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2005-2009 Ford Mustang

Upgrading the stereo system in your Mustang
2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009

2006 Ford Mustang

In brief: This Crutchfield Research Garage article gives you an overview of your Mustang's stock stereo system and your aftermarket upgrade options. Use our vehicle selector to find the gear that will fit your car. 

Overview of the Ford Mustang

The 2005-09 Mustang re-ignited the “pony car” wars with its combination of retro style and modern performance.  The design was an obvious homage to the classic Mustangs of the Sixties, but the styling and the stance still managed to be totally contemporary.

With the disco-era Fox platform finally retired after 25 years of loyal service, this new Mustang also sported a long-awaited new chassis that provided balanced handling no matter which V-6 or V-8 engine was under the hood.

With instantly recognizable looks and a wide variety of options and trim packages, the 2005 - 2009 Mustang offers something for almost every enthusiast. Whether you’re looking for a stylish daily driver or a bellowing muscle car, there’s a Mustang for you. And once you find your Mustang, we’re here to help you build the perfect stereo system.

2005 Ford Mustang convertible

2005 Ford Mustang convertible (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory stereo system

The factory stereo is located at the front of the car’s center console. The AM/FM/CD receiver lives in a double-bay assembly, and Ford offered three audio system options:

Mustang Shaker system stereo (Crutchfield Research Photo)

The Mustang's Shaker system stereo (Crutchfield Research Photo)

  • 4-speaker system: Features 6"x8" speakers in the front doors and on the rear deck, powered by a AM/FM/CD receiver.

  • Shaker 500 system: Adds two 8" dual voice coil woofers located at the mid-line of each door, powered by two amplifiers located in the driver's kick panel.

  • Shaker 1000 system: Adds two 10" dual voice coil subs in a trunk-mounted enclosure that's powered by four amps (one per voice coil) behind the enclosure.

Factory stereo removed (Crutchfield Research Photo)

The Mustang's standard receiver (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Replacing your factory radio

The replacement process in the Mustang depends a bit on the stereo you're replacing. We'll hit the high points below.

Detailed stereo and speaker removal instructions

MasterSheet image
With step-by-step disassembly instructions and plenty of up-close, detailed photos, our exclusive Crutchfield MasterSheet™ takes the guesswork out of removing the factory stereo and speakers. It's free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one separately for just $9.99.

4-speaker system

The factory radio is fully enclosed by the console and several trim panels. Installing a new car stereo is fairly straight-forward, but it'll take a little time and effort.

You’ll need a dash kit to install a DIN (2" tall) or double-DIN (4" tall) radio. It’s possible to hard wire a new stereo to the factory wiring but getting a wiring harness will keep you from having to cut into the factory wires. You'll also need an antenna adapter that allows you to connect the Ford antenna lead to your new receiver.  The dash kit, harness, and antenna adapter needed for this installation are available at a very nice discount with your Crutchfield order, along with our free step-by-step Crutchfield MasterSheet disassembly instructions.

To begin the radio replacement process, open the center console and remove two Phillips screws at the back of the unit. Then, using the pry tool, remove the gearshift trim, followed by the console trim. Next, pry away the side trim panels located on either side of the accessory stack, followed by removal of the six 7mm screws securing the receiver/climate control trim panel. Next, remove the four 7mm screws securing the receiver to the accessory bay. Now pull out the stereo and disconnect it from the factory plug. The process takes a little time, but it's not complicated.

Installation note: The mounting kit that trims out the new radio in the Mustang dash includes a pocket that protrudes a little. As a result, you can't install a car stereo with a fold-down face in this Mustang.

Ford Mustang radio cavity

A look inside the Mustang's dash cavity (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Shaker 500 and Shaker 1000 systems

You'll go through the same procedure to remove the radio in the Shaker systems, with one change. Unless you plan on gutting the entire system, you'll need a special adapter in order to connect your new car stereo into the Ford amps that run the woofers in the doors (and in the trunk with the Shaker 1000 system). There are several adapters available, depending on the model year of your Mustang. You can find the right one by using our Vehicle Selector to identify your vehicle or by talking to one of our advisors. Your new receiver must have subwoofer RCA preamp outputs, because this special adapter has RCA plugs that connect to the preamp outs. This allows you to adjust  the factory subs with the sub control on your new stereo.

