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Has anyone upgraded the dash speakers?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Stumpjumper, May 7, 2018.

  1. May 7, 2018 at 7:18 PM
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    Just wondering if there is any real benefit. I am considering just doing the center. I just put Infinity Kappa 60CSX components in the front doors. Sound is much clearer but they do require a little more volume than stock. They are new and Crutchfield was running a sale. Amp is probably in my future somewhere. Since I never carry passengers I may not do the rear doors. My thought is there is really nothing to gain by upgrading the center dash.
     
  2. May 7, 2018 at 7:59 PM
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    When I replaced all of my speakers, I disconnected the center channel completely.
     
  3. May 8, 2018 at 3:11 AM
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    I'm in the process of upgrading my speakers through Crutchfield and looking at the Kicker Key amp. Check it out, looks good.
     
  4. May 8, 2018 at 6:45 PM
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    I looked at those. When I buy an amp it will be a 5 channel with a sub. Not sure how much of an upgrade the Kicker is over the factory amp. The more I listen to my Infinity's the more I am convinced that I made right choice with the components and separate speakers. Sound is much clearer than factory speakers. I was a little concerned with fitment on the tweeters in sail panels and the xover box in door. Everything fit fine. Also glad I just cut holes in sails. Piece of cake with a little measuring and 2" hole saw.
     
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    I replaced my dash tweeters with Focals and removed the center channel. It’s night and day difference from stock, but I also did all the others too
     
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    Same here , and all door speakers replaced with Focal too. Damn good sounds inside the cab now...
    Also put in Pioneer HU and added a JL amp...:D
     
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    BOOMMMMM! Mines rocking too but I did the JL fix rather than new HU
     
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  8. May 9, 2018 at 2:47 AM
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    Which Focals? I am looking at those as well from Crutchfield.
    Says 6.5 will not not the rear doors. How was your fit?

    Thanks.
     
  9. May 9, 2018 at 4:22 AM
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    6.5's will fit in the front and rear using speaker adapters from Tacotunes or Tech12volt
     
  10. May 9, 2018 at 4:27 AM
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    Also, I would bet if you told James at Tech12volt what your budget is for speakers he can get you better speakers for the money and he will include the metra wiring harnesses and speaker adapters. So far everything he has quoted me has been cheaper than Crutchfield and he is an authorized dealer. Just something to consider
     
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    I would do this if I had to do it again. It’ll definitely be cheaper, and probably just as good of sound
     
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    I thought Focals were top of the line?
    Or there is a Polk Audio set up that has good reviews.
    Looking at the Kicker Key mini amp.
    Thoughts ? Thanks
     
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    At that level they are all really good. I think he was referring to “better than Crutchfield.” Focals are hard to beat but the quality is all great once you get in that range
     
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    In my opinion buying top of the line speakers and powering them with that amp is similar to putting a Pinto engine in a 911....
     
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    The reviews are really good , has nice features, the price is excellent and I am not looking to blow the doors off.

    Crutchfield has the speakers on sale that's why I was leaning toward them.
    I can save a little money and go the Polk Audio option.
     
  16. May 9, 2018 at 7:51 AM
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    What model Focals did you guys used? I read there's very little room on the dash for regular speakers, I put new speakers on all the doors but haven't found one that fits the dash speakers hole.
     
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    I am in the process of deciding what to get.
    Not sure if I am doing the dash or bm ot.
     
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    If you are getting an amp, trying to wire the dash speakers from the amp would be a nightmare. Generally speaking folks on here are getting an amp, then replacing the 4 door speakers and running them off the factory wiring from the amp. It is the easiest to do and 6.5 components will sounds far better than those 3.5's or whatever they are in the dash...My comment above was more about the low amount of RMS power that amp supplies, but hey it's your money do whatever makes you happiest
     
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    I used Focal integrations. They are made for tundras.
     
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    thanks, so you just install the speaker on the door and the tweeter on the dash?
     
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    Replaced the tweeters in dash, and replaced all 4 door speakers. 2 6x9's and 2 6.5s.
     
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    I put the tweeters in the dash corners too. disconnected center speaker. there was more room to angle and space them in the dash location plus no visible mods. (amp'd set up)
     
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    No visible mods using the factory sail panels either (just for clarification purposes)
     
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    yep, and you can angle the tweeters towards you.
     
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    if you can get them to fit. some applications may require more room which is afforded from the dash.
    I purchased the JBL sails, never ended up using them.
     
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    A very large tweeter would require some trimming inside the sail panel and the use of hot glue or something else for sure, but the majority of tweeters that I have seen that come in component sets are not very large. That said, to put the tweeter of a component set in the dash would involve a much more complicated install than a tweeter in the sail panel and the crossover mounted in the door as well. But if you think it will make a dramatic difference in sound and you like to do a lot of extra work, sure go for it...
     
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    6.5 will fit in the doors, front and rear. you will need an adapter. the ones from tech12volts are a perfect fit.

    https://www.shop.tech12volts.com/product.sc?productId=532&categoryId=32

    my rockford tweeters need no trimming to fit into the factory sail panels. i did glue them in from the back side to retain the factory look. i'm in the process of doing a little nip and tuck on the rear door tweeter mounts. gluing those as well to retain factory appearance.
     
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    Yeah my JL c265 popped right in and didn't move at all so I luckily didn't even have to use the hot glue.
     
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    I wouldnt discourage anyone from putting them up front at the dash if they needed the space (i did), wasnt a big deal.
     
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    I am not discouraging anyone. I am simply pointing out the fact that the method you describe involves a lot more running of wires including through the door wiring harness which requires drilling through it, fishing wires through it and the removal of more panels in the dash. There is no way you can argue that your method is just as easy as using a wiring harness adapter in the door and connecting to a crossover in the door, then connecting the door speaker and sail panel tweeter to said crossover.
     

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