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2009-2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012

Jon Paulette is a veteran automotive writer who has spent a fair portion of his life hanging out at racetracks and talking to amazing people who make extremely loud cars reach ridiculous speeds. Despite all that, he still has enough hearing left to enjoy a stupidly large music collection. A native Virginian, Jon lives in the Charlottesville area, roots for the Nationals and would like a good BBQ sandwich right about now.

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Ford F-150 SuperCrew cab pickup

In a Nutshell

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

The factory speakers are, at this point, probably the weakest link in your truck's audio system. Replacing them is the quickest way to really improve your sound quality.

Replacing the factory receiver (especially if it's the base AM/FM radio) will give you access to a whole new world of entertainment options, plus you'll finally be able to hear your new speakers at their full potential.

Adding an amplifier and a subwoofer might seem like a bit much in a pickup, but it really isn't. Even if you don’t like to crank your music at maximum volume, you'll notice a distinct improvement in every aspect of your favorite songs.

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Overview of the Ford F-150 SuperCrew

Even the most casual sports fan knows the tired old clichés that fill every media outlet every time the previous year's champs prepare to open a new season: No matter the sport, we're all helpfully reminded that last year was last year, staying number one is tough, and that the other teams are really going to go after them because being the champ is like having a target on your back.

Is it boring, bland sports-speak? Of course it is. Alas, it's also true, which makes the Ford F-Series pickup's 3-decade-long (and counting) run at the top of the truck sales charts all the more amazing. Talk about your 3-peats.

Needless to say, with huge profits and prestige at stake, Ford had a lot riding on the 12th generation F-Series that debuted in 2009. The new line, led by the wildly popular F-150, didn't disappoint, with a tough new look, three useful body styles, an amazing array of trim levels and options, and the rugged versatility that people – lots and lots of people – want from a pickup. Not surprisingly, the F-Series isn’t just the most popular truck in the country; it's one of the most popular vehicles of any kind.

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, 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 F-150 SuperCrew radio

The SuperCrew's integrated radio (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory stereo system

The F-150 SuperCrew was available in a variety of different trim packages with a variety of different stereos. The base stereo was a simple AM/FM radio, and the step-ups went from a CD player with an aux jack all the way to a Sony audio system. Satellite radio was an option as well, not to mention Ford's SYNC® system. No matter what's in the dash and doors, though, those factory stereos aren't as powerful and rugged as the truck that surrounds them. Thankfully, we know how to fix that.

Ford F-150 SuperCrew nav receiver

The optional nav receiver (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Replacing your factory radio

In basic terms, the F-150 has one of three radios: integrated, non-integrated, or a navigation receiver. Details between receivers vary, of course, but for our purposes, the type means a lot more than the specs.

The integrated and non-integrated radios require a dash kit, which is included free with most Crutchfield stereo purchases. These kits, which work with single-DIN (2" tall) or double-DIN (4" tall) aftermarket stereos, do a very nice job of integrating your new receiver into your existing dashboard.

If your truck is equipped with the top-shelf nav radio, though, there's an issue. The climate control system is integrated into the factory radio, so there's (currently, anyway) no way to replace it and retain those functions.

Depending on which of the other radios you're replacing, you'll lose functions like the factory aux input connection, satellite radio, or SYNC. Thankfully, the right combination of adapters and gear will let you get those features back, better than ever. Our Crutchfield Advisors can help you choose the right package for your needs, and give you the advice you need to do the job right.

To get started on replacing your radio, open the lower dash storage tray. Push out the SYNC panel (Or, if you don't have SYNC, a blank plate.) from behind to release the retaining clips. Disconnect the harnesses and remove, then remove the exposed 7mm screw. Pull up the rubber mat in front of the dash display and remove two exposed 7mm screws. Then, carefully pry out the inside edges of both radio side panels to release the retaining clips — but don't remove them.

ford f-150 radio cavity

Here's a look into the F-150's radio cavity (Crutchfield Research Photo)

 Pry out the receiver faceplate (integrated radios) or trim panel (non-integrated) to release the retaining clips, then disconnect the wiring harnesses and remove the faceplate or panel. What happens next depends on which factory receiver you have in your truck.

