This loaded amplifier rack will show up at your door with everything configured, including the level/gain set with an oscilloscope, crossovers set, and ready to go. The integration into your factory system is handled by select interfaces that we include and are pre-wired/configured for your truck.
Take a look below and be sure to watch the videos along the way which will help guide you to the perfect loaded amplifier rack for your application.
This loaded amplifier rack fits:
- 2015-2022 F-150 Non-Amplified
- 2015-2022 F-150 Sony
- 2015-2022 F-150 Bang & Olufsen (B&O) Including Unleashed
- 2017-2022 Super-Duty Non-Amplified
- 2017-2022 Super-Duty Sony
- 2017-2022 Super-Duty Bang & Olufsen (B&O)
Choose Your Factory System
In order for us to send you the correct loaded amplifier rack, we need to know your factory system in your truck. To do this, you will need to flip down your rear drivers side seat to correctly identify this, espcially if you have a Super-Duty truck.
The way to tell is to look at the factory amplifier behind the seat (silver rectangle box). If you do not have one, then your truck is “Non-Amplified”. If you do have this behind your seat, you will want to look for the blue plug on the amplifier. It will be one of three options listed below. On select trucks, you will see a B&O logo on the center channel, but it is actually a Sony system, so that’s why we ask you to check AT the amplifier.
- No Factory Amplifier/Subwoofer = Non-Amplified
- Blue Port/Plug Factory Amplifier = Bang & Olufsen (B&O)
- No Blue Port/Plug on Factory Amplifier = Sony
Choose Your Amplifier Wattage
Choosing the appropiate amplifier wattage is pretty simple, but in reality, you run into alot of misinformation. The number one issue in the car stereo industry is everyone says you should OVER power your subwoofers or speakers and that UNDER powering will somehow damage them….. This is however not the case and to help you better choose the best wattage option, we will explain below.
First, the easy one. UNDER powering your subwoofers will “blow” them. Well, if this was true, your subwoofers will blow when you turn down the volume knob, everytime… The real reason they say this is due to lack of proper installation/tuning of the amplifier where they turn the gain/level into clipping because they want more volume. This in terms, damages the subwoofer, even from a small amplifier.
Second, OVER powering is a must! Well, as you could guess, this is not always beneficial. Just because you run more wattage into a subwoofer does not mean it will produce more output. Usually, this will damage the subwoofer and even if it does output more sound, it’s at a risk of damaging the subwoofer over the long run.
So how do you choose your wattage? Simple, respect the RMS ratings of your subwoofers and get as close as you can.
Seriously..... It's Plug & Play!
Seriously!! This Arc Audio amplifier rack is pre-wired, pre-configured to your factory system, and is pre-tuned (gain/levels/crossover/etc). It also includes all of the accessories that you would need such as a full-length power/ground kit that we manufacture in-house, a remote subwoofer level knob, and even the speaker wire to connect to your new subwoofers.
Just run the power/ground cables, mount the amplifier rack in place and turn the key. No need to touch the settings on the amplifier, it’s already done!
The Core of our Ford F-Series Plug and Play Subwoofer Amplifier Packages
About Arc Audio
Since 1998, Arc Audio has positioned itself as one of the best manufactures in the car stereo industry. With over 150+ championships worldwide and over 1000+ top podium finishes in the top car stereo sound quality competitions scene, Arc Audio is usually reserved for those who demand perfection along with the budgets that most cannot afford. While they are not as large as the other big names, we chose Arc Audio for the performance, sound quality, and reliability they deliver. You will not find better amplifiers in the same price range as Arc Audio.
Our products are designed with a customer-first approach. Gone are the days of “modifying” vehicles permanently. We have worked very hard on this loaded amplifier rack design to ensure it utilizes factory mounting locations, is easy to install, and is also secure/safe for the passengers in the truck. From the type of HDPE plastic we use to the aluminum 6061 laser-cut brackets that hold the amplifier rack in place, this package has been years in the making. Simply use our supplied hardware and bolt in place of the factory subwoofer/amplifier location.
Pre-Tuned For Performance
Our goal is to set you up for success along with handling the “professional” aspects of your new stereo system. To do this, we pre-tune the amplifier using advanced test instruments such as a oscilloscope/SMD DD1 to ensure the levels are set perfectly to your truck. We do this by installing the loaded amplifier rack into our in-house F-150 truck and ensuring the electronics are working to their maximum performance level. So when you receive the amplifier rack, do not touch the settings, just connect the wiring and enjoy your perfectly tuned stereo system.
