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I have a grade 08 and the stock radio was too weak. I bought a speaker level amp but then got a good deal on a HU with good power out so I went that route. I had thought about making some or buying speaker mounts as I have some pioneer 2 way but for me the stock speakers are good enough. but usually I just have the radio on for the noise. I can hear the radio just fine with all the windows down.
Components are a lot more work. If the clarity is that important to you then go for it. I think I would sound deaden the cab first as you may not hear better quality speakers if you don't. They also may not be as loud as the stock if they have a lower sensitivity.