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2004 Ford F-150 SuperCab

In a Nutshell

This article discusses how to install car audio gear in your F-150. Check it out and then use our vehicle selector to find audio gear that will fit your pickup.

Replacing the old radio isn't hard in these trucks. You have lots of aftermarket stereo options, but you might want to choose a receiver that you can upgrade in the future. Look for preamp outputs, Bluetooth® functionality, iPod® adapters, and things of that nature. Replacing the door and rear panel speakers is also pretty simple, and you have a nice variety of speakers to choose from.

You can also expand your system with amps and a subwoofer The custom-made sub enclosures for the F-150 are very impressive. They tuck out of the way, and some come pre-loaded with some of the best subs on the market.

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Overview of the Ford F-150 SuperCab

The F-150 SuperCab gives you more room for family, pets, stuff--and audio upgrades. The comfortable interior offers plenty of space for a new receiver, speakers, and even a subwoofer. You'll have plenty of great products to choose from, and the modular design takes the hassle out of installation.

This article is an overview of your vehicle's audio system and its upgrade options. If you're looking for step-by-step instructions on how to install a car stereo or speakers in your F-150 SuperCab, there's nothing better than our exclusive Crutchfield MasterSheet™. This detailed, well-illustrated document is free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one separately for $9.99.

Ford F150 supercab radio

Ford AM/FM radio with 6-disc changer (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory stereo system

The 2004-2008 F-150 SuperCab came with several receiver options. An AM/FM/CD receiver came standard, but Ford offered three other choices:

  • an AM/FM/6-disc in-dash changer;
  • AM/FM stereo/6-disc CD changer with Audiophile Sound System with MP3 (with factory sub);
  • rear seat DVD entertainment system

Note: You will lose the use of the rear seat DVD system if you replace the factory radio.

Ford F-150 radio mounting kit

Mounting kit installed in F-150 dash (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Replacing your factory radio

There's plenty of room behind the dash, so you can install just about any car stereo in this truck, including single-DIN (2" tall) and double-DIN (4" tall) receivers. You'll need a mounting kit to trim out the new radio, along with a wiring harness that allows you to connect your new radio without having to cut the factory wiring. Crutchfield includes these installation parts at a very nice discount with receiver orders, along with our free MasterSheet™ step-by-step instructions for your F-150.

You'll have no problem fitting accessory items like satellite radio tuners, iPod® adapters, navigation modules, or even small amps back behind your new stereo. Remove a couple of trim pieces, and you'll have all the access you need for the installation. You'll lose the factory Video Entertainment feature if you replace the Ford radio.

Steering wheel audio controls

It's relatively easy to retain the steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo in your F-150. 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.

Tools needed: 7mm socket wrench, panel tool.

Replacing your factory speakers

This truck will accept several speaker sizes: 6"x8" speakers drop right in, most 5"x7"s will also fit, and 5-1/4" speakers will fit in with mounting brackets. You'll find enough room in both locations that you can almost always buy matching speakers for front and back.

It's a good idea to get speaker harnesses for your new speakers. They'll allow you to attach the new speakers to the plugs that connect to the Ford factory speakers, and they make it easier to reinstall the factory speakers if you ever sell your truck The brackets and speaker wiring harnesses can be purchased at a deep discount with every speaker order.

Ford f150 front door panel

Ford F-150 front door panel (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Front doors 

You don't have to pry off the entire door panel; there's a pop-out panel that covers the speaker location. Since the SuperCab offered advanced audio options, you should find factory tweeter openings in the front door panels in addition to the oval 6"x8" openings. If you're handy with tools, you can fashion a plate to hold aftermarket tweeters in those openings.

Since the speaker openings are high up in the front doors, you'll get great sound from a nice set of component speakers. You can also install kick panel enclosures that hold 6-1/2" speakers and tweeters in this truck if you prefer that option.

Ford F150 rear door panel

The F-150 SuperCab's rear door panel (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Rear doors 

You will have to remove the rear door panels to access the speakers. Again, there's plenty of room for most 6"x8" speakers, or you can also use 5-1/4" speakers in brackets.

Tools needed: panel tool,  socket wrench, 5.5mm, 8mm, 10mm, 1/4", and 7/32" sockets

Factory subwoofer enclosure under rear seat

The factory subwoofer enclosure is under the SuperCab's rear seat (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Bass in your F-150

Adding some extra thump to your F-150 isn't hard, but the amount of effort involved depends on how your truck was equipped when it rolled out of the factory.

With factory sub

This Ford truck offered a factory sub as an option. If you have the factory enclosure under the rear seat, you can replace the 8" DVC sub with any aftermarket sub that has a mounting depth less than 3.6 inches. If you pick a high-performance sub, you'll want to replace the factory amp too.

The factory stereo only sends 5 volts to the sub amp, which can cause a turn on/off pop from the subwoofer when an aftermarket stereo is installed. To avoid this, a 12V-to-5V regulator can be installed on the remote lead. This regulator produces a large amount of heat for its size and should be bolted or screwed to a clean metal surface that will act as a heat sink.

Without factory sub

If you don't have the Ford factory sub (or if you want to replace yours), you'll find a bunch of subwoofer options available. Your best bet would be vehicle-specific enclosures from manufacturers like JL Audio, Q-Logic, or MTX, available in unloaded, loaded, and amplified versions. They'll give you powerful bass without wasting much (if any) space. There's also room under the rear seat for a compact Class D amp that will deliver some serious bass power.