When you receive your new loaded amplifier rack, it will be pre-wired for your factory system configuration. This included soldered connections, custom made RCA cables along with the proper interface/t-harness for your truck. The pre-wiring of your amplifier rack will help save hours of time along with resolving the potential for errors since we test every loaded amplifier rack before it ships to you. All of this is included in the package price and now you are able to install a subwoofer system in record time, all with basic tools in your garage.
CNC Amplifier Rack
To ensure a perfect fit and finish, we manufacture our own Ford F-Series amplifier racks in-house. We start off with a 1/2″ sheet of some of the best High-Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) plastic and our multi-tool CNC machine mills out the amplifier rack just like we programmed it. This allows us to offer a very high level of precision for our factory mounting points and the HDPE provides a very rigid, vehicle stable mounting platform for the electronics. We finish off the amplifier with our logo, custom 6061 aluminum brackets, and large zinc-coated bolts with spacers to mount into the factory locations behind the rear seat.
Custom Made Harnesses
In order to make this loaded amplifier rack truly plug and play, our team manufactures custom harnessing in-house using premium materials such as JK Tapes and TechFlex to ensure the perfect finish. Depending on your factory stereo system will depend on the type of harnesses we create. Example, on the Non-Amplified systems, we include a complete T-Harness from the factory radio that plugs into the amplifier rack. This allows for future upgrades and a simple, easy plug and play upgrade. On the B&O packages, we create a custom t-harness that utilizes the factory subwoofer signal and uses all factory connectors to do so. No need to splice, test or solder.
Premium 100% OFC Cabling
Here at Sounds Good Stereo, we only use 100% premium oxygen-free copper (OFC) wiring. While some might believe wire is wire, that is far from the truth, even if it looks like copper. One common alternative to copper wiring is copper-clad aluminum (CCA), which is a lot cheaper and sometimes passed as OFC, but this poses several issues in your stereo system. Copper-clad aluminum (CCA) conducts 61% of the electricity that oxygen-free copper (OFC) conducts and increases the risk of oxidation, which reduced the current efficiency even more. To ensure proper current flow, reliability and the performance of your new system, we will only user 100% premium oxygen-free copper (OFC) wiring with no exceptions.
Full-Length Power + Ground
In most newer vehicles, including the Ford trucks, the manufacturing processes have changed. For a simple explanation, the newer vehicles are “glued” together more than previous generations which were welded carbon steel. Since DC current (what feeds the amplifier) needs to create a complete circle, we have found these new techniques of manufacturing pose a risk of a poor ground in the cab of the vehicle. To solve this, we include full-length power + ground cabling that goes straight to the source, the battery. This ensures we have the highest conductivity of electricity and we know 100% with our copper cabling, your new amplifier rack will have everything it needs to operate properly.
All of our loaded amplifier packages include the proper fusing for not only the amplifier rack but under the hood also. The fuse holder under the hood, which replicates an OEM factory-style fuse holder, comes pre-terminated with pure copper lugs for the best conductivity and is crimped with our hydraulic press in-house by our team members. In the rear on the amplifier rack, you will see a dual-position distribution block which provides ease of installation but also room to expand the system in the future. All of the fuses we use are the highest of quality to ensure not only a reliable system but also a safe one for you and your passengers in the vehicle.
Integration with the factory B&O system is very straight forward and with minimal connections and disassembly, it is the easiest of the trucks to install. We start by removing the factory amplifier/subwoofer combo and mounting the factory B&O amplifier to our rack with the supplied hardware. Then we connect the factory subwoofer wire with the custom-made harness we provide and mount the amplifier rack into place. From there, it’s a simple power/ground connection, bass knob installation, and connect your subwoofer. The amplifier itself is already preset to the factory B&O amplifier and ready to go. This option retains all of the factory functions, factory speakers, etc, and simply provides you additional amplification to improve the subwoofer section of the system.
To upgrade the factory Sony subwoofer system properly, we have to go beyond using the factory subwoofer signal and just amplifying it. The proper way to do this is to utilize the PAC Audio APSUB-FD21 interface which is included in the package along with the appropriate RCA cables to run in the vehicle. This interface provides us a true subwoofer signal that is undistorted and sounds amazing. The interface is simple to install, just like the loaded amplifier rack and does require the retention of the factory Sony amplifier, just like the B&O systems. But as you could imagine, we pre-assemble, pre-tune and pre-wire all of these connections for you and setup the amplifier for maximum performance. Like all of our packages, you will retain all the factory features and is the smart way to upgrade the subwoofer performance in your truck.
