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FUGLY
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new speakers

Post by FUGLY » Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:09 am



right ive done it
new polk DB401s for the rear and DB501s for the front on their way from the USA to my house
any tips on fitting would be great

ta muchly



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Re: new speakers

Post by Mag » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:17 pm

From what others have said, all you may need to do is redrill some of the holes, besides that it should be an easy fit. It is a bugger to take everything apart to get to the front and back speaker spots. I will be curious to see what you think.

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Re: new speakers

Post by FUGLY » Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:29 am

think i will take photos and post as i do this may help others out
do a step by step

keep watching ..

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Re: new speakers

Post by wingpilot08 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:59 am

It's a chore to replace the front speakers...but while you are in there you might just consider changing the light bulbs on the dash panel to LED lights....much brighter!
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Re: new speakers

Post by Happytrails » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:39 am

I'm very interested in hearing if new speakers made a difference. I wouldn't mind making mine sound better. I get a lot of distortion that seems more like an amp issue.
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Re: new speakers

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:24 pm

Happytrails wrote:I'm very interested in hearing if new speakers made a difference. I wouldn't mind making mine sound better. I get a lot of distortion that seems more like an amp issue.
Distortion can come from several places:

- The most common: Amplifier being pushed to beyond its power capability. This is called clipping, where the top of the waveform is clipped off, because the amplifier has reached the limit of its amplification capability. This causes tons of harmonic distortion, as well as large periods of DC output, which can and will burn out speaker coils. This is why an amplifier rated for 40 watts can very easily blow speakers rated for 200 watts.

- Melted/damaged coil in the speaker. See above.

- Damaged cone in the speaker

- Electronic failure in the amplifier or source signal



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