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iconist
07-21-2005, 03:45 PM
Existing Bracket (http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y218/Hashii/DSCF0116.jpg)

That's the bracket I have now. The old stock speaker had 4 tabs coming off it's metal frame and those screwed into 4 spots on the plastic mount. You can see one immediately left and down from the top hexbolt. The problem is that my cdt ef-61's don't have those tabs. So I looked around online for brackets I could buy and most were $20+ (w/out shipping) and I had no way to be sure they'd fit. Upon calling a few local car audio shops they said they just custom make theirs during the install process. So I figured I could do the same.

My plan is to take a piece of particle board, pencil in some guides using the screw holes on the new speaker then use a compass to circle it. Then expand out the necessary amount and mark off the outer ring. What I'm wondering is how hard this will be for someone with very limited skilsaw abilities and whether it will even work. Also any other ideas/tips/etc would be greatly appreciated.

For reference the car is a 1997 toyota camry and I'm putting in cdt ef-61's. Both the new and old components are 6 1/2's.

azbass
07-21-2005, 04:14 PM
id just unbolt the plastic bracket. trasnfer the whole thing to mdf. and bolt the mdf back on, with a hole for your speaker

fossil99ca
07-21-2005, 04:17 PM
As far as you being able to do it, you never know until you try!

iconist
07-21-2005, 04:25 PM
id just unbolt the plastic bracket. trasnfer the whole thing to mdf. and bolt the mdf back on, with a hole for your speaker

Exactly the kind of advice I was looking for. Thanks, it's a good idea.

Here's a pic of the plastic bracket (more or less) off. link (http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y218/Hashii/car%20audio/DSCF0114.jpg)

fossil99ca
07-21-2005, 04:37 PM
oh, and check clearances with your window DOWN. Dont want to roll your window down and take the back of your speaker off if it sits deeper than your stock ones. Watch your wires too.

iconist
07-21-2005, 04:58 PM
oh, and check clearances with your window DOWN. Dont want to roll your window down and take the back of your speaker off if it sits deeper than your stock ones. Watch your wires too.

will do. luckily the ef-61's are pretty shallow mounting, less than the spec'd 3" clearance listed for my car.

TeenWolf
07-21-2005, 06:50 PM
MDF would be my choice. Do you have a friend with the appropriate skills and tools? From my experience, that has always worked out best - Have a knowledgeable friend alongside to keep you on the right track.

AVSTANG02
07-21-2005, 06:55 PM
Your going to need the proper tools to do it.

But its pretty easy basically just tracing the old mount and then adding whatever you need for the new speaker mount.

the less proper tools you have the harder its going to get..

for my baffles I purchased a cut out tool.. sorta like a heavy duty dremel that can cut wood upto an inch thick.

made it really easy to cut the weird shape and speaker hole...

iconist
07-21-2005, 06:57 PM
Your going to need the proper tools to do it.

But its pretty easy basically just tracing the old mount and then adding whatever you need for the new speaker mount.

the less proper tools you have the harder its going to get..

for my baffles I purchased a cut out tool.. sorta like a heavy duty dremel that can cut wood upto an inch thick.

made it really easy to cut the weird shape and speaker hole...

I was planning on getting a basic jigsaw and just following the lines I'll be making. Then some sandpaper to smooth it off. Could you maybe link to the tool you're referring to so I have a better idea what you mean?

edit to add: A tool like this (http://shop.store.yahoo.com/tylertool/dremad90higs.html)?

desi_daru
07-21-2005, 10:28 PM
i used a jigsaw, and drill
i 1st made a traceout with cardboard, just bent n cut it 2 specs then traced it on the mdf, cut it out, then traced the hole for the speaker, made a drill hole then jigsawed the circle