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These speaker swap threads kind of worried me a little bit, but I'm in the same boat. I just bought this car and have the Shaker 500 system. I've messed with the settings a little bit and I'm pretty happy with how it sounds.
The factory system is not terrible but truth is a $150-$200 upgrade made now will bring you years of much better sound. I have the premium system which is 8 speakers. If you only swap out the 2 door speakers you will be amazed at the difference. I decided to do all 4 of the 5x7s and expect it to be awesome. (when i get the time to do the 2 back ones)


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That's true. I guess a minor speaker upgrade, for a lil over $50, that could dramatically improve the stereo sound, would be a worthwhile investment.


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The factory system is not terrible but truth is a $150-$200 upgrade made now will bring you years of much better sound. I have the premium system which is 8 speakers. If you only swap out the 2 door speakers you will be amazed at the difference. I decided to do all 4 of the 5x7s and expect it to be awesome. (when i get the time to do the 2 back ones)
Crazy man, just a few minutes ago at lunch I made the decision to do just that (replace just the front 2 speakers). Now the questyion is - upgrade just the speakers, or add an amp and add even better speakers.

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These speaker swap threads kind of worried me a little bit, but I'm in the same boat. I just bought this car and have the Shaker 500 system. I've messed with the settings a little bit and I'm pretty happy with how it sounds.
yeah i am happy with mine as well, however I was surprised with my car for graduation, scholarships, and birthday. Had I seen these threads and been shopping for a car at the same time, I would have been nervous as well. The only reason I asked is because I see so many threads on getting rid of the shaker 500, with some people totally bashing it. I personally think it sounds great. I came from aftermarket everything in first vehicle and of course I had slamming bass then, but the subs with this system are more than enough really and the door speakers sounds clear to me.

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Okay, I finally have all four of my Infinity References in and have listened to them over a few days with various types of music.

The results:

Was it worth it? Oh yes. The speakers are much more powerful than stock. My volume level isn't as high anymore. They are also clearer in sound reproduction than stock. Because they have been known to not be so bass heavy, they complimented the door subwoofers much better than I had expected. I actually hear more sound coming from the woofers, which was a nice surprise.

For those of you sitting on the fence, it really is worth it for the fronts. The rear? It depends on how much you want to tear apart the back of your car. I have to admit that I was intimidated at first, but it's really not that hard or scary in the end. The rear speakers are really really bad and super cheap. The fronts are not the same units and are actually a $10 speaker, unlike the $5 rears.

I found mine for $53 per pair on Amazon which allowed me to stay in budget as I wanted an upgrade and not an overhaul. It made a good sound system sound even better. I really have no need to add any more kit, such as an amp, etc. because of the power and quality of sound now.

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Okay, I finally have all four of my Infinity References in and have listened to them over a few days with various types of music.

The results:

Was it worth it? Oh yes. The speakers are much more powerful than stock. My volume level isn't as high anymore. They are also clearer in sound reproduction than stock. Because they have been known to not be so bass heavy, they complimented the door subwoofers much better than I had expected. I actually hear more sound coming from the woofers, which was a nice surprise.

For those of you sitting on the fence, it really is worth it for the fronts. The rear? It depends on how much you want to tear apart the back of your car. I have to admit that I was intimidated at first, but it's really not that hard or scary in the end. The rear speakers are really really bad and super cheap. The fronts are not the same units and are actually a $10 speaker, unlike the $5 rears.

I found mine for $53 per pair on Amazon which allowed me to stay in budget as I wanted an upgrade and not an overhaul. It made a good sound system sound even better. I really have no need to add any more kit, such as an amp, etc. because of the power and quality of sound now.
Congrats on your upgrade. My front infinity speakers shipped from amazon yesterday. Can't get over the price as its more than half the cost of store prices. The best deal on the internet.

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Can you explain the installation of the rear set a little? Glad to hear you are happy with the upgrade!

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Okay, I finally have all four of my Infinity References in and have listened to them over a few days with various types of music.

The results:

Was it worth it? Oh yes. The speakers are much more powerful than stock. My volume level isn't as high anymore. They are also clearer in sound reproduction than stock. Because they have been known to not be so bass heavy, they complimented the door subwoofers much better than I had expected. I actually hear more sound coming from the woofers, which was a nice surprise.

For those of you sitting on the fence, it really is worth it for the fronts. The rear? It depends on how much you want to tear apart the back of your car. I have to admit that I was intimidated at first, but it's really not that hard or scary in the end. The rear speakers are really really bad and super cheap. The fronts are not the same units and are actually a $10 speaker, unlike the $5 rears.

I found mine for $53 per pair on Amazon which allowed me to stay in budget as I wanted an upgrade and not an overhaul. It made a good sound system sound even better. I really have no need to add any more kit, such as an amp, etc. because of the power and quality of sound now.