Special technical note:  If you experience a transient pop during turn-on/turn-off after installing a replacement receiver, it may be due to the factory remote lead employing 5 volts (instead of the normal 12 volts). You can eliminate this pop by installing a 12V-to-5V interface on the remote lead. The special adapter we recommend for this installation will also take care of this voltage conversion.

Tools needed:  Panel tool, Phillips head screwdriver, 7mm socket wrench and extension

Steering wheel audio controls

It's relatively easy to retain your Mustang'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 new receiver.

Shop for car stereos that fit your Ford Mustang

Replacing your factory speakers

Installing a new set of speakers in your Mustang isn't terribly difficult, but it takes some work in both the coupe and convertible models. Block out plenty of time to get the job done, and work patiently. This is an excellent DIY project that will product outstanding results.

4-speaker system (all models)

Ford Mustanf front door base model

The Mustang's standard door panel (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Front doors

You can install aftermarket 6"x8" speakers in the front doors, and you also have the option of putting 5-1/4" speakers in there with the help of mounting brackets. Your choices are restricted slightly by the factory grilles. Our vehicle selector will filter out the speakers that don't fit, so you can see your available options. Wiring harnesses are available to connect the new speakers to your factory wiring. Harnesses and mounting brackets are available at a special discount with every speaker order at Crutchfield.

Again, the process of replacing your speakers is straightforward, but somewhat time consuming. You'll have to remove the front-window sail panel, then disconnect the electric door controls. Next, remove the center door-latch trim, pry away the internal arm-rest screw panel, and remove the two T30 Torx screws. Pry up the power option panel, and remove all of the 7mm Phillips screws at the bottom and side of the door panel.

Rear deck speaker (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the Mustang coupe's rear deck speaker (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Finally, go back to the options panel, unclip the door latch cable, disconnect the options panel, and lift the door panel away from the entire assembly. Once the factory speaker is accessible, remove all of the T20 Torx screws that secure the speaker, and disconnect the internal wiring harness.

Rear deck (2005-2006 models)

6"x8" speakers will drop right into the rear deck openings, and wiring harnesses are available for this location. You also have the option of installing 5-1/4" speakers in mounting brackets. There's plenty of room back here, so just about any speakers will fit. To replace the factory speakers, begin by prying the grilles up from the rear deck. Once you have the screens off, remove all of the Torx screws that secure the speakers, and lift each unit from its respective bracket. Disconnect the speakers from the internal wire harness, and discard the factory units.

Rear deck (2007-2009 models)

In these later models, the rear speakers require a little more work to remove. The grilles are integrated into the rear deck, so you have to remove the deck material to get to the speakers. This involves removing the trim panels beside and above the back seat. Once again, it's not that hard, especially with our instructions, but it will take some time.

Rear side panels: (convertible)

If you have a droptop 'Stang, the speaker replacement process is a bit different. You'll start by prying up and removing the top part of the side panel, then you'll pry the panel out until you release the retaining clips. You won't remove it all together, though. Hold it out far enough to remove the four Torx T20 screws that secure the speaker, then pull it out, disconnect  it, and remove it. Connect it to the vehicle wires, test it out, and put everything back together.

Ford Mustang convertible rear speakers

Getting to the convertible's rear speakers is pretty simple, really. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Shaker 500 system and Shaker 1000 system 

If you have one of the factory hot rod stereos, your options for replacing speakers are exactly the same as with the non-Shaker system. Harnesses are available for both locations, as well as brackets for 5-1/4" speakers if that's your preference.

Tools needed:  Phillips screwdriver; small flat blade screwdriver; panel tool; socket driver with 7mm, 8mm, and 14mm sockets; T20 and T30 Torx drivers; drill and 1/8" bit

Shop for speakers that fit your Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Trunk

Shaker 1000 subs in the trunk (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Bass in your Mustang

If you have a Shaker system, you can replace the factory woofers in the doors, or in the Shaker 1000 system's trunk enclosure. But there are a few things you'll want to be clear on before you start your project.

First off, the factory amps for the door subwoofers are designed to drive low-impedance subs, so you'll get reduced output if you replace the factory subs but not the amps

You'll also have to drill new screw holes for any sub, as well as enlarge the factory cutout for some large frame subs. You'll also want to use Dynamat on the doors to prevent rattling.

