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Flametail 04-27-2008 12:21 AM

6 1/2" speakers in stock rear bracket
This took me and my fiancÚ about 30-45 minutes.

Materials Needed:
1. 6 1/2" speakers
2. box cutter
3. terminal ends
4. speaker wire
5. Dremel or cutoff wheel
6. Vice
7. Phillips head screwdriver
8. Drill w/ phillips bit
9. screws to secure speaker
10. Green wires w/ connector still attached from stock speaker
11. Blue wire connectors (not sure what they are called)

1. Remove rear speakers and bracket

2. Remove stock 4" speakers

3. Cut about 1" out of the long plastic piece with the box cutter. Make sure not to cut too high up so that the piece breaks off.

4. Cut the connector piece off the other side to provide enough clearance for the speaker.

5. Break the bracket off the old speakers

6. Use the cutoff wheel or Dremel to make the piece you broke off flat.

7. Reinstall modified broken piece and twist the speakers so you can screw them in as the pic shows.

8. Attach the speaker wire and terminal ends to the stock wires.

9. Reinstall the speakers

10. Sit back and enjoy a better sound from the trunkless wonder.

DueceMcCracken 04-27-2008 04:09 AM

^ FYI the "blue wire connectors" are commonly referred to as suitcase connectors due to how they close like little suitcases. Super easy to use. Good call!

Flametail 04-27-2008 04:11 AM

thanks for the clarification! lol

thesk8nmidget 04-27-2008 09:30 PM

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nice write up!

Flametail 04-27-2008 09:35 PM

It's my parents' candle company...dad kinda misspelled the name on that one.

DueceMcCracken 04-29-2008 09:11 AM

I just did this mod, my buddy had some fresh 6.5's laying around. Score!

I cut the factory speaker connector off of the stock speaker and soldered it onto my new speakers. No suitcases for me, lol.

Looks totally stock. Sounds better. My old 4's were spent, broken surrounds and burnt up.

Super easy to do.

I mounted mine a tad bit differently as well.

I give this mod 10/10. Just awesome.

Flametail 04-29-2008 03:03 PM

I would have soldered mine...but I lack that ability so suitcases are my friend! Glad ya'll like the write up.

angel318ti 09-27-2008 08:04 AM

Thanks for the write-up. Installed mine today and they sound awesome.

RenanMoreira 11-24-2008 01:32 AM

Nice tutorial man!!!

I'll try it later in my bimmer, but i don't have the stocks speakers

is that a problem PM me

Dr ///M 11-30-2008 01:26 AM

Thanks a lot for the write-up. I did mine this afternoon and it sounds great, even though I did not use the blue connector (but I doubt that has any effect), took me about 2 hrs though.

bluesteel 01-13-2010 08:52 PM

2 Attachment(s)
Just got some alpine type R 6 1/2"s component speakers installed. Had to do a bit more hacking then you did. I also had to take the 6x8 plastic adapters that came with the new speakers and some 1/4" plywood to make a new mounting brackets. I couldn't use any of the bracket that held the 4" speakers. I also had a TI with the 10 speaker setup so I was able to mount the new tweater in the stock location.
Attachment 9222
Attachment 9223

tiFreak 01-14-2010 12:32 AM

wow, the stock speaker rubber seems to have degraded slightly :eek:

bluesteel 01-14-2010 09:12 PM


Originally Posted by tiFreak (Post 257563)
wow, the stock speaker rubber seems to have degraded slightly :eek:

yeah, it sounded terrible. Maybe I used them for too long

cali_guy_559 01-16-2010 02:55 AM

Yeah, also used the Alpines... Since they only have the four forked areas instead of holes, I had to get creative with how they sat. Would have taken a pic, but I was at my dad garage when I did it. Too lazy to take em out. It was challenging, but well worth it.

Bobtail_Bimmer 04-13-2010 11:21 PM

Great write up. Just installed a set of Infinity Reference in mine. Installed easy and sounds great!

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