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Old 10-23-2002, 12:45 PM   #1
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Default Almost FREE trim rings and adapter plates for WRX

it seems that everyone is running into the problem that they can't get component speakers to fit. I have a set of MB Quartz 6.5 " at home that I am going to try to get in this weekend. From them I'll have adapter plates that screw right into the factory holes.

I would like to do this for other Subbie owners, if you are interested and have a speaker that "may" fit (email me with dimensions before shipping it to me) I can make you up a set of trim rings for $2.00 + shipping, yes, 2 dollars. This applies if I have not tried to fit your brand/size speaker before. So, one person might have a set of pioneer 6.5" needing rings ($2.00) and another might need some for his pioneer 5.25"($2.00).

What I'm trying to do it make as many adapters as possible so the Impreza stereo world may flourish with wonderful nonfactory speaker sound

The cheap pricing is for speakers that I have not tried to fit before. It's an incentive since you'd be helping me by lending me your speaker for a day and then it will be shipped back to you with your adapting plates.

Any stereo shop will charge you a minimum of $30 for a set of trim rings. In that sense mine are 94% off their prices.
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Old 10-24-2002, 12:05 PM   #2
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Default nobody?

figured some of you would need trim rings according to the topics that show up here every day about after market speakers not fitting.
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Old 10-24-2002, 04:04 PM   #3
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i would say just give it some time.. there's always people without the right tools, kinda like me.

one idea that i've had for a while was to make a spacer that angled the speaker better instead of just perpendicular to the door, sort of angled up to the people a bit more. but i don't have the right tools to make the angled part of the spacer flat for the speaker, but i guess that's easily fixed by some strip caulk.
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Old 10-24-2002, 05:04 PM   #4
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I would assume you would just be keeping a database of dimensions needed for speakers? As more people participate, the greater the database you create.

Even if you were charging $10 for a set of 2 spacers I would pay that just because I don't have access to the tools needed to make my spacers. (yes, I have made numerous spacers before so I know what's involved). I really don't trust most stereo shops so buying what's needed and doing it myself would be great.

On my GC8 RS, I used 3/4" spacers, pushed the window track back 1/2", and heat molded the lower portion of the door all to get some Planet Audio speakers to fit. Granted that is the extreme. My DEI Studio's (absolutely awesome speakers) fit with just a 3/4" spacer as should the Q's.

Now, I don't know the differences existing for the spacers for the WRX and the GC8, but I'm sure there is a need for both. I'm back to a GC8, but I don't know if it's the same as my RS or my WRX. Anyhow, if I had the speakers I want to use, I'd definitely let you know

You might have a hard time getting somebody to send you anything more than dimensions or the template though. I dunno, I'm just thinking out loud really...

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Old 10-25-2002, 11:31 AM   #5
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Default very true

given time people will start showing interest. I guess my original idea of getting people to send in a speaker was asking to much for the cheaper price. In the end I'll probably end up getting the measurements and hoping that they'll work out for them.

As far as angling upwards goes, my 4s are angled quite a bit upwards. I figured since I had the space it would be worth while to improve the speakers direction. In these applications I would definitely need a speaker to ensure that they will fit once completed. Mine is within a 1/4" of my window and that was after several dry fittings.
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Old 10-25-2002, 01:38 PM   #6
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I would be interested .... thats actually what has kept me from buying aftermarket speakers ...

Keep us posted ... pics if you got em.
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Old 10-25-2002, 01:38 PM   #7
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East Coast Scooby, I'd be interested. Just sent you an email.
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Old 10-26-2002, 12:00 AM   #8
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Dude,

If you get those 6.5" Quarts in the door, I'll definitely buy a set off of you! If you remember, I've got the same set-up for my car, but been putting off the install in my doors (can't decide what to do... cut or not to cut). Throw me a bone when you get done.

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Old 11-07-2002, 12:51 PM   #9
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Cool

Don't know if you're still doing this, but I emailed ya!

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Old 11-07-2002, 07:02 PM   #10
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Default yup, still doing it

I'm going to pull my doors tomorrow and make rings for 5.,25 MB quartz and hopefully 6.5" for the fronts. 5.25" fit right in the rear doors once you remove the factory adapter plate.
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Old 11-07-2002, 07:47 PM   #11
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Smile Cool.

Wanna try and make spacers for my Soundstream Exact 6.3 components? They're 6.5". I haven't seen anyone post these particular speakers so they would be a first, yeah?

I can send you a speaker if you're willing. I emailed you about all this, but don't know if you got it.

