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Upgrading VE Stock Speakers - How To

Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by boneart, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. gomax

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    Just added a Kicker bass amp/speaker under passenger seat of the S2 SV6 Sportwagon.

    "JB, you've done it again!"

    Disconnected centre speaker as well.

    Good enough sound for these tired ole ears. ;-0>
     
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    Ladies and Gents - must admit I have not read through the whole 12 pages of this thread so if my question has been already answered I apologise - just point me in the right direction :).
    I have a 2012 VE SS Thunder ute - and want to upgrade the pathetic stock system. Like mentioned at the start here just a basic upgrade to better the music I have. I already have a small 4 x 50W Alpine amp to install and plan to go the door and tweeter speak changeout - and have been recommended to disconnect the dash front speaker. Question I have has anybody installed (if there is room etc etc etc) a small sub in place of the centre dash speaker? I can fit a 10" below the seat but would rather not when/if I decide to put sub in.
    Thoughts, ideas, help, abuse :)?????
    thanks muchly
    Rossco
     
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    I wouldn't think a Sub would sound as satisfying in the centre dash compaired to under the seat tbh.
     
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    Wanting to drop a note to thank boneart for the instructions, disconnected my centre shite speaker and reversed the polarity on the sub-woofers today... AMAZING difference.
     
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    I love this post. I changed the 4 door speakers for Kickers from JB HiFi, about $320 total. Splits in the front and duals in the back, and I took the centre speaker out and the sound was a lot less muddy after the upgrade.
    To anyone who has done the speakers and not the rear parcel shelf, WOW what a difference!! It is worth the 2-3 hours it will take. (mostly to remove the seats and shelf then re-install - dynamatting took 1/2 hour)
    I left the original subs, but like most people found, I swapped the speaker wires on both. Then I got some dynamat from Jaycar, and covered the rear shelf as much as I could (press it down hard!) - there are locating holes, screws and wires to go around, but holy crap the bass difference is amazing! Dont bother changing the rear subs unless you are going to rip them out and put a box and amp in the boot. But, I had a box with dual 12" carbon fibres for years in my last car, sounded frighteningly loud but now I prefer the extra space i have instead, especially after this mod!!
    Now i'm not so fussed I only have the stock system.
     
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    Can u get speakers mounts for the doors of a ve to fit 6 3/4 speakers
     
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    Will 6.5" speakers fit in the rear doors? I've a 2012 VE Wagon. I know for the front I have to drill new holes to make them fit, but sony don't do 6" speakers soo yeah...
     
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    Yep i got 6.5 kickers in the rear doors . They fit without any modification .
     
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    Apologies if this has already been discussed. I have bought some Alpine splits to replace my front speakers. Rather than running the wire from the door speakers back to the tweeters, can I run it from the feed from the left and right from the centre speaker? (And add the crossover). It’s an SV6. I’ve disconnected the centre and can see the wires going to it are the same colour as each door speaker.
     
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    One of my rear door speakers stopped working, the terminals rusted out so I decided to replace the rear speakers.

    I just picked up a cheap set of Clarion SE1624E 300W 35Wrms speakers, they are 4 ohm, just like the speakers I removed.

    I thought anything will be better than the stock 20Wrms "KOC" speakers. Well... I'm a little disappointed. The Clarion speakers don't have as much bass as the stock units, although sound much better when louder, crisper sound.

    What is a good bassy speaker that the stock headunit will work with? Some of the bassier speakers seem like they'd need an amp to power them. What works well with the stock non premium system? I'm considering the HERTZ DCX165, but worried they'd need an amp.

    Thanks
     
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    I usually find putting better front speakers give better bass.
    Im a fan of Alpine speakers.
     
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    Ended up swapping the **** clarions out for some Kicker 6.5” and they are MUCH better.
     
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    I've done the reverse polarity hack on the rear parcel subwoofers. Common mod with the yanks. Can confirm it eliminates a lot of the booming and rattles and makes the bass kicks more noticeable. Its not 'night and day' as some claim but I do think its worth doing.
     
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    I would like to add my thanks to @boneart for the superb writeup and it has been enhanced by everyone else sharing - yes, I read through all 12 pages.
    Anyway, just lost sound from my left rear and after pulling the door panel off, discovered the connections all rusted out. I found my speakers (S2 SV6 sedan) are 2 ohm, so have ordered Infinity Kappa front splits and rear 2-ways.
    My question around amping is... has anyone successfully used the wiring from the likes of Aerpro which would enable utilising a high level input amp and to be able to feed back into the speaker feed all in 1 easy step. You could easily run a small alpine or clarion under the dash.

    Thoughts? Concerns?

    Al
     

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    If you try https://sellfy.com/p/c4vT/ you can download the rest of the manual or whatever you require I'm told. [AU$20 approx ]

    Redline 45
     
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    Question about Front door components only
    Instead of wiring the tweeter to to the cross over with the woofer, which means you have to get the wire from inside the car to the door.

    What would be wrong wiring the tweeter to the cross over ONLY and putting the cross over inside the car. And then plugging the component to the main door wiring without a cross over?

    Anything wrong by doing this?
     
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    Lol i did the same in my e2. 3 screw drivers and I just couldnt get those 2 screws out @!
     
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    Also has anyone connected the stock subwoofers to an aftermarket amplifier? Any good?

    Im thinking of a 4 channel amp, 2 channels to the fronts, and 2 channels to the stock subs? Im trying to keep my boot size so really dont want a sub box :) If i get fancy i might try see if I can get someone to make me a sub box like the walkinshaw one. But thats another topic.
     
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    Hey guys I’ve recently just purchased a 2013 omega ex cop car in nz. Just wondering if anyone knows where they cut the front speakers off I’m wanting to change them out but don’t want to rewire new cables to the head unit but if I have to then I will cheers.
     
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    Anyone know if you can swap the poxy 40w amp with the bose 200w amp? Like it's it a straight unplug one, plug in the other?
     

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