Easiest Front Speaker Options

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    BlueBaron762x39 Veteran Member

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    I have a 1979 Berlinetta Camaro. My stereo is just a basic setup of a Custom Autosound in the dash, two speakers in the rear package tray, and two mounted in a bracket under the dash. My problem is the front dash mounted speakers. They were difficult to install originally and now 10 years later they have fallen apart. Have any of you tried installing front replacements out of sight under the dash in front of the center console or somewhere else in the vehicle? I'm not really interested in dealing with installing another front speaker set in the factory location but don't want to cut up my interior or replace kick panels either.
     
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    It shouldn't be that difficult to replace that center speaker in a 79-81 Camaro.
    I took the bezel loose and rotated it out of the way... Driver's window down and door open.
    (The headlight switch remained connected and I only had to disconnect the cigarette lighter connection and fasten seat belt light.)

    I removed the cluster mounting screws and left the cluster completely connected to the electrical and speedometer and I was able to swap out the original speaker for one I had gutted and mounted two 3-1/2" speakers into.

    My 80 has A/C and I was able to work around the center duct... All while sitting in the driver's seat.

    It's best to have everything you need at hand because you can't climb out of the car very well with the bezel resting on the edge of the door. ;)
     
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    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    What I did.
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    You can put one in each side of the console. Lol. No don’t
     
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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Unless you’re going to build custom door panels or kick panels... leave it in the dash.

    Adding speakers in those locations usually looks tacky unless you use well designed custom pieces.
     
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    Burd Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I saw a company do a nice kick one.
    I can’t find the pic, squirrel just bought a car and it had speakers in the back of the sets. Uglier than sin.
     
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    1971Camaroguy has kick panels for component sets.
     
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    Getting at the stock speakers made me wish I took yoga classes. I think it's possible to make (like the guys above did) or buy a good setup with two high quality speakers in the stock location.
     
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    I put a pair of 5 1/2 inch ones with separate tweeters in my kick panels. Cut the duct work off the kick panel, made an aluminum plate that secured the speaker into the sheet metal opening and protected the back of speaker with waterproof speaker cover. Tweeters went up in the top of the dash (unfortunately you pretty much HAVE to have the windshield out to use holesaw to cut the opening for this part). Down that low you'll probably lose some highs if you go with a set of speaker that have a tweeter built in.
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