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Old 12-25-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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Installing polk speaker help!

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Folks- got my son on recommendation POLK 5.25 (db521) round coaxial speaker for front and 6.5 for sound bar. (rear) Bought adapter plate (oval to round speakers) also.
I heard these were simple retrofit front speakers but the stock speaker mounting bracket is in the way! Is it safe to cut these brackets?
Maybe just keep the original fronts in (easy) and just upgrade the sound bar to 6.5?
This may be more of a project than first led to believe?
Any advice is appreciated!!
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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Yes on some years, that bracket needs to be trimmed

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Old 12-25-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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Yep just do a little trimming, the results will be worth it. I had to do similar trimming on my '97 TJ.
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Like everyone else said.....cut it! I also just picked up some DB521s and put them in my dash because I never had speakers there. What a world of difference. I'm even going to order another pair to put in the sound bar. Do the 6.5s need brackets for the soundbar?
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6.5 speakers drop right into the sound bar that came in 2002 and older TJs, not so sure if they fit the sound pods used in newer TJs like my '04 has though.
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Thanks Jerry you the man. Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:40 PM   #7
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6.5 speakers drop right into the sound bar that came in 2002 and older TJs, not so sure if they fit the sound pods used in newer TJs like my '04 has though.
Yes they fit in 03+
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I'm in the middle of a system upgrade: DB521 with Nalin brackets in front and DB521 for the soundbar. In my research, I think I read that 6.5" will fit in the soundbar but the stock speaker covers will not fit 6.5" speakers. In that case, you'll need to use the Polk covers, losing the stock look.

I also bought a Pyramid woofer for the console and a Sony multimedia deck on close out (discontinued model, half off).

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Hi Jerry. Off subject but what size speakers would drop in to my 2000 sound bar? Lol just noticed it said and older. Thanks lol
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You will need to cut that bar out. A good pair of aviation snips will work. They cut thicker gauge than tin snips. I used them and it was a breeze. Some people also use a dremel to cut that bar. Cut that whole bar out. Not a big deal.
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I used a Dremel. Worked great.
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Thanks folks will cut out with tool I have--dremel.
Also--will let you all know if POLK6.5 fit in 2000 TJ soundbar. hopefully later today---25 degrees here---ny
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Here is the upgrade I did on my '06 TJ...
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Thanks folks will cut out with tool I have--dremel. Also--will let you all know if POLK6.5 fit in 2000 TJ soundbar. hopefully later today---25 degrees here---ny Happy holidays!!!!
I just put my Polks in my Head Unit yesterday. They are the DB651 model. I had to drill new holes to mount them and that was it.
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Thanks folks will cut out with tool I have--dremel.
Also--will let you all know if POLK6.5 fit in 2000 TJ soundbar. hopefully later today---25 degrees here---ny
Happy holidays!!!!
They fit the sockets perfectly, unlike the CDT 6.5's I just put where I had your Polks temporarily before. As others have said, you will just have to put new holes in, which are a couple of millimeters outside of the 5.25 holes. It is easy as pie with the sound bar out, but even pretty easy with the bar in, you just have to do everything inverted.
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I just put my Polks in my Head Unit yesterday. They are the DB651 model. I had to drill new holes to mount them and that was it.
FWIW, using a power drill/screwdriver, I just spun the screws until they made their own holes and that worked great.
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FWIW, using a power drill/screwdriver, I just spun the screws until they made their own holes and that worked great.
I used a drill and drilled through the holes in the speakers into the sound bar and it worked great. I think that's basically what your saying

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