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Thin Speaker spacers?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by mrmumbels, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Dec 17, 2010 at 6:18 AM
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    mrmumbels

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    I noticed that everyone gets these thick speaker spacers. Am I ok to use the thin ones that came with my new components or wilm there be a space from speaker to door that could affect something?
     
  2. Dec 17, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    The spacer does exactly what it sounds like it does...it puts space between the speaker and the mounting surface on the door so it increases the available depth. If your speaker is too deep it will hit the window as it comes down the track when you roll it down.

    How thin is too thing? Well that really depends on the depth of your speaker.
     
  3. Dec 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM
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    Yea I have the pioneer D series 6x9s in the front and they are deeeep. I have a tacotunes mount plus a 1/4inch spacer and I had to cut away the inside door panel to get them to fit. they are a snug fit but they are in there and the window doesnt hit
     
  4. Dec 17, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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    I used 1/4" MDF for my 6.5" Alpine Type-s components.
     
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    I think he's asking if there are detrimental effects if the driver is not as close as possible to the opening holes in the door panel, i.e. trapped resonant waves or something bouncing against the speaker due to the increased distance.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2010 at 3:48 PM
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    Yes, will my music be bouncing around inside the door panel?
     
  7. Dec 18, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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    Why didn't you just use the 1/4 inch spacers that came with the speakers?
     
  8. Dec 18, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    3/4" was insufficent for my Focal 165KR. I required a 1.5" spacer (3/4" PLATE AND 3/4" RING) Then I had to do all kinds of crazy trimming on the door panel too.
     
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    ^You couldn't have gotten away with a 1" baffle?
     
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    No, I used one of those plastic speaker baffle/enclosures, cut the botom half out, slit the bottom and stretched it because it was too narrow for my mid cut out opening, sandwiched it between the ring and plate and used it as a rain guard for the mid. I also didnt account for the depth of the rain guard to the magnet and had to use some non flush bolts to join the two pieces of MDF and used M3 gasket tape suff from SDSD to seal them, screwing the ring down to the plate with bolt heads between, sealed with the gasket tape. It made for a weather proof speaker and air tight seal between plates but very deep set up. On the up side, rain will never got to my speakers. Id have done it differently if I had to do it all over again and just attached sheet plastic to the back of a thinner baffle and had no back at all on the rain guard and just matched the magnet depth with the rain guard, more like the factory rain guard.

    The rear 165 CVX just needed a single 3/4" baffle, even with the rain guard.

    I was pretty much set on not getting the magnet or rain guard right on top of my side glass when down. Its got about 1/2 to 1/4 inch.
     
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