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Rmjimbob
04-09-2010, 03:57 PM
I have a 2001 sierra with OEM 6.5 comps in front and 4x6's back. I'm going to be replacing and amping the speakers. It seems that the best place to start is by setting up the door panels what steps do I need to take?

I haven't really decided on speakers or amp I'm just trying to find a starting point. Any advice for speakers? I'm looking to spend around $500 to replace front and back speakers and buy an amp. Is that a realistic budget? I already have subs installed if that makes a difference.

I realize my budget may not be as high as some of the members but I would like to take the steps to get the most out of my setup!

hispls
04-09-2010, 04:00 PM
There's a great tutorial thread at diymobileaudio.com on door treatments (with loads of pics and different people's methods)

misfit138
04-09-2010, 04:05 PM
I'm not really following you. If you're just doing a speaker swap there's not much to it. Add some deadener, run some wire and drop in the new speakers...

mclerico83
04-09-2010, 04:10 PM
CTX65CS - Image Dynamics 6.5" Component Speaker System (http://www.woofersetc.com/p6201/CTX65CS--Image-Dynamics-65"-Component-Speaker-System.htm)
for your fronts

mb quart 4125

and some standard 4x6 coax, not as important rear fill

Rmjimbob
04-09-2010, 04:16 PM
I'm not really following you. If you're just doing a speaker swap there's not much to it. Add some deadener, run some wire and drop in the new speakers...

It's not really a swap its stock speakers unamped to aftermarket speakers amped.

misfit138
04-09-2010, 04:18 PM
It's not really a swap its stock speakers unamped to aftermarket speakers amped.

If you're just dropping new speakers into the stock locations, it's a swap. As I said, add some deadener, run the new wire and drop in the speakers...

Rmjimbob
04-09-2010, 04:19 PM
And what about those speaker baffles you put in your door panel or is that pointless? for example XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles Protect your speakers at Crutchfield.com (http://www.crutchfield.com/p_237XT65/XTC-6-1-2-Speaker-Baffles-3-1-4-depth.html?tp=660)

mclerico83
04-09-2010, 04:32 PM
just get some deadener like
Spectrum - Acoutic Sound Deadener Coating Material (http://www.secondskinaudio.com/sound-deadener/spectrum.php)

Damplifier - Automotive Sound Deadening Vibration Damper - Come see what all the fuss is about! (http://www.secondskinaudio.com/vibration-mat/damplifier.php)

Rmjimbob
04-09-2010, 04:33 PM
Is a 4" comp something that could be added to the 4x6 location without much customizing? would this be worth doing?

misfit138
04-09-2010, 04:36 PM
Is a 4" comp something that could be added to the 4x6 location without much customizing? would this be worth doing?

If I were you, I'd look into 5.25" components. Some mdf baffles should allow them to fit. You may have to trim a little plastic or metal here and there, but it shouldn't be anything major...

mclerico83
04-09-2010, 04:40 PM
no its not worth it, its jusr rear fill with thos good comps are what you need i wouldnt put much to the rear
eBay (http://electronics.shop.ebay.com/Car-Speakers-Speaker-Systems-/14936/i.html?Size=4%2522%2520x%25206%2522&_dmpt=Car_Speakers&_fln=1&_ssov=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m282&Brand=Alpine%7CBoston%2520Acoustics%7CPhoenix%2520 Gold%7C)!

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misfit138
04-09-2010, 04:42 PM
Yeah, I just noticed that the 4x6"s are in the rear. No point in adding componets back there.

Rmjimbob
04-10-2010, 02:05 AM
so are speaker baffles a good idea or bad idea XTC 6-1/2" Speaker Baffles Protect your speakers at Crutchfield.com (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-LIZAyW8AC7c/p_237XT65/XTC-6-1-2-Speaker-Baffles-3-1-4-depth.html?tp=660)

Bobfig
04-11-2010, 02:56 AM
i was told there not worth it

FenixAudio
04-25-2010, 04:09 PM
door comes off in 30 seconds add deadener. the factory tweeter is attached to the door panel. 10mm nuts hold it in. cake to replace, id take outthe facotry and drilla new holw next to it. easy takes a couple miniutes if you have never done it before. but its cake really. as far as th rear...if use infinity referene with the 3" and tweeter in the plate. they sound great. they dont have to be amplified also. there about 30w rms. good luck

galacticmonkey
04-29-2010, 05:01 PM
I have a 2002 Avalanche and fully deadener all 4 doors, and just installed my components today.

First, get some Second Skin Damplifier Pro. A bulk pack is what it should take to deaden both doors enough. I have 1.5 bulk packs per front door, then about 20 SPL tiles in each, then spray on deadener on top of that. Seal all the holes, so that the only holes are the ones for the door clip. Make sure to deaden both outer and inner door skins, and especially behind the speaker itself.

Then get a nice component set and a nice amp for them. I went with the Hertz HSK 165s and an MB Quart DSC2150 because Ive owned and used them both before and they rock. Ill be using a Pioneer 880PRS, because if you start with a crappy signal, or a signal that isnt up to par, you will hear it from your speakers. Alot of the sound is the prep to your doors and giving them a good environment to make good sound. Without good deadening and sealed doors, they wont sound like they should.

Heres what mine look like. Our doors should look similar, if not the same. This is what a rock solid deadener door looks like.

http://i41.tinypic.com/dvouic.jpg

http://i43.tinypic.com/5u4avr.jpg