I just got a new (to me) Bugeye Wagon recently, and I am doing some basic mods to it.
I'm pretty strapped for cash at the moment, but a friend had a set of older Pioneer 6.5" 3-ways that say 200W max, 50W RMS.
I made some adapters so they'll clear the windows and I am in the process of installing them. I am also doing a little hushmat behind them and on the door itself. Making sure they are good and sealed up. Of course they won't have a dedicated airspace but I want them to sound their best, even though they're essentially junk.
I would like to baffle them but don't know what to use as a baffle.
I have a basic Kenwood deck which probably puts out something like 13-18W per channel real power.
I also have a really nice amp sitting around that would put out 100W RMS per channel when run at 14.4V. I know it'll be less than that if I put it in my car, but I am still uneasy about running that much power through these old Pioneers.
I know I can use the gain to keep them within a reasonable power level, but I'm not sure that is proper use of the gain. So I would probably try to properly tune that, and be disciplined about the volume knob. Still, I am concerned I am going to blow these up and have nothing until I can buy a nicer set of like HAT or JL audios.
So what do y'all think? 13W RMS off the head unit into these paperweights, or go for it and put 100 W per channel into them? I plan to eventually put a sub into the car and I'm sure it'll overpower the speakers if they're not amped too. I am more about sound-quality than volume, though.
Thanks for your time! Hopefully soon my cash flow will grow and I will be able to get some real speakers in there