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Old 03-30-2011, 07:16 AM   #1
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My stock speakers occasionally sound like rattleing speakers. My current head unit (Pioneer CDA 9847 ish) appears to put out 50W per channel (200W total for 4 channels). I don't think I want to bother with an amp for them, currently.

I've seen a couple 5.25" to 6.5" brackets, but they don't look like they'll work with my stock speaker pods as the pods have a lip that would appear to block where the bracket would expand to. The speakers are sunken into the pod.

I'm looking at a couple pairs of Polk BD series speakers, 5.25" & 4"x6" in the front. I've seen the brackets to mod the front, but the 4"x6" (150W Max) have a higher Wattage output than the 5.25" (135W Max).

For $60 or less for each set, these seem like decent speakers. I'm not as
in-the-know with auto audio as I used to be. If anyone sees something that I don't, then feel free to speak up!

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Old 03-30-2011, 08:36 AM   #2
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what is the RMS output of your head unit? It seems the general consensus here against 4x6 speakers in the dash - the main reason I can find is that a oval speaker isn't as efficient at pushing air as a round speaker. That being said, I put 4x6 speakers in my dash and I have no complaints what so ever.

A LOT of people swear by Polk here too, so it seems like you're on the right track. I replaced mine with Alpines in the soundbar and Pioneers in the dash. Seems like the Alpines are a little better sounding - but that could just be the fact that they are 2 inches from my head.

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Old 03-30-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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what is the RMS output of your head unit? It seems the general consensus here against 4x6 speakers in the dash - the main reason I can find is that a oval speaker isn't as efficient at pushing air as a round speaker. That being said, I put 4x6 speakers in my dash and I have no complaints what so ever.

A LOT of people swear by Polk here too, so it seems like you're on the right track. I replaced mine with Alpines in the soundbar and Pioneers in the dash. Seems like the Alpines are a little better sounding - but that could just be the fact that they are 2 inches from my head.
Well, the 4x6 Polks that I am looking at have a round 4' speaker at the bottom of the 4x6 plate and a .75 inch tweeter in the upper section of the plate. It's wierd that it has a higher Watt max than the bigger 5.25" speakers.

Amazon.com: Polk Audio DB461P 4-by-6-Inch Coaxial Plate-Style Speakers (Pair, Black): LiveSpan

uhg it looks like the RMS for the head unit is only 18W x 4. Oh well, I have a 10 JL kicker right behind my driver seat. I'm sure the new speakers will be better than the stock speakers, whose cones feel like paper and the rubber edging feels like styrofoam.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:11 PM   #4
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try taking your light covers off on the sound bar. I thought i had busted speakers for months! then for some reason while riding down the road, i reached back, touched the light, and the rattling stopped. upgrading speakers is always nice, but if you realize you don't have to, it's even better!
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:51 AM   #5
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try taking your light covers off on the sound bar. I thought i had busted speakers for months! then for some reason while riding down the road, i reached back, touched the light, and the rattling stopped. upgrading speakers is always nice, but if you realize you don't have to, it's even better!
ding, ding, ding!

After installing the new speakers, I still noticed a rattling. I popped one of the light covers off and most of the rattling is gone. Now my quandary is that I bought marine grade speakers which could be good for offroading, however, with the light covers off, there goes that advantage. That also unseals the enclosure. Is there some kind of sealant that would allow the covers to stay in place, stop any rattling, yet still be removable. Like caulking, or something?
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100% silicone would be fine, just dont use a whole lot. it could get messy real quick
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I might try the silicone. Thanks!

Do the speaker pods need to be sealed, from a speaker performance standpoint? If so, will the silicone be able to stand up to the pressure difference to keep the integrity of the seal? It'll be better than having no light cover at all. It'll just be interesting to know, I guess.

I'm not worried about silicone keeping the integrity of any water or mud. I'm sure it'd be fine for anything but maybe submergence.
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I had the same problem as you. What I did was tape a little electrical tape around the plastic clips on the light cover and then popped it back on. It provided enough contact to make it stop vibrating. I'd give that a shot before messing around with silicone.

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