Everything listeners are supposed to hear from their car stereo comes from the speakers. They produce the highs, the lows, and all the sounds in between. Vehicle manufacturers don’t always think about great sounding speakers when they’re designing a new car model, they’ve got plenty of other issues to think about. But car audio manufacturers are always experimenting and pushing the envelope to make better sounding speakers. You’ll hear the difference that commitment makes when you install brand-name speakers in place of the factory-installed originals. For those who are all about DIY, here is a Car Speaker Installation Guide which helps you install it yourself.
Car Speaker Installation Guide
1. Disconnect the battery
Your car doors are going to be open while you install the new speakers. Disconnecting the negative terminal of the battery prevents you from draining your battery and getting stuck without power. It also protects you against a dangerous short circuit in your vehicle’s electrical system.
2. Prepare your components
Remove the new speakers and hardware from the box. If you’re installing full-range speakers, you’ll typically have the two speakers, speaker wire, screws, speed clips, and instructions. Some aftermarket speakers include grilles as well. If your speakers do not come with grilles, use your factory grilles. If you’re putting in component speakers, you’ll also have the separate tweeters, the tweeter mounting hardware, and crossovers.
3. Disassemble door
Depending on the factory speaker locations, or where you’ve decided to custom-mount your speakers, you can now begin to remove your old speakers. Your instructions will show you how to remove the factory speakers.To begin, we used a window crank removal tool to pry off the crank cover. Then, we removed screws and removed the crank. Next, we removed a few screws and the door cup. There was one more screw beneath the door pull cup, so we removed it, then slid the door panel up and off the door.
4. Removing the Factory Speaker
The factory speaker is secured to the car door with four screws. We removed them, then pulled the speaker out of the opening. Using a flat head screwdriver, we popped off the factory harness and removed the factory speaker.
5. Prepping the crossovers
Component speaker systems use an external crossover to divide the frequency bandwidths between the tweeter and woofer, so we needed to solder the free Crutchfield wiring harness to the crossover input wires. We cut off the wiring harness’ quick slide connectors and stripped the wires. We also stripped the crossover’s input wires and placed some heat shrink tubing on them before twisting them together with the wiring harness wires.
6. Installing the tweeters
We chose to angle-flush mount the tweeters. Acoustically and aesthetically, this is usually the best way to mount component tweeters. However, angle-flush mounting requires you to drill a hole in your door panel large enough to accommodate the entire tweeter cup. We decided where to mount the tweeters, then used a pencil to trace around the outline of the tweeter cup. With the aid of a hole saw kit, we drilled out a hole for the tweeter, then trimmed the cutout with an hobby knife. Each manufacturer has a different system for securing the tweeter to the mounting surface, this one used a spring clip that attaches to the back of the tweeter with a screw to achieve a tight, secure fit. We angled the tweeter up and in towards the driver’s seat for optimal imaging.
8. Completing the installation
We connected the woofer and tweeter leads to the crossover with the attached quick slides. We used the included wire ties to gather the excess cable and routed the speaker wires around the window crank. Then we dropped the door panel back onto the door. The crossover fit snugly between the door panel and the door frame, so we simply dropped it in. Then we replaced the screws, the door pull cup, and the window crank. Now we have full-bodied, detailed sound, a deep and spacious soundstage, and vibrant stereo imaging what a difference!
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