You can get a lot of bass into a Mustang if you design your system properly. Our car audio experts are available by phone or chat if you need help.

Amps for the Shaker subs (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Amps for the Shaker subs (Crutchfield Research Photo)

To make a long story (not to mention a long installation) short, you might want to check out some of the subwoofer enclosures made specifically for the 2005-09 Mustang. You'll get great performance, plus you get to avoid the headache of trying to guess which subs are going to work in the factory enclosures.

MTX Thunderform for the Mustang

This MTX Thunderform is made to fit your Mustang (MTX photo)

One solution is an amplified MTX ThunderForm containing a 12" sub and a 200-watt amp. It installs in the passenger side of the trunk. Having the amplifier built into the enclosure makes installation a lot easier.

Shop for vehicle-specific subwoofers for your Ford Mustang

Other options for your Mustang

As you might expect with a vehicle like the Mustang, there are plenty of ways to upgrade your car inside and out.

Sound processor         

If you choose to keep the stock radio, install a sound processor to send a clear, clean signal to your new amp. Sound processors remove any limitations on the signal imposed by the factory radio. The better the signal, the better the sound. Read our article explaining factory sound processors to learn more.

Auxiliary input

If you have another device you'd like to connect to your Ford radio, you can use this auxiliary input adapter. If you have the factory satellite radio tuner, it won't work once this adapter's hooked up.


Installing a security system in your Mustang 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 Ford Mustang

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.

Please share your thoughts below.

  • Juwuan Smith from Nacogdoches

    Posted on 3/10/2020

    I have a 2005 mustang convertible that had some issues and I came across a 2009 GT donor car with a shaker 1000 system, subs and amp. Is it possible to install these to my aftermarket radio on the 2005?

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 3/11/2020

    Juwuan, It might be possible, but it definitely won't be a "plug and play" operation. There are a lot of potential issues, so it's hard to say from here -- especially since OEM-to-OEM swaps aren't our usual thing. You might be able to get some solid info from a Mustang owners' forum, though. Hope that helps a little bit. Good luck!
  • Anton Bielousov from Vancouver

    Posted on 1/22/2020

    Hi, I have a 2006 Mustang and noticed that most of aftermarket products are labeled "2007 - 2009", and there's very few "2006-2009". Is there really a compatibility issue or a breaking change since 2007 or is that just a wrong labeling? Someone reported installing 2006-2009 unit on 2005 Mustang with no issues.

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 1/24/2020

    Anton, Not sure about the labeling issue. Labels aside, the key is finding gear that fits. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos (and speakers) fit your car, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.
  • Philip Cibotti from Springfield, Pa

    Posted on 12/4/2019

    Hi, I have a 2009 Mustang GT /CS Convertible . It is equipped with the Ford Shaker 500 Radio 5 CD exchanger. The CD is bad and want to replace the Radio Cd unit with the Kenwood Model DPX503BT Radio CD player and keeping the factory speakers that are in the car. My question is will this work using all existing speakers , amplifiers, etc?

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 12/5/2019

    Philip, Nice ride! I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.
  • Eric from Lees summit

    Posted on 6/15/2019

    Working on a 07 mustang get, I am replacing the factory shaker 500 head-unit with pioneer aftermarket head-unit. I got all the harnesses and 12v to 5v converter that I need. My question is when I plug in the shaker 500 rca's do they go to the head-unit subwoofer output or front output? Because the speakers are in the front door it's making me think to put them into the front output vs the sub. Please advise, thank you in advance

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 6/17/2019

    Eric, We'd be happy to help. 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.
  • Cameron Goodwin from Holliday

    Posted on 3/10/2019

    i have a 2006 mustang convertible with the 500 shaker, it shows to have a AUX button on the front, i was told you plug the AUX cord in the back of the radio....WHERE?

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 3/11/2019

    Cameron, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/6/2018

    Chandler, The woofers are 1.2-ohm models, but we don't have an RMS rating for them or power specs for the amps. But we have all the info you need to replace the stock gear. Since you're planning to build your system in stages, it'll help a lot to talk to a Crutchfield advisor before you start shopping. Our experts can help you get off to a good start and build the system you want. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Chandler from lafayette

    Posted on 5/4/2018

    I know this is an old thread, but I have a 2007 GT model mustang with the shaker 1000 system. I'm looking to progressively upgrade the entire system by starting with head unit, then speakers, then base, then amps, with moderate sound deadening along the way. this article mentions the factory speakers being "low impedance" but my question is, is there anywhere to find the ohm rating for the factory speakers? also is there any RMS rating for them currently? or information on what kind of power the factory amps produce (per coil for subs/per speaker for the rest?) any information would be appreciated! thanks!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/15/2018

    Johnny, 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.

