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Problems installing 5.25" speakers in my '01 rear sound bar: any help appreciated!

Old 06-20-2016, 08:22 PM
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Default Problems installing 5.25" speakers in my '01 rear sound bar: any help appreciated!

Hey Guys - I have problem with a speaker fitting and have searched the forums: I can't find anything with this question.

One of the original speakers in the rear sound bar of my '01 went out: I saw Amazon had a great deal on some Boss 5.25" speakers and since money is limited, so I thought I'd go for it.

Well I got them and even though they're supposed to be 5.25" speakers, the cutouts in my rear sound bar are slightly too large. If I mount these speakers, there'll be a tiny gap between the soundbar and the speaker frame all the way around. Just a tiny gap, but it means that the speaker frame isn't sealing against the sound bar.

Should I return them? They were only cheap and when I measured the diameter of the speaker frames, they're actually 5" exactly, not 5.25"! Which is why they don't fit properly. Boss cheaped out IMHO.

I've got decent door speakers and a nice head unit, and if I return these it'll be a while before I can afford something better: is it that big a deal or should I just fit them and call it good? Thanks for any input!
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:31 PM
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I would just use them for now and get some 6.5s when the money tree grows a little more.
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They make adapters to install 5 x 1/4" (5.25") speakers in the factory 6 x 3/4" (6.75") locations in the rear soundbar, and they're about $10 a pair... they're metal plates that line up with BOTH the factory speaker screw holes AND the aftermarket speaker screw holes and fill the "gap" you're talking about).

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Or make an adapter.
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True, but the aftermarket adapters by Scosche and Metra are cheap enough, and if you're that concerned about getting the aftermarket speakers to line up correctly, you'd spend the money.
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Meh.... I'd cut out some MDF rings and use those as adapters. It will actually improve the sound quality by giving the speakers a more solid surface to mate with versus the flimsy plastic adapters.
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Are they plastic or metal? They'd probably be the same ones that I'd have used on my old '94 ZJ GC if I wouldn't have chosen to save money by just re-drilling the factory screw holes and using no adapters.
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What? MDF rings? Neither... they're MDF... Medium Density Fiberboard. AKA what they make speaker boxes out of. But they're better for mounting speakers to than plastic or metal because they absorb vibrations better and produce a better mounting surface as well.
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