Installing Alpine Type S coax on Kartboys w pics. I got the Metra 9301 speaker adapters also. I'm going to leave all 4 doors in same orientation, so no need to reverse the polarity. The good news is the Alpines are a 100% match to the Kartboy spacers.
The Metra 9301 adapters everyone talks about. Got them at Circuit City. Expensive, $10.99 each box:
Showing the perfect fit of Alpine Type-S into the Kartboy spacers. Even the speaker bolt holes line up:
The door handle cover/tweeter cover:
After removing the 2 screws from the handle inner cover and armrest, you then pull up on the rear of the over like this:
This shows the door after I unbolted the stock tweeter. I will not be using it, it will screw up aftermarket coax bad. The tweet and stock mid are 4 ohm each. That means they feed the OEM deck 2 ohm final load. If you leave the stock tweet hooked up you will have a 3 ohm load, whereas aftermarket decks have a 4 ohm minimum per corner. Plus yuo'll have stupid highs.
The stock speaker hold down screws are way too short to use with the spacers. So you need to find longer screws:
This shows the Metra speaker adapter hooked to factory harness. No cutting at all, I will def put the stock stuff back in if I ever sell the car. The adapters arent 100% fit, you gotta bend stuff around until it slides in:
Showing the Kartboy spacer bolted to door:
Alpine Type S coaxial staged in spacer, very nice fit:
Rear door with panel removed. Comes off the exact same way as fronts. But one extra screw in rear area of door:
The incredibly crappy stock rear speaker:
The speakers sound excellent, far better than stock speakers off an aftermarket deck. I now realized my highs were almost non existent with the stock speakers. Also, I could only bring my Pioneer deck to about 38-40 volume and I'd get bad distortion. Now I can bring the deck to 50-60 with no noticable distortion. I thought the stock speakers were fine... until I heard how good aftermarket speakers sounded.
Now I have to search and figure out how to replace some rear speakers to complete the job.