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Old 11-16-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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So im making some kickpanels for my 2.5i, they will house a 4.5" and a tweet. Placement and design are all thought out but im having trouble deciding on how to handle the grills.

I have the grills for the 4.5 and tweet (flush mount kit) so i was thinking i can make the speaker openings just wider than the grill on the 4.5 and use the grill that came with it, or ive seen it where grillcloth or some material covers both speakers and they are set in.

What are you guys doing for that part of it? Im having trouble deciding which would look better. Also, if you do the grill cloth way, how do you make it rigid and form to the speaker cutout shape?

Any suggestions would be great, i appreciate it.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:46 PM   #2
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Here are a few examples of both - http://www.audiointegrations.citymax...ge/3086088.htm

The flash/lighting isn't always the greatest so in some you may see the actual speaker behind the grill more than in real life. Using metal or the grills that came with the speakers are going to give you the best protection.

The grill cloth is basically stretched over a "press in" frame that is removable and is made at the same time of forming the kick panel; you'll have to take into account the speaker's movement so you'll have no interference when its all said and done.

You can pick up some perforated metal from most local hardware shops and use that in conjunction with the frame you build to make your own metal/grill cloth piece. I usually always use two layers of grill cloth and you'll want to stretch that stuff to the max when adhering so there’s no wrinkles.

Hope that helps some!

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Old 11-17-2012, 03:34 PM   #3
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Excellent! Thanks Todd, that did help. I assumed it was some kinda frame since the cloth is so thin. I really appreciate it.
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