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Old 11-08-2002, 05:37 PM   #12
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... I was first, but I'm installing the same Quarts that East Coast is...
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Old 11-08-2002, 05:47 PM   #13
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... I was first, but I'm installing the same Quarts that East Coast is...
Hehe. I just meant first as in the first one to try Soundstream Exacts. In the first post, he said he was doing the $2 deal for speakers he hasn't done before... I will gladly wait until my turn comes.

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Old 11-11-2002, 05:53 PM   #14
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Default you guys are silly

I can take you all on! More adapter rings the better because that means fewer people have to suffer with the sound of the stock speakers

Drop me an email at :
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since I can't always get on i-club.

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Old 11-12-2002, 12:15 PM   #15
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i will for sure get some from you. if you could email me some pis that would be tight. wrxsti17@hotmail.com
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Old 11-12-2002, 09:56 PM   #16
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Default Anybody got dibbs on JL 6.5s

I have them and hope I can get em to fit!
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Old 11-13-2002, 11:12 AM   #17
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Default offering has ended.....

the $2.00 set offer has come to an end. In the end I was able to come up with a universal trim ring adapters for both 5.25" and 6.5" applications.

Now I've started to aquire pdf files on each speaker so that I'll know before shipping that they will fit or not.

Thank you for your help. Check out teh classifieds for the trim rings. Keep in mind that they are still damn cheap ($20 shipped) and excellent quality. These aren't some 3/4 rings that I hacked up with a jig saw, but rather took the time to make a template and implement that template with my router table. In the end you have perfect mirrored sets. The down fall is that my carbide tipped bits get eaten quickly and are $$$$ to replace.

Anyone work at home depot or other that can get me carbide (top bearing guided) router bits? Free trim rings for your front and rear doors for a new bit
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Old 11-13-2002, 03:40 PM   #18
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I'll ask some friends where you might be able to get those bits for cheap...

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Old 11-13-2002, 04:22 PM   #19
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Default thanks.

keep me updated, I'm going to start buying them on teh net if worse comes to worse.
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Old 11-13-2002, 11:00 PM   #20
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This is a great idea, I wish I had seen it before I spent $20 for a sheet of polypropylene.

Maybe this tip is too late, but you can get people to measure the depth instead of sending the speaker and have them send you the cardboard cutout (much cheaper than mailing speakers) that came with their speakers in order to get the cutout diameters right.

What material are you using btw. Your bit life will increase if you switch from plywood to MDF, etc...

Lastly, Get your bits from www.coastaltool.com Without a question the most professional and inexpensive tool distributor that I have encountered.
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Old 11-14-2002, 10:59 AM   #21
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Default many thanks on the website addi, I bookmarked it already :)

I'm using 3/4" mdf to make the rings. The problem is that it is a very dense wood with mainly sawdust in it, there are some metal particals as well (sparks from time to time).

In the end I discovered that each speaker manufacturer has full pdf files on all specs for their entire line. This way I"m forming a data base and will know which speakers are to deep and which are not.

Another bonus is that I'm going to offer spacers with some adapter rings to push out the window tracks. I'm hoping to allow up to 1/4" more space. The soundstream 6.5" are about 1/8" to deep with the regular 3/4" spacers, after moving the track (1 nut and 2 spacer washers later) it should fit without a problem. Give me a 5 min to upload installed MB Quart 6.5" installed with the adapters.
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Old 11-14-2002, 11:40 AM   #22
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I don't know about the WRX's, but pushing the window track back on my RS resulted in a less than optimal situation. I had it back a little over 1/2". It caused the door to be more difficult to shut because it pushed the top of the window in towards the car. When the car door shut, it pushes the trim moulding on the outside of the door to push out because of the window bottom being further out.

Have you been able to confirm/deny if these fit in the GC8's?

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Old 11-14-2002, 01:25 PM   #23
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GC8 model yet. Any one in Baltimore care to try out a set? Or does anyone have a pic of the door at least (with panel off)

With moving the track I was looking at only doing 1/4" max due to thread length and not wanting to disrupt any normal functions of the door, as with extreme changes 1/2" or so.

Here is a pic of them in my car, I have one last tiny issue to reslove and then all shipments go out tonight via UPS.

AHHHHH, can someone host my pic? They took away that feature!!!!!
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Old 11-14-2002, 01:30 PM   #24
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Default here is all I could come up with for now

I'm sure it'll be erased soon, but for a few lucky ones:

http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/1134/dcp_1106.jpg
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Old 11-14-2002, 02:51 PM   #25
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Default grrrr

well that didn't last long at all. Anyone want to host this sucker?
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