good.

Pros: Hidden like factory sub, takes same amount of space as factory sub, hits hard for 10in sub

Cons: Doesn't come in a 12in sub

Nice sound

Written by: Vaughn from Edmond, Ok on April 18, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product compliments the factory sound system very well. It is not going to win any db drags, but if you want good clear filler bass with easy install, this is your product.

Pros: Compliments factory system well. Great filler bass, 20 minute install.

Cons: None for me

Cut the floor mat.

Written by: Fred from USA on November 13, 2012

Update on my previous review.

I bought two weathertech rear floor mats and cut the floor mat around the Substage subwoofer. Took me five minutes and it's a perfect fit. The subwoofer now has plenty of room to fire that bass. Also anybody can sit in that seat and I won't be worried that they're pushing down on the sub box.

I'm very satisfied with my purchase form Crutchfield!

Pros: Hits Hard for a single 10 You don't loose any space under the rear seat. No cutting or drilling for install.

Cons: Get your self another set of floor mats to cut up so the sub woofer doesn't touch the factory floor mats.


Written by: Fred from USA on October 20, 2012

2011 Ford F-150 Lariat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was hesitant to purchase this item at first as I could not find a review on it, or see any installation pictures. But All said and done this thing hits hard. I have a 2011 F150 Limited with the factory Sony navigation and I hated the stereo in it, especially the sub woofer, The louder I turned the volume up the quieter the sub got. I was told the sony nav has an equalizer in it that senses bass levels and controls it. With this Soundgate Substage sub not anymore, the more I turn it up the louder it gets. I could not be happier with my purchase. I have my bass setting at zero and it hits plenty.

When I was first looking around at vehicle specific sub woofers the only thing I could find was the JL Audio stealth box. What they don't tell you about it is you have to move your spare tire jack and tools located under the rear seat. And of course you have to run a amp to it, so there goes all your space under the rear seats. The soundgate substage I didn't loose any space. I had my local stereo shop install it for me $125.00.

The only issue I have with soundgate substage is it's 6" wider, and about an 1" taller so what happens is the box pushes down on the factory floor mat so much I have to unscrew the box and lift it up just to pull the floor mat out, and I'm worried if someone sits in that seat they'll be pushin the sub woofer down to the floor causing it to slap the woofer. The solution here would be to cut the floor mat around the sub.

Pros: Hits Hard for a single 10 You don't loose any space under the rear seat. No cutting or drilling for install.

Cons: Cheap Plastic Box. Taller than the factory sub woofer box you may need to take out your floor mat in the rear, or don't let anyone sit in that seat.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • Subwoofer assembly (enclosure/ 10" subwoofer/ amplifier)
  • 11' Subwoofer body harness
  • 8.5' Subwoofer power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • Three M6 Bolts with flat washers attached
  • 3 M6 Nut inserts
  • 2 Wire taps
  • 5" Adapter harness (speaker-level input)
  • 15 amp mini blade fuse
  • Six 6" Zip ties
  • 2 Adhesive backed foam pads
  • Installation instructions
  • Warranty information

Product Research


Overview: Kicker's SoundGate SubStage factory audio upgrade kits are designed to fit in specific year/make/model vehicles. The SF150S09 is compatible with select 2009 and later Ford Supercrew pickups (please confirm fit with the Crutchfield vehicle selector). Included with the system are a 10" subwoofer in a custom enclosure, subwoofer amp, and all the necessary cables to power the amplifier and connect to the factory radio.

Subwoofer: The custom enclosure is loaded with a single 10" Kicker subwoofer, powered by a 200-watt amplifier mounted to the enclosure. The power cable is connected to the fuse box in the engine compartment. Specific wire routing instructions are included for the power cable and for tapping into the factory wiring for the subwoofer's signal input. All necessary mounting hardware is also included.

Electrical System: The amplifier is designed to have minimum impact on the truck's charging system.

Dimensions: The listed dimensions do not include the mounting brackets (regardless of these measurements, the subwoofer enclosure is custom built to fit under the back seat):

  • Width: 25"
  • Height: 8"
  • Depth: 13"

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Customer Q&A

4 questions already asked

Mike, Based on the instructions and the wiring harness that was shipped with the amplified sub, it appears that it can only be used with the speaker level input harness which is the harness I used. I didn't recall seeing any RCA jacks on the sub for preamp outlets to connect to. Good sub though. It was a very clean and easy way to add bass to a stock system. Jason [ Jason  Feb 07, 2016 ]
Just speaker level [ Rodney  Feb 06, 2016 ]
not sure, I connected to speaker level input [ JAMES  Feb 05, 2016 ]
Quick correction: pre-amp outputs are considered low level while speaker level inputs are high. Anyway, I would imagine one could rig this to get input from pre-outs, but that would involve a powered converter to simulate the gain introduced by speaker level signals. This subwoofer is designed to be used with the supplied harness which taps into the factory high level (speakers) outputs feeding the front speakers. I would imagine the Crutchfield techs would be able to answer whether rigging a pre-out to feed a high level input is possible or recommended. [ Scott  Feb 05, 2016 ]
i don't recall seeing one when I installed it, also there was nothing in the instructions referring to a gain control. [ Jason  Oct 01, 2015 ]
No gain control. You have to use the head unit. [ matthew  Sep 28, 2015 ]
I do not remember seeing a gain control. This is an awesome unit. These folks may not know how to use there balance controls. I keep my bass a little over half way. [ JEFF  Sep 28, 2015 ]
No gain control, I adjusted my bass to -2, sounds great, although I do not have factory speakers either [ JAMES  Sep 28, 2015 ]
I, have 2014 with 700 watt, sony sub can I, just, unplug sony sub and connect kicker sub ?? [ Richard  Aug 03, 2014 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Apr 16, 2014 ]  Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Jan 13, 2014 ]  Staff

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