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Old 08-22-2013, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default 2013 Speaker mounting depth

I am willing to make my own spacers (have done it for every car in the past) for front doors. I a curious what the maximum mounting depth is with the largest spacer without the speaker hitting the door panel or window when down.

Does anyone know? I am looking at some RE XXX 6.5" components but they are HUGE. I am sure I can take some measurements, but figured I would check if anyone knows.

Going in a 2013 WRX sedan. What is the maximum with spacers and not hit door or window.

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Top-mount depth: 3-1/4"
Woofer mounting diameter: 5-7/8"
Tweeter mounting diameter: 2-1/8"
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:11 AM   #2
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I wanna say its right around 2.5". My SLS's are 3.7" deep and I needed a 1-1/4" spacer to fit them and it was still cutting it close to the window.
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I wanna say its right around 2.5". My SLS's are 3.7" deep and I needed a 1-1/4" spacer to fit them and it was still cutting it close to the window.
If it is around 2.5", how did you get 3.7" to fit?

Do you mean 2.5 with no spacer? I am willing to make spacers, so if you got the 3.7" with spacers and it does not hit the window or the door panel, I should be good.
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Just make a 3/4" spacer and damn near anything will fit. (Given it doesnt protrude on the top and hit the door card.)
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:02 AM   #5
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Just make a 3/4" spacer and damn near anything will fit. (Given it doesnt protrude on the top and hit the door card.)

That's what I am most worried about. I can easily measure what will hit the window, and I can make any thickness spacer, but judging if ti will hit the door panel is hard to do.
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If it is around 2.5", how did you get 3.7" to fit?

Do you mean 2.5 with no spacer? I am willing to make spacers, so if you got the 3.7" with spacers and it does not hit the window or the door panel, I should be good.
Yes about 2.5" with NO spacer. I have a 1.25" spacer up front for my mid bass's. A 3/4" spacer was not big enough for my SLS's or my HAT L6's when I had them up front. It's pretty tight in there, but they fit.
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Awesome. Exactly what I was hoping to hear. Ordering some speakers tonight!
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At 3.25" deep you need about a 1" spacer. With the 5 7/8" mounting depth you will need to cheat out the perimeter of the adapter slightly wider than what you end up with if you follow the factory speaker shape. You will also need to countersink the 3 mounting holes unless the RE mounting flange is very narrow.
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Anyone know if using a spacer would improve the speaker's performance? As far as the closer the speaker is to the vents on the door card the less sound would be traveling around inside the door card? Might be a dumb question but it seems reasonable to me. Just wondering cause my aftermarket component speakers clear the window without a space and doing a install soon. Thanks!
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People use weather stripping or CCF to surround the outside lip of the speaker so it seals around the speaker and door card. Kind of like most stock speakers. Keeps the sound from doing as you say. Actually watched a video on it today. I can post it if you would like.
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It won't really do anything. Just make sure that you have a good mounting surface and that its sealed around the speaker at a minimum.

If you want the best performance out of you speakers you need to sound deaden and seal the doors up. Throw in some ccl too to help block road noise. Check some of the build threads for more info on how to do it. You can also google sound deadener showdown for to get more in depth on sound deadening.
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Yeah Vegas please and thank you Lateralis.
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Anyone know if using a spacer would improve the speaker's performance? As far as the closer the speaker is to the vents on the door card the less sound would be traveling around inside the door card? Might be a dumb question but it seems reasonable to me. Just wondering cause my aftermarket component speakers clear the window without a space and doing a install soon. Thanks!
Either bringing the speaker closer to the door panel (to minimize the sound lost in the cavity between the inner door skin and the door panel) and/or making a sealing ring (as described above) will help.

But no matter what, just because you don't need a spacer to have the magnet clear the window does not mean that you don't need a mounting adapter, particularly if you are using a speaker with a cutout/mounting diameter over 5" (because the speaker cutout in the inner door skin may not be large enough to accommodate the aftermarket speaker basket).

People try so HARD to not do things the easy (and RIGHT!) way...
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