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Old 09-09-2014, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default Best speaker mount adapters?

Not sure about the older models, but the 2015s have a 3-point mount for speakers.

I purchased some aftermarket speakers that have a 4-point mount.

I've emailed 2 places who do PVC/CNC-machined pieces. Has anyone used a product they would recommend?

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Old 09-09-2014, 11:15 AM   #2
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DIY? pretty easy.
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:24 AM   #3
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DIY? pretty easy.


Yes, not rocket science... but it's a time factor. I'd just like to get everything mounted and done. So, other than DIY, do you have a suggestion?
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:27 AM   #4
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doesnt it take longer to order an item and wait for it to arrive in the mail than to make one yourself? I am a DIY guy so I am not aware of any suppliers of ready made adapters. Good luck with the search.
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:31 AM   #5
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doesnt it take longer to order an item and wait for it to arrive in the mail than to make one yourself? I am a DIY guy so I am not aware of any suppliers of ready made adapters. Good luck with the search.
True but as I am waiting for something to come in the mail, I have this stupid "job" I have to go to almost every day...

Anyway, I found this guy...
http://www.car-speaker-adapters.com/
and this guy...
http://www.subaruaudio.net/

Just looking for some feedback. Thanks for the suggestion though
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #6
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I am interested in this as well. please let me know how the adapters work for you
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:23 PM   #7
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I am interested in this as well. please let me know how the adapters work for you
Absolutely. I've contacted both places referenced above... waiting for a reply.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:41 PM   #8
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We also make them
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:43 PM   #9
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We also make them
That would make you the FIRST vendor to get back to me.

I'm assuming I can find them on your website? Otherwise, shoot me a PM please.

Thanks!

** EDIT ** Just checked out the website and I see you only show spacers. I need the 3 hole - 4 hole conversion. Not sure if you do those as well.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:44 PM   #10
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Self tapping sheetmetal screw.... annnnnnd done
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:50 PM   #11
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That would make you the FIRST vendor to get back to me.

I'm assuming I can find them on your website? Otherwise, shoot me a PM please.

Thanks!

** EDIT ** Just checked out the website and I see you only show spacers. I need the 3 hole - 4 hole conversion. Not sure if you do those as well.
i thought that year just used a 3 hole, and then your speaker screws into the spacer.
like this.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:53 PM   #12
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Self tapping sheetmetal screw.... annnnnnd done
EXACTLY what my buddy in Cali (who has been in car audio for 25 yrs.) said to me yesterday.

Problem (well, slight problem) is that the speakers don't fit flush to the door. He told me get some window insulation around the opening then drill them in with the self-tapping screws.

I'm beginning this is the way to go and not spend fifty or so bucks for the mounting brackets. It's not like I'll be putting the stock speakers in again.

If the stock speakers were food... I wouldn't feed them to my dog.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:54 PM   #13
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i thought that year just used a 3 hole, and then your speaker screws into the spacer.
like this.
Looks great, but the new speakers have 4 holes. The spacers don't look like they have enough space on the sides even to drill some pilot holes.
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Old 09-09-2014, 01:02 PM   #14
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Self tapping sheetmetal screw.... annnnnnd done
great way to crack a basket right there. Not such a great idea.



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EXACTLY what my buddy in Cali (who has been in car audio for 25 yrs.) said to me yesterday.

Problem (well, slight problem) is that the speakers don't fit flush to the door. He told me get some window insulation around the opening then drill them in with the self-tapping screws.

I'm beginning this is the way to go and not spend fifty or so bucks for the mounting brackets. It's not like I'll be putting the stock speakers in again.