  • Johnny Allen from Oklahoma city

    Posted on 2/15/2018

    If i have a 3,000 watt amp for my 12 in the trunk can i use that for new door speakers as well and how do the shakers compare to full range infinity speakers on the doors?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/19/2017

    Michael, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.

  • Michael Beattie from Palm Harbor

    Posted on 12/19/2017

    I have a 2006 Mustang gt convertible. I have a 10" sub in trunk but since there is solid metal between trunk and cabin sounds horrible. Are there any options to put sub in cabin? Thoughts? Have shaker 500 but replacing head unit. Thanks!!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/31/2017

    Steve, You should be fine, but with questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.

  • Steve Slaughter from Columbus, IN

    Posted on 10/30/2017

    I was looking at the options on your website for my shaker door speaker replacement (I have a 2006 mustang and the stock are at end of life). The stock speakers are dual voice coil at 1. 2 ohms per coil.... Will there be an appreciable difference between replacing them with the kicker 1 ohm or 2 ohm to maintain the current factory configuration? Nowhere have I seen the specs on the stock Ford amplifier. Thanks!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/25/2017

    Emily, Alas, no. They look a lot alike, but the base radio won't work with the Shaker 500 system, so that's not a good swap to make. If you're really tired of looking at the scratched-up receiver you have, your best bet is an aftermarket model. It'll sound better, too!

  • Emily Wells from Atlanta

    Posted on 9/25/2017

    I know this article is a couple years old, but hopefully somebody can help me! I currently have the shaker 500 system in my 2006 Mustang. I found a great deal on a used/like new radio from someone with a 2007 Mustang. She has the basic/4 speaker system. There is nothing wrong with my speakers. I just want to replace the radio itself because of worn/scratched controls and buttons. This is strictly cosmetic--my shaker 500 radio still works fine. I'm just tired of looking at it all scratched up, haha. Will this work?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/21/2017

    Erich, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right speakers and give you the right advice on how to install them.

  • Erich

    Posted on 7/21/2017

    2012 Mustang; shaker 1000. Head unit is good. Bass is good. I would like crisper highs to balance all that bass. What do you suggest?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/30/2017

    John, It's probably best to sell the woofers and amps as a package.

  • John. Mylius from San antonio

    Posted on 5/29/2017

    I have a 2005 GT with the SHAKER 1000 system. It sounds great.I needed the trunk space more than I needed the subwoofer cabinet so i unplugged and removed the speaker cabinet. I decided to sell the speakers...there are 2 amps mounted behind the cabinet. Are they powering the woofers? I guess my question is..If I am going to sell the speakers Do I need to sell the amps with them or if I remove those amps will affect any other part of the system?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/27/2017

    Tom, Stock CD players do wear out, so while we can't say it's a common thing with these cars, we're also not totally surprised. OEM swaps aren't our area, really, but you might find some wisdom on one of the many Mustang forums out there. If you decide you want to go with an aftermarket system, though, give us a call. Good luck!

  • Tom from Hoffman Estates IL

    Posted on 2/25/2017

    I have a Shaker 500 system with the 6-Disc in a 2007 Mustang Convertible. The player puked recently, throwing codes like it is faulty and drAining the battery. Is this so common I shouldn't consider a Shaker 500 to replace it? I like the way it looks, but if this is common I will look elsewhere.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/3/2017

    Scott, We know the feeling! Don't worry, our advisors will help you get everything you need for your sub install before you start. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Scott Phetteplace from Richland center

    Posted on 2/2/2017

    I have a 06 Mustang 500 shaker and I would like to add a sub in the trunk I don't want to spend a fortune e not a teeny wanting to vibrate windows just improve upon what I have. Not a wiring nut need complete list of cables connectors whatever I nend I live in a rural area and have no place to run for items I come up short during diy driveway install

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/13/2017

    Mike, You have some good options here, but the best thing to do is give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. Once we know more about your system and your musical tastes, it'll be easier to find the right amp for your needs.

