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Old 06-07-08, 03:28 PM   #1
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HOW-TO: Install tweeters into your door panels

Here's my project for the day: Install the tweeters from my set of separates into the door.

I originally planned to make tweeter pods to go up by the mirror, but since I didn't feel like fiberglassing anything, I decided the space between the vents and the door handle would be a good spot to mount my tweeters. I checked and there was abundant space, so I went for it.

Here's the spot I decided on.
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Step 1: Figure out your placement.
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Step 2: Trace it with a sharpie. Luckily for me, I had a hole bit in a drill kit that was the right size for this. I wanted the hole to be a bit bigger than the tweeter, because I would snug it in with the door covering.
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Step 3: Drill a pilot hole in the center of your circle. Be careful! You don't want to shred the vinyl covering on the outside of the door. All drilling/cutting/whatever takes place on the inside of the door.
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Step 4: Drill your hole for your tweeter. I really suggest getting a hole bit like I used to make a nice, clean cut.
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Old 06-07-08, 03:29 PM   #2
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Important note: Don't try to cut the hole for the tweeter all at once. Go slowly, stop and check your depth. You do NOT want to cut the vinyl out while you cut the plastic!

Step 5: Finish your cut of the plastic, and peel it off the vinyl, like so.
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Step 6: Using a sharp knife, cut slits from the center of your pilot hole out towards the tweeter hole.
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Step 7: Push your tweeter through the vinyl until it's flush the way you want it.
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Step 8: Secure the tweeter using a hot glue gun, or however you feel like doing it.
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And this is how it ends up:

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Old 06-07-08, 03:32 PM   #3
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Nice work, I'll have to try this when I buy new speakers.
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And here they are back in the 'vert.

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Old 06-07-08, 04:47 PM   #5
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And here they are back in the 'vert.

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Holy crap that is nice and one of the spots I was thinking of putting mine. XD
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did you consider putting them on the mirror triangles? arent they better placed when at ear level?
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did you consider putting them on the mirror triangles? arent they better placed when at ear level?
Did you read the second sentence of the first post?

I considered doing that, but it would have been a lot more fabrication.
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Did you read the second sentence of the first post?

I considered doing that, but it would have been a lot more fabrication.
Hey what can I say... my reading comprehension skills have deminished greatly since college... good job... but it would have been a cooler install in the mirror triangles... and then you could have made a mold and sold them to all of us since our regular triangles are all busted anyway.

But like I said... pretty good job you did there.
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Hey what can I say... my reading comprehension skills have deminished greatly since college... good job... but it would have been a cooler install in the mirror triangles... and then you could have made a mold and sold them to all of us since our regular triangles are all busted anyway.

But like I said... pretty good job you did there.
Yeah, I was going to do them in the mirror triangles, but both of my triangles are perfect.

I might still screw around with that idea, we'll see. I have to do a sub enclosure behind the seats first, that will take up most of my time. I need my trunk space back.
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Nice work. I think if you slit up the vynl a little bit more it would smooth out the octagonal shape that it has taken around the tweeter. But still very cool.

I'd like to see some FG door triangle pods get made by someone.
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Yeah, I was going to do them in the mirror triangles, but both of my triangles are perfect.

I might still screw around with that idea, we'll see. I have to do a sub enclosure behind the seats first, that will take up most of my time. I need my trunk space back.
Just put 8 in subs in the rear shock towers like I did... seriously... how much thump do we need for hatchbacks? I got 2 8inchers in the shock towers and a mount for 2 6.5ers back there then 2 more 6.5ers in the doors and 2 tweeters at ear level on the a-pillars. More than enuff thump in my trunk.
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There's room for an efficient sub under the spare tire cover, I think I got about 1 cube foot out the the box. You'll need a way to adjust the sub level though - the car acoustics change a lot with top up and top down, and if you put on the top cover when down, it changes again.

I ended up with my tweets mounted in the horizontal flat area above the door vents; they came with flush and angle mount boxes, I used the angle.

Your location is better I think.
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Just put 8 in subs in the rear shock towers like I did... seriously... how much thump do we need for hatchbacks? I got 2 8inchers in the shock towers and a mount for 2 6.5ers back there then 2 more 6.5ers in the doors and 2 tweeters at ear level on the a-pillars. More than enuff thump in my trunk.
It's a convertible with the RB exhaust. I'm doing 2 12s behind the seats, so I can actually hear it. Right now, I have 2 10s in the trunk, I'm taking those out to put in my Grand Prix, and doing the 2 Fosgate 12s.

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There's room for an efficient sub under the spare tire cover, I think I got about 1 cube foot out the the box. You'll need a way to adjust the sub level though - the car acoustics change a lot with top up and top down, and if you put on the top cover when down, it changes again.


I'm putting the spare in the spare tire well in the trunk, and I'm cutting out the spare tire well behind the seats. I'm going to build the enclosure to look exactly like the current cover, so I can mount the wind deflector to it.

Should be pimp when it's done.

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I ended up with my tweets mounted in the horizontal flat area above the door vents; they came with flush and angle mount boxes, I used the angle.

Your location is better I think.
Honestly, they sound about the same from the mirror location to where I put them in the doors. If anything, the passenger side sounds better in the door.
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Nice work. I think if you slit up the vinyl a little bit more it would smooth out the octagonal shape that it has taken around the tweeter. But still very cool.
Actually, I think I have some trim pieces for those tweeters around here, I can stick them in and it will look totally factory.

Wonder if I can paint them blue to match the interior...
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Kind of off topic but when you put in the subs did you have them face the front or back? I heard you were supposed to make them face the back, but I also see a lot of people with them facing forwards.
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Actually, I think I have some trim pieces for those tweeters around here, I can stick them in and it will look totally factory.

Wonder if I can paint them blue to match the interior...
Yes, you can. Use the matching Duplicolor Vinyl and Fabric Coating. Just check for a matching color in a flat finish. Flat matches the factory finish, gloss is way too shiny. I used the stuff to re-coat my entire S5 Vert door panels, including my flush mount tweeters. It looks great if they have a matching color for your car.

Nice job on the tweeter location. I put mine it the top of the panel, right in front of the triangles pointing up. My theory was to get reflected sound off the windshield and have a longer distance from the driver side tweeter to the ear, thus making the left and the right path closer to the same length. Theoretically this should improve the imaging, but until I add my amps, I really won't know. I really like your location much better.
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Kind of off topic but when you put in the subs did you have them face the front or back? I heard you were supposed to make them face the back, but I also see a lot of people with them facing forwards.
I've had the subs in the trunk face forward, back and up, and it made no difference in sound. Remember though, that's on a convertible. Coupe, it could make a difference, so you're better off trying multiple arrangements. As far as when I start the box behind the seats, they will be firing pretty much straight up, but I might try to tilt them forward into the seats... Depends how much room I have to work with. Hopefully I can start that later this week, we'll have to see how mobile I am: Just had ankle surgery Friday morning, so I'm on crutches and in a boot for the next month.
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