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Old 04-30-2002, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default Speaker Sizes By Model And Year

Please correct these if they are wrong, but we needed a thread made with speaker sizes *without major modifications* to make life easier on those going aftermarket. Credit for this idea goes to Silver2000RS. If you have good information on max mounting depth (without spacers) that would be most helpful as well.

1993-2001 Impreza
Front Door: 6.5" wide x ??? deep
Rear Door: 4" wide x ??? deep
Rear Deck: 6/5" wide x essentially unlimited depth
Rear Pocket on wagon: 6.5" wide x ??? deep

2002 Impreza RS and WRX
Front Door: 6.5" wide x ??? deep
Rear Door: 4" wide x ??? deep
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Old 04-30-2002, 04:13 PM   #2
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Don't forget the OBS for MY02!

All this info is for MY02 front doors:

I quote from Concillian in sticky thread #4 (sticky threads #4,#5,#6 are good for this subject):

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Mount depth to the top of the plastic doo-dads that you screw into to the end of that gold colored screw that sticks through the window when rolled down is close to 1.75", not quite there, but close.

Distance from the top of the gold screw to the furthest inside point in the doorpanel is about 3.125"

Distance from the top of the gold screw to the part where the door panel bulges out is about 3.5"

Mounting radius for the original speaker seems to be about 3 3/8", but is probably actualy some metric equivalent, though 3.375 is really close.

So it looks like a spacer of somewhere between 1 and 1.25" would be the max spacer, and would leave some room for the speaker lip.
Thus:
1) Maximum top-mount depth w/o spacer is about 1.6".

2) Maximum top-mount depth w/spacer is about 2.6-2.9".

Other important info for MY02 front door speakers:

3) All base MY02 Imprezas (inc. WRX); (that is, without "upgraded speakers") come with paper driver+whizzer cone speakers that have a non-standard 3-screw extended-radius mounting setup. They look roughly like standard Ford/Mazda speakers, but with the 3 holes at a greater distance from the center. Also, there is no rainshield. Therefore, your aftermarket speaker will ALMOST CERTAINLY require both a rain shield and an adapter/spacer or drilling to get proper mounting holes. See threads in the forum sticky for various spacer & rainshield ideas.

4) The Subaru MY02 "upgraded speakers" apparently come with a rainshield/mounting adapter; if you reuse this, your aftermarket speakers will most likely not require an additional adapter or drilling. This adapter *cannot* be purchased separately from Subaru, as they would loose too much profit by not forcing you to buy the "upgraded" speakers.

5) Almost any aftermarket tweeters can be successfully installed in the stock location by the doorlock. The WRX and other models w/tweeter upgrade have a bracket w/OEM tweeter already installed there. Remove the bracket, throw away OEM tweeter, and install aftermarket on same bracket w/screw or hot glue. Models w/o OEM tweeters have no bracket, so you must make your own or glue or otherwise attach the aftermarket tweeter to the door panel tweeter opening area. The OEM bracket *cannot* be purchased separately from Subaru, as they would loose too much profit by not forcing you to buy the OEM tweeters.

6) Stock speaker wiring: none of the stock speaker varieties has an external crossover. In all models (even w/o tweeters), the front door speaker wires make a Y-split inside the front door, with one leg going to the tweeter location by the door lock, and the other leg going down to the large main speaker opening.

7) Aftermarket crossover installation: most will fit inside the door panel in the indentation under the armrest (max-strength Velcro attached w/Goop adhesive works well here). In this case, just reroute the stock wires from the main speaker opening to an opening in mid-door, attach quick disconnects, and continue to the the crossover's IN posts. If your crossover is too big to fit in the door panel, mount it in the kickpanel area or under the dash over by the side. Then, cut the speaker wires as they head for the door and attach to IN posts. Drawback -- you will have to run 2 pairs of wires from the crossover's outputs *through the door wire bundle tube* to hook up the tweeter and woofer.

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Old 04-30-2002, 04:29 PM   #3
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MY02 rear door speaker info:

(See forum sticky post #7 for full details and photos)

1) Stock speakers are 4". Mounting depth is essentially unlimited, as rear window does not come down that far. Stock speakers come with mounting adapter/rain shield. Reuse this to mount aftermarket speakers. If there is a gap between the outside of new speakers and inside of mounting adapter, cut a ring of 1/16" foam weatherstripping wide enough to fill the gap and sandwich it between the speaker and adapter.
2) Opening in metal door is big enough that some 5.25" speakers will fit. For most others, simply adding a 0.25-0.5" spacer will bring the speaker out far enough that the remaining part of its basket will fit through the metal opening without problem. For mounting/rainshield, you're on your own.
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Old 05-01-2002, 03:18 PM   #4
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About rear speakers on 1993-2001 (VIN GF) wagons:
For 1993-96, the rear speakers are mounted on top of the strut towers, like on 1st gen. Legacy. From 1997 on, the speakers are in the rear doors. I believe the size is 6.5 for both locations.
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Old 05-06-2002, 05:22 PM   #5
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What's the info on the front speakers for the GC8s?

