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2006-2008 Dodge Ram Quad Cab

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2006-2008 Dodge Ram Quad Cab

In a nutshell: This article is an overview of your Ram truck's audio system and its upgrade options. Use our vehicle selector to find the gear that will fit your Ram Quad Cab. 

Overview of the Dodge Ram Quad Cab

When it comes to pickup advertising you hear plenty of talk about (cue raspy macho voiceover) "power, torque, and towing capacity."  You don't hear so much about style, mostly because it's probably hard to talk about that sort of thing in a raspy, macho voice. That's kind of a shame, because Dodge trucks have been some of the best-looking pickups on the road for the last couple of decades.

With lines that evoke both the Power Wagons of the past and the semi-trucks of the current day, Dodge trucks have maintained just the right mix of curvy and curmudgeonly through several restylings. The Ram truck's 2006 mid-cycle update, for example, added bigger, brighter headlights, but there's still no mistaking this Quad Cab for anything other than a Dodge.

As per standard pickup procedure, the Ram was available in three different weight classes. The cabs and the disassembly instructions are the same whether you have a 1500, 2500, or 3500, so we've divided the line by cab configuration.

dodge ram radio

The Ram's stock receiver can be replaced by a variety of aftermarket models (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory stereo system

The Ram Quad Cab's base radio was a thoroughly average AM/FM/CD receiver with 4 speakers. The upgraded version featured an Infinity system with an AM/FM/MP3 6-CD changer and seven speakers. A navigation receiver could also be paired with the 7-speaker stereo. These systems range from okay-ish to not-bad, but in a brash, brawny truck like this, that's just not going to cut it.

Due to the vehicle's dash configuration, an aftermarket receiver with a retractable screen may not work, and a receiver with a fold-down face definitely won't work. Finding a receiver that will work is pretty easy when you use our Outfit My Car tool, but some of the factory features that may be present in your truck, like Uconnect®, satellite radio, and the DVD player, won't be around anymore.

That's not really a problem, since all those functions can be replaced and improved with the right aftermarket stereo. A variety of single-DIN (2" tall) and double-DIN (4" tall) receivers will fit in your truck, so you have plenty of options to choose from.

dodge ram radio replacement dash kit

Here's a look at the dash kit for a single-DIN (2" tall) receiver (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Replacing your factory radio

Does your truck have a console? If so, is it a half-console or a whole console? How you answer that question will determine how you're going to go about removing and replacing the factory radio.

The "half" console has three cupholders that form an "L" shape, while the "full" console has three cupholders that are all in a line. You'll need to deal with the cupholders to get to the radio.

Of course, if your vehicle is not equipped with a console, you can skip ahead to the part that applies to all Dodge Ram pickup trucks.

dodge ram half console

The Ram's half-console looks like this (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Half-console

You'll start on the left side of the console. Some 4WD trucks have a transfer case shifter in this location, in which case you'll need to remove the rubber boot. Pry up the insert in the top of the shift knob, then remove the exposed nut. Pry around the perimeter of the shift boot and lift it over the shifter. That will expose two 8mm screws, which you'll need to remove. Other trucks have a pen tray here, instead of a shifter. You'll need to pry the tray up, then remove the two exposed 8mm screws.

Next, you'll pry up the cupholder tray, remove two exposed 8mm screws, and lift the cupholder panel up and out of the way. Remove two 8mm screws from the forward storage tray, and pull it out. Remove two 8mm screws under the lower dash trim, remove the trim, then remove two more Phillips screws that are exposed when you remove the trim.

Full-console

For the full-console model, you'll start at the rear edge and pry up the console/cupholder panel to release the retaining clips. Pull the panel upward and rearward to remove it. Remove the three 8mm screws from the console base, then pull up the console base and remove that. Next, remove two 8mm screws in the lower dash skirt and remove the skirt. Pull the lower dash trim downward to release the retaining clips and pull off the trim. That will expose two 8mm screws, which you'll also need to remove

Detailed installation instructions

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If you're looking for step-by-step instructions on how to install a car stereo or speakers in your car, 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.

All trucks

Okay, where were we? The following steps apply to all Rams, so you non-console folks can start paying attention again!

