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Old 08-30-2000, 09:51 AM   #1
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Post Speaker Replacement -- How To

Here is the procedure for replacing both front and rear speakers on your SVX. Thanks to "slayer" for his trouble and his directions.

After hours on mine, and cracking one of the grills I figured it out.

Okay, 1st thing you do is go to the trunk, and disconnect the leads, just pull on them, straight down, then go inside, fold down the rear seat and start pulling at the trim right above the trunk space, basically the whole carpet piece with the grills intact will peel up, DON'T PULL AT THE CARPET! But in order to remove that piece you must unscrew one screw on each side under the rear window. It's a black screw, when you remove that, the whole trim will come off, including the seal for the window, just pull it forward enough to get the carpet piece with the grills out. It's a real bitch to put this back.

Once you get that off, there will be four screws holding the speaker down, 3 will come out, but the last one will be impossible to reach. The only way to get it is with some sockets and a bent Alan wrench to access it, there is no clearance whatsoever (some suggest a right angle screwdriver, or a socket set with screwdriver bits).

I recommend getting the pioneer 3 way TS-A6959s. They are 79.00 a pair at REX audio.
Wal-Mart sells a discontinued model. Just go to REX tell em Wal-Mart has these for 69.00, and they should knock the price down. Put the speakers in, and around the plastic corners put some foam to eliminate vibrations, then put it back together. The connecters will not fit in the new speakers, so get creative with some wire.

Might as well do the front too, but you will have to make a wooden template (Editor's note: you can re-use the front speaker brackets by carefully drilling out the weld spots that hold the speakers in place). To get the front speakers out, open the door, take the screws out near the hinge, and the one under the handle that opens the door, and the 3 in the little pocket by the arm rest. The trim should just pop off, just pull it, it should come off quite easily. To make the template take the backing off the old speakers and cut a piece of wood to the same dimensions, and cut a hole for the magnet (See editors note above) also put some foam or something around the screws to prevent vibration.

Might as well make leads for input of an amp: Get the Sony 6.5 front Wal-Mart. Good price good speaker : 6.5s in the front , 6 by 9s in the back.
Trust me, once you replace these, the sound system sounds like what it should be, better then those crappy 15 watt pieces of trash. Get an amp too, the head unit blows, 500 watts 4 channel should be fine,

Sorry for the misspellings and such, I'm not proofreading this, LOL


As for the tweeters:

I went with Polk Audio. They came together with crossovers and 6.5" for the doors.

The tweeters were a bit of a pain. These are the steps.

1) pry tweeter assembly from dash.

2) remove tweeter speaker only from that assembly.

3) poke your finger through the crappy paper just for kicks.

4) Push out original grill mesh from plastic assembly.

5) there are tiny nubs inside assembly... scrape these off.

6) The Polk tweeter assembly will now fit perfectly into the original Subaru collar and into the
dash. Do not put in dash yet.

7) Get a plumbers helper. You know... those long pincer things to pick things up from tight

8) remove panel that is off the floor and right in front of the door. This will give you a bit more
room and make it easier to see what is going on.

9) shove your plumbers helper down the hole in the dash. Hopefully you will see it appear
near the floor. This can be tricky. There is a lot of crap stuffed in the dash.

10) tape your speaker wire to the end of the plumbers helper and snake it up through the
tweeter opening in the dash

11) make your connection to your tweeter (make sure your collar and tweeter assembly is in
place and the wire is threaded through it BEFORE you make your weld)

12) Snap assembly back into dash.

13) Rejoice... the hardest part is over.

14) Run your wire to your crossover, wherever that may be. Mine is right under my head unit,
which is a bit of a pain. It has been suggested to put the crossover in a more accessible

[This message has been edited by arejay (edited August 30, 2000).]
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Old 08-30-2000, 08:17 PM   #2
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Hey Randy! Good job posting some more of the SVX jobs over here. You may not generate a lot of action with these posts, but they are now in a searchable format.

Thanks again-
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Old 08-30-2000, 09:59 PM   #3
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My intention exactly. Not looking for action. I'm getting ready to replace my rear shelf speakers with some Sony 180W X-Plod 6x9's and my fronts with 6.5 X-Plods and was checking out the directions. Figured I'd post them over here for "searchability's" sake.
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Old 08-30-2000, 11:23 PM   #4
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Good choice on the Sony's arejay. I've been running the 200w xplods front and back for a while now, they sound great. Any suggestions on the dash tweaters? I want to replace those when I switch out the radio and cd player.
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Old 08-31-2000, 02:07 AM   #5
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Check out E-bay for tweeters. Most are name brand, new in the box, and have great prices. A good deal of them even come with crossovers!!!

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Old 09-01-2000, 01:52 AM   #6
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Sony makes an X-plod 1" Tweeter that would probably fit in our stock holes -- They show them in their component systems, but I've yet to find them by themselves. I'll have to do a little more searching. There's only one thing I'm going to hate about having the X-Plods, and that's covering them up. They are really sharp looking. I did have one question: If you use the speaker grille that came with the X-Plodes, and you install the speakers flat, in the rear deck, won't the Woofer collect bugs and dust and junk? Seems weird.
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Old 11-11-2000, 11:28 PM   #7
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I thought I would post my stereo install experience here just for searchability sake. I recently replaced both the deck and all speakers in my 92 SVX. I used the instructions found at http://home.earthlink.net/~hackrat/Gavin/svx-sound.html for most of the install. Even though I have a 92 I could not find a wiring harness in the Pheonix area, (I tried BESTBUY, FRY'S Electronics, Ultimate Electronics...).

I ended up going to RadioShack.com and buying a bunch of 16ga. flat pin plugs. I then filed I little off of each side of the plugs as they were too wide to fit into the stock harness slots. Once filed, they fit perfectly. This allowed me to plug my stereo power, ground and antena leads directly into the factory harness without having to do any splicing.

For the head unit I purchased a Sherwood XCM-7370 CD player CDC controller. This came as a set with the X-DTS80 DTS decoder and AX-6275 amp. Sherwood is relatively unknown and the specs on the head unit aren't that great (>85db S/N ratio) but I have a Sherwood Newcastle AV recieved at home and it is the best damn piece of electronics I have ever owned. It sounds great, has survived 6 years and 6 moves, and still works like new. The car stereo is a 1 din head unit wich provides a digital signal to a 1/2 din DTS processor wich creates a 5.1 soundstage just like a home theater system. They will both fit in the stock mounting chasis but very tightly. Also, the placement of the volume knob interferes with the black trim piece that fits inside the sliding door. So I had to leave it off.

For speakers I bought a pair of Coustic 6 1/2 inch components for front and rear. I removed the stock front speakers and drilled out the mouting brackets and mounted a set of the coustics. The 1 inch components fit perfectly into the stock holes. In the rear, I installed a set of 8 1/2 coustic bass pumps. With a little carpet trimming, they fit into the 6X9 holes just fine. I then built a custom box to hold the second set of 6 1/2 components on the rear deck.

So far I am very pleased with the results. The coustics sound great, they are not to be confused with Boston Acoustics but they are what I could afford. The Bass pumps provide good bass. You can feel it but it won't make your ears bleed and best of all, I still have 90% of my already precious trunk space. The amp sounds great but at 35WX5 and 100W to the sub it is a little underpowered for my taste. I have not yet installed a center chanel speaker so I cant comment on the surround sound experience.

I bought all the components off Ubid.com and spent less than 600 dollars for the whole system. And again, I am very pleased.
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