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    Default Stupid question- front speaker location

    I've got a 1986 Mustang GT Convertible. The PO hacked up the door panels, and then afterward added speaker pods that cover the entire bottom side of the door (the carpeted area). They don't look "awful", but they fall off all the time, and are very annoying. I ordered new door panels through TMI, and I am waiting for those. In the mean time I've been doing some brainstorming. I would like to end up with a 7 speaker system, which means I need to retain the 6.5"s in front in some way.

    This is a very stupid question, (because there's probably no good answer) but anyone have any ideas on where to put front 6.5"s if not the doors or kickpanels? Kickpanel speakers IMO are dumb, and I'm trying to avoid cutting up new door panels... (but this will ultimately probably be the solution).

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    Moderator wraithracing's Avatar
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    The OEM 87-93 cars had a 5.25" front door speaker. The door shell stamping is different, but you could try and do the same thing with your Vert. I will still require cutting your new door panels, but it can be made to work. I am doing a similar install for my 82 GT, but I am using different door panels than your set up.

    IMHO there is no way to fit the 6.5" speakers in the doors without some type of pod or just cutting up the door shell. The 5.25" into the Four Eyes is tough enough as it is. Best of Luck!

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    FEP Super Member sowaxeman's Avatar
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    Speakers in the kick panel or door panel are both "sonically" dumb if you ask me. You are throwing good hi-freq sound right into your legs to be absorbed/obstructed by your clothing. Why not do a custom 2-way mix in the dash....put a mid-range 4-5" driver in the center dash opening, and 1" tweeters in the factory speaker locations. With a good crossover and 2 or 3 channel amp, that can get you ALL the sound you need out of the front. This sonically makes sense as all the mid to high frequencies would hit you in the ears after reflecting off the glass. Use the factory rear locations for a set of full range speakers, and add a sub for a killer sound system....all while maintaining your new door panels.
    Last edited by sowaxeman; 04-20-2017 at 02:38 PM.
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