Advice on speakers

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  1. bustedknuckles

    bustedknuckles OBS Enthusiast

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    Anyone have any advice for adding speakers in the doora and behind the seat. Regular cab. I think 6 1/2 in doors and 4x6? In back. Looking for something decent but not wanting to spend a ton of money. Factory speaks still sound ok but rear just wont handle any bass anymore. Maybe add a small amp later so want the speakers to be able to handle that. Jvc multimedia head unit if that helps. I listen to about anything except country. So anything from motown to iron maiden. Just recommendations for a good set of speakers. Thanks
     
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    You're talking about a '95+ truck, right? If so you're correct, the front doors will take 6.5"s or 6.75"s and have a separate tweeter under the small grille in front of the window switches. The rears are 4"x6"s.

    I always recommend the Kicker KS series when it comes to a good mid-range bang for the buck speaker. They use real rubber surrounds and silk dome tweeters, and they have really decent low frequency response so they don't distort playing deep bass. I'd suggest getting the component 6.75"s for the doors, that way you could replace the factory tweeter in the door panel with a new one. That would take some minor fabrication to get everything tucked under the factory tweeter grille, though. If you don't want to mess with that they have a coaxial version with the tweeter mounted on the speaker basket. The components will sound better and require more effort to install, the coaxials will drop right in but won't direct the high frequencies to your ears quite as well. Here's some links to the specific models you'd need either way.

    Front door 6.75" Components - 44KSS6704
    https://www.amazon.com/Kicker-KSS6704-KSS670-Component-tweeters/dp/B01MU939TH

    Front door 6.75" Coaxials - 44KSC6704
    https://www.amazon.com/Kicker-KSC6704-KSC670-Speakers-tweeters/dp/B01N5NTM42

    Rear 4"x6"s - 44KSC4604
    https://www.amazon.com/Kicker-KSC4604-KSC460-Speakers-tweeters/dp/B01NBT4D3H
     
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    Ehall8702 I'm Awesome

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    I'm a fan of the infinity Primus series, very affordable and sound very good, even better with an amp on em. I'd definantly go with components tho, toss the factory tweeters and put in the component tweeters. Sounds good In factory location. As for the rears, every 4x6 is garbage, I've had just about every companies 4x6 and none cut it! I've been installing car audio for over 25years, 15 of which were at my own shop. If you are gonna go through all the trouble of removing all the plastics to put a speaker in the back of an OBS, get a good set of 4x6 plate speakers. About a 4" mid-range and a 1" tweeters will sound better than a dozen 4x6s and actually last. I personally end up cutting the factory grill out, put a fast ring between factory panel and metal of truck and mount the speakers from the outside if plastics. That way, if they do ever shit out they are easily replaced. If you are going to run an amp for your mids, honestly I wouldn't bother even hooking up the rear speakers , they r so small they just distort waaay before the fronts do and make it sound bad. I have 160 watts to each door and have a pioneer pro 6.5 and a pro 3.5 in each door and you can hear my shit a LOOOONG ways away
    But I don't mind cutting and modifying my door panels, may more than you want to do , but even a small name brand amp that puts out atleast 50watts rms per channel will give you almost twice the volume of an aftermarket headunit.

     
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    You seem to know what you are talking about. ANy suggestions for a 94?
     
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    x2 on what @df2x4 said, I have the Kicker KSC650's on my 97 and deliver a good sound with a nice punch for bass. They are definitely a good speaker for the buck, I think I paid $80 for the 6.5", not bad. Way better than my Kenwood Concert Series speakers --> they are only good if you have a sub. They do have good treble, but zero bass.
     
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    Thanks, I dabble. :lol:

    Honestly I'd suggest the same Kicker KS 4"x6"s that I posted above, the 44KSC4604. Just four of them instead of two considering that's the factory size for all four speakers in the older trucks. Then I'd think about a single 10" or 12" sub to make up for some of the bass that the 4"x6"s will lack. If you don't want to incorporate a sub, Q-Logic makes kick panel adapters for the older trucks that would allow you to mount 6.5" components down by your feet at the kick panels, you could substitute those for the front 4"x6"s.
     
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    Here's a link to the Q-Logic kick panel adapters, they're called Q Forms. Come in lots of colors to match these interiors.

    https://www.amazon.com/Q-Logic-Custom-Speaker-Mounts-SUBURBAN/dp/B00K26Z47G

    Those would allow you to run some 6.5" components for front speakers. I'd stick to 6.5" instead of the 6.75" Kickers that I recommended for the newer trucks above, as I'm not sure if you could fit a 6.75" in those Q Forms. Kicker makes the KS components in a 6.5" as well, though. Here's a link, they're model number 44KSS6504.

    https://www.amazon.com/Kicker-KSS6504-KSS650-Component-tweeters/dp/B01NARM6PC

    EDIT - Be aware that to install the Q Form kick panel adapters you'll need to put a small bend in your parking brake pedal. They'll come with instructions.
     
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