If the stock speakers were food... I wouldn't feed them to my dog.
Just because he has been in the industry for 25 years, doesn't mean he does good work. Not saying he is bad either, just saying this particular advice is wrong. There is a right way, and a ghetto/wrong way to do things. Just because the door panel will cover this mistake, doesn't mean it is the right way to do it. The panel is not just for looks. It does serve a purpose.
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Old 09-09-2014, 01:03 PM   #15
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EXACTLY what my buddy in Cali (who has been in car audio for 25 yrs.) said to me yesterday.
you can do that, however that is a hack. and sorry to say, if your buddy is doing that hes also a hack. sheet metal screws are a sign of a bad installer, same goes with vampire clips.
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Looks great, but the new speakers have 4 holes. The spacers don't look like they have enough space on the sides even to drill some pilot holes.
and i am still not following you. 90% of aftermarket speakers have 4 holes. like this right? there is just enough room for screws. as you cant go any thicker as then you run into door issues and any thinner you will hit the basket of the speaker.
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Just because he has been in the industry for 25 years, doesn't mean he does good work. Not saying he is bad either, just saying this particular advice is wrong. There is a right way, and a ghetto/wrong way to do things. Just because the door panel will cover this mistake, doesn't mean it is the right way to do it. The panel is not just for looks. It does serve a purpose.
Again, I'm definitely showing my lack of experience in this area. It was my thought that drilling holes with sheet metal screws into a brand new car door wasn't the best idea. He actually does have a lot of experience, but I'm less likely to go out and buy sheet metal screws than I am to find a more fitting solution. I kept it open as an option because he mentioned that to me.
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Old 09-09-2014, 01:07 PM   #17
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you can do that, however that is a hack. and sorry to say, if your buddy is doing that hes also a hack. sheet metal screws are a sign of a bad installer, same goes with vampire clips.

and i am still not following you. 90% of aftermarket speakers have 4 holes. like this right? there is just enough room for screws. as you cant go any thicker as then you run into door issues and any thinner you will hit the basket of the speaker.
Ah YES! Much better picture...! Thank you.

I'll contact you off the thread.
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Old 09-09-2014, 01:10 PM   #18
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Again, I'm definitely showing my lack of experience in this area. It was my thought that drilling holes with sheet metal screws into a brand new car door wasn't the best idea. He actually does have a lot of experience, but I'm less likely to go out and buy sheet metal screws than I am to find a more fitting solution. I kept it open as an option because he mentioned that to me.
your initial reaction of the door not being a flat mounting surface is a perfect one. If you crack or bend the basket, your speaker loses structural integrity and will self destruct. If you take a look at the stock speaker/baffle combo, you will notice some foam barrier that goes between the baffle and the metal door. Your aftermarket baffle should do the same. This acts as an isolator.
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Old 09-09-2014, 01:14 PM   #19
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I also can custom cut them to your exact speakers for the best fit. My spacers are made from HDPE plastic and range in a few different thickness depending on your speakers.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:54 PM   #20
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I've had great experiences with Patrick at subaruaudio.net. He also makes adapters for the tweeters. Ill be going back to him when I install the audio components in my '15.

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Old 09-10-2014, 05:29 PM   #21
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I've had great experiences with Patrick at subaruaudio.net. He also makes adapters for the tweeters. Ill be going back to him when I install the audio components in my '15.

Good luck.


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I'd used him on my 2015 and the rear speaker adapters don't sit flush without a good bit of trimming. The attachment points were correct though and the front's worked well. Definitely not bolt-in for the rear though.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:29 PM   #22
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I also can custom cut them to your exact speakers for the best fit. My spacers are made from HDPE plastic and range in a few different thickness depending on your speakers.
The HPDE used by Shane is tits. Works great for strut spacers too

I need to circle back with you to look into new spacers for a new set of components and maybe add a grounding kit or big 3 kit too.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:58 PM   #23
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I got mine from the subaruaudio.com guy and that dude is pretty damn good. All I had to do was email him which speakers I was installing on my 15 and he made them within a week. Took my car to best buy and they were very impressed with the quality of the adapters.
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:45 PM   #24
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I got mine from the subaruaudio.com guy and that dude is pretty damn good. All I had to do was email him which speakers I was installing on my 15 and he made them within a week. Took my car to best buy and they were very impressed with the quality of the adapters.
Also impressed with the quality! Great communication from Patrick and he had the adapters shipped out for my '15 in a couple of days. In fact, they got here before the speakers arrived from Crutchfield. Mounting holes are pre-drilled and cut-outs for speakers were made at the exact size specified for the model of speakers I had ordered. If I need to trim for the rears to flush-fit, it shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 09-12-2014, 04:06 PM   #25
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I am looking for some adapters, could someone post up the picture of their subaruadio.com ones?
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