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OK, who has had these out? What are they made of? What size is needed to replace them? Any tips on removal and replacement.
Seems to me they are 'muddy' sounding and I'd like something a bit more crisp sounding in the back seat area.
Ideas ??
 

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You're right, the rear door speakers sound very muddy. A number of us on this forum have replaced them with something better. The rear door speakers are pop-riveted in, you will need to drill out the 3 pop rivets that hold each speaker. The speaker hole in the door seems small but if you use speaker adaptors you can fit 6 1/2" diameter speakers. I made my own adaptors out of 3/4" thick particle board but you may want to use MDF instead, or you can buy a pair of adaptors.

I went with component speakers and put the separate tweaters up high on the rear doors, it makes a world of difference. The sound stage has so much more "presence" now. Have fun!
 

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The rear door speakers are cheap paper-cone 5.25"s.

Because you need a mounting plate, which keeps the speakers away from the door a little, you can put in 6.5"s.

It's pretty straight-forward to replace them. If I remember correctly, pop the D-shaped cover off the door handle to reveal a screw. There is another where you grab the door to close it. Then the whole inside just pops off. Pay attention to the cables for the lock and latch.

The speakers are held in with pop rivets. Just drill them out. Make or buy a mounting bracket and put in your new speakers.

Here is a link to a diy for the front speakers. The rears are identical except the hole in the door is a little smaller.

A few extra things I did:
1) I made my speaker adapter plate out of mdf because it is easier to work with and I had some scraps laying around.

2) I also put several coats of paint on the adapter plates. Water will get in the door and you don't want it to ruin your hard work.

3) I also had some scraps of fun foam from a craft store. It's almost like a sheet of gasket material. I put a ring of that between the door and the mdf. (The speaker already had a gasket to go between it and the mdf.) Sound deadener would be better, but I'm too cheap. (I will probably do some eventually though.)
 

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You can do what I did, after replacing my front components , I took the stock front speaker, cut and bent the hole in the rear door and made the 6.5 speaker fit. Mine is powered off the deck and the new fronts have an amplifier to them. Since the stock fronts are plastic cone , they sound good relocated to the rear doors. And they plug right in to the factory plug, so no splicing or replacing wiring is needed when swapping from the front to the rear.
 

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So my buddy changed out his rear speakers for some pioneer 5" ones. He said it still sounds like shite. Is there some kind of crossover/EQ on them? I dont wanna spend the time changing them out if it's still gonna sound poo. Ideas?
Smaller speakers = less sound for the most part. I'm sure they sound better than the paper stock speakers. It also depend on what Pioneers he used. I've heard some good and some really bad Pioneer stuff. I remember TartanJack bought and installed some Pioneer speakers and I think he didn't like them either and took them out.

I put in a set of 6.5" Alpine coax in the rear doors and I'm happy with the sound. They aren't components, but they were less than $50 on eBay and well worth the money.
 

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So my buddy changed out his rear speakers for some pioneer 5" ones. He said it still sounds like shite. Is there some kind of crossover/EQ on them? I dont wanna spend the time changing them out if it's still gonna sound poo. Ideas?

if he has a 2gen xb why would he go smaller all around they are 6.5". when i had my 1gen xb i put 5.25" components in the rear and had a amp on them and the 6.5 components were way stronger still, so i dont see why he would go smaller.

anything better then the paper speakers will sound better. you would also have to tune your audio to your feel.

i have a 6 year old kenwood excelon 7" headunit i still use it even if it works when it wants to but it has a badass EQ with many setting to tune my highs and bass and i am on stock speakers on my doors.
 

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So I changed out mine for 6.5" 2 ways and they still sound poo. It has something to do with the car type settings. Unfortunately I like the xb setting front sound and the iq rear sound. I wish it was possible to clear these settings totally, so that it sends the same signal to both front and rear, but from my internet research I've found nothing to suggest its possible. Looks like a new headunit might be on the cards.


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I replaced my rear speakers with a set of 6.5 Alpine 2 way speakers, and they still sounded very quiet as well. There was an increase in sound "quality" but not enough to warrant the $100 I paid for the speaker set. I was told the only way to get a solid sound out of the rear speakers was to add an amp. That's just my experience.
 

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I replaced my rear speakers with a set of 6.5 Alpine 2 way speakers, and they still sounded very quiet as well. There was an increase in sound "quality" but not enough to warrant the $100 I paid for the speaker set. I was told the only way to get a solid sound out of the rear speakers was to add an amp. That's just my experience.

Yeah I'm thinking of getting the alpine KTP-455U eventually.


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