Help Picking Speakers

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Help Picking Speakers

Post by Onion » Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:33 pm

Hello! I have a 93 GL1500 Interstate and I am looking to replace all four speakers on it. The only thing I need with the speakers is that they have to be waterproof because it is ridden in the rain. Any suggestions on what I should upgrade to for the front and the back?

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Re: Help Picking Speakers

Post by Uncle Fester » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:52 pm

While I have not used these my self yet, I have had good luck with other POLK AUDIO gear and that is why I am adding DB401 and DB501 speakers to my 96 Aspencade. I have heard that the DB501 can be made to fit with a little triming of the speaker mounting flange, and I may do that (DB501s at all four corners) this summer.

I have heard MANY good reports from other Wingers on these speakers also.
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Re: Help Picking Speakers

Post by Mh434 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:29 am

Yep - as Uncle Fester said, Polk Audio is the accepted, standard speaker upgrade for the GL1500. They are certified for marine use, and are truly waterproof (submersible, actually). The DB501's for the rear are a direct bolt-in - no modifications required whatsoever. Mine took about 20 minutes to change, because I'm really slow & methodical. They sound good (given the limitations of the audio system itself - very little watts of power, so, not much in the way of bass to speak of).

I haven't put DB401's in the front yet (Polks are REALLY expensive to bring into Canada) but when my fronts finally give out entirely, that's what I'll be doing.

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Re: Help Picking Speakers

Post by Big Blue UK » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:06 am

I second all that. had them in my last 1500 and have them in my 1800, they sound no better than the factory speakers, but there is no worrying about the rain.
They were even more expensive to get to the UK, but still cheaper than European prices by far.

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