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Old 02-23-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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13-14 Shaker Door Speaker Upgrade - Bracket Modification

I have a 2014 with the Shaker 500 and decided to upgrade the (4) 5x7 speakers to improve my system. I ordered some Pioneer 4-Ways and read the how to videos on door panel removal, and rear deck access (kind of a headache).

Come to find out, the front speakers (component and tweeter) are molded into the factory 5x7 bracket which is necessary to mount any aftermarket speaker. I discovered that this is the case for 13-14 Shaker systems. I did not have the time to place an order for the standard brackets, so I got creative and decided to mod the existing speakers (and attached brackets).

I would advise anyone with the time to order the correct brackets, but if you are in a pinch, and have a couple hours with the right tools, it really is not that bad. The Pioneer speaker fit perfectly and there were no clearance issues. There are a couple photos below, and i have more photos of each step. Let me know if this helps, and if you may want more info.
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Good member here. Only his second post and it's a helpful one.
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Thanks, the whole time I was thinking, "Man I wish I would have known this already"
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Thanks for the info, JRock! How do the new speakers sound compared to the old ones? Did you install a new amp or are you running off stock amp?
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I'll be replacing mine soon. I'm not a huge car audio enthusiast but I do agree that the stock speakers aren't all that great.
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Thanks for the info, JRock! How do the new speakers sound compared to the old ones? Did you install a new amp or are you running off stock amp?
The new speakers sound much more clear than the stock ones. I am running the stock amp. The 5x7's didn't do much in terms of bass, so while I had the car ripped apart, I ran an amp install kit. I tapped into the stock harness near the amp in the kickpanel. Once I get an sub/amp/enclosure picked out, the sound should be complete.
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Cool. I look forward to hearing more as you complete the work...
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What was the impedance on the stock ones? Did you keep the stock head unit? Have you noticed a dramatic improvement in mid range response at all levels? I worry about doing this with a stock head unit because of how awful after market products usually fair with a stock head unit. I've always changed out the head units in my car, but I have the nav unit in my mustang and it would seem like a big waste to get rid of it. Also, I don't want a big sub woofer in my trunk like I used to, so I just deal with this system as it's alright.
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What was the impedance on the stock ones? Did you keep the stock head unit? Have you noticed a dramatic improvement in mid range response at all levels? I worry about doing this with a stock head unit because of how awful after market products usually fair with a stock head unit. I've always changed out the head units in my car, but I have the nav unit in my mustang and it would seem like a big waste to get rid of it. Also, I don't want a big sub woofer in my trunk like I used to, so I just deal with this system as it's alright.
Not sure what the impedance on them was, they were not labeled with any relevant information. I would definitely say the Mid and High notes sound noticeable better. The stock shaker seemed muffled at just about all volumes, now the deep bass is the only sound that is not defined.

The 8" door woofers fail to be good mid's or low's. I am actually concerned that once I add my aftermarket sub and amp, that the door woofers will deteriorate the quality of the entire bass. We shall see.

I understand an aftermarket head unit would provide better sound right off the bat, but I am not sold yet on the aftermarket install kit (I think it makes the interior look cheap). Also, I enjoy the integration Sync integration. I understand there are some options where that can be kept, but it is not worth it to me right now.

I think that the perfect balance would be to aftermarket amp the entire system with all new speakers. That too, I was not quite prepared to do, but is an option in the future. I am pretty satisfied right now though.

The Pioneer 4-ways I used are:
Pioneer TS-A6885R 5"x7"/6"x8" 4-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com
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