Driving down the highway and wanting to turn up your favorite song, knowing its bass is going to blow some eardrums? Sadly, if your ear drums have a chance of blowing, then your speakers definitely do. There comes a time in most music blasters’ lives, when they will need to replace a door speaker in their car. This may seem unfortunate, but then again, you can always replace a door speaker with one that’s even better.
The replacement process with an aftermarket speaker isn’t as hard as you might think, either. Here are a few steps you can do to help replace a door speaker and get you back to music-cruising you have grown accustomed to.
- The first thing you will want to do, as with all projects, is get the tools necessary for the job. In the project you will need screwdrivers, a drill with a 3/16” or 1/8” drill bit, a vise clamp, electrical tape, and your new speaker and speaker wires if the new speaker does not come with wires. Once you have all your tools ready, it’s time to start pulling off the door panel.
- Remove all screws before you start to pull the panel off. Once the screws are out and the top panel is off, you will need to detach any cords from the lock panel. There should be little white tabs on the ends of the wires that you can help you as you use your flathead to wrestle them out of the lock panel. Finally, take off the large door panel.
- Now that you can see the speaker, remove the wire attached so you can start drilling the rivets. Using the drill and drill bit, go ahead drill into the three rivets holding the speaker in place. Take the speaker out but save the old speaker form with the original holes in it. Remove the rest of the rivets from the holes you just drilled. Now grab your new speaker.
- Depending on what speaker you bought, the size may be slightly different than the original. In this case, you will need to center your speaker frame adapter to fit over the entire hole. If the screw holes do not match up, and they most likely will not, don’t be alarmed. Drill out new holes for yourself using the frame as your guide. You may want to use duct tape to hold the speaker frame in place while you drill. Insert your screws with the clips that came with your new speaker, and line them up in the back of the frame to give the screws something to attach too.
- Your next step involves the wires. If you have your own wires, or if it came with wires without connectors, strip the ends and attach the connectors and crimp them to your wire. Next, connect the wire to the speaker. Before installing the speaker, stick the other end of the wire through the back side of your door, so it can be attached to wire that is coming from the radio. You may have to poke a small hole through a piece of the plastic in the door, if you can’t find a hole big enough for your wire to go through.
- Now you can screw in your speaker. If you want to avoid cutting the original speaker wire, you can buy connectors that allow you to connect the new wire and the original wire without cutting it. Simply press these connectors into the two positives and then two negatives with your channel locks. Now test your sound, and you should be set! Go ahead and wrap the wires up with electrical tape or zip ties, reattach your door panels, and fasten with the original screws.
Following these steps to replace a door speaker will take about thirty to forty minutes. Use the steps, and adjust them to match whichever car you need to replace a door speaker on. This will help you return to putting the word jam back in traffic jam.