  • Mike from North Smithfield

    Posted on 1/13/2017

    Hi, I have The shaker 1000 system and am replacing the 8 inch door woofers due to one side blowing. I bought the kicker replacements offered by Shelby which is a two ohm speaker. What size amplifier do you think I would need to make those sound pretty good without going over the top? I have the subs in the trunk and looking for more of A clean sound from the doors rather than a large boom. Thanks!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/28/2016

    Paul, I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Paul from Leesburg

    Posted on 11/26/2016

    Ok, I have a 2009 mustang V6 that has the shaker 500 system. What wiring harness do I use to put in a aftermarket head unit that will use the factory plugs and amp? Thanks!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/14/2016

    Val, Could be a blown speaker, but that's the best available guess from here. If that's the case, we have a bunch of speakers that will work in your car, so give us a call.

  • Val Underwood from Brighton

    Posted on 11/14/2016

    I have 09 convertible Hearing a horrible hum noise What's wrong

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/12/2016

    Seth, It's the same adapter, but if you have any questions about the install, give our tech support team a call. Your Crutchfield purchase includes free tech support for the life of your gear.

  • Seth Kondrath from Columbus

    Posted on 9/9/2016

    I ordered a new head unit and install kit. I thought the car I was about to buy had the Shaker 500 but it ended up being a Shaker 1000. I put in Shaker 500 when I ordered it. Is the the Metra harness shipped for a 500 the same as what would ship for a 1000? Thanks.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/15/2016

    Craig, Could be bad wiring or bad connections. Could be that your speakers are toast. Or it could be something else entirely. Whatever the cause, that's a bummer. Hopefully, it's something simple, but if it isn't, give us a call. We can help you find some very cool aftermarket speakers for your Mustang.

  • Craig from Hampton

    Posted on 8/14/2016

    Both of my door woofers are out. Any idea out? Shaker 1000 system

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/3/2016

    Carole, We can help you with that. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Carole from Eagan

    Posted on 5/3/2016

    I have a '06 Mustang GT with the shaker 500 and I would like to replace it with an aftermarket stereo. i want lots of options but easy to use and I would like to hook up my iphone. What is a good system for around $500 - $600.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/20/2016

    Harrison. Generally speaking, it sounds like your old stereo gear is trying to tell you something! I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Harrison from PA

    Posted on 4/19/2016

    I've had a question about my driver side door speaker I think it got blown out because I hear a tick or rattle noise but I think sound still comes out of it. But it's just highly annoying I was thinking about replacing 4 speakers but I want quality and a higher volume. What would you recommend? Also when I try searching for stations not many come up especially scanning but any other car even ford focus will find stations. What's the problem?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/22/2016

    John, To pull in HD Radio stations, you'll need an HD-ready receiver. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which ones fit your car and get some info on what's needed for the installation.

  • John m from Central ct

    Posted on 2/22/2016

    I just purchased 08 convertible with shaker 1000. I see where I can do Sirius which is nice but we have a great 50-60s station on HD 2 locally and having hard time finding if I can get that over the air. Any help greatly appreciated. John

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/30/2015

    Peter, The 8" dual voice-coil subs in the doors are a smidge over 3-1/2" deep. You'll need to re-drill the screw holes before you mount a new speaker and, because the grille is permanently attached, make sure you purchase a speaker that comes with its own grille. A Crutchfield advisor can help you choose the right sub for your system, so give us a call.

  • Peter from Bainbridge

    Posted on 12/30/2015

    No one said anything about the depth of the 8s in doors and what to replace them with

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/12/2015

    Courtney, There are several possible reasons for that whining sound. 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.

  • Courtney from Avon

    Posted on 11/11/2015

    Are there RCA Jacks on a 2014 mustang head unit? Replaced 4 speaker system with new infinity speakers and tweeters with small amp. now heard a loud whining noise when car is started

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/9/2015

    Eric, There are several high-performance component systems with 6" x 8" woofers that will fit nicely in your Mustang's doors. Anything bigger than that, and you're going to need to do some serious fabrication work.

