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Old 08-16-2014, 08:52 PM
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Newbie Speaker Installation

Decided that enough was enough and I am going to take a break and do something fun for the Mercedes. Long time ago bought a set of Kicker speakers for the rear. It seems they will just barely fit.

So, got a few questions.

Does the quality of the crimp affect sound quality? The P.O. had a shop install speakers on the sides of the cargo compartment and so one of the stock connectors is cut off. So, thinking best to cut the other and crimp the new connections that came with the speakers.

Can the magnet be touching the body? Think I got a couple millimeters, but just figure I should ask if I need to put some padding in.

Does the plastic ring on the tweeter do anything? I am thinking if it can be filed down just insure it isn't hitting the cover. I don't care about looks since these will not be visible.

Thank you all in advance for the help!
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:52 PM
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Does the quality of the crimp affect sound quality? The P.O. had a shop install speakers on the sides of the cargo compartment and so one of the stock connectors is cut off. So, thinking best to cut the other and crimp the new connections that came with the speakers.
Yes, in that a poor crimp can cause an intermittent connection. Aside from that, as long as electrons are flowing, you're alright. The way I learned to do a crimp on audio wires is actually to take both wires in one hand, facing the same way, and twist the ends together. Then you slide the twisted-together ends both into one side of a splice connector, and crimp. That way you've got copper-to-copper continuity the full length of the wire, and it makes for a pretty secure crimp, too.

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Can the magnet be touching the body? Think I got a couple millimeters, but just figure I should ask if I need to put some padding in.
If the magnet has a vent at the back, you're going to want a little free air space so the motor can cool itself. If there's no vent, you're good, but I'd be leery of having the magnet directly touch sheet metal for fear of transmitting obnoxious vibrations into the body of the car.

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Does the plastic ring on the tweeter do anything? I am thinking if it can be filed down just insure it isn't hitting the cover. I don't care about looks since these will not be visible.
I'd have to see what you're working with to know for sure. It may just be a grille for the tweeter, in which case it could be shaved right down, no problem.
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