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    What to do with 6x9's

    I've got a very nice pair of Infinity 6x9's that I basically have had sitting in my rear dash window for a year now. Im getting tired of no bass response because of this, and it just looks shabby. The problem being is that the actual speaker cutouts in my Sunfire are not big enough for the speakers themselves (the plastic cage around the speakers is pretty wide).

    One friend told me to put them into single boxes and leave them in the rear window, but I cant possibly see how I could drive and not be able to look back. The other option I can think of is to dremel out the speaker holes, but then we have the problem of mounting speakers that are way too big for the stock holes, and with my dremeling skills, im a little sketchy on this. Another option would be to throw them in a box and put them in the truck, but isnt this going to kill the sound? I have some "decent, not good, but decent" 4x6's up front.

    Im at a loss as what to do.
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    Mount them from below the rear deck if they will fit. Sure the hole is smaller than the speaker, but it will sound just fine as long as the front of the driver is sealed off from the back.

    When it is not sealed off the front and rear wave cancel each other out and the result is no bass.
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    if the hole is too small, it will prevent the drive from extending as necessary.

    to the OP - what do you mean speakers that weren't made to be mounted?

    All speakers are made to be mounted....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    if the hole is too small, it will prevent the drive from extending as necessary.

    to the OP - what do you mean speakers that weren't made to be mounted?

    All speakers are made to be mounted....
    I didnt mean it like that, I was just saying the speaker holes are too small for those speakers to be mounted, not sure wtf I was saying, ahaha
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    hehe - ok then - can you mount them from behind? what size is the stock speaker?
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    They are 6x9's, but the cage on the infinitys are way bigger and wont slide down into the hole.

    I couldnt really get it drilled up there when I tried and was afraid it woudl rattle.
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    I have successfully mounted 6x9s in 5x7 openings by mounting them from behind in an old Chrysler. The only thing you have to worry about is speaker depth. If your trunk has tension bars they may interfere with mounting from behind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    if the hole is too small, it will prevent the drive from extending as necessary.
    Red has a good point...make sure that there is .33 to .5 inches or so between the top edge of the speaker surround (foam/rubber ring that connects the driver to the basket) and whatever is in front/on top of the speaker. Othewise, the speaker cone could hit whatever is in front of it at maximum excursion, ultimately damaging the driver.

    Good luck.

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    if it's a 6x9 hole, should be fine to mount it from behind.

    Just drill from the front.

    Put the screws in from the back at first, so you can have pilot holes to go off of. Then have a friend hold the speaker in place from behind while you screw through those same holes to hold the speaker in place.
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    I cannot drill from the top because of the glass, I tried drilling from the bottom but I just cant get it to go through, even with a carbide tip. I wonder if there is any other way of securing it up there.
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