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Old 12-01-2002, 13:13   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Is it hard to install front splits in AU ?

hi guys

how hard is it to install the front splits in the AU ??

anyone give me some tips so i dont stuff me door up ??

i have the tools (torx, security locknuts ect) just dont wanna make a mess !

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Old 12-01-2002, 22:57   #2 (permalink)
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I installed 5 1/4" splits in the front.
I had 'em from my previous car, but they were the perfect size, you could probably use 6".

Here's a rough idea of what your up against....
Take the door trim off, don't pry the grill off as it has ONE screw holding it there. ($12 bucks for a new grill!).
  1. Take old speaker out and trace it's shape onto a piece of MDF (craft wood) at least 16mm thick, mark the holes as well.
  2. Now use the template supplied with the splits to mark the hole in the centre of the speaker shape.
  3. Cut out using bandsaw/jigsaw, whatever you have.
The piece of MDF can be screwed behind the inner door skin (using self tapping screws)and the speaker fits into the hole cut in the MDF.
Mounting the tweeters is up to personal preference, but important for staging. My tweeters came with a small pod which can be screwed down and holds the speakers at 45 degrees. I mounted them just in front of the door handle (there is a blank plastic plug) using a small bracket I made up from aluminium.

Clear as mud?
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depending on the size of the tweetwrs.. the factory tweeters used to go in the c pillars, with a funky grill about half way up. Failing that, you can always put em where the windscreen meets the dash.

One word of warning though, try and keep em hidden / discreet. What monkey cant see, monkey cant thieve.


Hope that helps.


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Old 12-02-2002, 21:28   #4 (permalink)
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depending on the size of the tweetwrs.. the factory tweeters used to go in the c pillars, with a funky grill about half way up. Failing that, you can always put em where the windscreen meets the dash.

One word of warning though, try and keep em hidden / discreet. What monkey cant see, monkey cant thieve.

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Can't agree more, out of sight, out of mind!

How hard would it be to replicate that factory install? Anyone done it? Cost?
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to do it, u will need to get the tweeter ready pillar covers. They were on any premium system car. Although, before you go buying anything, pull of the existing one, and make sure the tweeter will fit. If so, then run the wiring down the pillar, and under the dash etc.. EEEEEASY. The pillars should only be around$20 each at a good wrecker.... new?? Probably add a Zero.

Hope that helps


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btw.... i belive that boston acoustics make a 5X7 split system, but i could be wrong. but failing that, just combine mine and chillXR's method, than u should be ok!
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by TOX|C
[B]The pillars should only be around$20 each at a good wrecker.... new?? Probably add a Zero.

whats with you blokes winging about ford parts prices!! lol
A piller trims with grille are $15.00 ea from your friendly ford dealer

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by the way does anyone know what size speakers fit in front doors of a EL?
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Im always happy to be corrected!

My EF hold 6" speakers in the doors, so as far as i know the EL's are the same. I put 6.5" splits in there, and i only needed minor door trimming.

What speakers did u have in mind??


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surprised me too!

its an XR6 so it has the tweeters in the dash already,so was looking at getting a set of alpine splits for the front and alpine rear speakers as well. but im a new to car audio so any advice would be appreciated
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Alpine are good. Their 2-ways give a really good sound. Cant say ve really payed attention to their splits, but im almost certain they would be good also.

Check out a brand called "Eclipse" they are also good. "Boston Acoustics" do really good splits... I should know!

Ummm, are you just driving it with the factory head?? or are you planning to replace that too?

if you find a brand you're not sure about, ask!

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yeah im only using the factory cd comp head atm. will eventualy upgrade the head but im not sure what to, probally alpine as it has the factory alpine changer.
will check out Boston Acoustics and Eclipse.

im aiming for a neat factory looking system so dont want big speakers cut into parcel tray or mounted in pods for all to see.
just a nice clear sounding system with maybe a small sub later on.

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