Place the gearshift in the lowest position. Starting at the top edge of the receiver trim panel, pry across the top and sides of the trim panel to release the retaining clips. Pull the panel out, disconnect the wiring harnesses, and remove. Be sure to use a pry tool, or at the very least, put a thick sheet of paper behind the panel to protect it. The factory radio is held in place by four Phillips screws. Remove them, disconnect the harness, and remove the radio.

To install your new receiver, you need a dash kit to make if fit, and a wiring harness adapter to connect it to the factory wiring. You'll save big on both when you buy your stereo at Crutchfield. If your truck is equipped with Uconnect and you want to retain that functionality, a special wiring interface is available for that, as well.

Tools needed: Phillips screwdriver, small flat blade screwdriver, 8mm socket, ratchet & extension, panel tool, thick sheet of paper

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Steering wheel audio controls

It's relatively easy to retain the steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo in your Dodge Ram truck. 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.

Replacing your factory speakers

The Ram's 4-speaker system has speakers in the front doors and, depending on the cab, somewhere behind the rear seat. The optional 7-speaker Infinity system consists of a 3-1/2" speaker in each dash corner, one 2-1/2" speaker in the center of the dash, a 6"x9" speaker in each front door (with a tweeter mounted in tandem), and 6-1/2" speakers in each rear location.

Trucks with the Infinity speaker system 

The front door speakers in the Infinity system only receive bass frequencies from the factory amp. That means any new speakers you install will also only receive (and play) bass. In order to upgrade the sound fully, you should also replace the dash corner speakers, preferably with the same brand as your new 6"x9"s.

dodge ram center dash speaker

The center and corner dash speakers aren't hard to reach (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Dash speakers

Whether you're removing the 3-1/2" speakers in the corners or the small (around 2-1/2") speaker in the center, the tools and techniques are the same. Pry across the edge of the vent/speaker grille trim panel to release the retaining clips, then pull the panel towards the rear of the vehicle. Remove two Phillips screws from the speaker, then pull it out and disconnect it.

Tools needed: Panel tool, stubby Phillips screwdriver

dodge Ram Quad Cab front door

The Quad Cab's front door (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Front door speakers

The factory 6"x9" front door speakers can be replaced by same-size, 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" speakers. A speaker adapter bracket is required for the smaller ones, and it's available at a steep discount with your speaker purchase. Remember that if you have the Infinity system, these door speakers only play bass, and the same goes for your new speakers, too. 

You'll need to remove the door panel, which is a reasonably basic procedure involving basic tools. Be sure to keep the various screws you remove from the doors (or anywhere in the truck during this process) organized, because you'll probably need them again when you put everything back together. It's also a good idea to test speaker operation before you the reinstall the door panel. Complete instructions for speaker removal can be found in your Crutchfield MasterSheet, of course.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, 10mm socket, ratchet & extension

dodge ram rear door speaker

A close-up look at the Ram's rear door speaker cavity (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Rear door speakers

Replacing your Ram Quad Cab's factory speakers isn't especially difficult, but there is drilling involved, so it helps to have good tools and a solid understanding of how to use them. Plenty of 6-1/2" speakers will fit in these doors, so you have lots of options.

Start by removing one 10mm screw from the rear of the door release handle and one Phillips screw located above the handle. Starting at the bottom, use a panel tool to pry off the door panel. Work your way up each side to release each clip. Lift the door panel straight up, disconnect the wiring harnesses and remove the panel.

Next, remove three Phillips screws securing the speaker, pull it out, and disconnect the harness. Place the new speaker in the cavity and mark the new mounting holes with a felt-tip pen, then set the speaker aside and drill the new holes with a 1/8" bit. Always be careful when drilling in a vehicle, and be sure to wear eye protection and take note of what's behind and around the place where you're drilling.

Once the new holes are ready, connect the new speaker's wiring adapter to the vehicle's speaker harness and re-attach the speakers.  Be sure to test the speakers before you button everything up again.

