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Old 05-05-2016, 12:50 PM   #1
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Front Speaker Mod

So, it really bugs me that I cant listen to the radio while driving without blasting out my rear occupants (read: Kids). ...and they want to watch TV. I however do not want to listen to their TV and used to just put in headphones from my phone/navigation/internet device. That isolated me though and when my wife was riding up front ended up doing the one ear thing or something else.

So... I put on my "I used to do car stereo stuff as a kid" hat and came up with this:



I have not covered them yet, I ordered some vinyl from Amazon, but it has not come in time before our beach trip.

For the hookup, I just rewired the rear speakers together in a series making it an 8ohm load on the head unit (much safer than wiring in series making it a 2ohm load and making the stereo hot)



The added bonus of doing this was I found the subwoofer "amp" behind the stereo panel and turned it down. Mine was set to max and that was causing some distortion that I didnt care for sonically.



So now I can just set the fader to all front and enjoy my music. Added benefit, it makes the whole system sound better for movies when parked.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:05 PM   #2
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Hey trs80 (love the name, btw. My first computer was a trs80 coco2 and taught myself BASIC with the included manual)!

A couple of your pics didn't share properly. Looks like maybe you're sharing from Google Photos? I've seen this happen before; the general population doesn't have permission to see those. You need to click the share button and use the URL it generates rather than copy / paste the URL from your address bar. I'm interested to see the mod too, sounds neat!
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:17 PM   #3
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We did something similar in ours - added some 6" automobile speakers above the front seats - what is interesting is later model year 2015's actually had speakers there, so they must have realized you couldn't hear it otherwise.

A bit a of a PITA to get them wired, but we did also find the highly jacked up subwoofer and turn it down too.

Someone had posted they had put the speakers on an A/B switch, so they could select A (front) or B (rear) but we just run it the same way you did.

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Old 05-06-2016, 07:30 AM   #4
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Hey trs80 (love the name, btw. My first computer was a trs80 coco2 and taught myself BASIC with the included manual)!

A couple of your pics didn't share properly. Looks like maybe you're sharing from Google Photos? I've seen this happen before; the general population doesn't have permission to see those. You need to click the share button and use the URL it generates rather than copy / paste the URL from your address bar. I'm interested to see the mod too, sounds neat!
hmm ...interesting, when I posted it that way I could not see the pics when I did the preview, I will try again ...thanks for telling me
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:32 AM   #5
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Does that work?
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:36 AM   #6
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Doesnt look like it ...I guess I will find an image hosting site ...anyone have a favorite?
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Doesnt look like it ...I guess I will find an image hosting site ...anyone have a favorite?
Hm you are right, guess you can't do it:
https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/photos/3GgTfa_4-Zk

I've used http://imgur.com/ before, it's pretty easy.
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Lets try this again



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Once the vinyl comes in I will post the finished product
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Nice. We put our speakers above - there was a space next to the cabinets - that's why the wires were such a pain...had to run them up behind the dash, behind the track for the front shade and then up into the cabinet. Was helpful I have small hands......

here's the link to the thread I had with the photos

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