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Old 02-21-2013, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Epic fail, door speaker install.

So I wanted to upgrade my door speakers for a little more bump and bought 6.5" kicker door speakers for the front. I took off my door panel, and then took of the factory sub. I cut the plug and wired in the kicker.

This is the moment I realized that this speaker will not fit. The stock speaker has a big three screw frame that screws in, this speaker had 4 screws in which only one hole would line up. The hole is smaller than the ones in the door so I couldn't even do one without drilling the crap out of the speaker. I then tried drilling them into the door (I got pissed) and didn't even scratch the surface. Said hell with it and put the factory one back on and door back on. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP! I have no clue what I did wrong or if these speakers just aren't compatible with my 2004 wrx. Feed back is appreciated as I am probably taking them back.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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most audio install stores sell spacers that can go btwn the aftermarket speaker and the door panel to allow easy install and clearance for window to travel up/down.drilling an extra hole or two may be required at times. have patience you can make it work. might want to see if it will even fit behind your doorcard once installed. good luck and have patience
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:16 AM   #3
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Which Kicker model are they? Hopefully they're thin enough to fit in there. The 04's are quite cramped in the front speaker locations. Something like these should do the trick for you: http://www.paranoidfabrications.com/...-spacers-pair/ or http://www.car-speaker-adapters.com/items.php?id=SAK026
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:20 PM   #4
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I gave up, I think I just taking them back today. I am getting a kicker 12" L7 sub Saturday.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:42 PM   #5
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I gave up, I think I just taking them back today. I am getting a kicker 12" L7 sub Saturday.
how is that a replacement for a 6.5" door speaker?

you just need speaker adapters to make those work.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:01 PM   #6
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Contact Patrick at subaruaudio.net for a set of spacers to put them in your car.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:50 PM   #7
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Do the spacers help screw them into the door? Because they just don't have the same frame the stock ones have to put them in, like the three holes.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:19 PM   #8
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Do the spacers help screw them into the door? Because they just don't have the same frame the stock ones have to put them in, like the three holes.
Yeah the spacers help you mount the speakers to the doors and help you create enough space so you windows can roll down.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #9
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you'll need to build rings to space them out. 3/4 should do it... but I needed 1"
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:45 PM   #10
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:43 PM   #11
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Do the spacers help screw them into the door? Because they just don't have the same frame the stock ones have to put them in, like the three holes.
Once you screw spacers to the door it doesnt matter if the speaker has 16 screw holes, you screw into the spacer..
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:01 PM   #12
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If you do end up building spacers, make sure you seal the wood properly. Water got to mine and the MDF split into a thousand pieces, ended up causing a short in my speakers which is how I found out.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:20 PM   #13
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Try crutchfield.com. I have 6.5" kenwoods in my front doors and 4" in the rear doors. Rears bolted right up but the front had a good size bracket adapter, or spacer, whatever you choose to call it.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:27 PM   #14
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Find a weebee audio, generally the will take you to the cleaners on install, but talk it up with one of the techs, spacers usually work best in this situation, drope the speaker into the spacer, then the wholes in the door panel will line up with the spacers...problem solved. Enjoy the new beats
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:35 AM   #15
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The factory speakers actually make excellent spacers. if you cut the speaker out of the plastic frame and dremel off the backing, you'll be able to mount your new speakers with the supplied trim rings to the frames and use the factory holes and mounting hardware to reinstall. I did a set of bostons recently in my GD:


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Old 02-22-2013, 11:16 AM   #16
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Vandelay - thats exactly what I did in my 07' impreza.. they worked great as spacers and wernt that hard to break out. When I sold the car I removed my nice speakers and bought some cheap on sale pioneers to throw in and noone noticed on the trade in.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:31 AM   #17
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The factory speakers actually make excellent spacers. if you cut the speaker out of the plastic frame and dremel off the backing, you'll be able to mount your new speakers with the supplied trim rings to the frames and use the factory holes and mounting hardware to reinstall. I did a set of bostons recently in my GD:
i did the same thing in mine as well
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #18
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http://www.car-speaker-adapters.com/index.php

I just got a pair of those to keep my new jl c2 525's securely in the factory speaker holes. They also pull the speaker out enough to let me roll my window down now. I'm pretty sure they also make adapters for 6.5" speakers too.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:25 AM   #19
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Yea - I am confused...are you trying to install a sub into your door? The L7 definitely will NOT fit in your 6.5" spot in the door

And the spacers are really the way to go. Depending on the depth of the ones you bought, you may need to get a thicker spacer, but it should work just fine.

And instead of cutting your harness, just buy the Metra adapters so you can leave the stock harnesses intact.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:53 AM   #20
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No I am keeping factory speakers until I can get a pro to do it, and I got a 12"L7 for bumping till then.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:55 AM   #21
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L7 in the trunk for the difficult people. Ha if I could out that in my door it would fall off from the bass hahaha it's so effin loud.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:40 AM   #24
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Kartboy/factory combo...

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Old 02-28-2013, 04:03 PM   #25
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Kartboy/factory combo...

Aaron, what kind of connection have you made to those drivers? It looks like something that needs a wire nut added.

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