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Rockford Fosgate review

 
Old 05-30-2019, 09:06 PM
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Finally got around to installing new speakers in the 99 TA and figured I'd post some info in case someone else is interested.

Hatch speakers are RF Prime R14X2
Door speakers are RF Prime R165s

Install

The hatch speakers were a quick and easy change mechanically. The wiring part is just having to cut off the old speaker harness and crimp on a pair of female spade terminals to create a new adapter harness.

The door mids went right into the factory mounts perfectly. I used the Metra 72-4568 speaker wiring harness and it made the job plug and play.

The door tweeters were a project. They're too small to fit into the stock opening as is and they're a hair too big to allow the stock cover to clip back in. I used a file to carve a groove into the back of the plastic tabs on the covers which gave just enough slack to snap the covers in place while wrapped around the new tweeter. The bonus of this is that the cover keeps the tweeter held in place tightly so you don't have to worry about any adhesives or anything. Wiring was cutting off the original speaker connector and splicing it to the wires coming from the tweeters. Just be aware that the factory wire is thick strand and the new wire is very fine strand. I recommend solder and heat shrink to ensure a strong connection.

Impressions

On the first test run the highs weren't very clear, the mids were a bit better than stock and the lows were a huge improvement. I could feel the bass vibrate the doors. The loss of highs were a bit of a disappointment though.

For a second test run I reconnected the factory hatch tweeters to hopefully clean up the highs and it made a huge difference. I'd recommend people running these speakers leave the factory hatch tweeters connected and see if you like it. The sound stage didn't seem to move any and the music became much clearer. This was the sound I was looking for.
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This review was very helpful. thanks!
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