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access to rear speakers

Postby m2102 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:26 pm



I have a left rear speaker, as sitting on bike, that is barely audible. I don't use them very often but would like to have them all work as they are meant to. is their a trick to getting to them? I know the grill is to come off but how?



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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby becken » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:16 am


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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby m2102 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:48 am

thanks becken I didn't realize their was that much to it. saved the pdf for when I get ready to do it

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby becken » Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:49 am

I'm getting ready to install rear speakers on my 2004. I keep putting it off, not looking forward to doing it.

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby m2102 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:58 pm

I have nothing but free time so i mite just try it ti see how it goes. Be a chance to check connections under the trunk lid liner

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby Darksider 562 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:51 pm

The PDF goes into WAY too much detail. Most of the points on it are mute. You only need to remove the screws that are under where the speaker is (accessible from beside the side pockets) You might need to remove a couple of screws that are inside the trunk as well. It's been a while since I have removed mine so not too sure how many, but never have I removed the trunk lid. Just have a good look around first, it's not too hard of a job. Good Luck with it.

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby m2102 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:00 pm

I tried taking the 3 screws out under the box but didn't do anything. i'll look inside trunk and see where they are. thanks. I thought that was a lot to remove

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby themainviking » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:28 am

Removing the three screws underneath the speaker enclosure should allow you access to inspect the speaker and connections. The top comes off, with the grill cover. The speakers are held in with four hex head screws and the wiring is long enough to see the back of the speakers. At least that is how it is on my 2009. I replaced the rear speakers in about twenty minutes. Oh, there are snap catches holding the top on also. Manipulate the parts and they will come apart.
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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby m2102 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:32 am

Thanks for the information

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby cihilb » Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:05 pm

If it's a pre 2006, you'll have to remove the inner liner on the trunk lid. There are screws under that cover that have to be removed.

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby m2102 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:24 pm

Oh well, now i can see what is all under there. One more learning experence fir the books. I have a 2001 wing

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby cihilb » Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:03 pm

Remember the screw locations. Some of the screws are longer. I made a cardboard template drawing and placed the screws in the template for location.

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby m2102 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:36 pm

not a bad idea cihilb, thanks for the suggestion

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Re: access to rear speakers

Postby becken » Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:57 pm

Well, I finally got my speakers installed and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be thanks to the tips I got from this thread. I got four Polk DB501 speakers to replace the original front and to install in the rear where there were no speakers. I had to open up the mounting holes in the speakers and use 1/8 inch fender washers with the centers drilled out to 13/64 inch in order to mount the speakers. This will make sense when you hold the speakers up to the mounts. To get to the rear speaker area on my 2004, (yours may be different) there are 3 screws for each speaker enclosure coming up from the bottom. After removing the trunk lid liner (the trunk lid does not have to come off, nor do the passenger storage pockets) there are 2 screws for each under the liner. Take out those 5 screws on each side and the enclosure comes off in your hand, much easier than those instructions I posted, but like I said, yours may be different. With my original speakers I had the bass and treble jacked up to about 80% to try to get a good sound. With the Polks that setting seemed to be drowning out the midrange, so I reduced them to the center setting. They sound great in the garage and if we ever get past the severe thunderstorm warnings, I'm looking forward to roadtesting them.




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