If you have an integrated radio, remove the screws securing the radio/chassis to the dash, then disconnect wiring harnesses and antenna and remove the entire assembly. If you have the non-integrated radio, just remove the screws, then disconnect and remove the radio.

Complete, illustrated instructions can be found in the Crutchfield MasterSheet that's included free with your order. You'll also get a nice discount on the wiring adapter needed to connect the new receiver to your vehicle's wiring.

Steering wheel audio controls

It's relatively easy to retain your truck'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.

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

Shop for car stereos that fit your Ford F 150 FX2

Ford F-150 SuperCrew front door speaker

The F-150's big front door has room for some big speakers (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Replacing your factory speakers

The F-150 SuperCrew is a relatively uncomplicated truck, and replacing the front door speakers is a relatively uncomplicated process. How much so depends on your DIY skills, of course, but if you're reasonably handy with tools, it really isn't that bad. Another factor is whether your truck has power windows or good old-fashioned crank windows. Either way, you'll need to remove the door panels. The important thing is to work slowly and carefully to avoid breaking or damaging the plastic bits.

The factory 6"x8" speakers can be replaced by same-size or 5-1/4" models. If you go with the smaller speakers, you'll need an adapter bracket, which you can get at a nice discount when you purchase your speakers from Crutchfield.

Tools needed (power windows): Panel tool, socket wrench, extension, 5.5mm, 7mm, 8mm & 1/4" sockets

Tools needed (manual windows): Panel tool, socket wrench, extension, 5.5mm, 8mm, & 1/4" sockets, Torx T-20 driver

Ford F-150 SuperCrew pillar tweeter

The tweeters are located in the front pillars (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Front pillar tweeters

Trucks equipped with the factory Sony audio system include a few more speakers than the average F-150, including a pair of 4-ohm tweeters located in the front pillars. Replacing them isn't difficult, but there are some things you'll want to know before you start.

For one thing, there's a bit of a difference in how you remove the driver's side and passenger's side tweeters. It's nothing major – on the driver's side, you pull down the door gasket and pry out the plastic trim; while on the other side, you have to remove the pillar pull handles before you can get to the door gasket – but it's good to know. Complete instructions can be found in your Crutchfield MasterSheet.

To mount the new tweeters, you'll either need to make your own mounting bracket, or use one of our universal backstraps. A wiring harness is not available for this location, so you'll want to make the connections using a set of Posi-Products connectors. This is a lot easier than splicing, plus you'll get a much stronger connection – a good thing, considering how often you open and close the front doors.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, socket wrench, and 7mm extension (passenger's side only)

Ford F-150 SuperCrew dash speaker

The dash speaker is easy to get to and easy to remove (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Center-channel dash speaker

Sony-equipped trucks also have a 3-1/2" speaker in the center of the dash. It's easy to get to and easy to replace, but you'll want to use another set of Posi-Products connectors to create a strong, long-lasting hookup.

You'll also need to cut off two plastic location pins from the factory speaker bracket before you mount your new speaker. This modification does not affect the bracket's structural integrity.

Tools needed: Panel tool, socket wrench, 5.5mm and 7mm extensions, small flat blade screwdriver

Ford F-150 SuperCrew front door

The rear door speakers are identical to the ones in the front door (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Rear door speakers

The SuperCrew's spacious rear seating area turns this truck into a comfortable chariot for your coworkers or family. And even when it's empty, those big doors have plenty of room for better speakers.

As with the front doors, the factory 6"x8" speakers can be replaced by same-size or 5-1/4" models. If you go with the smaller speakers, you'll need an adapter bracket here, too.

Removing and replacing the speakers is actually not that hard, but there are a lot of steps and you'll be getting good use out of your socket wrench set.

Because you'll be dealing with three different screw sizes, it's a good idea to make sure you have some cups or bowls handy to keep them (and the extension bits) organized. It's also important to work slowly and carefully when you're removing the various plastic bits and panels.

The complete, illustrated instructions in your Crutchfield MasterSheet will guide you through every step of the process, and our Tech Support team is only a phone call away – even on weekends.

