Front door cover:
The van is in the shop, and it looks like we may have to drop 2k on it for mechanical problems, so why not add some new speakers when it gets out. Does anyone know where to get these? The rear will not take regular speakers because of the weird angle and bracket.
Also, we need the front door speaker cover, anyone have a line on one of those?
I don't know about the 2001 by my 93 had great original speakers. I got some sony speakers which fit with minimal customization, but sounded lousy. I threw those away and got 2 6x9 kenwoods at Fry's electronics. They took a couple of hours to put in and they sound good, but I remember the originals as sounding better. If I had to do it over I would buy OEM from VW or have the originals fixed. However I don't know if vw still sells them or if the original speakers can be fixed. Again this comment is for 93 EV speakers, but I thought you might find it usefull. Good luck.
Front speakers http://www.frys.com/product/5933754 got them for 99.99 on sale
Rear Speakers http://www.frys.com/product/5933694 got them for 69.99 also on sale
Last edited by 84GTi Guy; 07-08-2010 at 02:40 AM.
They sound great. Mids and highs are crystal clear. But the Bass is not there at all. When I swapped out the front I compared stock on the right to the Infinity on the left. The Infinity sounded clear while the stock sounded muddled. The only thing is that the infinity lacked bass compared to the stock speaker. But i have a sub to handle the bass.
FYI...I was at the local Napa down the street from work picking up some oil one day not too long ago and I strolled around the store to see if there was anything that I couldn't live without and saw I think these speakers hanging there:
5" round. According to crutchfield.com, later EVs have 5" rounds in back (early Eurovans are 4" rounds in back according to Crutchfield). These almost look like they'd drop right in, no?
Yeah they're cheapies but sometimes the cheap speakers actually can sound pretty decent. If anything, maybe they'd work for a totally blown OE speaker? I can't vouch for the depth though (if they'd be too deep) but FWIW...there you go.
Just found some cheap 4" rounds possibly good for early Eurovans:
Are they unsnapped by pulling them straight (vertically) off, or rotated slightly then pulled off? I've tried pulling them off, but seem to be resistant and worried that the tabs holding the covers on are plastic and will breakoff. Thanks for the tips!
If you look at the picture above from 84 GTiGuy, I pulled the cover from the lower left side (the side towards the rear of the van) and the tab popped of the slot and then gently popped the other tab from the top and they came out fine.
I installed Polk Audio db651s speakers in the front and Polk db521's in the rear and helped a bunch. As noted above the Bass is lacking but I plan on a sub down the road.
Several notes for the install, First on the front i had to cut some custom plastic rings so i could get the speakers to screw into the opening. The Polks are the same size speakers but the out ring is smaller than the hole so i made adapter rings to bridge the gap.
Second the rears also dont line up to the factory holes on the bracket so I took zip ties and and turned the speaker at 45 degrees so the plastic cover would snap back into the factory brackets.
These are paired with a Kenwood HU and it all sounds nice but would be better with a sub.
There's no bass response because you need a "baffle" to separate the sound waves in front of the speaker from cancelling out the waves from the back of the speaker. try duct tape to seal the speaker edge to the door panel. bass response will improve.
For dash speakers, I fit polk 4 inch two-way speakers and used a bass blocker at 120hz and resistor to attenuate the response and allow more signal and output to the door speakers. For the doors, I put polk 6.5 inch mid ranges and run them parallel with the dash speakers.
Last edited by max asst; 10-27-2010 at 04:25 PM.
I ended up finding a pair of Cadence brand ZXS120 4.75 inch/120mm two way speakers that fit perfectly in the rear panel OEM speaker brackets.
I did have to swap the wiring harness, since the Cadence speakers are Mercedes Benz in-dash replacements, but overall the fit is great and sound is acceptable. Thanks again for everyone's assistance!
This thread was really helpful to me. I ordered those speakers from the link above. They fit perfect but now I am interested in how you did the wiring.
Did you swap out the factory wires from the head unit all the way to the back speakers?
This seems like a big job requiring a lot of trim removal.
I would love to hear how you did it.