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Well I have seen all the posts about changing speakers and such and I went out to my car, cralwed in the trunk and took a look at the rear deck speakers. They are screwed in and then there is a harness there. No aftermarket speaker will have the male end of that harness installed on it, it will have + and - leads. How do you only change the speakers without chaning the head unit etc? I saw there were two silver wires connected to this harness of some sort I assume that it was the + and - of the speakers connected to the male end of the harness? Can anybody give me some insight. Thanks in advance!
 

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If you get your speakers from Crutchfields, they provide the adapter harness that plugs into the factory harness, and has + and - leads to connect to the new speakers. Otherwise, Best Buy or any reputable stereo shop should have the adapter harnesses. :wavey
 

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Great! because if I decide to change it, crutchfield is a definite!
 

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Crutchfield is da Bomb!

Got all four of my 6x8 Pioneer speakers for the front and back from Crutchfield. They came with the adapters for the harness connection free of charge. The + and - wires from the adapters came with slide on clips already crimped on. You just can't go wrong with Crutchfield.
 

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2 questions:
1. How do you get those screws out to remove the speaker? Does the entire back deck come off or something?
2. If you were to get speakers that had their own grill, you would be able to use them (without fabricating an entirely new back deck) correct? You would need to keep the stock ugly plastic grill?
 

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I replaced mine in the doors and the rear deck.

I just clipped the end of the speaker connector and hard wired and soldered the new leads on, no adapters necessary. Compare the connector to the speaker... find the color of the wire connecting to the positive terminal on the speaker and be sure to use that color as your positive lead.

As for the factory screws, if I recall they are star head screws, a ***** to get out. I used screws, washers, lock washers and nuts to re-attach the new speakers. I found this much easier than trying to screw the old ones back into the panel. I used the factory grilles so as not to advertise to the ones that may want what I have and are not willing to work for it.




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2 questions:
1. How do you get those screws out to remove the speaker? Does the entire back deck come off or something?
2. If you were to get speakers that had their own grill, you would be able to use them (without fabricating an entirely new back deck) correct? You would need to keep the stock ugly plastic grill?
 

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fitch615 said:
2 questions:
1. How do you get those screws out to remove the speaker? Does the entire back deck come off or something?
2. If you were to get speakers that had their own grill, you would be able to use them (without fabricating an entirely new back deck) correct? You would need to keep the stock ugly plastic grill?
1. From inside the car, pop off the speaker grill. It just comes right off. There are four torques head bolts that hold the speaker in.

2. You would probably be better off just reusing the stock grill.
 

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Any tricks to getting these screws out?
 

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Nope, no tricks or words of wisdom on the screws. I just used a 1/4" drive torques bit socket ( don't remember the size, maybe T20? ) and a ratchet. Worked like a champ.
 

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I love crutchfield, done my last few cars through them. You may pay a few more bucks, but the directions and any adapter/kits you may need are usually included. And if all else fails they have an 800# for tech support.
 

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leave the old speakers get some 3/8-5/8 nylon spacers and some self tapping screws and mount them in the square holes between the factory speakers. just leave the old ones with the connectors in them and a inch or two of wire incase.
 

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I replaced mine last weekend with a set of Audiobahn plates I had lying around. I used the 1/4" drive ratchet with the 1/4" socket and a torx bit. Be sure to hold a finger on the bit when using it so it doesn't fall under the carpeted rear deck. It helps to let the seat you aren't sitting in down so you can reach under the speaker. After the screws were out I twisted the speaker around so it would drop through the rear deck. I was scared of scratching my tint. Then I went through the trunk and pulled the plugs off. I also flipped the plastic clips over so my new speakers mount from underneath. I used the small blue clamshell splices for wiring. Works great so far, but I need to recheck the screws to see if they are working their way out since I flipped them.

I have had great service in the past from Crutchfield, but I already had speakers and the price for adapters is high if you don't buy the speakers.

The plates made a world of difference in the highs in the rear. I was surprised at how cheap the rears were compared to the pictures of the other speakers in the car. I am now debating on the door subs and bridging the amps. I have been looking in the forums for weeks for the instructions and have yet to find them. I find a lot of mentions about bridging, but no instructions. Same with speaker choices. Kicker fits right in, but several others are mentioned but not by name.

No one mentions replacing the subs in the trunk either.
 

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I replaced mine last weekend with a set of Audiobahn plates I had lying around. I used the 1/4" drive ratchet with the 1/4" socket and a torx bit. Be sure to hold a finger on the bit when using it so it doesn't fall under the carpeted rear deck. It helps to let the seat you aren't sitting in down so you can reach under the speaker. After the screws were out I twisted the speaker around so it would drop through the rear deck. I was scared of scratching my tint. Then I went through the trunk and pulled the plugs off. I also flipped the plastic clips over so my new speakers mount from underneath. I used the small blue clamshell splices for wiring. Works great so far, but I need to recheck the screws to see if they are working their way out since I flipped them.

I have had great service in the past from Crutchfield, but I already had speakers and the price for adapters is high if you don't buy the speakers.

The plates made a world of difference in the highs in the rear. I was surprised at how cheap the rears were compared to the pictures of the other speakers in the car. I am now debating on the door subs and bridging the amps. I have been looking in the forums for weeks for the instructions and have yet to find them. I find a lot of mentions about bridging, but no instructions. Same with speaker choices. Kicker fits right in, but several others are mentioned but not by name.

No one mentions replacing the subs in the trunk either.

you need to know how to bridge you speakers on the amp? - I know how if that is you question, and it will add more power output to the speakers, but decrease the life of the amp by a little (not a big deal, most amps die in 5-7 years anyways)
 

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That information is what i have been looking for. Been looking for weeks. How do you bridge the amp for the door subs? :headscratch:

Also, what speakers fit the doors? The 8" Kicker and what else? I have read that a lot of people are running the Pioneer with a small modification to the ABS plastic box in the door. I was going to replace the door subs and bridge the amp at the same time.

I am debating on the MB Quart 5" separates I have lying around or another set of the Audiobahns.

Thanks for the info. I was starting to lose my mind.:gringreen
 
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