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Schnitz
12-22-2009, 10:59 PM
This is what I started with:
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e117/Schnitz9/Picture001-2.jpg

This is what I have now:
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e117/Schnitz9/Picture003-2.jpg

This is the OEM Midrange enclosure. It's fully sealed on the backside. it has a small port on the front just to the right of the speaker in this picture.
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e117/Schnitz9/Picture005-2.jpg

I'm replacing the OEM mid/tweet with some Hybrid Clarus'. Do you guys suggest I replace that plastic enclosure completely with an MDF baffle over the entire hole in the door? My concern is the exposure to the elements. Could I paint/stain it with something to make it weatherrproof?
Is another option a plastic baffle?
I have no experience or the time to learn how to make a fiberglass baffle.
Do you suggest a foam shield (baffle) on the rear to protect the 6.5" midrange from water?
I have 2" of room between the face of the speaker and where it mounts to the door.

TaylorFade
12-22-2009, 11:41 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/6-Speaker-Adapters-Lexus-IS300-01-05-Front_W0QQitemZ310182502178QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item4838515f22

or...

http://my.is/forums/f103/diy-front-speaker-install-tutorial-components-330688/

Schnitz
12-23-2009, 07:47 AM
Thanks for the info. I guess I should have mentioned I own an LS400. The hole is waaay bigger than the one in the IS but the idea is the same. I'll make a template and then cut it out to replace the entire enclosure.

J31Rob
12-23-2009, 08:05 AM
You'd be ASTONISHED at how easy fiberglass really is..

mmouse57
12-23-2009, 11:12 AM
yeah fiberglass is so easy to do m8 dont be overwhelmed with it just tape off mix the resin in small amounts and use the right hardner and its cake

James Bang
12-23-2009, 11:16 AM
No need for fiberglassing to do that baffle. If it's flat, then you can just use treated MDF, or you can use HDPE (thick hardcutting board).

robertoyoung08
12-26-2009, 08:55 PM
hah
i had the same problem when i opened up my door pannels.
i just bought some plastic baffles off of ebay.
they work well. i have a GS though, so idk if they made any for the LS.
there should be some out there, if not then, do what you planned, just draw a template on mdf and cut it out.

that LS must be a badd *** car. expensive too

those oem speakers look good already! thats a THICK surround!!!

j1b1e1
12-27-2009, 02:10 PM
I've got an IS300 and made the mistake of buying a set of "adapter rings" off of Ebay. Looked great, CNC, and well build.... except that they were stacked with 1/2" spacers so my mid's would be free air if I used them. Just somthing to watch out for.

robertoyoung08
12-27-2009, 03:06 PM
I've got an IS300 and made the mistake of buying a set of "adapter rings" off of Ebay. Looked great, CNC, and well build.... except that they were stacked with 1/2" spacers so my mid's would be free air if I used them. Just somthing to watch out for.

yup same here.
they had "holes" alongside of where the speakers were supposed to mount.. wth?

well i just sealed up the holes and they seem to work well, i havnt tried any other baffles, so maybe i could be getting even better sound?

j1b1e1
04-26-2010, 04:01 PM
Any movement on the baffles? I was considering them and thought I'd see if you ever went that direction...