A new client from Channahon, Illinois, came to Tip Top Customs with her 2014 Ford F150, looking for some audio upgrades. She wasn’t happy with the performance of her stock audio system or the 7” screen in her dash. Our team went out to her vehicle, sat in it and listened to the audio system. We asked several questions to better understand her goals for the upgrade, and then went back inside together and auditioned equipment for her. At that point, we took all of our information and worked up what we felt was her best solution. She liked our idea, so we set an installation appointment.
Vehicle Protection Is The First Step
Before any work began on the truck, and important first step was taken. As with all installations at Tip Top Customs, we first addressed vehicle protection. Our comprehensive protection begins with applying automotive grade tape to painted areas of the vehicle we will come in contact with. We also use a protective plastic to protect any of the interior pieces that we are working around. This process takes time, and the materials are not cheap, but we feel it is a vital step to ensuring our client’s vehicles are returned in better condition that we received them in.
Alpine Restyle 9 Inch Radio
We decided that the whole system would be built around the Alpine 9” F150 Restyle unit, X009-FD2. It combines a big, bold 9” touchscreen display that matches perfectly to the dash and the factory-installed equipment already in the vehicle. That includes Sync, voice control, parking sensors, steering wheel controls and more. Plus, the sound quality of the Alpine unit is as good as it gets.
Audison 5 Channel Amplifier Powers Whole System
The musical signal travels to an Audison SR5 amplifier tasked with making the system jam. It combines more than 500 watts of great-sounding power. While many amplifiers have gone to digital designs to save money and have a smaller footprint, this amplifier still uses a class A/B design that many experts consider to be sound better. We made a custom mounting plate for it to hide neatly underneath the rear seat.
Hertz Speakers For OEM Fit And Upgraded Sound
When it came time to upgrade the front and rear speakers, we chose the Hertz Energy series speakers in 5×7” coaxial models that fit perfectly in the original locations. We treated the doors with our damping material to reduce the chance of any vibration that may occur when installing high-performance speakers. This also reduces road noise, making the vehicle quieter when driving up the road. We installed FAST Rings around the speakers to couple them to the door panels, improving midbass response. That is an example of a simple, cost-effective item that improves sound quality.
Hertz Subwoofer Provides Great Sounding Bass
Any good car audio system needs bass, and we went back to Hertz to use the ES250D 10” subwoofer in a custom enclosure underneath the rear seat. Now the F150 will have real bass – the kind that makes you want to turn it up more and more.
Thrilled Client Loves Her F150 Restyle Upgrade
When the client came to pick up her truck, she was thrilled with the installation. She loved how well everything integrated with her vehicle. When we cranked it up for the first time, she just smiled and started grooving to the music. That made our day! She was so happy with us that she referred her sister to us, and now we are working on her sister’s vehicle.
When you are ready to improve the audio system in your vehicle, and you would like a navigation system installed in your dash that you can actually see and use, call us. Tip Top Customs would love to get together with you and look over your vehicle. Our award-winning team will take the utmost care of your vehicle while giving you the system you have always wanted.
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