Note: Your replacement speakers probably won't include mounting screws, so it's a good idea to check before you start the installation. Better to make that run to the hardware store sooner than later.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, 10mm socket, ratchet & extension, drill & 1/8" bit

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jl audio stealthbox dodge ram

This JL Audio Stealthbox is designed for the Ram Quad Cab

Bass in your Ram Quad Cab

There's a wee bit of room for a subwoofer box in this truck, with a 11" W x 8" H x 6" D space under the right rear seat. A small powered sub might fit there, but there are some customized solutions that might work better.

There are several custom options for adding bass to a Quad Cab, some that come "loaded" with a pre-installed subwoofer, and some "unloaded" models that let you choose your own sub. When manufacturers like JL Audio, MTX, and Q-Customs design a vehicle-specific enclosure, you can rest assured that you're going to get some serious bass performance. And due to the popularity of this truck, you have a wide selection to choose from.

To see all of the loaded and unloaded subwoofer solutions available for your Quad Cab, visit our Outfit My Car page and enter your vehicle information. While this is not the hardest DIY job ever, it is a challenging bit of work. If you're not terribly experienced with this sort of thing, you might want to have the work done by a car audio professional.

If you're looking for something a bit more subtle (and probably a bit easier to install), a powered subwoofer is another great choice.

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Crux CLP-12 rear view camera

Crux's CLP-12 rear-view camera will mount nicely on top of your license plate.

Other options for your Ram Quad Cab

Here are some other ways to improve your Ram pickup's comfort, safety, and sound:

Sound damping

Your Ram is a big vehicle with big doors and a big grille, so it punches a big hole in the atmosphere. 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 will dampen the sounds you don't like, so you can get more enjoyment out of the ones you do.

Floor mats

No matter how much you pamper your Ram 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. These incredibly durable mats trap moisture, contain dirt, and keep your factory carpets looking good.

Rear-view camera

The Ram Quad Cab is made for wide-open spaces, not crowded parking lots. A rear-view camera will help increase your visibility and safety when your busy day takes you into town. And a camera is also a huge help when you're backing up to a trailer.

Security

Installing a security system or remote start in a Dodge Ram pickup (or any vehicle, for that matter) is a challenging endeavor. If you have experience with this sort of work, you'll be okay. If you're a novice installer, we recommend that you turn the work over to a car audio professional.

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  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/15/2018

    Ray, 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.

  • Ray Garcia from Eunice

    Posted on 1/15/2018

    I have a 2008 ram 1500 with factory NAV and infinity sound system do you have a quick connect to put an after market screen.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/17/2017

    John, That's not good, but it might not be too bad. This could be a case of loose speaker wires, so check your connections. If that's not the source of the problem, you might need new speakers. But make sure everything's hooked up properly before you do anything else.

  • John from Denham springs

    Posted on 12/16/2017

    My 2007 dodge quad cab stereo system is not working right only the front door speakers are working the back speakers don't have no sound

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/30/2017

    Lee, We don't stock replacement OEM parts, but you can probably find the knob you need at a dealership or online. Good luck!

  • Lee from Canyon Lake

    Posted on 11/29/2017

    I need a tuning knob for a 2008 Ram 1500 radio. The radio is exactly the same one you have pictured above. Can you provide one?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/25/2017

    Charles, I looked around a bit, and I can't find wattage figures I totally trust. But basically, let's go with "not many." Replacing that radio with an aftermarket receiver will make even the stock speakers sound a lot better.

  • Charles Johnson from Cornelius, OR

    Posted on 10/24/2017

    I have an 08 Dodge Ram 1500 standard can with the 4 speaker package. I'm trying to figure out how many watts my stock head unit puts out to each speaker.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/3/2017

    Patrick, We have the info you need. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your car, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • Patrick Buterbaugh from Johnstown

    Posted on 7/1/2017

    I'm getting a lot of mixed messages from numerous sources about the size of the rear door speakers. I only plan on taking the door panel off once, and want to get the right size speakers beforehand.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/30/2017

    Zack, That extra plug is almost certainly for the Infinity amplifier (and thus, the speakers). When you enter your truck's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you can find the correct harness for your truck. The not-so-good news is that there is no "plain" harness for this truck, so you'll need an adapter to get everything working right. The very good news is that when you buy the adapter from us, you get free access to our expert tech support team.