Tools needed: socket wrench, 10mm socket, Torx T20 driver.

ford f-150 sub speaker

Here's another look at the factory subwoofer (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Other options for your F-150

With a vehicle like the F-150 SuperCab, there are lots of ways to upgrade your entertainment and security.

iPod® and video

iPod users, you'll find a great spot for an iPod connection next to the 12-volt port that's situated low in your console, and the pocket just below that port is a great place to stash your player. Also, if you're thinking about installing an overhead video screen, the JCI rail system in your headliner contains power and ground leads that you can tap into, making that job much, much easier.

Floor mats

No matter how much you pamper your truck, you're eventually going to get involved in some sort of truck-like activity that gets you and/or it dirty. When that happens, it's a good idea to have a set of WeatherTech Floor Mats in your truck. These incredibly durable mats trap moisture, contain dirt, and keep your factory carpets looking good.

Security

Installing a security system in your F-150 SuperCab isn't exactly 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.

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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.

  • Bret McCall from Beltom, TX.

    Posted on 4/29/2015

    I have a 2004 f150 super cab w/ factory 8 inch subwoofer I want to swap factory sub w/a good after market sub, using factory amp and box. I will be installing a pioneer FH-P800BT unit along w/4 JL C3 600 speakers in doors. would you help me chose a subwoofer that will fit and sound good w/this system/ Thx Bret

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/30/2015

    Brett, it is possible to replace the factory sub with an slim aftermarket subwoofer. I sent your question to our sales team for the best answer. They'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Trevor Patrick from christiansted

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    Good day I'm trying to get a speaker panel for an Ford F-150 2004 left door can you assist me

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Trevor, If by "panel" you mean "grille," the best place to start is the dealership. You could also check around the web and see if anyone's selling "new old stock" grilles. Good luck!

  • Paul from Buford, GA

    Posted on 9/16/2015

    I have the same questions about replacing the sub and possible a small amp to drive it, but I want to use whats there. I have a 2007 F150 Supercab with the upgraded sound system. I want to replace the door speakers, head unit and sub. I want to make sure that either the new door speakers are on the factory amp or running off of the head unit. How do I know which wiring harness will allow the speakers to run from the head unit and still get the signal back to the sub? These integrated factory units are confusing to me. Take me back to 1988 please!!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/17/2015

    Paul, We're still working on time travel (Our guys say they'll have something by Friday, but it seems like they say that every week....), but in the meantime, we have perfected email forwarding! Seriously, this is a totally do-able job and our sales advisors can help you put together a package that works in your F-150. I've sent your question to them, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat. Good luck!

  • JR Camien from woodlawn

    Posted on 12/10/2015

    Can you tell what the approx. mounting depth is on the front and rear doors of a 2007 Ford F150 SuperCab STX is?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/11/2015

    JR, The fronts are just under 2-1/2" and the rears are a tick over 3". If you're shopping for speakers, use our vehicle selector. It's the best way to find out which stereos and speakers fit your truck, plus you'll get some info on what else is needed for the installation.

  • Erick from Modesto

    Posted on 12/30/2015

    Does a 2006 F-150 supercab require an antenna adapter to install an aftermarket head unit?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/4/2016

    Erick, Your F-150 won't need an adapter for the FM antenna.

  • Joel from Cleveland

    Posted on 11/13/2016

    I put a JL Stealthbox sub in my 2007 f150 supercab 9 years ago and it still sounds like the day I put it in! It is by far the best sounding bass i've ever heard in a truck! jl REALLY knows how to make a perfectly tuned sub box for the specific listening area in your car/truck! best money I ever spent! Also, I have to give a shout out to Crutchfield for the install guide information, great prices and excellent customer service! Please never stop what you guys do!!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/14/2016

    Joel, Thanks, man!

  • kevin from Saginaw

    Posted on 6/13/2017

    I just bought a new amp and im trying to run speaker wire from the amp to the door speakers. i have just learned that the 07 f150 has a molex connector connecting to the door, so my question is how in the heck do i get my 14 gauge speaker wire to my door speakers with out drill the body of the truck or is there no other way? thanks

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/13/2017

    Kevin, 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.

  • Dwayne Berrong from Watkinsville

    Posted on 7/9/2017

    I have a 2006 f150 stx 4x4. No power for locks or windows, just a plain Jane truck. What would be a good system to put in at a poor fireman budget?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/10/2017

    Dwayne, Plain Jane trucks rule, and we'll be happy to help you find some high-quality, budget-friendly stereo gear for your F-150. 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.

  • Zachary Tolley from Louisville

    Posted on 7/27/2017

    I have an 04 F-150 supercab bought it with an aftermarket 4" JBL radio. But didn't come factory with the sub under the seat. Could I still buy a factory sub box and plug it in let it's supposed to be there. Or am I going to need to just by everything else aftermarket?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/28/2017

    Zachary, If your truck didn't come with a sub, installing an OEM sub (assuming you can find one) won't be a "plug and play" operation. As long as you're doing the work, you're probably better off installing a new aftermarket sub and amp. Give us a call, and we'll help you find something that'll work.

  • Kian from Austin

    Posted on 9/10/2017

    Hi, I'm swapping out the speakers in my front doors and found a component pair that Crutchfield says will fit, however the item description and fit description don't say where the crossovers would fit in. Can you help? Here's a link to the speakers I'm referring to: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_206CSS684/Kicker-43CSS68.html?tp=105&avf=Y

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/11/2017

    Kian, 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.

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