  • Eric from Fairburn

    Posted on 11/8/2015

    Hi, I have a base model 2008 mustang (non-shaker). Is it possible to put in 8" woofers in my doors like the 500 and 1000 systems?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/17/2015

    John, No prob, happy to help. Actually, though, the even-quicker way to get your questions answered is to contact our Tech Support team. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can get 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. Our techs know way more than I do, and they'll be able to answer any questions you have. Good luck!

  • John from Staten Island

    Posted on 9/16/2015

    Jon, Thanks for the quick reply re: 2005 Mustang/Jensen VX7020/metra woofer hookup! I've opened the dash and have been connecting/disconnecting the white RCA jack to HU sub-out RCA, yet I am not hearing an appreciable difference in bass response from the door subwoofers. Is that expected? BTW, I've wired in the axxess afdi step-down to eliminate the pop. How can I determine if the amps are getting power/sound? Thanks for your help.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/16/2015

    John, With the Shaker 500, it's okay to use the Metra harness' white RCA jack and leave the red RCA disconnected. For the Shaker 1000 system, though, we do suggest using both RCA jacks.

  • John from Staten Island

    Posted on 9/16/2015

    I've got a 2005 Mustang w Shaker 500 and upgraded the head unit (to Jensen VX7020). Am using the Metra harness which includes adapter for subwoofer (2 RCA jacks and blue/white wires). Head unit only has 1 RCA SubOut jack. Do I need a Y-adapter to connect the 2-RCA metra harness to 1-RCA SubOut, or can I choose white or red and tape off the other? Thanks!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2015

    Steve, This upgrade seems entirely doable, but since we haven't actually done one, we're somewhat reluctant to give you a definitive answer. For an OEM-OEM swap like this, the best place to start is probably a Mustang owners' forum. Good luck!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2015

    Cherie, You could check around some online Mustang forums to see if this has happened to anyone else, but it seems likely that the CD player is toast. A dealer-sourced OEM replacement is going to be seriously expensive, but there are plenty of reasonably-priced aftermarket options available.

  • Cherie Bell from Dallas, TX

    Posted on 7/10/2015

    My 2008 Mustang's factory battery was recently replaced and now the CD portion of the Shaker stereo system does not work. I want to at least retrieve my CDs in the system. I've consulted several car audio repair shops as well as the Ford house but to no avail. Why won't the CD system work with a new battery? I took the advice of a mechanic and temporarily took off the battery's pole and reattached to see if the CD system would work, and it still does not. The CD system acted like it was working when the factory battery gave out and continues to act like it is seeking something, trying to find something, but it does not work when I press 'CD'. It says 'initiating.' Thank you.

  • Steve Flowers from Hunker, PA

    Posted on 7/10/2015

    I have a 2008 mustang GT with the Shaker 500 system. I purchased the sub enclosure and amps from a Shaker 1000 system. Can I use them if I upgrade the head unit? Thanks

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2015

    Any of the Mustang-compatible subs mentioned this article should produce all the low-end thump most people could ever want. Then again, you might not be "most people." Quality and sound are very subjective topics, so bass performance that sounds perfectly fine to someone who likes classical music might sound pretty wimpy to someone who's into hip-hop or metal.
    Check out some Mustang and car audio forums to see what people are saying about the subs you're considering, check out the spec sheets, and, of course, feel free to call or chat with one of our advisors. Once we know more about what you like to hear and how you like to hear it, we can help you make the best choice for your car. Good luck!

  • Kyle from Seattle, Wa

    Posted on 6/16/2015

    So which subwoofer is going to be the higher quality product and higher quality bass?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/1/2015

    Donald, it's unlikely that the speakers are the source of your problem. If the radio sounded fine before the new speakers, then what you're likely hearing are details that were already there, but you just couldn't hear them over the factory speakers. The more-sensitive new speakers are "shining a light" on those noises. Without more specific information, it's hard to say what the problem is. If either your amp or stereo are aftermarket and the radio sounded fine before you installed them, then the problem is likely to be some form of interference noise. Check out our Noise Suppression Guide for some tips about tracking it down and eliminating it. And if you purchased either the stereo or amplifier from Crutchfield, then give our Tech Support team a call.

  • Donald Runkle from il

    Posted on 5/28/2015

    I have a 05 mustang with a 500 watt amp it sound good with disc but wen i put on the radio it sound like junk i put new speaker in the car that i order from you thay are good speaker.shough i up my amp ore what do think?