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2004 Ranger, New Speakers.

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I have a 2004 Ford Ranger Regular Cab with default front speakers and no rear speakers. I would like to upgrade the front speakers and put in rear speakers. I am in college so I can't go over board but anybody have any ideas of what I should get?

I have taken out the front speakers, that is the back of the passenger side speaker in the picture. I have two slots for rear speakers but both are empty, I can't remember if there is wiring but I would believe there is just no speakers.

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Alpine type S are a good place to start. They sound decent with the stock head unit, yet they can be amplified easily later on
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just wanna inform you that it'd be super easy to help you if you fill out your signature in your user Cp section at the top of the page.

I have kenwood 3-ways up front, and pioneer 3-ways in the back. all in all cost me 130$ to do all 4 from best buy. I will say the kenwoods look better but the pioneers seem to perform better. Easily doubled my stock bass, and sound is so clear, no more muddy 2-ways.

an old link I found in favorites: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Kenwood+...ustomerreviews

and if ive researched correctly youll want 6x8's too...

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just wanna inform you that it'd be super easy to help you if you fill out your signature in your user Cp section at the top of the page.

I have kenwood 3-ways up front, and pioneer 3-ways in the back. all in all cost me 130$ to do all 4 from best buy. I will say the kenwoods look better but the pioneers seem to perform better. Easily doubled my stock bass, and sound is so clear, no more muddy 2-ways.

an old link I found in favorites: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Kenwood+...ustomerreviews

and if ive researched correctly youll want 6x8's too...
What do you want me to put in my signature? Or are you talking about that part about mods? I haven't done any mods to my truck so that I why I didn't put anything in there.

I like the Pioneers (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Pioneer+...&skuId=1733141), I might go to my local Best Buy to check them out tomorrow. But would they work with my Sony stereo (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+5...&skuId=3130153)?

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www.sonicelectronix.com

Great service and price. Thats where I buy all my car audio.
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What do you want me to put in my signature?

I like the Pioneers (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Pioneer+...&skuId=1733141), I might go to my local Best Buy to check them out tomorrow. But would they work with my Sony stereo (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+5...kuId=3130153)?
In your sig you put general points of the truck and mods if any. 2004 such and such liter size motor etc.

and those are the pioneers I have as well. dont look as appealing but they work goood. cheapish too. and come with 1 year free replacement from best buy.

yes they will easily work with the in dash unit.
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But would they work with my Sony stereo (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+5...&skuId=3130153)
BTW how do you like that unit? looking to go aftermarket here real soon
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BTW how do you like that unit? looking to go aftermarket here real soon
I love it. Took me about 30 minutes to install but I had wiring issues because I didn't know which wires went where plus I has to use a different connecter. But the stereo it self works great, can store 18 FM and 12 AM stations, a few pretty good presets, plus you can make your own. I use the AUX so much on it to listen to my phone or iPod, plus CD player has never given me any problems, made a few mix tapes and all of the songs sounded great.

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I love it. Took me about 30 minutes to install but I had wiring issues because I didn't know which wires went where plus I has to use a different connecter. But the stereo it self works great, can store 18 FM and 12 AM stations, a few pretty good presets, plus you can make your own. I use the AUX so much on it to listen to my phone or iPod, plus CD player has never given me any problems, made a few mix tapes and all of the songs sounded great.

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Signature is much better. helps us help you.

and my decision is between this exact sony HU and a pioneer HU and im leaning towards the pioneer but I hear loads of good things about the sony so im unsure
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and my decision is between this exact sony HU and a pioneer HU and im leaning towards the pioneer but I hear loads of good things about the sony so im unsure
One of the things that some people dislike is after it is turned off it does three very loud beeps. Every Sony has does this though.
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One more thing, I know I don't have speakers in my rear slots but would I have the wiring already? If not I probably am only going to upgrade the front.

And wouldn't I want to put sub woofers in the back not speakers?
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If you did not have speakers in those spots originally I would say you dont have wiring for them. But I could be wrong. check it out. if you dont it is not hard to run 2 wires to each side.
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Yeah, I have no wiring back there. What would I have to do to run wires myself or how much would it cost to have a professional to do it?
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One of the things that some people dislike is after it is turned off it does three very loud beeps. Every Sony has does this though.
you usually can turn those beeps off. Its reminding you to remove the faceplate.
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I don't know if anybody has suggested this but I'd just put the stock ones in the rear and get some 6x8 coaxials for the front doors. Also, get a new headunit if you don't already have one.
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I don't know if anybody has suggested this but I'd just put the stock ones in the rear and get some 6x8 coaxials for the front doors. Also, get a new headunit if you don't already have one.
I like the idea, but to put the stocks in the back I would have to run the wiring which I would need a lot of help with, lol. I am looking at getting Pioneer A Series 6x8s (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Pioneer+...&skuId=1733141) for the front. By headunit do you mean stereo? If so I did upgrade that last Oct.
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Hey rangerrunner11,

How did you connect your Pioneers? Did you use the cabling that was already there or did you upgrade that or just use a harness? I went to Best Buy and they were out of all 8x6 speakers but I asked how to connect him and he said use a harness which are about $15.
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I used 6x8 kickers with female slot connectors on the stock wiring
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I always recommend not running rears, spend all the money on the front stage. even if you have spare speakers I wouldn't run rears
Its much better for imaging, and the money you don't spend on the rears can go to even better fronts, or a amp for the front.
The front stage should always be the main concern in any system.
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I always recommend not running rears, spend all the money on the front stage. even if you have spare speakers I wouldn't run rears
Its much better for imaging, and the money you don't spend on the rears can go to even better fronts, or a amp for the front.
The front stage should always be the main concern in any system.
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Hey rangerrunner11,

How did you connect your Pioneers? Did you use the cabling that was already there or did you upgrade that or just use a harness? I went to Best Buy and they were out of all 8x6 speakers but I asked how to connect him and he said use a harness which are about $15.
I have a full cab, so I had wiring in all 4 doors. But I used the spade connectors that came with the new speakers and butt connectors to splice off the stock harness (pigtail) and splice stock wiring with new leads from new speaker. Works fine.

dont waste the money on 2 harnesses, just get butt connectors and youre golden. you can also use leftover butt connectors for later projects.
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I bought the Pioneers today and installed the passenger side one (because I already had the panel off). In the morning I am going to install the drive side speaker. I talked to the people at Best Buy and they are willing to run wiring from my stereo to my back speaker slots for $60. I might have them do that in a few months and throw my old speakers back there. lol
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run your own wiring! save the money for fuel!

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Db+Link+...ire&cp=1&lp=10

15$ and you just have to spend an hour or two running wires. not hard. then sit back and enjoy knowing you saved 45$ <--a tank of fuel nowadays
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run your own wiring! save the money for fuel!

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Db+Link+...ire&cp=1&lp=10

15$ and you just have to spend an hour or two running wires. not hard. then sit back and enjoy knowing you saved 45$ <--a tank of fuel nowadays
I have done wiring around houses and that is easy, but in a truck it is a lot harder. I would know where to run it, just not how to get the wire through those places to run it.
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