Jon H's 2001 Ford f-150 SuperCrew
I started my Crutchfield career as a product advisor. I fielded thousands of customer questions about A/V equipment, designing systems for homes, cars, and the occasional party bus. Do that for eight years, and you begin to understand what people really want from their gear. You also get a lot of hands-on experience with the latest products. That's one of the coolest things about working here. As a writer, I enjoy translating technical jargon into easy-to-understand language. My goal is to make shopping for speakers and amplifiers simple. After all, this stuff is supposed to be fun! Outside of work, I enjoy playing and teaching music. I'm always on the lookout for interesting left-handed guitars.
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After removing the stock parts (head unit and speakers), I modified the dash and door speaker areas slightly to allow the install of the new head unit and speakers. I then routed 14 gauge speaker wire to each of the 4 door locations from the drivers side rear seat accessory compartment where the new amp was to be installed. Next, I removed all the seats (front and rear), and the floor carpet to run patch cables from the sound processor to amp and powered sub. Next, I ran all the power cables from the front amp power switch to both the amp and powered sub, keeping their route from front to rear at least 2.5 feet from the patch cables. I then used adhesive-back aluminum tape to affix their route and eliminate vibration or movement after installation. Before I replaced the carpet & reinstalled the seats, I installed 3/4" rubberized foam matting to help with sound and temperature insulation (not the perfect choice, but a economical alternative to more expensive sound insulation). After all the cable and wire routing were completed, the fun began. I installed the amp and CD changer behind the rear seats in the accessory compartments. The powered subwoofer was installed under the rear seat, attached upside down and firing downward to the bottom center of the rear seat (can't even see it). The XM and Blackbird antennas were placed on the rear of the cab with the wires routed through the brake light area then above the headliner and down the front passenger side pillar to the dash. A floor console was built to house the sound processor, video distribution amp, external/portable DVD player, Zune dock, and HDA-5460.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
I do long road trips for work and family vacations. AV is a must on 20+ hour trips.
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
The head unit and its navigation & phone capability, but the sound comes immediately afterward.
Why did you choose these products?
Entertainment and usefulness.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
Installing the dual battery system and sound processor floor console box.
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
Dynamat to the doors.
IVA-W205 with console containing the HDA-5460, Zune30 dock and phone holder
1 of two Insignia LCD Screens on headrest with a Pyle 7" video screen mounted to sunvisor for front passenger
CHA-S634 and MRP-F250 installed behind rear seat
Dual Optima RedTop Batteries