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2006 Mustang, Replacing Shaker 500 & More

24845 Views 19 Replies 18 Participants Last post by  Lee Yoder
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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Ok, so I might be a total nub when it comes to mustangs, sense the 05 i just got is my very 1st one.. but how do i open the dash up a bit to take the shaker 500 i have out?
I want to put in a Pioneer Avic f700bt but I dont want to pay best buy an extra $200 in parts and labor when i can get the parts cheap off ebay and do it myself.. I bought a few of those manual for car repair but there isnt much detail in the shaker removal area.. if someone could tell me wt to look for I would reallllllllly appreciate it.. hell if you in the Ann Arbor Michigan area I'll buy you a beer :)
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Never mind I found this great site with the instructions i need..

Auto Manual: 2005 Ford Mustang Service Manual.pdf for Free » « the most imitated free ebook site

if anyone needs the same or other info..
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