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Installing my new door speakers today in the rain

First I removed the plastic screw up near the upper door hinge...


Then I removed the screw near the door release handle and the door pull handle....sorry, no pictures.

Then I popped out the window/door lock switch panel.


At the front bottom edge of the door panel is a little section of door panel which hangs below the door......I grabbed that section and pulled the door panel away from the door.....lifted it up and off the door....


Here's a shot the old stock door speaker


The original speaker is mounted with rivets. I didn't want to buy the new speaker mount adapters so I ripped out the old speaker cone....


......and delicately, cut away the plastic ribs of the old speaker


After the careful trimming, this is what the old speaker looked like.


Used a screw driver to punch a hole in the side of the old screw driver to pass thru the speaker wires....


Almost finished....
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Re: Installing my new door speakers today in the rain

Nice. Don't you need spacers, too?
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Nice. Don't you need spacers, too?
No, you dont need them if you leave the circular portion of the old speaker rivited in place.....the aftermarket spacers aren't really "spacers". They are more like "speaker mounts". There is plenty of room behind the speaker to mount flush with the door, but once the factory 6.5 inch speaker is removed, the empty hole for the new speaker will be 7 inches round.......too big of a hole for a 6.5 inch speaker.......so I cut away the plastic center section of the speaker frame basket leaving only the ring portion of the speaker frame still riveted onto the door.........I then mounted the new speaker on top of the factory 6.5 inch.

The old speakers were 30ohm. The new Kicker speakers are 4ohm.......I could instantly hear the difference in sound volume. I don't have an amplifier for dash or door speakers yet, but they should sound better once I get one. Right now they are just being powered from A pioneer deck. I also installed a pair of Polk Audio DB series speakers in the dash.







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Re: Installing my new door speakers today in the rain

It's hard to get a bigger bang for your buck than you did. Nice job.

I need to contact my local scrap yard to see what kind of xB parts they have. How did you know that there were Polk/Kicker speakers? Did you have to check it out yourself or did the employee there tell you?
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It's hard to get a bigger bang for your buck than you did. How did you know that there were Polk/Kicker speakers? Did you have to check it out yourself or did the employee there tell you?
Yup.....total cost for the speaker upgrade was $12. I paid 10 bucks for four speakers plus $2 entry fee to get into the salvage yard.

When I need a pert from the salvage yard, I first find my part then I look for fresh rows of cars/trucks. If I see a fresh row, I will snoop around those vehicles looking for any aftermarket parts on them: Stuff like: coil over suspensions, stereo amps, "racing" seats, FlowMaster exhaust systems, LED light kits......basically anything aftermarket that I can resell for a profit.

Best salvage yard things I've found so far has been:
A complete 4x4 Nitrogen gas suspension/lift kit for Ford truck.
A Jackson Supercharger for a Honda.
Verticle lift "Lambo" style door hinges for a Monte Carlo SS
Complete rear "Lowrider" style hydraulics system with "Powerball" pivot cylinders, minus the batteries.


Basically, when I found the speakers, I was car hoping the junk yard and got lucky.
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