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I searched through many threads here regarding speaker replacement and decided to to go with Polk Audio DB651 6.5" for the rear and Polk Audio DB6501 6.5" component system for the front doors and tweeters. The DB651 speakers arrived the other day qand the DB6501 were due for delivery today, Christmas eve. My Marine sons are home for the holiday before they head off to Afghanistan and I thought I would take advantage of the beautiful sunny weather here in Florida and the technical know how of my sons. I asked them if they were ready to do some 'modding', and my wife quickly responded that SHE was going to spend the day shopping with HER sons! OK, now I can have all the fun myself and hopefully get everything done before they get back!

OK, so after reviewing all the threads on speaker installation, I had the left read door panel off in a flash. I traced the outline of the 6.5" factory speaker that had removed and cut some MDF to use as a mounting base. I used some rattle can black to paint them so they wouldn't show through the speaker grill. I couldn't find any screws long enough to attach the MDF, so I headed off to the hardware store.



The UPS truck pulled up when I was gone and dropped off the package I was waiting for. Man everything is coming together right like I planned! :noworries:

I opened the the UPS box and what did I find? Another set of Polk Audio DB 651 speakers!! The LIVE SPAN seller at Amazon screwed up and didn't send the DB6501 component speakers, but a third set DB 651's!! Grrr... :censor:

Oh well, I am going to still install a 6.5" speaker in the front doors where the factory 6x9's reside when I finally do get the DB6501's, so I might as well cut an MDF mount base and install these extra ones for now. I removed the factory 6x9 speaker and traced the outline and cut out the MDF to fit the 6.5" round speakers. They got the rattle can treatment and turned black as well.

When I installed the rear door speakers, I cut off the factory connector and there wasn't much length of wire to connect to the speakers, so I drilled a small hole in the factory plastic base and ran the wires through there and soldered them to the speaker terminals.



My wife and Leatherneck sons arrived just as I was snapping on the second back door panel. They jumped right in we had a teamwork project happening and we got the front doors done in about 20 minutes total. It turned out to be a good day after all.



The front door mounting base fit right on the factory plastic after I cut off the single spike. I didn't solder the front door speakers as I am going to return them when the DB6501s ever do arrive.

This is what the factory speaker and the Polk Audio speaker look like side by side.

 

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Nice info. I just did my fronts and rears also. I built an adapter for my fronts just like yours, but when it came to the rears, i just used the bracket that came with my polk speakers, I am not to happy with it, because it did leave some air space around the speaker, as it was not a perfect seal. I will be going back in and making a bracket like you did for the rear also.
thanks for sharing your info.
 

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Yeah, I wasn't too impressed with the Polk provided adapters. It onlly took a few minutes with a jigsaw to cut out the MDF. Good luck with yours.
 
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