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Posted by: johannes Jun 23 2006, 06:28 AM

This is a very easy and fast job to do.

My car didn't have the original speakers. I think they are no longuer available.

I bought new 4"x6" speakers. You can now find some very cheap with tweeters included. They are smaller than the original one, so you have to make an adapter.

I made a shape that you can download and print from here :

http://johannes.roussel.free.fr/914/sellerie/shape.pdf

You must print it with "NO RESIZE" option checked ...

Here we go ...

Download and print the shape. cut it out (the red paper)

The shape works for both left and right speaker ... you just have to reverse it.

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Trace, drill and cut a thick paperboard

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Screw the loudspeaker over the paperboard.
I know !!! this red loudspeaker is gonna look ugly in my teener ... but wait and see wink.gif

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Posted by: johannes Jun 23 2006, 06:33 AM

I still had the original sound fabric grill. I washed it but it keeped grey.
I finally painted it with black mat paint. biggrin.gif

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I reshaped it so it fits this way.

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Then screw the adapter to the plastic grill. You will need some metric screws ... Easy to find here ... Don't know if it's easy to find in the USA ... sad.gif

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Posted by: johannes Jun 23 2006, 06:37 AM

He he ! see , the red loudspeaker is almost unvisible ... wub.gif

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Once in the car, you won't notice beerchug.gif

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That's all folks !

Posted by: BigDBass Jun 23 2006, 07:23 AM

Nice job and thanks for the write-up!

Posted by: markb Jun 23 2006, 07:25 AM

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Posted by: Eric_Shea Jun 23 2006, 08:47 AM

Simply Classic (again).

You do good work. smilie_pokal.gif

Posted by: AZ914 Jun 23 2006, 08:51 AM

Very Nice!!

This thread and Johannes' door panel thread should go to the classic threads section at some point.

Posted by: r_towle Jun 23 2006, 09:51 AM

Now,
did you have to crush the heater tube running up behind that speaker???

Rich

Posted by: Air_Cooled_Nut Jun 23 2006, 10:29 AM

Metric fasteners are easy to find, even in The Middle of No-Where bootyshake.gif The local Ace Hardware store is my supplier. If they're out of stock I simply tell Randy and I have 'em in a couple days smile.gif

What gets my goat: The Dellorto carbs on my Squareback are Italian made but use non-metric fasteners headbang.gif Everything on my car is metric except the carbs. Metric is sooooooooooooooooo much easier!

Posted by: johannes Jun 23 2006, 10:30 AM

QUOTE(r_towle @ Jun 23 2006, 07:51 AM) *

Now,
did you have to crush the heater tube running up behind that speaker???

Rich


Good question. I didn't notice any problem ... Wait ... I'm gonna unscrew it and take a pic...

It seems there is enough room smile.gif


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Posted by: horizontally-opposed Sep 8 2006, 01:39 PM

Searching through old posts, I found this gem.

Has anyone tried this with 5x7s? Will they fit?!?!

And, how is the sound compared to door-mounted speakers?

Have a very nice 4-speaker Boston Acoustics setup now, but thinking about returning the interior to period-correct.

pete

Posted by: horizontally-opposed Sep 8 2006, 03:10 PM

Oh yeah, and I second the nomination to put this one into the Classics thread

A great post! clap56.gif clap56.gif clap56.gif clap56.gif clap56.gif

pete

Posted by: johannes Sep 8 2006, 03:43 PM

QUOTE
Searching through old posts, I found this gem.

Has anyone tried this with 5x7s? Will they fit?!?!

And, how is the sound compared to door-mounted speakers?

Have a very nice 4-speaker Boston Acoustics setup now, but thinking about returning the interior to period-correct.

pete

I didn't test with 5X7 ... but I think they wont fit because of depth issues. Original speakers had inverted magnets (magnet on the font and not in the rear)...

Sound is crappy because of no volume behind the speaker so don't expect any bass ... sound with door speakers is better but I hate holes in the doors.

For bass you can build or buy a center console with speakers http://stores.ebay.com/Appearance-and-Performance
or fit a subwoofer under the passenger feet http://www.autoatlanta.com/tech/subwoofer.html

The thread is already in the classics ... smile.gif

Posted by: Paul Illick Sep 8 2006, 04:49 PM

The color shouldn't be a problem. If you don't like the red showing through (some people like it) you can put a light coat of flat black on the speaker itself without hurting it or affecting the sound. I said a LIGHT coat.

Posted by: jrmole Oct 27 2006, 06:59 PM



I love the idea, but your template link is broken! Can you e-mail me the file? I can post it somewhere for others to pick it up.

Thanks.

Posted by: johannes Nov 13 2006, 08:35 AM

Link is fixed ...

Posted by: jim_hoyland Nov 13 2006, 08:29 PM

biggrin.gif Thanks. This should be a classic

Posted by: PinetreePorsche Nov 15 2006, 08:13 AM

Q. for J. the speakerman: Loved the post, but all the 4x6's I've seen are junk. Yours look pretty good, but I can't read the print on them. What brand are they, where did you buy them? -Chris "PinetreePorsche"

Posted by: johannes Nov 15 2006, 08:38 AM

They are kind of chineese junk too ... But you can find 4X6 from Pioneer or Alpine that are better. Only take a look at the magnet. This shouldn't be too large.

If you want to spend more $, you better buy Speakers with adapter plates ($45) from Appearence and Performance
http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showtopic=58394
They have it also on ebay http://stores.ebay.com/Appearance-and-Performance

Posted by: Gint Nov 2 2008, 02:23 PM

Moved to the Lapuwali Classic Thread Forum.

Posted by: horizontally-opposed Dec 2 2019, 06:42 PM

So I am thinking about moving my tweeters and a pair of small midrange speakers to this location, and then replacing the 6.5s in my doors (hate the look, but that's for another day, and I do like tunes).

Any audio experts have some thoughts on what kind of MDF (or?) I should use for the board? I may add one more pair of tweeters where the current ones are in the doors dry.gif or get more creative in hiding them. We'll see...

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