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Old 06-24-2012, 07:41 AM   #1
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I bought a 99 Sport and it has a sound bar in it. I'm assuming it not factory but It has two speaker in it. They sound ok, just have to turn the bass down to zero. The front in dash speakers sound horrible. If I fade the sound to the front only they sound bad, blown maybe or just very distorted. When I started looking into it it appears a previous owner had a different stereo installed. I found a large gauge battery hot wire and a inline fuse in the dash. Both had been cut off but not removed. Is the aftermarket cd player easy to pull out to see the back of it? Does the sound bar cancel out the front dash speakers? Other than sound how do you tell if a speaker is blown?

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Old 06-24-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
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Yes the dash panel is easy to remove, just be gentle and don't break the clips, no the sound bar does not cancel out the front speakers, blown speakers either don't work or sound like garbage usually scratchy and distorted.

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Sounds like the PO yanked his aftermarket stereo along with the amp/sub and probably threw the stocks back on. Pull the radio and each speaker to make sure the PO hooked the speakers up correctly and confirm they're not blown. At least you have a power supply available if you wanted to run an amp/sub.
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Is any trick to pulling it out. Does the whole center dash come off or just the radio section.?
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On your 99

1, Use a flathead and pry up the defrost cover from the corner. Pops right up.( long flat peice by the windshied your defrost blows out of.
2, Open your ashtray and press down on the tab to remove it.
3, You will see a philips screw behind the ashtray and two at the top of the center bezel (black peice over your radio and heat controls.) remove the 3 screws.
4, Pull the center bezel off....pulls right off. I like to open the glove box and pull from the corner of it to start.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:41 PM   #7
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I took the cd player out and the dash speakers out. The PO had taken speaker wire and just wrapped it around the dash speaker post for what ever speaker he had in there before. The dash speaker were blown I think. The cones were free floating and to attached or springy feeling. The factory roll bar speaker work but would it be worth it to replace all for with the same kind or brand? I'm just going to get the factory sizes I think.
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:30 PM   #8
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If you're going for aftermarket dash speakers, I installed 4x6's - but they required a special mount to hold them in place (Best Buy - $10). I put in Polks DXI's - as they are marine rated (huge humidity here in south Florida - 97% right now). Matched with DXI 6.5's in soundbar. 5 1/4 is the factory for the soundbar, but honestly the 6.5's sound a lot better. You can merely drill into the soundbar to secure your speaker with a self-tapping stainless screw.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:14 PM   #9
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Did you have to cut the hole larger for the 6.5's in the sound bar. I guess I will order from crutchfield because they supply the hardware for free. I looked at the kickers in stock sizes and it 109.00 out the door.

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