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So you guys are saying that if I hooked the metra harnesses up correctly(by their labeling of the wires) that they are in fact backwards? I just installed a pair of infinity's with an external crossover so I had to cut the connectors off anyway and plug them into the crossover. So I'll need to go back and cross the wires now? Metra's positive wire should hook up to the negative terminal?
Assuming you have the same metra harness that Grim posted earlier, then yes.

One important thing to mention, that should have been mentioned at the beginning: If you replaced all 4 speakers, as long as you did them all the same way, you're fine. There is no "correct/backwards" way, you just need all the speakers to be the same, otherwise they will be "out of phase" with eachother. So this affects the people who just replaced the front two speakers. If you have that same metra adapter, your front speakers will be out of phase with your rear.


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Assuming you have the same metra harness that Grim posted earlier, then yes.

One important thing to mention, that should have been mentioned at the beginning: If you replaced all 4 speakers, as long as you did them all the same way, you're fine. There is no "correct/backwards" way, you just need all the speakers to be the same, otherwise they will be "out of phase" with eachother. So this affects the people who just replaced the front two speakers. If you have that same metra adapter, your front speakers will be out of phase with your rear.
Gotcha. Did just the fronts for now, and the harnesses I got we're the ones from amazon when I got the speakers. I just looked and couldn't find the part number on the page? Mine are the ones listed for '98 and above ford etc vehicles. I did see a link for 'similar items' that had the connecter with the part# listed above. I guess I'll just have to try and find out. They do look the same, but idk.


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Too late to edit my previous post, but just for confirmation... In this picture, for the polarity to be correct, the white wire would be on top correct? And does it make any difference in a 2010 vs 2011+? All the wiring in this regard would be the same, yes?

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Too late to edit my previous post, but just for confirmation... In this picture, for the polarity to be correct, the white wire would be on top correct? And does it make any difference in a 2010 vs 2011+? All the wiring in this regard would be the same, yes?
I'm not sure which is top and bottom while it is plugged in, you would have to take a picture of it while it isn't plugged in.

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I'm not sure which is top and bottom while it is plugged in, you would have to take a picture of it while it isn't plugged in.
Well, I was just going by his pic from above

On the bottom connecter(the one labeled incorrect), the white wire is in the top of the harness, where as the pic I put in my last post shows the black wire in the top part of the harness. Sorry for all the questions. Just not too savvy with wiring all this stuff. Lol

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Well, I was just going by his pic from above

On the bottom connecter(the one labeled incorrect), the white wire is in the top of the harness, where as the pic I put in my last post shows the black wire in the top part of the harness. Sorry for all the questions. Just not too savvy with wiring all this stuff. Lol
My point was I couldn't tell if, when plugged in, the top is still the top and the bottom is still the bottom. Depending on where the notches are I couldn't remember if the top stays the top after plugging it in.

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Okay, I see what you're saying. Guess ill be pulling these door panels again this week.

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Grim-DOH! Looks like another hour in the garage.
Thanks for the heads up.
I found Pioneer TS-A6874R at Best Buy & they dropped right in As a matter of fact they state on the box & speaker "custom fit for Ford,Nissan,Mazda" I thought they sound great, but now with this Metra info, I`ll have to take everything apart again also.

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I just installed a woofer in the 8" door spot & the woofer DIDN'T have polarity printed on it!

I found correct polarity by an old trick... tape a speaker wire to a AAA battery, pay attention to which wire is +/-. When you touch the +wire of the battery to the +terminal of the speaker, the cone will push out, away from the magnet.

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I just installed a woofer in the 8" door spot & the woofer DIDN'T have polarity printed on it!

I found correct polarity by an old trick... tape a speaker wire to a AAA battery, pay attention to which wire is +/-. When you touch the +wire of the battery to the +terminal of the speaker, the cone will push out, away from the magnet.
This is actually how I found out for sure that the Metra harnesses were the incorrect polarity. I did the battery/speaker test and matched it up to the harness.

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To the OP (and others), just as an FYI, from the looks of it you wired your speakers with the reverse polarity. Those Metra harnesses (72-5600) are wired the exact opposite way that they're supposed to be. I would recommend picking up a set of adapters from Crutchfield instead. They're basically the same price, but the difference is that your speakers will be in phase and you'll have more mids/lows (within limits of what the stock amp can support). For reference, this is the difference between the Metra adapters and the Crutchfield adapters. Please excuse the typo within the picture



I originally bought the Metra adapters (72-5600), but when I changed them out for Crutchfield's, the sound difference was huge.
You are so right. I replaced the front door speakers in my 2013 base V6 today using a pair of Pioneer 3 way speakers and the Meta wire harness. When I first hooked up the new speakers they sounded OK but not as good as I was expecting. Then I remembered reading about the Meta's possible polarity reversal. I took the harnesses off and cut the wires and spliced them in reverse, hooked the speakers back up.... What a diff, like night and day. CDs sound really good now.


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I too was saddened by how poor the base stereo sounds, but wasn't too thrilled to pay for a dash kit to install an aftermarket head unit.

So I bought myself some xmas presents from sonic electronix and will be installing them tomorrow (providing I can find a line output converter locally, bought a 5ch amp that takes speaker level inputs but not for the sub channel)

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Kenwood KFC-C6894PS 6" x 8" 3-Way Performance Coaxial Car Speakers

e2 ECAP1 1.0 Farad Digital Capacitor - Sonic Electronix

Alpine SWS-10D4 (sws10d44) 10" Dual 4-Ohm Type-S Series Car Subwoofer


Also picked up a cheap sealed box (I listen to mostly metal, so I don't want/need the booming bass of a ported box) And yes I know the amp is junk, but I was doing the upgrade on a budget :/ Unfortunately I bought the metra connector harness as well, oh well, easy fix.

Will hopefully post how it went and any tips/hints I might have figured out along the way. OP will definitely help with removing my door trim without wrecking it. Thanks Ace72Ace!
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Has anyone had experience with this? I'd like to replace my stock speakers yet keep the stock radio.Helix PP50DSP Plug and Play digital signal processor with built-in 5-channel amplifier at Crutchfield.com

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Has anyone had experience with this? I'd like to replace my stock speakers yet keep the stock radio.Helix PP50DSP Plug and Play digital signal processor with built-in 5-channel amplifier at Crutchfield.com

That looks like it will work nice. I did something similar, added a 5 channel amp, 4 new speakers and a sub in the trunk. Kept my factory head unit, so it looks clean, and like its stock. Out of sight, out of mind when I go downtown.

https://www.allfordmustangs.com/forum...ml#post2610234

If that is the amp/processor you want, you might do a search of its part number on Google. Crutchfield always gets beat on price.



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