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New component speakers in my doors

I purchased my '05 convertible with the stock stereo system. Step one of upgrading it was installing my previously owned Pioneer DEH-8400BH head unit—which made a noticeable difference in the sound quality and made it a lot easier to use my iPhone (with bluetooth or an iPod cable connector) as my sound source. Step two was completed today: Swapping out the rear speakers for a pair of JL Audio C2-570X 2-way 5x7 speakers and my front speakers with a pair of JL Audio C2-650 6.5" 2-way components. I picked my speakers by going to the local Car Toys dealership and listening to a bunch of different speaker combinations. This seemed to be the best sounding out of the lot, for my price range. Installing the rear speakers was a breeze, and is documented on a separate thread on this site. The front speakers were more work. The 6.5" diameter woofers do not fit directly into the 5x7 stock mounts (no surprise there) and I had to trim the Scosche adapters I bought to get the adapters to fit. I also had to trim off some of the retaining tabs on the door speaker mounts. So just installing the woofers involved a lot of trimming and cutting—not for the inexperienced. I mounted the crossovers using velcro on the inside of the doors where the 8" Shaker 500 subs go. After some research, I decided to put the tweeters in the corner mounts over the rear-view mirrors. I saw someone else here do that and it seemed like a good position for them—plus, the driver's side mirror tilts the tweeter towards my head in a good position. Before cutting the holes in these covers, I used the driver's side cover to make a template of the power mirror control cutout. I used this template to cut a hole to reposition the power mirror control in the door panel itself. (The other person I had seen had repositioned the control below the window switches, but on the convertible this isn't an option). I also considered repositioning the control to the right of the headlight switch set, but really didn't want to get into lengthening and re-routing the connector harness.

With all done, I am pretty happy with how it came out. My sound quality is good, a lot clearer/crisper, and the whole process went pretty smoothly.

Driver's side, with repositioned power mirror switch:
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Passenger side:
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Sorry for the crappy quality photos, it was dark by the time I finished and all I had was my phone camera.

Step three will be some kind of sub: I'm considering a large one in the trunk ala the Stealthbox, but also thinking that I might be better off with Shaker 500-style 8" subs in the door, since a convertible loses bass so easily. I'm also planning on adding an amp to this setup (although the 4x50W MOSFET amp on-board the Pioneer head unit does a more than adequate job powering these speakers for now).

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-14-2012
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Looking good! Post more pics when you can!

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Very nicely done!
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Nice, but looking at rhe first pic. Is it easier to work on when your car is upside down?

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