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Standard, Non Shaker CD Player. Replace with Shaker or Aftermarket?

Hey all, I've hit this site up a few times since buying my basic (with some nice body mods) 05 Mustang. Love the car but I have one complaint, being that the car is the standard everything, it came with the very basic, low model, non-shaker cd player.

In my previous cars I usually replaced the CD players with aftermarket cd players, like Pioneer or Alpine. Anyway, the big deal for me is that the standard has no Aux port and from what I understand, doesn't even offer the ability to attach one so if I want an AUX to listen to my iPhone for streaming music and GPS I'd have to replace it.

This question is two part. First, would it be worth it (or even work) to install a shaker with an AUX? I like the car feeling completely natural but at the same time find the shaker and standard cd player (which looks like a shaker) to be bland and boring. Would you suggest going with an aftermarket? I've found some install kits for both standard slot cd players (puts a little tray under it) as well as fitting kits for taller models that would fill the entire space of the current player.

I'm pretty savvy with wiring, used to replace CD players an all kinds of cars back in high school and even some in college. So would I be better off getting a shaker or just going aftermarket and holding onto the current CD player in the event that I want to sell it one day?

The only mods I've made to the car so far is installing sequential lights for the breaks/turn signals which is very sweet...even if the people behind me are the only ones who get to enjoy it.

Anyway, any and all advice or help would be appreciated, thanks!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012
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I would go with an aftermarket stereo.

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It is 100% possible to install the shaker 500 or 1000 into your car. My car came basic as yours did. I still have my basic radio with aux and I have added the 1000 subs and amps to it. I custom wired everything myself. I tapped into one of the rear speakers behind the back seat for audio. I tapped into a wire that had power only when the key was on for the signal wire, but I also installed a switch to turn the amps off because the subs and amps dont like not having audio. A similar process can be done for the 500's door subs but you'll need the door panels with the holes etc. As for aux, you can buy a kit from ford to unlock the aux function of your radio. Overall, it'll be cheaper for you to just go aftermarket. Finding the 1000 and 500 subs and amps can be difficult and can come pricy. I still haven't found a cheap set of the door speaker amps. And brand new, they run $200+. I went with the OEM setup because I liked the uniformity. Best looking subs for our trunks in my opinion. But it's all personal preference.

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+1 on the aftermarket idea. I still have a Shaker 500 working fine in mine, but after reading these forums for a year now it seems the Shaker system doesn't have much of a fan base. My AUX in works and the system sounds fine to me, but my 6-disc changer has been in-op since I bought the car.

If you're going to do all that work, might as well install a quality product that won't need further attention anytime soon.

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i have a shaker 500 for sale if interested.... i actually did like it when i had it in there sounded great but then decided to upgrade.
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