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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 09, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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6 x 9 recommendation

I did a search on rear speakers, but didn't see the question answered, so I decided to post.

I need to get a pair of 6 x 9s for my 1969 Camaro and my 1968 442. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some to me. 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). My concern is, on some 6 x 9s, it looks as if the tweeter is seriously raised on it and would not mount on the underside of the rear tray without either poking through the package tray or some kind of modification.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 09, 09:29 PM
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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.

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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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Re: 6 x 9 recommendation

I dont have a brand name of these but picked them up at a pawn shop for $15/pair. They sound great too. The grille on top is curved up so that the parts that stick up above the package tray are still under the grille.


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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 09, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 6 x 9 recommendation

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do you know you still need a grill or opening above the speaker to let the sound get into the interior ?.
Yes, I'm aware I need an opening for this. I'm purchasing the package tray with the mesh inserts so the sound can pass through.

I guess in the end, I was trying to find something that didn't involve much fabrication work, as I'm on a tight time frame (at least on the 442). Maybe I'll give Crutchfield a call and ask them what I can do. I definitely don't need incredible speakers--just ones that sound pretty decent. To me, the engine/exhaust note is what I want to here first and foremost.
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Re: 6 x 9 recommendation

I used Alpine 6x9's in the rear deck although mine do stick up, they are mounted in a custom fiberglass lid.

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You can buy or make spacers to drop the tweeters below the deck for any speaker.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 09, 06:49 AM
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Re: 6 x 9 recommendation

I installed Infinity 6x9's beneath my rear package tray and they are invisible from the inside. I just passed 4 bolts through the package tray to the speakers in the trunk and tightened them up.

I used the package tray that already had the speaker cut outs in the cardboard but the full mesh over the cutouts. Worked perfectly.

You can see where the bolt holes are...I just cut out the crossbraces and they easily cleared the 6x9 raised tweeter.

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