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Audio System Overhaul

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Just got a call from my installer and he's telling me the Alpines won't fit in the doors! The magnets are way too big he said. So he said he is going to go with the Focal Flax series, which is what was suggested earlier in this thread. They are more money but are a better speaker.
 

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Just got a call from my installer and he's telling me the Alpines won't fit in the doors! The magnets are way too big he said. So he said he is going to go with the Focal Flax series, which is what was suggested earlier in this thread. They are more money but are a better speaker.
I’m guessing he didn’t cut the the plastic piece out. It would most likely fit if he did. I installed a full Audiofrog system and there is no way the mid bass would have fit without removing the plastic piece in the oem spot. Took two seconds.
 

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I’m not sure. He said the tweeter was too big also. He’s supposed to send me some pictures. I mean, anything can be made to fit. It’s just a matter of how far you’re willing to go!


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#64
Honestly, you should get them pod mounted on dash or built into A pillars. You most likely, like me, will not be too happy with the sound of them being in the doors.
 

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Thread Starter #65
Yeah, I wanted them built into the A-pillars but it’s just not in the budget. I’ve had some unexpected expenses recently and had to shave some funds off a few projects and this was one of them. That and the additional cost of using the Focals.


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#66
You can get pods off eBay for the focals. Super easy to install. Doesn’t necessarily look as clean, but the sound is there.
 

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#67
You can get pods off eBay for the focals. Super easy to install. Doesn’t necessarily look as clean, but the sound is there.
You have to be careful with those pods for a midrange. Many are too small and choke the driver. The tweeter pods are generally ok.
 

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Thread Starter #68
While I'm sure the sound would be better I just don't like the look of the tweeter sticking out of the pillar. Maybe sometime down the road I will move them but it will be a custom mount that's clean and looks like it came that way.
 

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I got to hear the Focal speakers set up in an F150. He had it in the shop for something and let me listen to them. Very nice set up. Started with the same B&O system as we have in our Explorers. Kid spent almost $25k on the install! I can only hope my system sounds half as good as his!


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I’m guessing he didn’t cut the the plastic piece out. It would most likely fit if he did. I installed a full Audiofrog system and there is no way the mid bass would have fit without removing the plastic piece in the oem spot. Took two seconds.
Mr. Bigglesworrth, did you run all new speaker wire? If so, how difficult was it to run the wire? Did you change out the sub? If so, did you go with a larger sub? I would like to stick with an 8" but with a better sounding sub in the factory location. Looking for an 8" sub to go into the factory location is turning out to be a fool's errand. I just don't want to give up real estate in the back cargo area. Oh well! How do you like the sound of the Audiofrog? Oh, by the way, did you have to make some sort of f plastic replacement piece to house the mid-range speaker? Hope u are enjoying the system.
 

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Mr. Bigglesworrth, did you run all new speaker wire? If so, how difficult was it to run the wire? Did you change out the sub? If so, did you go with a larger sub? I would like to stick with an 8" but with a better sounding sub in the factory location. Looking for an 8" sub to go into the factory location is turning out to be a fool's errand. I just don't want to give up real estate in the back cargo area. Oh well! How do you like the sound of the Audiofrog? Oh, by the way, did you have to make some sort of f plastic replacement piece to house the mid-range speaker? Hope u are enjoying the system.
I ran all new speaker wire except to the mid bass. I didn’t want to deal with going through the door at the time. I have the wire run to tackle it at some point but haven’t yet. I’ve got probably 45-50hrs in. I sound deadened the entire vehicle including the roof. I don’t have a sunroof so felt that was necessary. The sound deadening alone took me probably 25-30hrs. My mid range and tweeter are attached to the a pillars. Yes. I changed out everything. Took the spare tire out and installed the sub in the wheel well and then cut a custom piece to replace the flimsy plastic piece hiding the tire. So I still have all of my back area. Love the audiofrog setup. I got the custom brackets from MTI acoustics for the mid bass. 6x9-> 6”. I did cut a piece of abs that I mounted in between MTI’s cutout and the stock piece to push the mid bass closer to the door. I used a 1” piece of abs. If I did it again I would probably use a .75”.
 



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