If you have the Non-Amplified factory system, you are in for a treat with our loaded amplifier rack. While the other factory systems have a factory subwoofer, your truck has nothing! No need to worry, we have you covered. For this truck, we are building several custom-made harnesses that make the installation and integration a breeze. We start with a custom-made plug-and-play t-harness that goes behind the radio and runs to the back. From there, we send the factory signal through a pre-tuned Kicker Keyloc that processes the signal, fixes the factory EQ bass roll-off, and provides your new subwoofer amplifier the perfect signal to run to your new subwoofer. To ensure your factory EQ matches the tune, we will collect your VIN number and actually set our in-house truck to your factory settings. This provides the perfect pre-tuned amplifier rack package that will perform at its best.
Remote Subwoofer Level
Like your music, passengers, and mood change, so does your subwoofer output requirements. We include in every package we offer a remote subwoofer level to ensure you have full control over your subwoofer section. Whether you want a small kick in your favorite rock song to being engulfed in bass listening to the new top 40 music, a remote level knob is a perfect way to adjust your system.
In-House Tech Support
Our team of real-world technicians are here to help you with any questions or concerns you have regarding your purchase from us. With many years of experience in the high-end car stereo world, our team can answer even the most advanced questions regarding your new stereo system and vehicle.
Full Manufacturer Warranty
Your new loaded amplifier rack and all of its components are covered by the manufactures warranty. Before the package ships, we ensure all of the components are working as intended so the likelihood of any issues are slim, but knowing you have the support of our team along with the manufactures, makes these packages an easy decision for your Ford Truck.
You will receive Free UPS Ground Shipping of your new loaded amplifier package package in the United States Continental 48 states. For those located in Hawaii, Alaska, and international locations, please contact us for a competitive shipping quote.
How the packages are composed
|Amplifier Series||Arc Audio X2|
|Total RMS Power||Up to 1,100wrms|
|Amplifier||Arc Audio X2 1100.1|
|Output @ 1-ohm||1100wrms|
|Output @ 2-ohm||600wrms|
|Amplifier Topology||Class D|
|Amplifier Series||Arc Audio X2|
|Total RMS Power||Up to 650wrms|
|Amplifier||Arc Audio X2 650.1|
|Output @ 1-ohm||650wrms|
|Output @ 2-ohm||350wrms|
|Amplifier Topology||Class D|
Included in All Packages
|Custom Pre-Wired Amplifier Rack|
|Pre-Set Levels for Vehicle|
|Custom Full-Length 4 Gauge Power + Ground Kit|
|Proper OEM Integration|
|Remote Subwoofer Level Knob|
|Assortment of Factory Mounting Hardware|
|In-House Real World Tech Support|
|Full Manufacturer Warranty|
TEAM INSTALL YOUR RACK?
Ford Raptor Project
This project we refer to as the OG Ford Raptor. Not because it is the first we ever built, but the first one we filmed on YouTube. Since this was published, we have over 100K views and have become one of the leading experts in Ford F-Series stereo systems. From our custom parts to custom builds at our shop, we are the go-to source for the best F-Series stereo components.
This 5 part build was a project for a professional NBA player and we had free reign to do what we wanted. The system we put together is very similar to the designs of today, due to the performance and sound quality it delivered. Since then, our custom-made parts have evolved and we are now expanding this product line with plug and play packages.
Hope you enjoy the video!!
Ford Hennessey Project
After the initial release of our first Raptor build, the requests came into our shop. While we didn’t film every Raptor build, we did pick out a few of the unique ones. This one, being a very similar system, but being the unique Ford Raptor Hennessey version was the perfect candidate for the next YouTube build. This system also incorporated the Linkswell T-Style radio, which looked great in the dash of the truck.
We hope you enjoy this short walk-through of the build!
Ford Roush Project
Just like the Hennessey Raptor above, this customer reached out to us to build a one-off stereo system for his family. At the same time, we had a 2017 Ford Raptor in the bay for the same system! As I said, we do a lot of these trucks! This setup was slightly different but the core remained the same. If you watch all three of the videos above, you will see the progression of not only the parts we manufacture but also the improvement in the shop to help us build better-performing systems for our clients.
Hope you enjoy this video!