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How to Install Car Speakers

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by: Gary Brikowski

Upgrading your car speakers is the best and most affordable way to improve your sound system.  In order to avoid returns and overly complex installations, it is important that you pick a set of speakers that will fit in your vehicle. We have compiled an online database to help you select the proper set of car speakers. Follow the step-by-step instructions on our Speaker Fit Guide to find out what size of speakers will fit in your vehicle. Once you figure out the size of car speakers that you will need, you are ready to install your car speakers.

When it comes time to install your car speakers, you will almost certainly need electrical tape, a wire cutter and a crimping tool. Depending on your vehicle, you may need a power drill if you have to re-drill holes. Depending on the type of the screws in the door panel, you will need one or more of the following: screwdrivers (Phillips and flat head), Allen wrenches, and a socket wrench set. Some doors do not even use screws so you can just pop out the panels using a Door Panel Remover. For crank windows, you will need a window clip removal tool.

  • Installing the door speakers

First remove the window handle with the window handle removal tool. Undo the clip by sliding the tool underneath the handle. Unscrew any screws on the panel. Be sure not to miss hidden screws, such as screws lying inside of the door handle. The rear view side mirrors may also have screws that need to be unscrewed. You will probably need to remove a panel to reach these screws. Remove the plastic plug pieces on the sides and bottom of the door and slide the door panel off.

Now remove the grill and factory speaker by unscrewing any screws. Take the speaker harness and plug it into your aftermarket car speaker. The harness will plug right in, no cutting is required. Be sure to connect them so that the polarity is correct. Now plug the other end of the speaker harness to the factory OEM system. If you are unable to find an aftermarket wire harness for your vehicle, you can solder or crimp the wires together. Check the wiring to make sure the polarity is correct and the connections are secure, then screw in the speakers in the mounting location and put the grill back onto the vehicle. Screw and plug in all of the pieces you removed and you are all set.

  • Installing rear speakers

To install rear speakers, you usually need to remove the rear seat. After doing so, you will need to remove the weather stripping in order to take off the rear panel. Use the panel removal tool to pry off the panel. There are usually two clips to pop off. Continue to remove the entire rear deck and side pieces using the door panel removal tool. You must also remove the plastic plug pieces. Now you are ready to pry the rear panel up and out of the vehicle. By removing the rear panel, it allows you to access the rear speakers. Unscrew the screws around the speaker hole, and plug the speaker harness into your aftermarket car speaker. Now plug the other end of the speaker harness right into the factory speaker wiring of your vehicle. No cutting is required!

  •  Installing dash speakers

The first step is usually unscrewing the grill or popping off the plastic plug pieces that hold the grill in place. Go slowly to avoid scratching the surrounding surface. If the grill is secured with plastic pieces from within the dash, you will have to remove the entire dash panel.

Now that you have access to the car speakers, remove them so that you can plug the speaker harness into your aftermarket speaker. Be sure to connect them so that the polarity is correct. Now plug the other end of speaker harness to the factory OEM system. If you are unable to find an aftermarket wire harness for your vehicle, you can solder or crimp the wires together. After you check the wiring to make sure the polarity is correct and the connections are secure, screw the speakers into the mounting location and put the grill back onto the vehicle. Screw and plug in all of the pieces you removed and you now have in-dash speakers.

Now you know how to install car speakers. Installing car speakers is a great start to building a beautiful sound system.

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