Tools needed: Panel tool, socket wrench, extension, 5.5mm, 6mm, 8mm, and 1/4" sockets

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Bass in your F-150 SuperCab

The factory 8" subwoofer, also a part of the Sony system, is located under the right rear seat. This down-firing, dual voice coil sub is quite easy to remove and replace, and a wiring harness is not needed. The factory amplifier won't have enough power for an aftermarket subwoofer, so if you replace this sub, you should also install a new amp.

Ford F-150 SuperCrew subwoofer

The factory sub is located under the right rear seat (Crutchfield Research Photo)

To get started, lift up the seat; then remove the 8mm screw that secures the rear enclosure bracket to the floor. Pry off both front enclosure bracket covers and remove one 8mm screw under each one. Remove one 8mm screw on the back of the enclosure; then remove eight Phillips screws that secure the subwoofer to the enclosure.

Once that's done, disconnect the harnesses and remove the sub. You'll need to use self-tapping screws when you install your new aftermarket subwoofer. You'll need a Phillips screwdriver, a socket wrench, an extension and an 8mm socket for this job.                 

If you're thinking about going big and installing a custom sub box underneath the rear seats, you have a 52" W x 6" H x 11" D space to work with in the SuperCrew. Of course, the easier option is to install a custom-designed sub package from Kicker or MTX Audio. These sub enclosures are made to fit your F-150 perfectly, and some can be ordered in colors that match your truck's interior. To see what's available to fit your F-150, go to our Outfit My Car page and enter your vehicle information.

Shop for vehicle-specific subwoofers for your Ford F 150 FX2

Other options for your F-150 SuperCab

As you might expect with a truck as popular as the F-150, there are lots of ways to upgrade your entertainment and security.

WeatherTech DigitalFit FloorLiners

WeatherTech DigitalFit® FloorLiners™

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.

Sound damping

Your F-150 is a big vehicle with big doors and the aerodynamic profile of, well, forget the cute analogies, a truck. To prevent wind noise and road roar from undoing the great work your new stereo is doing for you, make sure you install Dynamat when you're replacing your speakers. This soundproofing material is a great way to dampen the sounds you don't like and get more enjoyment out of the ones you do. For more information on installing Dynamat in a pickup, check out our informative series of articles on our 2004 F-150 project truck.


Installing a security system in your F-150 SuperCrew  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 F 150 FX2

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.

  • marko from ontario

    Posted on 5/4/2015

    hey, I just bought a 2010 f150 Lariat with the upgraded sony 700 watt system. I find the bass poor. I had my aftermarket sub 10inch kicker and amp installed and it sounds worse. I traded my 2008 Edge limited for the F150 and the same sub and amp sounded amazing in the Edge. any thought??

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2015

    The first thing to do is always double-check your connections to make sure everything is solid. But really, the problem is more likely due to the acoustics of the truck and settings on the amp. Some good old-fashioned tuning of the amp and positioning of the sub can work wonders. If possible, try moving your sub to different places in the truck, turn the box to face different directions, that sort of thing. Also check the settings on the amp. Turn the gain down a little and see if that helps. Read our sub tuning guide for more specific tips. Good luck!

  • Pat from Chelmsford

    Posted on 10/1/2015

    I have a 2011 F150 Supercrew XLT. My factory door speakers need to be replaced and I have a set of JBL LC-S600 6-1/2", but I cannot find anyplace online that says if these will fit or not. I know that the 6x8 will fit or I can go to the smaller 5 1/4 - but the JBL's are brand new in factory package and if they will fit I would like to use them. Do you have any feedback on these?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/2/2015

    Pat, Unfortunately, 6-1/2" speakers just don't work in this truck. They will fit in a variety of other vehicles, though, so if you can't use them, you can probably find somebody who can.

  • Stephen

    Posted on 10/7/2015

    Have you have any experience with replacing the speaker wire throughout the whole truck? I have a 2011 fx4 with just the basic stereo. I am thinking about running around 75 watt rms to the speakers. Will the factory wiring hold up to this type of power?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/8/2015

    Stephen, We've done it, but it's certainly not easy. Your trucks's factory wiring should handle 75 watts RMS without any problem.

