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 Post subject: XH 6/6.5" door speaker upgrade
Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:34 pm 
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As most XF/XG/XH ute owners may appreciate, those std 4" speakers just don't cut it, no matter how good a brand, they just don't compare with the bigger speakers.
There have been threads on adding subs, etc to the behind seat panel, but I wanted to mod the doors - AFAIK, I haven't seen anyone do it.

Not really that hard - remove the old plastic speaker bracket, mark the speaker position, cut your hole (be careful), I used E series wagon tailgate brackets, which were pop rivetted to the doors (keep the foam splash guards too) they did need the speaker holes enlarged to fit the speakers, drill the speaker holes, fit the speaker. There's enough clearance to the lowered window glass.
The door trim needs to be cut and the grill fitted (hence the parcel shelf carpet to cover any imperfections, etc).
I did use brushcote sound deadener inside the door and on the outer skin - does make a fair difference on road noise, and improves the speaker bass considerably - even the doors sound like doors when they're closed - not like tin cans anymore.

 

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:29 pm 
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Once again snap...nice work! 8-)
When I first read the title I was gunna post something along the lines of 6" speakers are hard to fit to the doors. I have trouble (I didn't fit the speakers, the previous owner did) with the window winders hitting the speaker grills; a problem you have solved :lol: :lol:

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:54 am 
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Thanks dude. I wouldn't think going back to manual winders would be a prob on mine as the grille is sitting in the recess.
The grilles are mounted too far proud of the door in yours ??

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:46 pm 
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Nice looking window switches - Damn nicer than the jaycar ones I had to use. Where'd you get em? :D

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:00 pm 
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Nice looking window switches - Damn nicer than the jaycar ones I had to use. Where'd you get em? :D


they're EF/EL switches

 

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Don't suppose you know how much they cost from Ford? I take it they are the switches for the rear doors, as they appear to have a shroud built in.

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:03 pm 
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Thanks dude. I wouldn't think going back to manual winders would be a prob on mine as the grille is sitting in the recess.
The grilles are mounted too far proud of the door in yours ??


Yeah the grilles are a bit proud. One day I will replace the entire door trim and mount them properly 8-)

 

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snap0964 wrote:
Thanks dude. I wouldn't think going back to manual winders would be a prob on mine as the grille is sitting in the recess.The grilles are mounted too far proud of the door in yours ??
Yeah the grilles are a bit proud. One day I will replace the entire door trim and mount them properly 8-)
Do it fella !!!!

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Nice looking window switches - Damn nicer than the jaycar ones I had to use. Where'd you get em? :D
they're EF/EL switches

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Don't suppose you know how much they cost from Ford? I take it they are the switches for the rear doors, as they appear to have a shroud built in.
That's correct - I wouldn't bother with ford, they'll cost big $$$. IIRC I've got a couple spare. Wouldn't EB/D ones suit yours better??, IIRC you put powereds in your EB.

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:02 pm 
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No, EB was always manual, its the EF i'm almost finished with in the powered conversion. Do you have a pic of both types close up?

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:05 pm 
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Yeah will do it one day...enthusiasm for doing anything to any vehicles has died in the a*** since the cops defected my BA :evil:

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:16 pm 
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Yeah will do it one day...enthusiasm for doing anything to any vehicles has died in the a*** since the cops defected my BA :evil:
I'm hearin Ya . . . .

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No, EB was always manual, its the EF i'm almost finished with in the powered conversion. Do you have a pic of both types close up?
Sorry no photos of EB type - should be able to find them on here though in the galleries. EF/EL ones: http://www.fordmods.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=34631

 

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 Post subject: Re: XH 6/6.5" door speaker upgrade
Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:33 pm 
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hey, nice pics,
i just wanted to know if its possible to keep the original door trim and still have 6 inchers?
also do you know what clearance there is between the window and the inside door panel?
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 Post subject: Re: XH 6/6.5" door speaker upgrade
Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:28 pm 
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Yeah, you can keep the original trims.
Best way to measure the window to skin depth is to pull the door trim, wind the window down, remove the original speaker, and use a ruler through the cavity.

 

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 Post subject: Re: XH 6/6.5" door speaker upgrade
Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 4:33 pm 
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What door trims have you used are they xr6.or.e series
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 Post subject: Re: XH 6/6.5" door speaker upgrade
Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 7:55 pm 
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They are neither.

 

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