Posted by Jason Locke on 4/18/2020 to Before you Buy
The stock speakers of the 2015-2020 F150s aren't much to write home about, even if your truck is equipped with the optional factory Sony or B&O Audio Systems (though the B&O speakers are actually pretty good). When it comes time to swap out the factory speakers with something that actually has range, you probably don't want to have to slice-and-dice up speaker surrounds or do a bunch of wiring. The bad news is that Ford didn't just go with a standard speaker mount in either the front or rear doors of the F150s, meaning that a straightforward install is not in your future. That's why we here at Stage 3 put together a drop-in, plug-and-play speaker package for the 2015-2020 F150s and Raptors. Our Kicker 6.5" Plug-and-Play Speaker Kit comes with four Kicker 6.5" KS-Series Speakers, F150-specific adapter rings, and plug-and-play wiring adapters that make it a breeze to get much better audio range and quality out of your F150 or Raptor. We dropped this kit into our 2017 Raptor to replace stock speakers that couldn't handle the extra power output of our truck's GU Auto Tech Multimedia Station.
One of the many things we didn't know ahead of time about the GU Auto Tech Multimedia Station is that it comes with a built-in amp that feeds a bit more power to the speakers. While this is technically a good thing, the three year old speakers on our 2017 Raptor were getting a lot of distortion even at medium volumes. This just would not do, since this is Bill's personal truck and he needs his country music's banjos and twangy guitar to come through crystal clear. The first step of installing speakers is getting the factory door panel off. Like the older trucks, the grilles of the panels aren't removable to get to the speakers, so the whole door panel has to come off. While not difficult, there are a couple of hidden screws that can make getting the panels off a bit annoying. Check out the video below for the process. Once the door panels are off and the interior water seal pulled away, you'll be greeted by the monstrosities that are the factory speakers. For whatever reason, Ford decided to us fairly basic 6.5" speakers in the front and 6x9s in the rear, but then mold them into godawful surrounds before topping them off with fiber and foam screens. It's not all that surprising that they're so quiet. In any case, with the speakers exposed, you can remove the entire assembly by removing the four screws around each surround. With the entire assembly pulled out, it's a lot easier to reach and remove the wiring plug.
With the stock speaker out and wiring unplugged, it was then time to get our own speakers prepped to drop in. The first part of the process is to take one of the Kicker 6.5" speakers and then drop it into one of the ring adapters using the included hardware.
Before dropping the speakers/adapter combo into the speaker mounts on the door, we grabbed one of the speaker adapters and hook it into the factory body harness. Then we grabbed the Kicker speaker and adapter and plug in the other end of the wiring plug before dropping the combination into the doors. The ring adapters do have two separate sets of bolt holes, and we needed to rotate the assembly to get the right set of holes lined up. We did not use the included Kicker speaker grilles, since they don't fit with either the adapters or the door panel installed.
Once we figured the hole alignment, we reinstalled the mounting screws to complete the install. We then tested the speakers to make sure they were functioning before dropping the door panels back onto the truck.
And that's it. No trimming, no splicing, no nonsense. The speaker package easily installs into the truck, and if you do everything in the order we recommend, you won't have any issues. If you want to further improve your F150's sound system, make sure to check out Kicker's VSS Substage or VSS Powerstage Subwoofer Systems.