Theft Re­cov­ery

Alpine Elec­tron­ics’ new Halo9 up­dates the Truckin F-150


Some of you may re­mem­ber a few months ago when we wrote in our ed­i­to­rial about how our flag­ship Truckin ve­hi­cle, the ’13 Ford F-150, was bro­ken into and the Alpine was stolen. Well, part of it any­way, ren­der­ing it use­less to the thieves but just as ex­pen­sive for us. The door and han­dle were re­paired at LGE-CTS, but we still had the head unit to con­tend with. Luck­ily for us, Alpine is in the process of re­leas­ing one of the most in­no­va­tive head units in re­cent mem­ory—one that just about stole the show at CES re­cently, the Halo9. The Halo9 fea­tures a sin­gleDIN chas­sis with an ad­justable, float­ing, 9-inch screen and all the bells and whis­tles, in­clud­ing Ap­ple CarPlay. There are two rea­sons why the Halo9 will soon be a game changer. The first is be­cause the price is con­sid­er­ably lower than any of the 9-inch head units pre­vi­ously on the mar­ket. The sec­ond is that since you’re deal­ing with a stan­dard, sin­gle-DIN chas­sis, all it takes is a stan­dard in­stal­la­tion kit, mak­ing the Halo9 feel at home in just about any truck made in the last half-cen­tury!

Since all the ca­bles and wiring for the com­po­nents, subs, and amps were still in­tact, the process was as sim­ple as in­stalling the kit and wiring up the new plug for the Halo9. We also in­stalled the new 900-watt Alpine X-A90V 5-Chan­nel X-Se­ries dig­i­tal am­pli­fier, which pro­vided an ad­di­tional 75 watts to each 10-inch sub­woofer, giv­ing us a lit­tle more bump to go with our new Halo. Fol­low along as we knock the truck out in about half a day and check out the Alpine web­site to see what you can do in your truck’s cab.


The Alpine iLX-F309 Halo9 unit boasts a full 9-inch touch­screen dis­play, which can be moved up/down, in/ out, and even tilted to ac­com­mo­date dif­fer­ent dash­board styles.

1. Alpine’s res­i­dent tech ex­pert Phil Bowen got right to work as­sess­ing the dam­age caused by thieves when they stole the first Alpine sys­tem out of our Ford F-150. Thieves suck!

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