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Old 04-18-2003, 01:53 PM
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123 speakers

what size speakers is the best for the rear "hat" shelf?
Currently I have Pioneer 180mm (i think?) but are too small for my liking.

I have a set of 6x9s, i tried to see if they fit but i think they're too large?

Any suggestions? I dont think it'd be wise to drill the sheet metal itself?

Also in the front i have 4" Pioneers in the front door. (my dad had installed them about 20 years ago ).. do you think there'd be enough space to install 6inchers there?


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Old 04-25-2003, 11:36 PM
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I have fit 6.25" speakers in the rear deck of the 123 diesels with no problem. Your biggest problem will be getting any kind of bass response, as their isn't a lot of space for air under the speakers.

I tried something a bit unconventionl in my first 123. I took a half inch drill bit and drilled several holes in the bottom of the metal area directly under each speaker to allow the speakers to access the air from the trunk for additional bass. Seemed to work pretty well and it doesn't comprimise the structure of the car.

If you don't want to drill, you can purchase half inch risers to fit under the speakers that essentially raise them up a bit from the surface of the rear deck. This allows a little more air under the speakers for better bass response.

Of course, if your 123 is typical, there is already a lot of wind noise due to the door seals being old and a great stereo can't be heard at highway speeds anyway!

PS Just a weird coincidence: I will be visiting Malta for a day in about a month!! I'm looking forward to it!
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Old 04-28-2003, 05:08 AM
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In my experiene, bass response is easily fixed in these cars by making use of the only big hole which passes through to the trunk... the 1st aid kit.

You can situate a bass box in the trunk, then, carefully, you can remove the 1st aid kit and modify it by cutting the bottom out - thereby creating a port into the cabin! I have a 2 x 150W 10" bass box and it works fine, just enough without being a crazy bass-head....

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