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The never ending quest for more speakers!!!

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Old 05-31-2017, 03:31 PM
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The never ending quest for more speakers!!!

I've been an "audiophile" since my first car back in the 90's, and I've always looked for any way to add more speakers. I love having quality highs and lows, not just enough bass to rattle my trunk with little voice quality. I've made it a point up upgrade coax speakers to components when ever possible, going back to my 96 Civic EX and 01 Civic SI.. The fronts may have been components from the factory, but the backs weren't. Same thing was the case with my GD3 Sport, factory components in the front but not in the back. So after upgrading my fronts to Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.1 components, I did the same in the rear. Cut holes big enough to fit the tweeters below where the knob is to lock/unlock the door and installed Alpine Type R 5.25 components.

The Infinity's are incredible speakers, but are too much for our tiny Fit doors. After having to cut away part of the door speaker mounting area to fit the width of the massive magnet, I also had to add a spacer so the window could go down all the way because of the magnet as well. At first I didn't see any issues, but after closer examination I noticed the door panels weren't really fitting correctly and pressing against the speakers more then I'de like.

I knew a change was needed, so out came the Infinity speakers and in went 6.5 Alpine Type R components to match the rear doors. The fitment is 100% improved and the quality is still fantastic. Now, the problem is that I have a set of Infinity components collecting dust and that just doesn't sit well with me, sooo here's the plan..

I have an Alpine KTP power pack that will put out 2x90 set up as a 2 channel amp, and the Infinity's are rated for 100rms so I'm good there. I have the amps for my internal speakers and sub both mounted under the rear seats (awesome spot to hide small amps), so hook up points for the power/ground/remote/RCA to the Alpine amp will be easy. I had originally ordered 6.5 component enclosed boxes to put in the trunk that would work for the speakers, but the seller failed miserably and refunded my money instead after 2 weeks of waiting. I was about to order another set when i was thinking how I didn't want to take up so much room in my trunk with a set of speaker boxes, so I thought about where else I could put those speakers. Then it hit me, the rear hatch!! There is plenty of space between the plastic panel and hatch to mount the speakers. So I'm going to take this afternoon to measure out where on the hatch I will mount the mids and tweeters. I ordered some spacers and baffles to mount the speakers to the hatch panel, but keep the rattle and vibrations down. I've also got some dynamat left from a previous project to help limit the hatch vibrations. The spacers will be at my house Friday (thanks Amazon!) so hopefully I can have everything installed friday night/saturday in time for a show on Sunday. Updates and photos to follow, should be an interesting install!
 
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:06 PM
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Cant wait for some pics of the install I pulled my hatch panel off last week to get an idea of how much space there is in there for some speakers and it looked pretty tight. My plan is to just ad a pair of 4 inch speakers to have some music while i'm working with the hatch open.
 
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Old 06-01-2017, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by geopat View Post
Cant wait for some pics of the install I pulled my hatch panel off last week to get an idea of how much space there is in there for some speakers and it looked pretty tight. My plan is to just ad a pair of 4 inch speakers to have some music while i'm working with the hatch open.
I pulled the hatch panel off last night and I'll need to do some trimming of the metal braces behind the panel to get the speakers to fit (dremmal to the rescue! lol) and from there it shouldn't be too complicated. I'm going to see if I can get some wiring done after work tonight (depending if I can get my 1yr old to take a nap) and have as much done for tomorrow when the spacers come in.
 
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Old 06-04-2017, 06:53 PM
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So I officially have a 13 speaker GD.. Been trying to think if a way to add more speakers and I decided to take some components I had lying around and add them to the lift gate panel. Need to do some trimming and run some wires but I'm happy with the outcome..




traced around the brackets to make the holes the proper size



mounted tweeters on opposite sides of the panel



trimmed out some of the metal brackets to fit the speaker magnets



ran the wires and mounted the crossovers with double sided 3M tape



finished product (don't mind the scratches in the panel, use to carry my mountain bike in the back) so far I'm happy, we'll see how it goes after driving a few days..
 
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