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Rear speaker upgade/ how to guide.

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Cozza McA, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. Cozza McA

    Cozza McA Crunching The Gears
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    Hi Guys/Girls
    After planning it for a while to the plunge and upgraded all my speakers to JL audio TR650-CWi's for the front and TR650-CXI's for the rear. So though while I'm at it make a quick guide how to get access to them.
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    I would say its about 2/5 difficulty and took about 30mins per side.
    This is the only reference I had to go by haha
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    1. Remove the cover of the fuse box on the drivers side.
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    2. Then remove this C shaped cover by pulling upwards, its held down by one clip.
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    3. Start with the tab at the front then by pulling on at a time the trim clips will come out.
    The bits of tape show exactly where the clips are.
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    4. Once all the previous clips have been pulled out you have to pull the end piece towards the front of the car, might be stiff but give it a good tug and it should come out.
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    After you should be left with this.
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    5. Next is the tricky bit. by prizing the trim out a little bit, enough to get you hand behind. Then give it a good pull out and to the left slightly.
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    This Is the back of the trim so you can see exactly how it fits in.
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    6. Now fold down the rear seats you will see this plastic cap remove this then the torx bolt behind it.
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    7. Now the by pushing the trim down and out. Giving it a good pull the clips along the window will start to come out.
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    You should be left with it like this at the seatbelt. (bit of a gap)
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    8. One final pull at the front and off it comes like this.
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    9. Pulling it back will reveal the speakers.
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    Then the reverse for putting it back together, make sure all the clips are in place before reinstalling as this might lead to rattling.

    Would like to say a think you to Andy Mac for recommending these speakers and his adapters top quality!!
    Also my question about everything haha
     
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    Great write up ....:icon_thumright:
     
  3. Cozza McA

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    Thanks Digzz.
    Iv had plenty help from this site so though I should put something back into it.
     
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    30 mins? What about removing the seats like you have lol, or do you not have to do that?
     
  5. Cozza McA

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    Never timed it exactly but was around that.
    Removing seats only take a few minutes, probably not needed but makes life easier.
     
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    Where did you get your wooden adapters from?
     
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    I got them of eBay from andyMac. Well made product and fairly cheap.
     
  8. Chris Coates

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    Cozza: i believe you left off 1 crucial part and you did 90% of the work, so why didn't you sound deaden the front doors? the difference with abit of Focal Bam or dynamatt would of made your speakers sound like there from a much much higher price bracket,

    many sound installers who do hi end installs in Australia wont just do a front door speaker swap over without doing the dynamatt or focal Bam with sound diffuser, is your interested in install pics: check out Fhrx Studios Pty Ltd - Audio / Visual Specialists there one of the best around.
    thats just my 2cent:)
     
  9. Cozza McA

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    Funny you should say that, I have done the front doors but not the back section as I run out but it on my to do list.
    I did notice a difference when I done the boot less road noise.
    Ill have a read of the link later.
    Cheers anyway
     
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    Very nice guide m8 :)
    How much of a difference did the new speakers make over standard m8?


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  11. Chris Coates

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    Cozza: what did you end using to do the doors? helps with road nice,base response just helps so much for such a pretty easy mod esp when you have the doors apart.
     
  12. Cozza McA

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    Thanks Robbie, I only had the cheap originals so big improvement.
    Not an audiophile but sound as good as the Bose in my brothers S3

    I used this stuff. RATTLEMATT x 20 SHEETS!! Car Audio Sound Deadening Proofing Sheets Pads Panels | eBay
    rattle mats, seems pretty good cant compare to other makes as I haven't tried them. TBH road noise was my main concern but it has been a big improvement.
     
  13. Dean_T

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    Great guide :thumbsup:

    Are you still running these off the HU or an external amp?

    Brings back some memories of running 0awg and dynamatting my old A3 T sport :)
     
  14. Cozza McA

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    cheers
    yeah still running from original HU, an amp would probably make it better but that's beyond me..
     
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    Easy enough dude!! Power line, rca's, earth to chassis and remote cable!! If your running components in the front then i
    I would get jl 300/4 amp. Power the front and rears from one and it will make it sound like a different system!!
     
  16. Cozza McA

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    Now I'm fairly confident in the usual retrofits, but sound system just puzzle me!..
    Everything u said there sounds all very good, is it easier that u make out to be?
     

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