Hey everyone, I just bought a 2004 F150 Crew Cab. I am looking to upgrade the stereo, but don't want to ruin the factory look. I was thinking about just replacing the speakers with better, low impedance component speakers, to get the most from the factory receiver. Has anyone changed the door speakers in a similar truck? If so, is it an easy job to do yourself? Is it worth it to change the speakers and not the receiver?
The other question I had was: does anyone know if the factory receiver in that year truck is Satellite Radio capable? They make adapters that plug into the back of factory radios, turning them into Satellite receivers, but the factory radio has to be capable of that. Any ideas? Thanks!
I've got JL components in the front of mine. Just remove the grey mesh and you'll see the factory speaker and screws. There's also a spot above the woofer for a tweeter. For the rears you have to remove the door panel to get the speaker. Sounds good, but mine goes through a Pioneer AVIC-Z3 receiver. I've tried just upgrading the speakers, and it sound a little better, but not much.
As far as satellite radio, if it's capable it will have the separate sat receiver mounted below the radio and a "sat" button or "aux" button. Even if the HU is sat capable, it uses the stock harness to communicate with the sat receiver...so you can only match a factory HU with a factory sat receiver. However, there might be aftermarket adapters (check iPod Integration for your car and More by Pac-Audio - Connecting you to the future) so you can use a different sat receiver.
I've got a factory stereo with the built in satellite receiver for sale. It is from my 2008 Screw (same dash as yours). You would need to: 1)open an account with Serius and give them the numbers on the unit , 2)mount an antenna to begin using the satellite function. PM me if interested.
Get a new receiver before you get new speakers. The factory receiver does not have enough power to push upgraded speakers. I had to remove my new receiver and put the factory back in and even with upgraded speakers it did not sound good. Just me 2 cents.