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11-14-2016 06:16 PM
firebirdude
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Originally Posted by road.ripper View Post
ok , I have an 09 SES factory sync system no amp or sub. I want to retain the stock system and add a Stock sub / amp or a slightly better mono kenwood amp.

I was told just to add a loc and a control wire. But I dont like the idea if it can be done with a pre designed kit(s)

I know next to F/A about stereo systems / wiring so I want to make it as easy as possible ie plug n play.

I have read a bunch of the posts here noticing a few kits from Metra and pac

What wiring kit(s) do i need ?
I may call Metra this morning

Road
If you're just adding a sub/amp, Metra or PAC will have nothing for you. You don't need any of their products to do this.

As for adding the factory subwoofer, I don't know much about the 09 body style. But if it's like the majority of factory systems, including the 2011+ Sony system, you would also need the stock outboard amplifier, which then requires the appropriate stock head unit. Ie. factory Sony sub--->Factory Sony amplifier--->Factory Sony head unit.

On the aftermarket scene, it's pretty darn easy. You'd only need to tap into one pair of speaker wires. You actually don't even need to cut the wires in two. You just need to splice the insulation back a little bit. As for the control wire, most modern amplifiers are able to be controlled via the DC offset on the factory speaker wires. Meaning, you tap into the speaker wires for audio signal and you also get your turn-on/control signal. No line output converter needed. Again, this depends on the amplifier, but it's very common. Post up what you're going to buy and I'll give it a look over. Then it's just power from the battery and ground to chassis. Done and done.
11-14-2016 05:59 AM
road.ripper
halp meeeee please

ok , I have an 09 SES factory sync system no amp or sub. I want to retain the stock system and add a Stock sub / amp or a slightly better mono kenwood amp.

I was told just to add a loc and a control wire. But I dont like the idea if it can be done with a pre designed kit(s)

I know next to F/A about stereo systems / wiring so I want to make it as easy as possible ie plug n play.

I have read a bunch of the posts here noticing a few kits from Metra and pac

What wiring kit(s) do i need ?
I may call Metra this morning

Road
11-14-2016 12:54 AM
finkey Wow, small world! (Sorry to hear the marriage dissolved, we wish you both the best going forward.) Our daughter's car is now 8 years old. She's taking very good care of it, and hopes for it to last for many years more. We like and try to fix things ourselves. So, we'll be visiting this forum often. Thanks again!
11-13-2016 11:11 PM
firebirdude
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Thank you for this post. Our daughter's original CD player/radio had died and the Ford Dealership told us we'd have to go "aftermarket" for a new one. Over here, nobody seems to do it, or they ask a fortune. Thanks to you, my husband and I dared to try. We ordered the radio, dash panel, and harness kit online. We were so careful not to break anything. It took us 4 hours just to disassemble and get the original dash panel out of the car. It took another 3 hours to install the new BOSS CD-radio in a new OEM dash panel and reinstall it again in the car. Whew! What a job! We learned a lot, things like the can-bus.

We don't understand why Ford made it so hard to change a radio in the Focus 2008. But all tested okay. The new dash and radio look and fit just great. There were fairly good instructions that came with the parts. But we never could have done this job successfully without your photos and comments. Thank you!!!
Awesome! Glad you got it all worked out. I've been to Keaau before. Hilo twice. I rented a little vacation cottage in Keaau, I think. I actually proposed to my, now, ex-wife there. LOL Been almost 15 years ago. Time flies....

If anyone else in this thread still needs help, post up. Looks like I missed a couple questions months ago.
11-13-2016 10:59 PM
finkey Thank you for this post. Our daughter's original CD player/radio had died and the Ford Dealership told us we'd have to go "aftermarket" for a new one. Over here, nobody seems to do it, or they ask a fortune. Thanks to you, my husband and I dared to try. We ordered the radio, dash panel, and harness kit online. We were so careful not to break anything. It took us 4 hours just to disassemble and get the original dash panel out of the car. It took another 3 hours to install the new BOSS CD-radio in a new OEM dash panel and reinstall it again in the car. Whew! What a job! We learned a lot, things like the can-bus.

We don't understand why Ford made it so hard to change a radio in the Focus 2008. But all tested okay. The new dash and radio look and fit just great. There were fairly good instructions that came with the parts. But we never could have done this job successfully without your photos and comments. Thank you!!!
03-25-2016 03:34 AM
araujobrian721 Alright guys i have a couple questions. Im gonna try to put an aftermarket radio into my car. Taking it apart seems easy enough to do. But the things that are confusing me are the wiring harness for the stock radio to an aftermarket radio. And the rest of the stuff on the kit itself. Do i just take everything out of the old kit and put it onto the new one? I am currently running a loc from my rear speakers to my amp and sub but im getting really bored of the stock radio. And im tired of having to remember to turn my amp off everytime i get out of my car. I was to lazy to find an accessory with out destroyi g everything to find it
01-28-2016 10:16 AM
mysticfocus I have a 2011 SES with factory sub, if I was going to add an amp and subs is there something to tap into that runs to the factory sub to make it easier. I had 2 12" rockford P2's in my old car and wired it myself so I can, just looking for an easier route if possible...
01-27-2016 01:37 PM
firebirdude No..
01-27-2016 01:30 PM
djorijun
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Originally Posted by pbrennan View Post
also, will pulling off the cover where the airbag is cause any problems with the airbag or cause it to deploy? I see in previous years, "how to's" will tell you to disconnect the battery to prevent the airbag from going off. is this something I should worry about??

thanks!
I know this is a really old thread, but I'm trying to fix the aux port that finally gave up on my 2009 Focus SE and am worried about the airbag part. I've always been good with working on sound systems, but just curious if I should worry about the airbag going off or breaking because I popped this panel off.

Thank you
10-25-2015 06:57 PM
8thDay Ok, thanks. I just had him order the correct harness kit.
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