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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-03-2002, 10:18 AM
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I was thinking of doing this just want to know the pros and cons and if anyone has tried it? I already have a 6.5'sand I'm trying to add some 5.25's. In the front doors
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-03-2002, 02:23 PM
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I had to cut my door sheet metal to get my 6.5 inch drivers to fit. No real problems, just make sure that there are no wires where you cut, make sure the window is rolled up and that your saw blade is not long enough to go all the way through and poke your outer sheet metal.(Same goes for drill bits).

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-03-2002, 07:42 PM
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Yup, I cut my front doors to fit the 6.5"s in there, then attached a 6x9 to 6.5 conversion template to the metal, and the speaker to the template. The template is 1/8" thick plastic and also serves the purpose of reinforcing the inner sheet metal where the ridges were cut away. Worked out perfectly. Also as SSQATCH said, make sure the saw blade and drill bits aren't too long. Good luck.
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-04-2002, 12:08 AM
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If you are talking about cutting the metal door skin then yes that is no problem and the bottom of the door is pretty deep. Here is a picture of what I had to do to get my 3 way components into the door:


And Installed:


I used 1/2 inch MDF to bring the speaker out from the door metal and provide a fairly flat surface for mounting.

If you are talking about cutting the plastic door panel, I say there is no need for that as there is plently of room underneath that door panel to mount just about any speaker under 6 or 8 inches.

Good Luck!
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-04-2002, 07:40 AM
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Steve,
I'm adding both a 5.25 and 6.5 in the door. I was thinking about cutting the plastic panel though the rear of the panel has enough depth ,but I don't think I can fire them all out of the factory grill. I was thinking maybe I could drill some holes in the plastic panel to let the sound get through. What do you guys think?
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-04-2002, 10:36 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dadz:

I was thinking maybe I could drill some holes in the plastic panel to let the sound get through. What do you guys think?
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Sounds good. Also you can try to cut a hole in the plastic and fit the grille that came with the speakers, but it's gonna be pretty difficult to get it to match the contour of the door panel.
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-05-2002, 04:45 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dadz:
but I don't think I can fire them all out of the factory grill. I was thinking maybe I could drill some holes in the plastic panel to let the sound get through. What do you guys think?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

OK now I hear YA, I got an idea for you on this end as well. I sometimes forget that i did this mod since it looks so factory (pat myself on the back)

I also could not fire my 3 ways out the factory grille so I did a little cutting and shaping to get this:


Or for a close up so you can see the mistakes I made


I basically covered the area I wanted to cut into with masking tape, transfered the lines and curves from the stock grille over to the cuting area in pencil. Finalized the lines in fine ink, scored the plastic along the lines with an exacto knife then removed the tape to reveal where I needed to cut out the plastic with a dremel tool. Scoring the plastic makes it easier to follow the line as opposed to tring to follow the ink line.

This give you any Ideas?
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-05-2002, 05:43 AM
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Wow, Steve. That does look very factory. I'll add this to my "cheap mods" list.
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-05-2002, 07:11 AM
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That is exactly what I was talking about. Steve you are THE MAN!!!!!! You just saved me 480 bucks I was going to get a local shop to build fiberglass pods. Thanks
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-05-2002, 04:12 PM
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that looks amazing. i was thiking you did it with a router, but i was close. and dadz you can be a part of team gates. go to termpro.com, then go to the forums and then the second forum from the top is al about alma. as long as u follow team gates rue you can be a team memeber and she sends you a sticker.
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