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Installed some Pioneers - Wow, the factory speakers really suck!

My Lord, what a difference!!! I just swapped the front speakers. Now I'm tempted to try the same on the rear speakers for the heck of it. Amazing difference in sound, and these are cheap speakers. Wow, just wow.

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yes upgrading speakers makes a world of difference, but you know, even those pioneer speakers sound so much better...amped?
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Swapping the rears will help but not quite as much as the fronts. If you have a 4-door Supercab, it is also more difficult to change the rears than the fronts. It's clear that Ford intended those rear door panels to be installed once at the factory and never removed.
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my reg cab 91 had some weird huge speaker boxes for the 4" speakers in the back, after taking them out (box and all) i just put new pioneers in the back and left them there and man i had a difference in sound too

i got a pioneer speaker/cd headunit package from walmart and man it is sweet, never had a problem with it, and only for $55
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Swapping the rears will help but not quite as much as the fronts. If you have a 4-door Supercab, it is also more difficult to change the rears than the fronts. It's clear that Ford intended those rear door panels to be installed once at the factory and never removed.
ahmen lol... ive only got like 4 of those things holding my pannel in and it rattles like crazy....

yea speakers are one of the best mods because for me i always have my radio on so i reap the benifits everytime in in my truck
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I'm taking care of my rear components now. Sorry for hijacking the thread btw, but does anyone have suggestions on new speakers for the front w/o being amp'd? I wanted some new two-ways. I was leaning toward boston acoustics or infinitys.
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thread starter: try out some amped components over the factory speaker, it would blow your mind
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My Lord, what a difference!!! I just swapped the front speakers. Now I'm tempted to try the same on the rear speakers for the heck of it. Amazing difference in sound, and these are cheap speakers. Wow, just wow.

<--- Guy who never upgraded factory speakers before
Do you have pics ? I'd love to see what they look like !
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http://www.crutchfield.com/S-FN6aocd...52200&I=065S85

a little pricey but should get loud off H/u powa
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Bingo!
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Swapping the rears will help but not quite as much as the fronts. If you have a 4-door Supercab, it is also more difficult to change the rears than the fronts. It's clear that Ford intended those rear door panels to be installed once at the factory and never removed.

Indeed. They were tough to remove and hard to reinstall. One of them had a tiny plastic piece break off, which prevents one of the tree fasteners from sitting properly. Granted, I got them back on and they fit snuggly.
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Ditto regarding suck-o factory speakers

I recently replaced my factory speakers with two pairs of Infinity Kappas. The two ohm impedance of the Kappas did not cause any problems with the factory head unit.

I wanted to keep the factory head unit for the following reasons: 1) MP3 capability 2) 6 CD changer in dash 3) less likely to get windows bashed out by some knucklehead that wants to take my stereo.

I also installed an Infinity Basslink. The combination of the new speakers and the Basslink make for a stereo that is plenty loud and sounds great to this old man. And it is a "sleeper" system. It still looks like it is a factory system.

...and if I had to do it over, I might not bother with swapping the rear speakers. Removing the door panels really blows. I started with one of those door panel remover tools. The little plastic thingies that hold the door panel to the door simply pulled out of the panel. I read other threads discussing methods to improve the bass output. I installed some of those foam baffles available at Crutchfield. The Kappas have much better highs compared to the factory speakers, but the bass still is wimpy.

The Kappas in the front doors sound great. I used the same foam baffles available at Crutchfield. I cut the bottom out of the baffle, to vent the backside of the speaker to the inside of the door. So the baffles are just rain shields. Back when I used to install car stereos in the '70s, I worked at a Pioneer shop. I replaced LOTS of speakers that were hosed from water getting into the door. Though speaker cones and voice coil materials have likely improved drastically in 25 or so years, I didn't want to take chances.
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