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Brandon M's 2001 Dodge Stratus R/T

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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Items installed:

  • 2 15" Kicker Competition Dual Voice Coil Subwoofers
  • Alpine SPR-17S component speaker system
  • Alpine SPR-69C6"x9" 2-way car speakers
  • Pioneer deh-p5900ib CD receiver with MP3/WMA/AAC playback
  • Street Wire 4 gauge wiring kit
  • Lanzar 2 channel Amp (2000 watts at 4 ohms)
  • XM radio
  • Trunk and under the dash neons
  • Fuzion ZRI's 215/17/45
  • Power air filter
  • Boss 3 farad cap

Installation Description

The installation was pretty much straight forward. I had already decided how I was going to run the wires and how I was gonna wire it up and all. I mean it's not hard but it is a time consuming process and Crutchfield took that extra step to just simplify the process.

Q&A Section

Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

Because Im an audiophile and I love being able to feel like im at their concert

What's the first thing you show people about your installation?

Well I like to show off my subs and tell them that I wired the whole system up so I guess the cleanliness and subs

Why did you choose these products?

I chose the products that I did because I wanted the top of the line products and one brand just couldn't specialize in all areas

What was the most difficult part of the installation?

The most difficult part was trying to run wires and make the installiation look as clean as possible

What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?

Well I plan on putting some 20" gianna's, putting coilovers and lowering it 2 inches, buying 2 more stronger amps to push my subs and alpine speakers, and possible turboing my engine.

Pioneer head unit

Pioneer head unit

Receiver at night

Receiver at night

2 15

2 15" Kickers

Sub and amp

Sub and amp

Trunk with neon

Trunk with neon

Sweet Dodge Stratus

Sweet Dodge Stratus

  • Dean from Lake Stevens, WA

    Posted on 4/27/2015

    Did you use a head unit install kit or do a custom installation? I am looking at buying a 2004 R/T Coupe with the factory system, but have a 6-month old Kenwood head unit I want to install (if I get the car).

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/27/2015

    Dean, we're not sure what Brandon did in his car, but we do carry an installation kit designed to install a single-DIN stereo in this car. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm the kit and wiring harness you need to install that Kenwood. We also have a MasterSheet to show you how to disassemble the dash. And feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.

  • Monty M

    Posted on 8/3/2017

    Does Crutchfield have a factory amp bypass harness for the 04 Stratus R/T with the 7 speaker Infinity system? I ran my new head unit thru the factory amp and it is seriously lacking. I think the original head unit is louder

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/8/2017

    Monty, we don't have a bypass harness. We only carry a a harness that allows you to incorporate the factory amp (but it sounds like you may have already done that?). You can check it out here.

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