In this tutorial write up we will be covering how to create some awesome door panel pods that will add a custom look to your install, allow you to integrate multiple speakers into a door panel, and allow you to control the mounting position of the speakers. Note that while these are in fact door “pods” that are not actually permanently bonded are made as part of the door panel itself, there are many techniques within that could be used if you were in fact planning on creating door “panels” from scratch. Let’s begin!
Note: All videos below are within this playlist on YouTube: Fiberglass Door Panels Pods - Video Step 1 Woodwork Templates CarAudioFabrication - YouTube
Step 1: Woodwork and Templates:
In order to have a good foundation for our door pods we want to make awesome speaker rings. The video above covers many of the details needed. Take your time with this step as clean woodwork is essential to having a good foundation to create the door pods.
Jasper Circle Jig
Flush Trim Bit
Stapler and Staples
Upon completion you should have great looking speaker templates that are prepped for molding into the panel.
Step 2: Reverse Mounting Speakers:
This step is not essential in terms of design, but it is important to have a plan for exactly how the speakers will mount. The last thing we want is to make these amazing door panels and use wood screws to secure the speakers that will become loose with time. Take a look at the fasteners we used here instead.
Drill and Bits
When complete your speakers will be ready to mount securely to your pods.