  • Zack Wimmer from Leonardtown

    Posted on 6/29/2017

    I just bought an 06 dodge ram 2500 that has the infinity sound system and it also has a double din dvd player installed as well. When I got it I noticed that the front dash speakers are the only speakers that work and after checking all the levels on the deck I decided to take the dash bezel off and find out what or isn't plugged in. I found that the main harness from the truck runs into the interface but their is a 10 or so wire plug that isn't plugged into anything which I'm thinking is my other speakers. So my question is can I just buy a regular stereo harness and get rid of all the interface stuff or will it throw my electricall out of wack?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/19/2017

    David, 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.

  • David from Laurens

    Posted on 6/18/2017

    I'm installing rear door speakers in my 2006 Dodge 2500 Quad Cab. The rear speakers have a clip that attaches to the speakers. I clipped it and tried rewiring the aftermarket speakers that don't hook up lke the factory ones. But no matter how I wire it they won't work. I had no issue wiring the front speakers. Any reason why I couldn't just cut the factory wiring clip and re wire them?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/15/2017

    Gage, We don't have any info on those speakers, unfortunately, but when you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see a lot of other speakers that will fit your truck. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • Gage from Carlsbad

    Posted on 5/14/2017

    I have a 08 quad cab and I'd like to upgrade my components to Image dynamics ID69's and 65's. Would these speakers be too deep for my door panels?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/10/2017

    David, Probably, but if you're trying to find a receiver that fits your truck, we can help with that. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your truck, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • David from Fort Hood

    Posted on 4/9/2017

    I have a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Lone Star edition, it's a single din 2" would it be 7" wide by 2" high?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/2/2017

    Ricardo, We'll be happy to help. 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.

  • Ricardo Pla from San Juan,P R

    Posted on 3/1/2017

    Hi I have a 2008 ram 1500 quad cab with 4 speakers. I want to upgrade the whole system. What speakers do you guys recommend?? Can a 4 speaker be turned into a 7 speaker with the factory radio? Also want to put in a woffer. Please help.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/2/2017

    Iain, Bass is a subjective thing. One person's idea of too much might not be nearly enough for someone else. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. Once we know where you fall on the "bass scale," we can help you find some speakers that will suit your needs.

  • iain from victoria

    Posted on 12/31/2016

    i have a 2008 ram 1500 with the 7 speaker infiniti system. my passenger side front door 6x9 speaker is blown. i want to replace only the front two 6x9 in the doors. which would you suggest for bass only. most forums i have read on the topic users say they LOST bass when " upgrading" their 6x9 speakers. thanks

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/22/2016

    John, Er, um, you can't, really. You caught a typo! What we meant to say was that there's an 11" W x 8" H x 6" D space under the right rear seat. A small powered sub might fit there, but there are some customized solutions that might work way better in your Ram. Sorry for the confusion and thanks for the help!

  • John Miller from Baton Rouge, LA

    Posted on 12/21/2016

    I have a 2006 Ram 3500 quad cab with the Infinity sound system and am looking to upgrade. How do you access the area behind the rear seat to fit a powered subwoofer like the Rockford Fosgate Punch P300-10? Thanks, John

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/26/2016

    John, Harness-wise, it kinda depends on what you want to accomplish now and what you might want to do with the system in the future. I'll forward this to one of our expert advisors and someone will be in touch via email soon. Good luck!

  • John Cunningham from ELLENSBURG

    Posted on 10/24/2016

    Hey how doing today? I have a question that I hope u can answer. I just bought an 08 dodge ram 1500 that has the infinity sound system and it also has a double din dvd player installed as well. It has the interface that use the factory steering wheel controls as well. When I got it I noticed that the front dash speakers are the only speakers that work and after checking all the levels on the deck I decided to take the dash bezel off and find out what or isn't plugged in. I found that the main harness from the truck runs into the interface but their is a 10 or so wire plug that isn't plugged into anything which I'm thinking is my other speakers. So my question is can I just buy a regular stereo harness and get rid of all the interface stuff or will it throw my electricall out of wack? Thanks for your help


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