  • Nicholas Regan from Plano

    Posted on 2/18/2016

    I am new to wiring so I want to ask some questions. I am looking to replace the factory sony sub in a 2012 platinum that has the sony sound system. I want to install 2 Rockford Fosgate R2D2-12, and use a Kenwood Excelon X500-1to power them. I have 2 question, does the sony amplifier power anything other than the amp. And are there instructions for how to connect the amplifier to the sound system already in place?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/18/2016

    Nicholas, If you replace the sub, you'll want to replace that amp, too. To help with your system planning, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Raul from Orlando

    Posted on 2/22/2016

    I'm looking to upgrade the factory speaker for my 2011 F150 XLT. I have a small budget at the moment but would like to add more in the future. A friend has recommended going with JL C2-570x. Is this just a remove and replace job? Or do I need an amp to power these. I do plan on getting a sub and would get an amp at that time.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/23/2016

    Raul, Building a stereo gradually is a very cool way to go, because you'll hear your sound get better with each step. I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • pat from Hancock

    Posted on 2/28/2016

    I'm about to purchase a 2012 f150 with the Sony. I will be replacing the head unit, the speakers, sub, and running new amps. Is there a factory amp other than the sub? And where can I rap the center speaker? Also, I will be running all active, so where can I tag the tweeter wires as well or will I need to run all new wire?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/29/2016

    Pat, Sounds like you're planning one heck of a system. I've sent your questions to our sales team for the best possible answers, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat. Good luck!

  • Peter from Beloit

    Posted on 3/10/2016

    I have a 2010 F-150 XLT. I want to replace the door speakers first and progress from there. Will 6x9s work or am I out of luck?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/11/2016

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

  • Tricia from Greendale

    Posted on 4/5/2016

    Hi there. My system recently started sounding "flat" and seems to lack the depth it had before. My truck has the Sony w/o nav system with the seven speakers and sub. When I test the speakers (by pressing 3 and 6) all the speakers are working. I am thinking the amp might be toast. Can I just upgrade the amp now? I would eventually like to upgrade everything but I am on a budget now.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/5/2016

    Tricia, Building a system step-by-step is a great idea. To help get you off on the right foot, I'll forward this to our sales team. They'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Stephen from Hattiesburg MS

    Posted on 4/17/2016

    I purchased a 2014 f150 lariat with the upgraded "my touch sync" stereo system however it did not come equipped with the Sony speaker upgrade. I am looking to install the kicker upgrade to the Sony sub but first I need the stock wire harness ford includes for the Sony sub. Any idea if crutchfield has a compatable harness to fit either the Sony sub/kicker upgraded sub? Thanks

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/18/2016

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

  • Jeremiah Nelson from FALMOUTH,MA

    Posted on 6/12/2016

    hello, i recently purchased some aftermarket 6x8 speakers ( cerwin vegas v468 ) and today, attempted installing them into the rear doors of my 2009 ford f-150 XLT super crew 5.4. I noticed right away after getting the first door all wired up that when i attempted drilling in the speaker to the door, that the magnet is hitting the inner metal wall of the door and is not sitting flush with the door. I realize i probably will need a spacer adapter of some sort and am having hard luck trying to find one online or on crutch field that i can purchase so i can have the speaker itself be mounted without the magnet hitting the inside of the door...please, if you could direct me to somewhere with a spacer of some sort i can purchase so i can mount these (AWESOME) speakers into my rear doors correctly! I cannot find one anywhere online so please, i am begging you for some help! Thank you!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/13/2016

    Jeremiah, You're right, 6x8 spacers are hard to find. You may need to make your own spacers for this installation. There are some instructional videos out there (not ours, so we can't vouch for their quality), so hopefully that'll help. Good luck!

  • Josh from Camarillo

    Posted on 7/28/2016

    You should go more home work buddy. You want to keep the stick amp as it sends the correct signals. You want to either add a processor or try adding a amp after the stock Sony amp

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/1/2016

    If you're adding a new amp, then retaining the stock amp doesn't help any because the new amp is going to reduce that high-level (speaker-level) signal back down to preamp level anyway. Keeping the stock amp in the system would only risk adding noise and distortion to the audio signal.

