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Sub Install & Other Questions...

Ok. I've been searching for over an hour on here and can't seem to find anything. Here's my question:

#1 Is it possible/what do you have to do in order to install a sub into our factory head units? Do we have to splice any wires? Is there a harness you can get that replaces the factory one? I don't mind replacing entire parts, I just don't want to splice/solder wires on a car that isn't even 6 months old yet. HAHA!

#2 What do you guys think of the Infinity Basslink? Any recommendations for other setups? I don't want the system to be too heavy or take up too much room. I don't want super bass, just some depth and maybe a little bump.

#3 Door speakers. I don't really mind mine but I'm looking into these (Amazon.com: Pioneer TS-A6874R A-Series 6"x8" 3-Way 350 Watts: Car Electronics) with the Metra 72-5600 connectors. Got the idea from a fellow member in a previous post. The price is right. Any thoughts on these?


Bottom line: I want a little more thump, depth and clear sound. I don't want to rattle the car to pieces, I just want to enjoy the music. I don't want to make any serious permanent modifications like drilling holes or destroying the factory wiring. Oh and more importantly, I don't want to break the bank either


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Someone asked this exact question about the Infinity Basslink right....here:

Infinity Baselink all in one Sub and Amp...Worth it? - MustangForums.com


As for splicing, etc. I just went the route of splicing into the rear speaker wire to get signal. Door speakers are pretty easy to do. And those Pioneers should be good. Know that the connectors might be reverse polarity from the Ford factory speakers. Only really matters if you keep the stock rear speakers.


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Thanks Grim! Seems like the Basslink is hit or miss, (no pun intended).

Are you talking about splicing the rear speakers for the Sub's signal? I don't know why I didn't think that was possible...

So if I do that then all I would have to do is run the power wire from the battery to the trunk right?
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Are you talking about splicing the rear speakers for the Sub's signal? I don't know why I didn't think that was possible...

So if I do that then all I would have to do is run the power wire from the battery to the trunk right?
Yes - that's exactly what I did with my Bazooka BTA10250. I ended up just unplugging the rear speakers altogether. It allows me to balance the bass signal by using the front/rear fade.

Not the most obvious way of going about it, but it didn't require me to take apart the stereo and head unit. Just make sure you run your power through one of the accessory fuses so that your sub doesn't end up draining your battery by staying on.

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I'm sure these links will also come in handy for you. You may already know about these, but I figure I might as well compile them here in case someone finds this thread via the search function:

https://www.allfordmustangs.com/forum...cs-inside.html

How to disassemble your car for a stereo install (detailed with lots of pics!) - The Mustang Source - Ford Mustang Forums

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Yes - that's exactly what I did with my Bazooka BTA10250. I ended up just unplugging the rear speakers altogether. It allows me to balance the bass signal by using the front/rear fade.

Not the most obvious way of going about it, but it didn't require me to take apart the stereo and head unit. Just make sure you run your power through one of the accessory fuses so that your sub doesn't end up draining your battery by staying on.
Nice! Thanks for the info.

How's the Bazooka working for you? My dad has one in his miata and likes it. But that car is about 1/2 the size of ours...
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I love my Bazooka. I will say that it took a few tries for Crutchfield to send me one that wasn't broken before installation, but now that I have one that isn't shattered on the inside, it's amazing. It creates the lowest tones really nicely, and is plenty powerful for everything I listen to from rock, electronic, hip hop, and anything else you can think of.

It does take up some space in the trunk, but because it's so easy to remove, I don't even consider it a nuisance or loss of use of my trunk. I've taken it out and put it back in probably 10 times now, and it's really simple and fast.

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Awesome! I'm looking forward to this. I was originally thinking of having someone install it for me just because I thought it was going to be a huge hassle, but now I see otherwise.

Thanks again Grim!
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i have the basslink II installed, i've had 0 issues with it. I chose to for its compact size and moderate power output. as for splicing into the factory wiring harness, i taped off the 8" door subs which to me worked really well. i already installed a alpine amp and infinity speakers all around and those too work excellent with the factory nav.
ford did a really good job make sure owners can I.D. the speaker wiring, its the only set of wires in the truck that are twisted together.

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Funny story about the basslink... My dad was at the junkyard a couple of days ago getting parts for his 3000 GT VR-4 and inside of another 3000, There was a newish looking basslink 2.

He got it for $10-20!!! He wont budge on it though
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I was thinking about installing amps and subs too, i have 2 alpine 10s and an alpine amp. Im just kind of worried about if i ever have a issue with my head unit or something that theyd say its because i spliced wires....

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Exactly why I don't want to mess with a factory harness! From what Grim said in the post above, You can just get the signal from the rear speakers. If this is true then when I replace them I will just hook it up from there. Then all I would need to run through the car is a power wire from the battery to the amp in the trunk.
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I was thinking about installing amps and subs too, i have 2 alpine 10s and an alpine amp. Im just kind of worried about if i ever have a issue with my head unit or something that theyd say its because i spliced wires....
you dont splice at the head unit. the wiring harness travels along the passenger side of the car to the trunk. from there you can make the tap, assuming this is a shaker system. much easier and less wiring to run.

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I replaced the front doors "mid-range and tweeter" with the Pioneer TS-D6802 R coaxial speakers. I bought new speaker mounts from Tousley FORD (From the 2010 Mustang). I used the Metra wiring adapters. What a huge difference in the "quality" of the sound The clarity of the sound is just fantastic! I talked to a fellow in a car stereo shop about the 8" woofers. He told be they were actually very good speakers and "better replacements" would be expensive and hard to distinguish in terms of the sound. I am really a happy camper with the new setup!
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Speakers, amps, and subs can definitely make your cabin louder, but, their is a lot of ambient noise that gets into our cars from that plastic door coverings you can see in Radioguy's photos. I was on a stretch of hwy and pulled out my RTA (sound monitoring equipment) and recorded the db's just driving down the road. First pic.

I installed Dynamat on both doors and the difference is amazing! Much less ambient noise. I will post a new RTA soon. Blocking the white noise coming in from the doors will make your interior music less muddied.

Also, Dynamat will increase the depth of any speaker system you put in the car. Allowing for a warmer tone quality because the attachment point (your car door) isn't just a metal plate.

Amazon has the door kit for around $50 which is about half of retail. Kind of a PAI install but you will be happy with it when you are done.

Originally I was going to go with a 5 channel amp. So far, I changed all speakers to the Infinity Reference speakers and am getting more punch than I originally thought because of the Dynamat on the doors. I will probably still want more down the road but am quite impressed with the Dynamat and 4 speaker set up.

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