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Mark_G
post 16th May 2012 09:39
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Hi folks, I'm planning on replacing my front and rear speakers at the same time as I do the new interior while the door cards are off I'll have access to all the cabling. i was just wondering, where do the speaker cables go to once they exit the doors?

I was thinking about replacing them while i have the chance, I've never really been an audiophile, so I don't believe replacing the originals will matter to my ears and noone will ever see them anyway, but would like to know for myself that it has been done. End of the day, if it's too much hassle I'll just stick with the stock wiring...


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post 16th May 2012 09:41
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If you open the door, in the hinge area you will see a rubber piece of trunking/belows that moves as the door opens and closes. All the electrical wires go through these.


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post 16th May 2012 10:21
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Here's a picture to make it clear...

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post 16th May 2012 10:24
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Thanks GE, do you know where it terminates at the head unit end, do I need to remove anything other than the litle tray to access it and pull them through?


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post 16th May 2012 10:31
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The wires terminate just behind the stereo and go into the stereo connectors.

IIRC the existing speaker wires are part of the wrapped up loom. If this is the case then just run new speaker wires alongside the loom all the way to the front of the car so they come out behind the stereo. It's not critical what route you take but if it was me, I would follow the route of the original loom to make it neat. If you remove the cubby hole below the stereo and the stereo itself it will make access much easier.

However, saying all this, unless you're fitting much beefier speakers, the existing wiring in the loom will probably be sufficient to power them so you would probably actually be fine without new speaker wires if you didn't want the hassle of fitting some.


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QUOTE(GialloEvo94 @ 16th May 2012 11:31) *
However, saying all this, unless you're fitting much beefier speakers, the existing wiring in the loom will probably be sufficient to power them so you would probably actually be fine without new speaker wires if you didn't want the hassle of fitting some.


Welll that's my thoughts, if it's going to be too difficult, probably pointless doing it, will be very busy on the day fitting interior etc. anyway. Will give it a shot though, thanks for the advice.


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I dont see the point in changing the wiring tbh, and unless your front speakers are damaged i.e. rattling with high bass. I wouldnt see much point in changing them either.

the rear speakers are highly recommended to be changed, as the standard ones do not handle bass very well at all. But aim for pioneer or alpine as many other cheaper brands are cheap for a reason lol


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QUOTE(NaanBread @ 16th May 2012 12:31) *
I dont see the point in changing the wiring tbh, and unless your front speakers are damaged i.e. rattling with high bass. I wouldnt see much point in changing them either.

the rear speakers are highly recommended to be changed, as the standard ones do not handle bass very well at all. But aim for pioneer or alpine as many other cheaper brands are cheap for a reason lol

Changing all 4 front and rear for JBLs, same as I had on my 145, was very happy with them. Like you say, the current ones (all round) are too tinny for my liking and rattle a bit with bass.


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