  • Tony from Litchfield Park, AZ

    Posted on 8/17/2016

    I recently replaced the factory head unit for my 2010 Ford F-150 XLT super crew with a Kenwood DPX-592BT. I also replaced factory speakers with Kicker 40CS684 speakers in front and rear. While the overall sound is better, it is not as good as I was hoping for. Any suggestions to improve sound quality? Is an amp needed to fully power the Kicker speakers? What about adding a subwoofer?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/18/2016

    Tony, That's a nice combo, actually, but yes, an amp is probably the next step. I don't want to get all "salesy" on you, but an amp is the best way to get the most out of good speakers. Adding a sub will take care of the bass and really open things up. The cool thing is that by building your system in stages, you can hear each improvement along the way. Give us a call, and we'll help you find the gear you need.

  • Kevin from Fort worth, Tx

    Posted on 10/27/2016

    So first off I don't have much knowledge on systems. I have a 2011 f-150 I want to replace the stock door speakers, and add a sub maybe two. From what range of speakers can go into the doors? are the front speakers different from the back? Do I need two amps, one for the door speakers and one for sub.. or can I just get an all in one package? Also what's the best wire to use? And with all of this will I have to replace my supercrew's integrated radio? Half the time I like it loud so what setup would you also recommend for not blowing my speakers after 6 months or so? ( I listen to pretty much all types of music if it helps)

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/28/2016

    Kevin, Don't worry, we have plenty of knowledge about this stuff and we're happy to share it. I'll forward this to our sales team, and someone will contact you via email shortly.

  • Jordan from Lafollette

    Posted on 3/4/2017

    I just bought a 2012 f-150 I have sync and not sure if I have the Sony system or not. How do I tell? Also I'm wanting to keep the stock head unit but add subs. What harness adapter will I need? I'm having issues finding out what all I need. Thank you.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/6/2017

    Jordan, I'll forward 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.

  • Tom J from Haslet Tx

    Posted on 4/2/2017

    Hi, I have a 2012 f150 super crew lariat. I do not have the navigation system, and I am not sure about it being a Sony radio or not. Your tech article says the Sony comes with pillar speakers and a sub woofer under the right rear seat. I have pillar speakers but do not have the sub woofer. The pillar tweeters are going out and I want to replace them. I may do the front door speakers as well. Can I just remove and replace them with the Set? Do I need to use this crossover if I am just replacing the factory speakers? Thanks

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/3/2017

    Tom, 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.

  • Larry from Smithville

    Posted on 6/13/2017

    Hello Chruchfield I've ordered 4 6x8 speakers for my 2009 supper cab. Pioneer tsa 6886r and infinity pr8602. I'm leaving the stock radio in. I don't no if its the right thing to do by installing different manufacturers but I've bought them. Now my question. Which ones should be used in the front doors? Thanks Larry

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/15/2017

    Larry, 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.

  • Scott Dresser from LAFAYETTE

    Posted on 9/27/2017

    Hi Jon: Hoping you can help answer some questions before I get going on a total audio overhaul in a 2011 F-150 Supercrew XLT with integrated system. I am planning to install a custom 2x10" sub enclosure with separate amp, a four channel amp for the Infinity Kappa speakers, and re-use my Alpine head unit and Alpine satellite receiver, CD changers, etc. from another vehicle. The Ford integrated system has satellite and Bluetooth. I understand I will have to recreate the satellite system to some degree and hope to re-use the factory antenna (possibly another custom aspect...) but wanted to know how I can retain the Bluetooth if at all? At least the microphone perhaps? The Alpine deck requires a separate Bluetooth module that I do not have. I'd like to also perhaps install an equalizer under the head unit and would welcome any suggestions. Can't find much info on mounting 1/2 din equalizers. Of course, I guess you also loose most of the info on the upper display except for compass and temp...and would assumedly lose the aux in and Sync capabilities as well. Just trying to gather all the info I can.... Thanks!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/28/2017

    Scott, With questions like that, it's always better to have an actual conversation with a real live human. If you bought your current 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.

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