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Old 04-04-2004, 08:43 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever installed 6.5s in the doors yet? The 5.25s are OK, but have very little bass. I know thats what the 6x9s are for, but I wondered if you could bolt the 6.5s up to the door panels without any issues. Obviously you'd have to check depth.....but anything else?
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Might as well keep those in the door and just add some 6'* in kick some kick panels on the floor. Not a rough job.. lots of people do it... and you would just get that much more sound.
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I just installed RF 6.5" in my front doors this weekend. The went in the exact spot the factory ones were in. The hardest part was getting the door panels off.
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If you want to get better bass response you will have to enclose them. And doing that can be a real pain and it really inst worth it. You should build kick panels it would be a lot better and you would have more control over the enclusure design and air space
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What are kick panels? And how do you go about screwing a 6.5" into the same spot as the 5.25'*?
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He has to be mistaken. Kick panels are little custom made speaker enclosures. Here is a link: http://www.wes.nissanpower.com/photo.html. They arent very difficult they just take time and experimentation. Im working on a set myslef.
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you can install 6.5'* in the door panel, you'll just have to cut the hole in the door panel bigger, and top mount the speakers. They'll sound much better than 5.25'* if they're sealed to the panel properly.
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As we started the custom kick pods, tape was laid on the entire floorboard to prevent anything from getting on the factory carpet.

Next, Carpet was glued to the tape and fiberglassed to give the exact contour of the vehicle’* floor.

Rings were cut to mount the 6 1/2” JL Audio Speakers and placed perfect alignment. Once the rings were placed, body filler was added to get the exact contour of the floorboard. After this was finished, the pods were sanded smooth.
With the pods sanded smooth, factory vinyl was used to wrap the pods. Then the JL Audio 6 1/2“ mid-bass drivers were installed.
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i pulled my speakers from my door panel and mounted them directly to the door. this will get you alot better sound and you can mount a 6.5 inch speaker. you have a older car that has 5.25" speakers so putting 6.5" speakers i the door panel will take some serious plastic surgery. i dynamated the door and even used sound wave eliminators behind the speaker. then you just mount the speaker to the door and use a dremel to clean up the door panel opening to make it as large as possible. the bass response is wonderful...it sounds like a subwoofer in the doors. you really need a solid piece to mount the speaker to and a door panel does not really cut it
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