We Upgrade Our F-150’s Audio Once Again with Pioneer Electronics and Optima Battery
Project TOTYl Resurrection: Part Nine- 1997 Ford F-150
If you've been following along, you know we're well into phase 2.0 of building our 1997 Ford F-150, dubbed Project TOTYl Resurrection because of its history as a former Motor Trend Truck Of The Year winner, back up to not-quite-a-classic-but-a-cool-driver-status. We started off with an interior update from TMI, followed by custom Dub IR glass tint and some ExoShield windshield protect at Daley Visual.
This second stint in truck rehab began as a result of our trusty parts hauler being broken into in the company parking lot. Besides a handful of parts for other projects, the only major thing that disappeared was the old Pioneer head unit. Back when we began this project the first time around, we installed a complete, affordable system from Pioneer that included the four factory sized replacement speakers, two 400-watt mini amps, and a 10-inch subwoofer/enclosure combo. Luckily, all of the latter was well hidden and we still have it!
We contacted Pioneer because we were so happy with the original head unit, and also because we were hoping to get lucky with the wiring connectors being identical. They weren't, but it was still an easy install using the AVH-2550NEX head unit, which came with all the bells and whistles as you will see below. Since the truck had a dead battery at the time of the break-in, we also contacted Optima for a fresh Yellow Top battery as well as their premium battery charger, to ensure we never let the truck sit around with a dead battery again!
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Follow along as the AP Sounds & Customs crew installs the Pioneer Head Unit and Optima battery in less than an hour, and check out the websites in the source box for more information on getting a better functioning head unit or fresh battery for your truck. Finally, check back for all the past and future build installments of Project TOTYl Resurrection right here!