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Old 07-26-2002, 08:07 PM   #6
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Why was i told on several instances that the 99RS front door speakers were a smaller size than the 00-01 MY which have 6.5" ?

I was told multiple times on the board that the 99MY have 5.25" size front door speakers, yet when i do multiple searches elsewhere online they all say that the MY99 included has 6.5" speakers? Who is correct here?

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Old 08-07-2002, 09:20 PM   #7
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We know now don't we.
The stock size for the 99 RS front door is 5.25 inches.
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Old 08-10-2002, 01:57 AM   #8
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Dale: what did you forget already?

front stock size- 6.5"

rear stock size- 6.5"



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Old 08-10-2002, 03:34 PM   #9
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Brian (North_),

Just a suggestion... How about sticky-fying this thread?

If it's a common question, it'd be a good common reference point.

Yeah?

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Old 09-05-2002, 07:06 PM   #10
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I will be purchasing a 03 WRX Wagon very soon and want to move the system from my old car into the WRX. Right now I have a set of Boston Pro 6.5's and Boston Rally 6.5's.

What I can gather is that they will fit ok in the doors, both front and back? Im not looking for anything fancy and spacers are not a concern (as of now my door speakers in my current car have about a 1 1/2" spacer).

I figured I would put up a quick post to check for sure and from the info here it seems certainly possible.

Thanks much!
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Old 10-29-2002, 08:48 AM   #11
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ABSOLUTE MAX for the 2000-2001 SEDAN:

Front doors can be no more than 2 7/16" deep.

This is such a close fit, the windows actually peeled stickers off of the back of my speakers.
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Old 11-06-2003, 12:17 PM   #12
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Anyone have Boston Pros in the front doors of their GC8?
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Old 11-10-2003, 05:59 PM   #13
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Has anyone tried CDT's HD-62CF series in their front doors?
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Old 11-25-2003, 01:58 PM   #14
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Quote:
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Has anyone tried CDT's HD-62CF series in their front doors?
Yes. You'll need the 'thick kit' from www.iaperformance.com.
Use 4 washers (included) under each of the lower mounting screws to clear the window. Seal the resulting space (I haven't done this yet...).

They sound nice.

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Old 03-09-2004, 08:28 PM   #15
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Bump for this dinosaur thread.

Question: If I already have the upgraded speakers which apparantly have a spacer/rainguard (03 WRX), will speakers like infinity reference or boston 6.5 pros give me problems without the purchase of the iaperformance adapter?

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Old 12-11-2006, 11:28 AM   #16
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So, what are we saying the maximum depth is safely?
2" with a spacer?
what spacers do you guys use that don't mess with the door cards?
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Old 12-11-2006, 02:17 PM   #17
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whoaa, back from the dead....

Check out iaperformance.com under the Subaru Stereo section
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:04 PM   #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rkevans View Post
Yes. You'll need the 'thick kit' from www.iaperformance.com.
Use 4 washers (included) under each of the lower mounting screws to clear the window. Seal the resulting space (I haven't done this yet...).

They sound nice.

Rick
I wish I had known about these earlier, would've made things so much simpler
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Old 12-13-2006, 12:04 PM   #19
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I wish I had known about these earlier, would've made things so much simpler
Yes they make things easier if you are willing to spend the money on them (I did back in the day). But they have also been in the Manifesto for a long time know. Make sure you arent missing anything else in there.

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Old 02-12-2007, 11:20 PM   #20
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1st post here (yay!)

Just bought an '05 WRX and wanted to know what the stock speaker sizes were (front and rear door) so I could get some speakers ordered without having to remove the door panels just to check the sizes. My system is painfully stock and even though I LOVE the car, the system needs upgraded asap.

Appreciate it.
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Old 02-20-2007, 01:56 PM   #21
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Just finished installing my front speakers - after an exhausting search of ideas...I decided to use the OEM speaker surround to mount my 6 1/2" speakers.


I made 3 brackets from small thin pieces of metal



Then I attached the new speakers on the OEM surround like this
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:19 PM   #22
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^^^wow that's a lot of work especially when you can make baffles pretty easy out of mdf, HDPE or HDPP, BUT it is a great design and gives people options when they don't have access to a router. Excellent MacGyver skills

misterjoshua - you can fit 6.5" in the front up to about a 3" depth with some modifications, but nothing huge or hard to do. Rears you can fit 5 1/4" without too much of an issue as well.
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Old 02-21-2007, 08:40 AM   #23
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I have jig, circular and hand saws, but I don't have a router. I was going to try a 6" PVC pipe and a thin board.

It wasn't much work either...I had a some thin malleable metal, and cut it to length with wire cutters. Bent the metal and attached to the OEM surround. I think it took more time to draw the pretty pictures than to fabricate the metal pieces
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Old 02-21-2007, 08:54 AM   #24
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haha good to hear.
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Fantastic thread, definitely needs to be compiled, revised and stickied!

Thanks!
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