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Hello.

I have some 5.25" speakers in the front of my TJ. But they don't sound very good. The same speakers in a friends car sound way better. He said that's because of my open speakers and a missing baffle.

How could I improve the speakers?
Does a small box fit there behind the speakers?
Any other idea?

Thanks for your help!
Nicolas-Eric
 

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I'm still saying the Q-forms kickpanel enclosures are going to be your best bet at getting good sound with imaging and staging in the Jeep!!

Outside of that, you could try some of those plastic/foam speaker cups.. I think you can get them from crutchfield or some other online source..


And your friend is right. The dash speaker locations suck cause it's basically a free-air speaker. No enclosure around/behind it.
 

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I recently did a stereo install with polk 5.25 speakers in the dash and sound bar. speakers sounded ok but ones in soundbar sounded quite a bit better than the dash speakers. I ordered a set a of foam Metra speaker baffles from ebay and am very pleased how much better the dash speakers sound now. Baffles were only about $12 bucks delivered.
 

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Get the baffles its about the only way. Amazon sells them for like $5 plus shipping so that $12 sounds about right. If you have a large piece of foam you could make your own, like old seat cushions or something like that. All you really need to do is separate the rear of the speaker from the front of the speaker and the sound will improve greatly. Dont forget to put some poly-fill in that sound bar too. much better sound!
 

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Fill the Voids behind the Speakers with PolyFil for a NOTICABLE improvement of
night & day.
 

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I recently did a stereo install with polk 5.25 speakers in the dash and sound bar. speakers sounded ok but ones in soundbar sounded quite a bit better than the dash speakers. I ordered a set a of foam Metra speaker baffles from ebay and am very pleased how much better the dash speakers sound now. Baffles were only about $12 bucks delivered.

That's what I was talking about! Will make a noticeable improvement!

Like LilYeller said, it's all about separating the rear of the cone from the front of the cone.. Will minimize cancellation and improve low frequency response..
 

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the baffles work good when used for the front speakers, almost makes it a sealed enclosure for better sound and they are cheep
 

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I tried poly fill first didn't work any where near as good as the foam baffles. Their must be some where in Germany you can order the baffles from
 

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You can use any type of foam from an old seat cushion out of a vehicle or old sofa anything like that would work. just scoop out the foam enough to let the speaker sit in there and cut it to fit. thats the best way I can describe. I might be making some for my TJ this weekend so I can post up some pics if you need more info.
 

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Post up the pictures. I just ordered some 6.5 Infinity references for the soundbar and 5.25 references for the front too. I need to order that bracket for the 5.25's now. Where can I get this bracket?
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Not sure if seat foam is the best idea. If the speaker gets hot it could melt the foam or cause a small fire. Polyfill is made not to burn under high heat
 

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I dont think your speaker wont get hot enough to burn foam. not to mention that the foam will not even be close to anything that would get hot tnough to melt it. All you are doing is building a "box" out of the foam the only thing touching the foam will be the speakers magnet and the cage around the back. Tho I can appreciate your concern
 

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Not trying to hijack the thread, but here's a question someone on here may know; my Jeep came with the seven speaker stereo system. The dash speakers are actually a 4" mounted in a ~ 4"x6" plastic shell and a tweeter mounted on the exterior of the plastic shell. It appears that a 4"x6" speaker would go in the plastic shell if the 4" round hole was elongated to 4"x6". The plastic shell would act as an enclosure for the 4x6 speaker. I would use a two way or three way speaker so I wouldn't lose my tweeters. Has anyone ever tried to use the plastic enclosures for a larger speaker than the stock 4"?
 
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