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10-22-2010 12:58 PM
TXST8tj SOME 6.5"s will fit flush with no modifications. Some will require some trimming of the stock hole, or an adpater ring can be made out of MDF to allow the space for it to fit.

I would personally just go with 5.25"s in the dash and soundbar to have balanced sound. You may notice a slight improvement in bass with a 6.5", but it is negligable at best. I personally go for the matched sound over the larger coaxial. A sub is your only solution to bass worth fighting for. Coaxials were never designed to reproduce super low frequencies; pick a coaxial that shines in the higher frequencies.
10-22-2010 08:22 AM
InfernoGirl These are the speakers we used... I'll see if I can get a pic later.
Polk Audio - 6-1/2" Coaxial Loudspeakers with Poly-Mica Cones (Pair) - DXI650

These are the ones we put in the dash...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Polk+Aud...&skuId=1003226
10-22-2010 08:10 AM
Merzescorner Great information here! InfernoGirl, can you let me know what specific Polk speakers you used? Maybe even post a pic of the install? Thanks again!
10-21-2010 02:32 PM
InfernoGirl
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Originally Posted by ohsixteejay View Post
so is there an adapter to fit 6.5" in the sound bar or do you guys just make your own holes?
They fit, they just don't fit flush like the smaller speakers do. No new holes needed to put my Polks in my '01 soundbar.
10-21-2010 01:45 PM
ohsixteejay so is there an adapter to fit 6.5" in the sound bar or do you guys just make your own holes?
10-21-2010 01:35 PM
TXST8tj these are the adapters that i have used in 3 TJs now.
Car-Speaker-Adapters - www.car-speaker-adapters.com - Call Us Today - 412-260-6835
10-21-2010 12:44 PM
ohsixteejay do you have a model number on those speakers I'd like to get a pair with a box like that. What size are they?
10-21-2010 12:42 PM
jgorm yup, that is the stock speaker box.
10-21-2010 12:23 PM
ohsixteejay Oh ok, I was thinking you made the box but i'm guessing now the speaker came with the box?
10-21-2010 12:09 PM
jgorm
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Originally Posted by ohsixteejay View Post
Could you be more specific on what you did? I would like to do that as well.
Not really. I cut the chunk out so the polks would fit in. The tweeter is normally surface mounted so you need to cut out the plastic so the polks fit into the box. Just place the polk speakers on the box and cut out whatever is in the way.
10-21-2010 11:47 AM
ohsixteejay
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Originally Posted by jgorm View Post
I cut a chunk out of the stock enclosure to fit the polks.
Could you be more specific on what you did? I would like to do that as well.
10-21-2010 11:15 AM
jgorm
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Originally Posted by 530ktm View Post
What exactly did you do here? Is this a speaker box that came with the speaker or is this something you modified. I totally agree with you about the necessity of having some type of box for the speaker and the front lacks this.
I cut a chunk out of the stock enclosure to fit the polks.

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Originally Posted by Ibuildembig View Post
True but that is the industry standard....and most people won't pay for you to build an enclosure for every speaker....and its not needed for bass if you have a sub
But why install a bigger more expensive speaker if it will sound worse than a smaller cheaper speaker in a proper enclosure?
10-21-2010 10:36 AM
Ibuildembig Or you could save time and bs and go to your local retailer and pick some up
10-21-2010 10:30 AM
Jerry Bransford The adapter plate is widely sold all over the internet as well as by retailers like Crutchfield. There is no need to cut anything to install a 5.25" speaker with the adapter plate.
10-21-2010 10:26 AM
ohsixteejay I'm a bit confused. So in order to put 5 1/4" speakers in the front do you need to buy an adapter plate or is this something you guys are making? If you have an adapter plate why are you cutting? Where can I find this adapter plate?
10-21-2010 10:24 AM
svmtbman I put some 5 1/4" in the front of my '04 as well as 6 1/2" in the roll bar and it sounds great. also I wanted to note that you DO NOT need to cut the support brace in the dash as shown in the link above to install the 5 1/4" speakers (at least I didn't in my '04).
10-21-2010 10:23 AM
Jerry Bransford Just don't forget guys that some speakers only work well with high powered auxiliary amplifiers. If you don't have that, you need to make sure any speakers you buy have that 90 dB or higher Sensitivity rating or you're going to be really disappointed with your new speakers.
10-21-2010 10:21 AM
cork1958
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Originally Posted by Hostile JEEP T.J View Post
Yeah get the bigger adapter plate and add 5 1/4 speakers then change the overhead pods to 6 1/2! They will sound good but if you get a good head unit with the built in amplifier it will make the sound GREAT!! Get one that has at least 50watts or more by 4 channel with equalizers!! I installed all new infinity sound system in mine and when I crank it up it sounds like your in a luxury car, love them!!
Have the Infinity speakers in my front dash and some Sony speakers in the sound bar, that I just had installed. I didn't go with the bigger sizes/adapter plate though.

