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Old 08-29-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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Sound bar speakers size

My factory sound bar speaker broke today and I need new ones, I am wondering what is the biggest size round speaker that I can fit in there without modifications?
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I recently replaced my sound bar speakers as well, after doing alot of research i went with the 6.5 inch alpines, they sound great and were very easy to install.
after removing the old speakers and connecting the new ones i had to drill 2 new holes in the sound bar and use 2 of the 4 original holes. i just drilled right through the fabric and it looks amazing.
im almost positive that 6.5 inch is the widest you can go before they start becoming to deep to fit in the sound bar.

these are the speakers but i did not purchase the coaxial model, i purchased the non-coaxial version and i think they were like 70 bucks for the pair.

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Old 08-29-2010, 12:33 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by 97'wrangler View Post
My factory sound bar speaker broke today and I need new ones, I am wondering what is the biggest size round speaker that I can fit in there without modifications?
It came with 5.25" speakers but 6.5" will fit without any modifications other than the screws will be in new locations. Stick with high sensitivity speakers like Polk or the replacement speakers won't sound good with a stock head unit. Look for speakers with a Sensitivity rating of 90 dB or higher. With a stock head unit, avoid speakers with high wattage ratings as they require more power than your stock head unit's internal amplifier can put out.
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Mine Jeep was missing the sound bar speakers when I got it so I bought these.

I based my choice on the price, my experience with Pioneer in the past, and the fact that I needed to use the grills that come with them and they aren't too flashy which invites thieves. I think they sound just fine with the stock head unit. They went in without modification but it does take some patience. It might be easier if you take the sound bar off or the Jeep and turn it over.
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I picked up a pair at walmart, for around 40, that are 6.5, mounted them with existing screw holes. You dont need anything better than the pioneers I got from walmart unless you have an amp. running higher quality speakers (that have a higher RMS) without an amp can actually damage the speakers. so there is no point in buying the more expensive ones, unless you do have an amp. just saying because if your tight on money like me this stuff is important to know.
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I just purchased the same pair of 6.5's from Walmart. Had to drill a couple of extra holes to mount them but not a problem. I also had to trim out a little of the foam in the speaker bar so that the speaker covers would snap on. My next step is to replace my blown sub in my console. Had to unplug it and I can really tell a difference. I miss that rich base.
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what kind of amp

if i put 6.5 speakers in my soundbar, 4.6 speakers in my dash and the same size woofer in my console what size amp should i put in it?
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A 5.25" speaker is a direct fit.

Most 6.5" speakers fit without modification other than maybe a couple new screw holes. However, some 6.5"s have a wider basket that would require either trimming the soundbar opening, or adapting a spacer ring to bring the speaker basket away from the hole.

If you are running the speakers off of the factory headunit, or an aftermarket h/u NOT connected to an external amp, a 5.25" is a good option vs a larger 6.5".
The power rating of the smaller speaker will be closer to that of the headunit. Most speakers of the same model line from one brand will be made the same (same construction, same material, same tweeter), so you're not really going to lose out on a great deal of attainable sound by not going with a larger speaker. The only loss will come from the smaller woofer moving less air. Coaxial seakers were never designed to be bass monsters, so I don't think of that as much of an issue.

If you are going to run an amp and no sub, I would opt for the larger 6.5". If you are going to run a sub (with speakers amped or not), I would go for the 5.25". With a sub, there is no need for the larger coaxial, and you can run the exact same speakers in the dash for a perfectly matched tone.
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I just put 6.5" slim mount Polk Audio Speakers into my sound bar. No modifications needed, uses the stock holes and the speaker cover. They sound great and visually look the same as stock. If you want to check them out just look for Polk Audio DB651S.

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