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Old 29 Dec 2016, 02:45 pm
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Default Installing aftermarket front door speakers

Hi! I just thought I should share some insight on my speaker installation today. I went out and bought two 6 1/2" speakers, knowing that they probably wouldn't fit since the original speakers are oversized 6 3/4". A specialized adapter for the common sized 6 1/2" speakers would take days to ship during this time of year, so I had to manage this on my own.

I used a cut-out part of the old speakers to mount the new speakers and it worked out perfectly!

See the attached pictures. Oops! Ten pictures is maximum. I will post the rest in the first comment.
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Old 29 Dec 2016, 02:46 pm
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The last three pictures.
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Old 29 Dec 2016, 04:11 pm
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This is super cool! Thank you for posting it.

If you don't mind, I'm going to post your photos in a row so everyone can see them.

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Hi! I just thought I should share some insight on my speaker installation today. I went out and bought two 6 1/2" speakers, knowing that they probably wouldn't fit since the original speakers are oversized 6 3/4". A specialized adapter for the common sized 6 1/2" speakers would take days to ship during this time of year, so I had to manage this on my own.

I used a cut-out part of the old speakers to mount the new speakers and it worked out perfectly!

See the attached pictures.
















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Old 29 Dec 2016, 05:40 pm
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Thanks! I guess I didn't know how to make the attached pictures visible
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Old 29 Dec 2016, 07:22 pm
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That's quite a MacGyver

This looks like something Handy would have come up with.

Welcome to the forum

You should go to the New Members section and introduce yourself
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Old 29 Dec 2016, 09:27 pm
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Hi! I just thought I should share some insight on my speaker installation today. I went out and bought two 6 1/2" speakers, knowing that they probably wouldn't fit since the original speakers are oversized 6 3/4". ...................

I used a cut-out part of the old speakers to mount the new speakers and it worked out perfectly!
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Beautifully done! Looks exactly like something I would come up with.

Great to see another 'tinkerer' in the bunch.

I do have two comments to make:

1. Make sure that when you drill those speaker frames, you keep ALL the metal filings away from the magnet. If any work their way into the voice coil, your speaker is a goner.

2. Make sure that you keep the speaker wires phased correctly. In other words: + on the old to the + on the new and vice versa. If you don't and you get one speaker reversed the phasing will be out of whack and you will get a diffuse and directionless sound. This also applies to front and rear speaker phasing. An easy way to test them is to listen to a mono recording, or announcer's voice, or use AM radio. If it is correct, the sound will seem to come from dead center and the bass will be reinforced. If it isn't, and the sound is washed-out, and the bass is not strong, try reversing the leads to one speaker, (or both if front to rear is off) or just double-check against a schematic.

Apologies if you already know all this.

Again, great job!
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Old 30 Dec 2016, 12:26 pm
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Beautifully done! Looks exactly like something I would come up with.

Great to see another 'tinkerer' in the bunch.

I do have two comments to make:

1. Make sure that when you drill those speaker frames, you keep ALL the metal filings away from the magnet. If any work their way into the voice coil, your speaker is a goner.

2. Make sure that you keep the speaker wires phased correctly. In other words: + on the old to the + on the new and vice versa. If you don't and you get one speaker reversed the phasing will be out of whack and you will get a diffuse and directionless sound. This also applies to front and rear speaker phasing. An easy way to test them is to listen to a mono recording, or announcer's voice, or use AM radio. If it is correct, the sound will seem to come from dead center and the bass will be reinforced. If it isn't, and the sound is washed-out, and the bass is not strong, try reversing the leads to one speaker, (or both if front to rear is off) or just double-check against a schematic.

Apologies if you already know all this.

Again, great job!
Thanks for the clarifications! They will surely be needed for someone attempting this mod. I tried to measure the output in order to determine plus and minus, but when I failed at that I just soldered it together and as I know how an out of phase speaker sounds, I concluded that my new speakers hand the correct position och plus and minus. This is however not true for all speakers and with your method it is easy to determine if the the sound is in phase

Also, I just marked where I should drill beforehand and removed the new speaker when I was ready to drill And yes! The metal filings is really bad for the speaker
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Hi! I just thought I should share some insight on my speaker installation today. I went out and bought two 6 1/2" speakers, knowing that they probably wouldn't fit since the original speakers are oversized 6 3/4". A specialized adapter for the common sized 6 1/2" speakers would take days to ship during this time of year, so I had to manage this on my own.

I used a cut-out part of the old speakers to mount the new speakers and it worked out perfectly!

See the attached pictures. Oops! Ten pictures is maximum. I will post the rest in the first comment.
My passenger door speaker is rattling and need to replace. What aftermarket brand and model did you purchase?
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Old 14 Feb 2017, 12:32 pm
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My passenger door speaker is rattling and need to replace. What aftermarket brand and model did you purchase?
I bought a Swedish brand called GAS (Great American Sound)
They are in the mid to upper quality range and only costs about $60 for two speakers. You should go for a price point around $70-$90. That will get you a speaker that will handle deep bass as well as the full frequency range. There is one cone + two tweeters per speaker in the ones that I bought.

At the same time I installed a ten year old Pioneer stereo that I had in a BMW 750. I think that the stereo (with bluetooth, but no streaming) set me back about $1300 at the time (with speakers) and installed in my PT it lifted the sound quality enormously! Even with the factory speakers in the back! The guy at the car stereo shop said that the same quality stereo today only costs about $300
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Old 21 Mar 2017, 09:21 pm
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Why go through all that work. I googled the PT Cruiser speakers, was told 77kick10 was a direct replacement. I found them on line for $64 delivered. Wow, plug and play. Took the door panel off, removed the old speakers, the OEM plug when right into the new speakers, screwed them back in, and bam all done. Sound great too
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