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2006 Mustang, Replacing Shaker 500 & More

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I have become disappointed, for among other reasons, by the lack of options Ford has offered with the Shaker 500 system in my 06 stang. I want to add my XM/ipod – and not through a FM crapulator – however there seems to be no ‘real’ option do this except through the AUX port, but… The AUX issue seems to be a black hole, with information from Ford, after market people (like PIE), and then just cool people on these forums, all conflicting, not to mention the simple fact that not much can be hooked up to it - and even if you can hook it up you can't use the stock head unit to view or control the device, SO I AM REPLACING IT!

Any help, suggestions, pointers, or other enlightening information anyone can provide is VERY VERY much appreciated!

The plan is to install:

Panasonic AVIC-N2 Nav System

1 Kicker SX900.2 Amplifer

1 12' Kicker Solobaric S12L72 in ported Kicker Box

But the problem... as it seems some have faced... is the stock audio system that accompanies the Shaker 500.

Has anyone pulled this out and replaced it with aftermarket gear, with what and what were the results?

Does each speaker have its own amp? Or is the head unit the amp for each speaker?

-If the head unit is the amp for all the speakers - what is the best option, to 'see' how good/bad it sounds with the aftermarket unit powering them - or just to outright replace all the factory speakers and install a separate amp?

-If each speaker has its own amp attached to it, can it be utilized with aftermarket gear? If not can it be bypassed?

If the stock head unit is taken out does any other part of the system have to be modified in order for after market head unit to work (other than wiring harnesses to interface with aftermarket head unit)?

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A nice combo for a convertible

My wife has an 06 convertible. I hated the Shaker 500 so much that I wound up replacing every component in the car.

1. Dynamat the entire interior space.
All sides of the truck space including the lid.
Removed the carpeting and replaced with better quality and went with Black vs. Lt Grey.
Dynamat is also on the floor pan to kill road noise.
2. Took out the rear seats [useless in the Mustang to begin with] and built a rear seat delete. The bottom shelf area has boxes for 2 x 10" JL Audio W3V3-4s. These are sealed not ported and face upward not toward the driver.
3. The Mach 1 and rear area 5x7 are all gone. Replaced with JL Audio C3-525 component speakers and external cross-overs.
4. The 1" directional tweeters are placed in the top of the door panels by the mirrors in front and at the top of the lower interior trim panels in the rear. This is right under where the seat belt retractors are. Basically, they are about a foot from your head so you can hear them very clearly.
5. The backboard of the rear seat delete holds a 4 farad capacitor with digital voltage meter and also the power and ground distribution blocks.
6. The back also holds both amplifiers. I used a JL Audio XD400/4 for the 5.25s and a XD600/1 for the subs.
7. The head unit was replaced with a Kenwood DNX9990HD. This unit has everything including 2 USB ports mounted in the center console and a SD slot for updating the NAV maps. It has live traffic and your choice of sat radio. Front and Rear 13 band EQ and is in dolby 7.1 surround. It has 3 AV feeds and outputs so the last item will be placing a 27" LCD on the inward face of the rear seat delete boards.
8. Add the wiring harness, mount kits, nicer face plate, antenna amplifier and another antenna for GPS.

My latest additions:
9. The 8" stock door subs are being replaced with 8" JL Audio W3V3-4s so everything matches. I'm also planning on line feeding another XD200/2 to power these.

My wife thinks the whole thing rocks but my tuned ear says we need just a little more bass at the higher end up front. The 8s will do just fine.

If you pair it all together and know what will sound good, it becomes all about mounting location. Our outfit rocks seriously hard and clear. I barely use the dual 13bands. We basically run it flat since the LPF and HPF send signal to the cross-overs. It's already tuned and doesn't need additional tweaking.

I posted pictures on photo bucket but haven't taken one with the Kenwood installed yet. I also need to add a few showing how the rear boards have the amplifiers mounted.
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