Awesome sound coming out powered by a Pioneer Supertuner III and XM satellite radio!!
10-21-2010 10:17 AM
Ibuildembig True but that is the industry standard....and most people won't pay for you to build an enclosure for every speaker....and its not needed for bass if you have a sub
10-21-2010 10:14 AM
530ktm
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Originally Posted by jgorm View Post
This always cracks me up.


A speaker without a box is going to sound like crap. The sound waves off the rear need to be isolated from the sound waves off the front or they cancel out. You will hear the treble from the tweeter, but the bass will be gone. If you don't believe me then take a subwoofer out of the box while its on and you will see a 10x drop in bass levels and sound quality. A 4" speaker in a box will sound better than an 8" speaker outside of a box. I did this for the fronts on mine.

What exactly did you do here? Is this a speaker box that came with the speaker or is this something you modified. I totally agree with you about the necessity of having some type of box for the speaker and the front lacks this.
10-21-2010 09:51 AM
jgorm This always cracks me up.


A speaker without a box is going to sound like crap. The sound waves off the rear need to be isolated from the sound waves off the front or they cancel out. You will hear the treble from the tweeter, but the bass will be gone. If you don't believe me then take a subwoofer out of the box while its on and you will see a 10x drop in bass levels and sound quality. A 4" speaker in a box will sound better than an 8" speaker outside of a box. I did this for the fronts on mine.

10-21-2010 12:24 AM
lashleyftl for the sound bar speakers what you do to get the 6 1/2s to fit in there
10-20-2010 10:11 PM
oldskool71 Man I need to upgrade my audio too...add this to the list plzzz...
10-20-2010 08:11 PM
slamin81 im running the 4x6 in mine and love them sound great,, little steep in price tho
10-20-2010 08:08 PM
InfernoGirl
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Originally Posted by BigEZ View Post
thanks for this thread. looks like I can get a great whole new system from QT for under 400 bones w/ no splicing.
If you piece it together yourself, you'll get better quality components and save money, no splicing required. There are adapters and harnesses available at most car audio stores to prevent any cutting, except for the bracket in the dash to mount larger dash speakers. Those metal mounts have to be cut, but it's not hard if your a little old lady and you ask some big burly guys to do it for you
10-20-2010 07:38 PM
BigEZ thanks for this thread. looks like I can get a great whole new system from QT for under 400 bones w/ no splicing.
10-20-2010 06:00 PM
Bruck I found the 5.25" adapter on eBay for like $14. Then, I was able to get the speakers from Sony with my credit card points. Sound is better and if you have to buy the speakers you'll likely do better and have more options with the 5.25". Highly suggested by me....the experts may say different.
10-20-2010 03:37 PM
Hostile JEEP T.J Every speaker is gonna have universal wires that you have to tie in! Unless you order a speaker that says for your jeep and it's plug an play like the ones they sell in quadratech. So you can use any brand speaker you want your just gonna have to tie the wires in manually with connectors, if your gonna put all new speakers you might as well replace the factory head unit while your at it cause it's not gonna be able to push the the new speakers to there full capacity! Also another thing to add to Jerrys comment, what ever speakers your looking at don't be fooled by the these 6 1/2 put out 300watts or those 5 1/4 put out 280 watts! The wattage you see real big on the boxes that's the max wattage the speaker is rated and it means that's there blowing out watts! If you push those speakers anywhere near that wattage it says your gonna blow them! That's why I got my infinitys because the watts wasn't as high as most the speakers I saw at cartoys, but after demoing them they sounded way better when you cranked em up or keep em low! The decibel level is what you wanna look at like Jerry said in his previous post!!
10-20-2010 02:30 PM
Merzescorner Thanks all. If I buy the 5 1/4 bracket for the larger speakers, do I just go with the speaker of choice and cut the factory connector off and splice? that is, if the speaker I decide on doesn't come with it? I would imagine that choices are limited for speakers that have that factory connector.
10-20-2010 12:46 PM
ajorosa Quadratec has Kicker factory replacement speakers. No splicing necessary, just plug in and mount.
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