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6x9 speaker install on the cheap

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Justus, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. Nov 8, 2013 at 1:55 AM
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    Justus

    Justus [OP] fucks not given

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    I was looking for something to do and figured its time to upgrade the stereo and speakers on the taco. I had the single disc, non jbl, non mp3, NO AUX INPUT, stock POS, with matching POS drivers in the doors. I did not want to drop much money into this, so I decided I would do the work myself, and buy as little as needed.

    I purchased a set of 6x9 speakers from bestbuy (kenwood KFC-6994PS) and had them match the lowest price I found online. Everything else came from crutchfield.

    Why not get these from crutchfield? I was near bestbuy already and since these speakers were listed as "do not fit your vehicle" from Amazon, and crutchfield, I figured its easier to run back to bestbuy if SHTF.


    Stereo install was fine (Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597), rear speaker install was cake (sony GT1638F) since they were consider a "fits with adapter" item, and crutchfield sends out the adapter/brackets free for these as well as wiring adapters.

    So I took a good look at my options for mounting the 6x9's and came up with some ideas which worked great.... Remember, Im not going for great sound, I just want something better than stock, and the ability to play different media, and have handsfree bluetooth on a budget.


    stock setup in front door, outlined with sharpie
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    what your left to work with....... nevermind my color code cheat sheet... I hijacked the signal further up the line because the stock setup runs signal to the tweeter first, and then to the lower driver and I wanted to disable all stock crap
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    heres the factory mounting bracket.....what can we do with this?
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    well I wont use the drivers anyhow, so lets open things up a little using razor knife
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    and now for the dremel
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    needs some more massaging, but its getting there
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    better
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    Time to move onto that large lip on the door panel that would hit the speaker.......yeah, we have a little bit of space to work with here :D
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    time for some more dremel action.....almost done here, but it needed to be completely ground down, including those 3 vertical ribs, those touched the plastic bar that goes across the speakers midrange just a tad
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    After some more work with the dremel and a composite cutoff wheel, a sanding drum, and finally a fine grit stone, things were smoothed out and cleaned of debris with air compressor nozzle. Sorry forgot to take pics, but basically like I said. I had to bring those vertical ribs flush with the rest of the "grill".

    Now, test fitting showed I was all clear EXCEPT that the screws used to mount the new speakers onto the factory housings came into contact with the doors sheet metal. The screws I used were #10 x 2" and only extend past the brackets less than 1/4"..... Between the factory brackets and the speaker depth, these screws were a good fit. I tried nuts and bolts, but only had 1 bolt that would have worked... If these screws loosen up over time, I will use that 1 bolt I have for reference and buy enough to replace the screws.

    I ended up marking the contact areas with a sharpie (love them damn things, and the ink comes off with a MR.Clean magic eraser).
    I then picked up my trusty Dremel, a few cheap cutoff wheels, the sanding drum, and fine grit stone grinder... Went to town and made my notches.
    FYI, eye and ear protection was worn at all times! :)

    and yes, I made sure the window was up the whole time and periodically checked for proper window operation.


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    used factory screws to mount brackets to the door, and I used that 1 bolt that I said ended up fitting on this speaker with a nut, washer, and lock washer for safe keeping (top left). I used the #10 x2" screws in the remaining 3 mounting holes
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    nothing to look at when ur done really, looks factory....... pardon the scuffs, I wasnt aware how often I make contact with the door and my foot before I took this pic :eek:

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  2. Nov 8, 2013 at 1:59 AM
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    Jerez

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    I like it sir, looks good :thumbsup:
     
  3. Nov 8, 2013 at 2:09 AM
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    thank you :cheers:


    I have a 4 channel amp i may install later, I assume it may driver the speakers better with less distortion (the amp is only a 75watt x4 A/B). Why not, its just sitting here from my last car.
     
  4. Nov 8, 2013 at 5:52 AM
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    75 a side would drive those real nice, Justus..I have Fosgate 6x9's in mine on an MTX 100x2 and it really fills up the truck
     
  5. Nov 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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    thats almost exactly what we did to install my infinity speaks years ago (used the stock speaker surround)

    nice! do it, will should alot better :D
     
  6. Nov 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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    Maybe on the next paycheck..... Waiting on some money to come in from a sale too, so that will help.
     
  7. Nov 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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    Nice work man!!! I need to invest in a dremel I think! Was yours the regular oem speakers or the JBL's? I wonder if there is any difference in the mounts at all between the two.
     
  8. Nov 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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    I had the non jbl


    And yes...... Dremel ftw
     

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