Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
December 1, 2009

Tech | Audio Upgrade
If you look back at Carroll Shelby's history it has always been about improving the performance of a vehicle. From more horsepower to better handling and braking, Shelby has always demanded more from the cars he built and it's no different with today's Shelby products (GT500, Shelby GT, et al). But one thing that is different is today's buyers. Back in the '60s and Ford's Total Performance era (as well as the general muscle car wars of the time) meant power, and lots of it. Today, however, owners of Shelby automobiles want their power with 100 percent perfect driveability, ice cold A/C, and all the power accoutrements, including a sizzling audio system. That last entry has been "Shelbyized" as well now thanks to a partnership with Stillwater Designs, better known as Kicker Audio. Together they have designed the new Shelby Kicker Sound System.

Kicker, like many of the larger car audio companies, has an OEM division which works with car manufacturers to offer its products as an option or dealer-level upgrade. Shelby Automobiles partnered with Kicker's OEM division to make a truly plug-and-play (I know, I hate that phrase too, but it really does describe this audio system) audio upgrade for the '05-'09 Mustang. Kicker developed a package that replaces all of the Mustang's 6x8-inch speakers with high-quality Kicker two-way direct-fit units, a 46-watt per channel four-channel amp, and for Shaker-based systems it replaces the door-mounted 8-inch subs with Kicker versions as well. The two systems are rounded out with a 200-watt amplified 10-inch sub in the trunk (sorry convertible owners, but it won't fit your limited trunk space), upgrading the Shaker 500 system, and replacing the trunk subs in the Shaker 1000 system. Best of all, while these two systems were designed to work exclusively in the Mustang as a package, you can indeed upgrade your Mustang with any of the kit's components separately. Already upgraded your 6x8s in the door and deck but want a sub? You can purchase the 10-inch sub, which includes the built in amp and all wiring all by itself. So check out our install of the Shaker-based kit on our '08 GT with a Shaker 500 system and take a look at the Shelby Performance Parts website to see all of the individual audio gear as well.

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