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Can you explain the installation of the rear set a little? Glad to hear you are happy with the upgrade!
Basically, it goes like this:

You have to remove the side sills and unplug the connector.
Move the seat all the way forward and unclip and remove the back seat bottom.
Then you have to pull three trim pins out of each lower rear side panel - my suggestion - buy some extras as they will get damaged and will not be reusable - Buy 6. Throw the old ones away.
Then you have to pull out the side panels. The more pins from the back deck cover, then pull the back deck cover itself. Then you have to unscrew the speakers and pull them out.
The rest is just the reverse of it. There are some walkthoughs with photos of how this is done on this forum and others.

This is something you want to get right with a speaker you will be happy with as you will not want to do this install ever again.

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Congrats on your upgrade. My front infinity speakers shipped from amazon yesterday. Can't get over the price as its more than half the cost of store prices. The best deal on the internet.
Here's some tips for you, assuming you haven't installed them yet:

The fronts, turn the Tweeter switch from +3 to 0. It's a little too bright. The backs seem to be okay with +3, which is how mine were shipped, even though the manual says the default is 0.

Also, get yourself some foam tape and cover some of the factory cabling for window switches etc with it to cushion them so they don't rattle from the power of these speakers when you are doing your front door installs and have the panel off.

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Here's some tips for you, assuming you haven't installed them yet:

The fronts, turn the Tweeter switch from +3 to 0. It's a little too bright. The backs seem to be okay with +3, which is how mine were shipped, even though the manual says the default is 0.

Also, get yourself some foam tape and cover some of the factory cabling for window switches etc with it to cushion them so they don't rattle from the power of these speakers when you are doing your front door installs and have the panel off.
thanks for the tip. i would have forgotten about the cables.

i will be applying some dynamat to the steel door around the speaker as a bezel. i noticed there's a plastic cover on the door. is it a pain to remove partially?

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thanks for the tip. i would have forgotten about the cables.

i will be applying some dynamat to the steel door around the speaker as a bezel. i noticed there's a plastic cover on the door. is it a pain to remove partially?
No clue. I left the plastic door barrier alone. Go here:

Ford Service Manuals - 2011

There should be some info posted there. The link will take you to an online factory service manual.

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personally i plan to buy the infinity 6832cf's because they are very sensitive (good for low power amps, like ours) and infinity is known for their crisp highs. i plan to put my subs in the trunk soon though, so thats where i'll get my lows
I ended up buying these speakers for about 55 bucks shipped from Amazon, and they have made a world of difference! I'd like a little bit better bass, but that's not really what the door speakers are all about. These have cleaned up my highs tremendously over the crappy speakers that Ford shipped in the supposedly premium Shaker system. For a hundred bucks, buy 2 pairs and you'll be very pleased. One tip: These speakers have a switch on the tweeter to increase the sound by 3db. Leave it set to the 0db position. I didn't, and I've had to turn the treble down slightly to keep the highs in certain songs from sounding really bad. It's an easy fix, I just need to get off my butt and pull my doors apart again so I can turn the switch back to 0db

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I ended up buying these speakers for about 55 bucks shipped from Amazon, and they have made a world of difference! I'd like a little bit better bass, but that's not really what the door speakers are all about. These have cleaned up my highs tremendously over the crappy speakers that Ford shipped in the supposedly premium Shaker system. For a hundred bucks, buy 2 pairs and you'll be very pleased. One tip: These speakers have a switch on the tweeter to increase the sound by 3db. Leave it set to the 0db position. I didn't, and I've had to turn the treble down slightly to keep the highs in certain songs from sounding really bad. It's an easy fix, I just need to get off my butt and pull my doors apart again so I can turn the switch back to 0db
That's pretty much what I've been saying in my last few posts about my Infinity speakers. Go read 'em.

The fronts - you will not need to pull your doors apart to change the switch. Look closely at your speaker grill - you can see the switch if you rotated your tweeter properly to face upwards to the driver. I used an allen key thin enough to fit through the holes in the grill and was able to do this. Don't use anything thinner than an allen key or else you can puncture the speaker if you accidentally slip.

The backs? I say leave them at +3. I've had them in for a while now and +3 in the back, 0 in the front works well for me.

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Thanks, I went with this set from Sonic. I decided to swap out all 4 speakers. Will take some extra time but rather get it done right!

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Whats the best price range for the RF's you guys have seen? I'm a huge fan of RF.. Also once you get them besides taking off the panel doors, any mods you have to do at all, how well do they fit?

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Whats the best price range for the RF's you guys have seen? I'm a huge fan of RF.. Also once you get them besides taking off the panel doors, any mods you have to do at all, how well do they fit?
I did have buy 2 pairs of meta harnesses which is basically an adapter to go between factory connector and the new speaker. Not sure if I got the wrong ones or what but I had to open the metal end a little to get it onto the RF speakers. Also I did have to drill 2 holes into the pladtic mounting area to secure the speaker. 2 holes lined up great but had to drill for the other 2.


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