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I just got my 84 GSL-SE a week ago or so, and the stock speakers are a bit scratchy and if you balance it all of the way to the left, there is hardly any sound. I don't really want to repair whats in there now, because even if it does work fine, it sucked to begin with.
Now before I get to the question, understand I know nothing about car audio...
The question is, Is it possible to install a cd player, and then run new wires from the cd player, under the carpet to a box in the back with two speakers in it. I don't want subs..I just want some good sounding 6x9 speakers or something...I just want to bypass the stock system and it's crappy wiring all together. Is it possible?
It's possible but for the best possible sound you need to get a amp. A four channel would work well for either two speakers or four. For two speakers just make a bridge from 2 channels to one speaker. Also, Make sure you get a respective amp in accordance to whatever speakers you have. Don't hook up a 1000w amp to 180w speakers. Good luck.
How much are you looking at for some cheap, but good quality speakers, a quality but low priced amp, and wires to hook it all up..And do I need some install kit to take out the stereo, cassette deck, and equalizers, and put in the new stereo? There has to be something to take up excess space since I'm replacing 3 units with one...
Yep, you need a Dash/Installation kit for your after market stereo you will be putting in. Otherwise you will have no way of mounting your stereo in, and you will have a big opening.
Everything usually becomes alot more expensive once you ad an Amp into the whole loop of stereo equipment. If you find a stock head unit which puts out say 53x4 (Clarion does it, im sure Alpine/Eclipse/others) do it as well. Then you can pick up some decent speakers that have an RMS of 50 or 55 no problem.
Cheap alpine speakers don't sound too bad for being as cheap as they are. Eclipse makes some cheap model speakers for our cars which take 50RMS no problem. Ebay search of "eclipse 4" speaker" or whatever size should show up.
You really get what you pay for when it comes to how much clarity you want up in the higher end decibles. If your just looking for an upgrade you probbably wont need an amp unless you want some sub woofer, or above 50w speakers.
Prices in local stores:
Cheap alpine speakers: 45-65 dollars a pair.
Cheap 400w kenwood amp (100x4): 120 dollars
Lightning audio amps are less than kenwood but I don't really like the stuff.
You can always find cheaper on the internet then in local stores unless you get some discounts. Keep that in mind.
I'm not a big audiophile I just need a cd player..and I can't stand listening to the speakers that are in the car now, not to ention everytime the antenna goes up it splats grease on the side of my car. I don't really care for anything better than a stock, new car..just stock 1984 speakers sucked... Where can I buy this install kit? Best Buy? Circuit City? Freemans? Or is it online only? What about the wiring, is that a pretty easy job to install? What are the stock size speakers in a 84 GSL-SE....This is turning into 1,000 questions
you can always get a good deal on speakers/cd players/instalation kits at www.crutchfield.com if you're only looking for something to rival what a new car comes stock with, you'll be fine getting a cheap cd deck and speakers from walmart-circuit city-best buy or where ever, you don't need an amp for cheap aftermarket speakers, there will be an internal amp in ANY aftermarket cd deck thats twice as powerful as the one in your stock deck, and will power a $30-$50 set of speakers just fine, if you want to run 6x9s, you can run wires from the deck to the back no problem. wiring is easy also if you get a wiring harness adapter (available anywhere you buy the cd deck), or you can download a diagram from www.installdr.com if you don't want to buy an adapter. hope that answered your questions
So 1st gens run 6x9s in the back? Sorry, it's raining heavy and don't feel like opening the hatch and letting rain into the back to check. Thanks for all the helps guys, don't know what I'd do without forums!
I am still tormented myself over the retarded front speakers and what to do with them....i have thought about using 4.1 components in the front and 6.5's in the back and a small sub. I cant stand the fact that in such a nice little car, they put in speaker boxes for the front , its so annoying
yes, the car has 4" speakers in the front. i put 6.5" speakers in the back but had to do a little cutting to make them fit right. you can get good deals on ebay. 2-way and 3-way component speakers sound best