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I'm confused about speaker sizes for 2004 Forester.

I looked at crutchfield, amazon and newegg. Their fit guides are contradicting.

The front is 6.5

The back are 4 or 5.25 ? :confused:


Also, do I need to buy a harness like metra or I can wire them directly ?
 

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I'm confused about speaker sizes for 2004 Forester.

I looked at crutchfield, amazon and newegg. Their fit guides are contradicting.

The front is 6.5

The back are 4 or 5.25 ? :confused:


Also, do I need to buy a harness like metra or I can wire them directly ?
The rear are 4 stock, or were on mine, but you can fit 5.25 pretty easy with a spacer thought I'd like to know how big you can go in the rear with the right spacer.
 

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I thought to get Pioneer 3 way in the front and 2 way in rear doors. Anyone has good experience with these speakers in a forester ? (I never had such small aftermarket speakers before)
 

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I thought to get Pioneer 3 way in the front and 2 way in rear doors. Anyone has good experience with these speakers in a forester ? (I never had such small aftermarket speakers before)
I have Pioneers front and rear doors in the opposite configuration since I have door tweets upfront. Better than stock but overall...meh
 

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Spend all your money on the best 6.5" seperates you can afford for the front and leave the rear stock. The rears don't do much and are in a horrible location.

Great front speaker and stock rears will sound 10x better than decent front and decent rear speakers.
 

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Spend all your money on the best 6.5" seperates you can afford for the front and leave the rear stock. The rears don't do much and are in a horrible location.

Great front speaker and stock rears will sound 10x better than decent front and decent rear speakers.

Actually the front speakers aren't that bad and have a good bass.
The rears are bad... even my cell phone speaker is louder :cool:

What if I leave the front stock, add front tweeters and install these Pioneer "surface mounted speakers" behind the rear seats ?Amazon.com: Pioneer TS-X200 Surface Mount 3-Way Bass-Reflex Speakers:…

Then I will set the fader at 80% rear & 20% front. Paired with Pioneer cd/mp3 it should sound good ?
 

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i put a 6.5 in the back but it doesn't really fit... it took some longer screws some drilling and dynamat around the opening, you could fit it better if you had a dremel and removed some metal but i didnt want to do that. there is no rattling and the panel still fits so, i have no complaints lol!!!

here is the write up
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f77/roadblocker-write-up-pics-75247/



 

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i put a 6.5 in the back but it doesn't really fit... it took some longer screws some drilling and dynamat around the opening, you could fit it better if you had a dremel and removed some metal but i didnt want to do that. there is no rattling and the panel still fits so, i have no complaints lol!!!
What kind of speakers are these and which headunit ?
 

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Looks Good Matrix !!

If you are going 6.5 all around, buy a decent amp to power them all.
I am using a Sony 4 Channel amp provides 70 Watts RMS @ 4 ohms.
When you run high power amps, your speakers will sound great at all volumes :)
:woohoo:
 

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oh sure im looking into a jvc head unit at this point it will have more rms power out and i think it will be sufficient. i have the sub in the rear for the low end!
Do I need a harness adapter to connect aftermarket speakers ?
 

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Spend all your money on the best 6.5" seperates you can afford for the front and leave the rear stock. The rears don't do much and are in a horrible location.

Great front speaker and stock rears will sound 10x better than decent front and decent rear speakers.
So, I finally took this advice (as far as adding 6.5" separates).

:icon_eek:

WOW!

I had 5.25" coaxials (Alpine) and they sounded good, but several months ago the woofer on the driver side quit working. I just picked up a set of Rockford Fosgate Punch separates, installed them and... just WOW!

Sea-Scooby knows what he's talking about. (Like we didn't know that already.) :icon_cool:
 

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I'm considering upgrading my stereo as well. I have a Kenwood HU (MP348U I think) and want to install a good set of 5-1/4" coaxial speakers in the rear and 6-1/2" separares in the front. I'm leaning toward Polk (my preference) or MB Quart Onyx series.

I was test fitting parts of my setup today and noticed that the area behiind the upper door handle that looks like a tweeter location is actually empty :icon_frown:. Any have any experience installing tweeters there?

I will probably add a separate amp at some point once all the car's priorities are sorted. Damn, I wish I kept my trusty A/D/S amp :icon_rolleyes:

Suggestions?

Cheers,
Marc
 

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All,

Can anyone tell me the exact speaker resistance (ohms) and RMS wattage for the front speakers, rear speakers, and rear cargo area speaker is on a 2007 Forester XT?

I cannot find this info in the service manual or online. I have heard 4 ohms for the fronts somewhere. Thanks
 

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typically in my experience almost all car audio factory speakers (bose excepted) are 4 ohm setups. allows for better response and sound while drawing less power overall compared to ac powered systems. anyone with a differing opinion is welcome to chime in.
 
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