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ckunke002
01-16-2012, 04:15 AM
My car has stock speaker wiring to the sail panels and all I need to do is buy the panels that have room for tweeters inside it, but I've heard a few different people in the forums suggest that it's not a good area for them and does not sound good.

Just wondering if anyone had any experience with this position vs other positions in the car for tweeter placement. Thanks!

This is the area BTW. Where you see the tweeter is where I'm talking about
http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/3668/3041/21669020006_large.jpg

mlstrass
01-16-2012, 04:31 AM
Sound good in my car that way. I glassed them in as factory was coax's down in the doors. I also have TA available and run active, so that might help some...

CAT MAN
01-16-2012, 05:04 AM
that mirror cover is where i have mine and its perfect..

mlstrass
01-16-2012, 05:52 AM
mirror cover = sail panel

Plenty of cars have them there from the factory...

CAT MAN
01-16-2012, 05:53 AM
mirror cover = sail panel

Plenty of cars have them there from the factory...
fvck tech words lulz thanks ...


but mine is an SQ car and it was that spot or the a pillars.....the stock locations wouldnt fit my tweets or dey would be there

Bettr n' Revrse
01-16-2012, 05:55 AM
Try them there temporarily and if you dont like them move them...

i2ain2thunder
01-16-2012, 07:25 AM
^^this I always highly encourage people to try different locations and directions of tweeters prior to final install as placement of tweeters is key in creating your sound stage and it's height/width.

ckunke002
01-16-2012, 04:56 PM
I've never installed any speakers/tweeters other than in the location they are made to go in (my aftermarket component speakers in the car doors) How do people normally mount tweeters and get speaker wires to them? The only way I would know how to do tweeters is put them in that sail panel position because they are already mountable and have wire right there waiting for them lol.

Wattser93
01-16-2012, 05:18 PM
I've never installed any speakers/tweeters other than in the location they are made to go in (my aftermarket component speakers in the car doors) How do people normally mount tweeters and get speaker wires to them? The only way I would know how to do tweeters is put them in that sail panel position because they are already mountable and have wire right there waiting for them lol.

I fish the speaker wires up through the trim panels to keep them all hidden. There's the rubber tube that runs between the car and door panel, feed the speaker wire through there and then up to the panel.

I usually use screws, but I'm playing with mounting position right now so I'm using decal tape, the stuff that they use to attach the plastic panels on the sides of cars. Like the little beauty panels at the bottom of the doors and your "Silverado" logos and such on the side of the vehicle. I may just leave it there, it doesn't sag at all.

KTMrida4life
01-16-2012, 05:23 PM
I fish the speaker wires up through the trim panels to keep them all hidden. There's the rubber tube that runs between the car and door panel, feed the speaker wire through there and then up to the panel.

I usually use screws, but I'm playing with mounting position right now so I'm using decal tape, the stuff that they use to attach the plastic panels on the sides of cars. Like the little beauty panels at the bottom of the doors and your "Silverado" logos and such on the side of the vehicle. I may just leave it there, it doesn't sag at all.

Mine are attached with industrial strength velcro. No one knows that but me of course because theyre behind the panels. :)

Mine are mounted on the A pillars

Wattser93
01-16-2012, 08:54 PM
I tried some cheap velcro I had lying around the house and it was okay. The good stuff works well though, I just don't have any on hand.

The decal tape I'm using is holding fine. You don't even know it isn't screwed on. It's a firm mount, and I'm happy with it. As long as it holds up, I wont even both using screws.

keep_hope_alive
01-16-2012, 09:01 PM
how i mounted some tweeters to factory sail panels of a 2008 Scion xB
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/phat_funky_beats/2008%20Scion%20xB/2008ScionxB004.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/phat_funky_beats/2008%20Scion%20xB/2008ScionxB020.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/phat_funky_beats/2008%20Scion%20xB/2008ScionxB021.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/phat_funky_beats/2008%20Scion%20xB/2008ScionxB022.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/phat_funky_beats/2008%20Scion%20xB/2008ScionxB024.jpg

i used weatherstripping foam around the tweeter to create a seal, decouple the tweeter from the housing, and give me something to glue.
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/phat_funky_beats/2008%20Scion%20xB/2008ScionxB025.jpg

then i used silicone to secure the foam to the panel, and also to secure the wiring terminal. silicone sticks to foam, foam sticks to tweeter. all of this is removable if needed.
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e128/phat_funky_beats/2008%20Scion%20xB/2008ScionxB027.jpg

keep_hope_alive
01-16-2012, 09:07 PM
they sound decent in the xB thanks to the dash layout. the sail panels are a bit lower than i typically like, and the steering column/dash hump interference usually makes them a poor place - you get reflections off of those pieces. i typically like getting my tweeters above the level of the gauge cluster housing.

that said, sometimes it's just easier to reuse factory locations.

here i reused a factory location in a 2006 Elantra GT - the factory tweeter used a metal bracket with a few screws - so we did the same with a Type-R tweeter:
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/2458000-2458999/2458284_13_full.jpg

when the tweeter and woofer are both in the door - it makes sense to locate the crossover on the door. in this Elantra we put the crossover here:
http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/2458000-2458999/2458284_15_full.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/2458000-2458999/2458284_22_full.jpg

keep_hope_alive
01-16-2012, 09:13 PM
that Elantra doesn't sound as good as it could. we plan on doing more work to it this summer - starting with sealing up the doors.