Straight replace speakers for 8L A3/S3 write up
Ok, found myself soooo bored the last few days so took a trip to Halfrauds this afternoon with DaveA3's shopping list of speakers in hand - managed to get a pair of inifinity 6x9's reduced from £80 (yeah right) down to £40 which saved me ordering online, then bought a 13cm Edge component speaker set, measured 54cm in depth so thought id give them a try.
I should mention that my intention was to clear the horrible tinny sound thats recently appeared when using the ipod through the parrot system - as opposed to doing a full install.
Firstly the easiest to fit were the fronts suprisingly, i merely replaced the tweeters, hid the cross over and mounted the base speaker on two of the existing holes, drilling a small hole below the grill and using a black screw that came with the Edge speakers to secure the speaker - it's that low down that you really cant see it, not ideal but after sitting with the door card in the living room for an hour scratching my head, it was easier than making MDF jobbies. I chopped all four existing cables and ran two of these (+ and -) to the crossover - job done!! and suprisingly the speakers were shallow enough to cause no issues. :thumbsup:
The rears seemed a lot harder to fit, i ended up mounting these on two existing screws which seemed to do the job until i tried to refit the card!! :sadlike: the magnets hitting the seat belt mechanism stopped me putting the card back!! :keule: plan B was even more 'half arsed', i mounted via one existing screw then wedged the speaker between the other two existing holes, inserting two screws each with large washers attached, this was enough to clamp the speaker in place and secure the speaker to the card - luckily just clearing the seat belt mechanism although shorting out so it was close!! easily fixed with electrical tape ;) .
I might add that normally i do tend to take a bit of time to do the perfect job, but this really wasn't something that interested me enough to take the time, intention was to make the system a useable one - now the worst part, the noise was still there!!! so after a 2 second assesment of the ipod i turned the EQ off, problem solved!!! :banghead: ah well, it does sound better than it did and i can now turn the volume up without distortion which is brill ;) £80 well spent :racer: