Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Re: 6 x 9 recommendation
A lot of speakers do have some tweeter protrusion and there are ways around this when mounting them under the rear deck.
Measure how much the tweeter protrudes above the top outside edge of the speaker and then get some material that is the same thickness or a tad thicker and make a spacer ring.
On a polk audio model of 6x9's they include a basic spacer in the box but the tweeter still protrudes but by taking another set left over from another install I can glue them together making a thicker spacer.
For spacer material you could use masonite, plastic, or a good multiply plywood that has no voids in the different layers. If you use a wood material after cutting it and sanding the edges, shoot it with some paint to seal it up.
When you said:
I do not want to cut through the package tray and have the speaker cover set on top, so I'm looking for some that will actually "fit" properly underneath (minus the mesh covers of course).
do you know you still need a grill or opening above the speaker to let the sound get into the interior ?. Only reason I'm saying this is I had a guy years ago with a solid cardboard package shelf cover and he had speakers mounted underneath but they were muffled and vibrated the deck above it as the sound could not get out so to speak.
If the opening in the metal rear deck has cross braces above the tweeter and you do not want to cut that steel material out of the way, run a thicker spacer so the tweeter is not right up against it. This will allow the highs to be heard better and not as muffled.
With the fabrication of spacers if needed, buy a set of speakers that sound good to you. Some two ways sound better than three ways. Some lower dollar speakers may sound better to you than higher dollar ones.
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