A long-time client of Certified Autosound and Security recently contacted us about upgrading his 2019 Ford F-350 audio system and installing a radar detector system. We’ve done some big builds for this client before, and his goal was to dramatically exceed the everything he’d owned in the past. After inspecting the vehicle and discussing how he wanted it to sound, we came up with a plan to create a complete JL Audio sound system upgrade for the client.
JL Audio C7 Speakers
At the heart of the system is a set of JL Audio C7-Series speakers. We used C7-100ct 1-inch tweeters and C7-350cm 3.5-inch midrange drivers to cover the upper octaves of the audio system. We mounted the tweeters in the stock speaker location at the base of the A-pillars. A set of C7-650cw 6.5-inch woofers is mounted on custom adapter plates in the stock front-door speaker locations, along with the midrange drivers. We treated the doors with Soundmat damping material to help reduce background noise in the vehicle and prevent any buzzes or rattles when the music is cranked up.
Custom Ford F-350 Subwoofer System
The centerpiece of the audio system is a custom subwoofer enclosure that our team created under the rear bench seat. The enclosure is home to a pair of JL Audio 13TW5v2 13.5-inch subwoofers, and we constructed it from 30 different pieces to maximize its internal volume. We even used fiberglass to eke out every cubic inch of space from a secondary chamber that fits under the back of the seats.
We wrapped the enclosure in vinyl that closely matches the stock seat material. The front of the enclosure features a large LED back-lit Platinum badge and suede-covered accent piece to give the interior a custom look.
DSP-Equipped Audio System Amplifiers
A pair of JL Audio VXi-Series amplifiers power the audio system upgrade. A VX800/8i eight-channel amp powers the front stage while a VX1000/1i powers the subwoofers. We configured the VX800/8i as a six-channel amp by bridging the four rear channels onto the woofers in the doors to provide each of them with up to 200 watts of power. The midrange speakers and tweeters receive up to 75 watts of power.
The VX1000/1i delivers an impressive 1,000 watts into a 2-ohm load to ensure that the bass is clear, solid and detailed, even at high volume levels.
The Importance of Digital Signal Processing
Once the audio equipment installation was complete, our team started work tuning the sound system. The VXi amplifiers include advanced digital signal processors that allow us to configure crossovers and equalization for each channel. We also used the signal delay feature to ensure that the sound from each driver arrives at the listening position simultaneously. The result is a very realistic soundstage across the width of the vehicle.
Escort Radar Detector and Laser Defense System
We had installed an Escort MAX CI 360 radar detector in the client’s previous vehicle, and he wanted the same protection in his 2019 Ford F-350. We mounted a pair of ShifterMAX laser transceivers at the bottom of the front grille and located the radar receiver in front of the radiator. Radar signals will pass through the plastic grille with almost no degradation in strength, so hiding the radar module gives the system a clean look from the front of the vehicle.
The control panel for the MAX CI 360 is flush-mounted on the right side of the steering column trim panel so that it’s easily accessible from the driving position. The display is mounted on top of the column, so it’s easy to see.
Ford F-350 Audio System and Radar Project
After several days of work, we finished installing the audio and radar detector systems in the client’s Ford F-350. He returned to Certified Autosound and Security in Chilliwack to check out our work. He loved how the system looks and the way it sounds — it gets crazy-loud while remaining clear and detailed. If you are interested in upgrading your mobile audio system, drop by one of our locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge or Langley. You can also reach our team by e-mail for information about any of our products or services, or to schedule a personal consultation.