STEP 1 – DOOR CARDS OFF
For 99% of cars, replacing the door speakers means taking off the door cards. So just whip ‘em off, being very careful not to break any clips or electric window wires. If you’re not sure exactly how they come off, buy yourself a workshop manual or get on some forums and do your research. Don’t cock it up!
STEP 2 – REMOVE OLD SPEAKERS
Unscrew your stock speakers and immediately launch them towards the nearest bin. Now offer up the new ones and see if you’ve ordered the right size! Check that the magnet doesn’t foul the window when it’s wound down, too. Again you may need an adaptor and it’s always worth thinking about a spot of sound deadening.
STEP 3 – WIRE ‘EM UP
Once you’re happy your new speakers will fit, it’s time to sort the wiring. If you’re using an amp for ‘em you’ll need to run new wires through the car and into the doors. As we’re running ours off the headunit, the original speaker wires will do the job, although we had to cut off the original plug, and crimp on some new connectors.
STEP 4 – INSTALL SPEAKERS
Connect up all the wires and put your new speakers into the doors. Screw them down nice and tight, being careful not to slip and put your screwdriver straight through the cone… we’ve all done it! If you’re fitting coaxial speakers, you’re all done, so fire up the headunit and check they work. Then pop the door card back on.
STEP 5 – GOT TWEETERS?
If you’ve gone for component speakers like us, you’re gonna need somewhere to put the tweeters. Luckily they’re meant to be flexible so they usually come with loads of different mounts. Work out where you you want ‘em, run the wires and get ‘em installed. Jo drilled holes and whacked these straight into the door card. Tidy!