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    Installing 6 1/2" speakers in a 2008 CR-V

    Hi,

    I would appreciate some help in selecting and installing 6 1/2" speakers
    in the front and back doors of a Honda CR-V EX (no navigation) 2008.

    I would like to install two pairs of Infinity Kappa 6.93i speakers
    (IF they can be made to fit without major "cutting")
    or any other good 6 1/2" speakers that CR-V 2007-2009 owners
    managed to install and liked!

    Thanks for sharing your experience and your help!

    Gianni

    P.S. According to Crutchfield (in the US) it is very hard or impossible
    to fit 6 1/2 " speakers in the 2007-2009 CR-Vs,
    and they recommended 5 1/4" speakers.

    But according to the Infinity Speakers web site, the Infinity Kappas 6.93i
    "should fit" in the 2008 CR-V! So I don't know whom to believe...
    Last edited by Gianni; 03-10-2009 at 04:54 PM.

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    I just completed installation of 6.5" Hifonics separates in my 07 CRV EX, both front and back doors.
    You'll need to get a 5/8" or 3/4" with little bit of recess spacers. The 1/2" spacer is too low and the speaker was touching the window. I used the 3/4" and had my co-worker recess the speaker mounting just a little bit. The fit was perfect. You definitely want to avoid speakers with big magnet as the open is small or shallow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin618 View Post
    I just completed installation of 6.5" Hifonics separates in my 07 CRV EX, both front and back doors.
    You'll need to get a 5/8" or 3/4" with little bit of recess spacers. The 1/2" spacer is too low and the speaker was touching the window. I used the 3/4" and had my co-worker recess the speaker mounting just a little bit. The fit was perfect. You definitely want to avoid speakers with big magnet as the open is small or shallow.
    Thanks a lot for the information! It is nice to know that 6.5" can be installed
    with a thick enough spacer...

    I am a "newbie" in terms of car speaker installation, so any help with the
    following questions will be very useful:

    1. I think (not sure) that the original speakers come with some supporting
    framework (like a plastic basket?). Did you have to cut/modify this support
    to make your new speakers fit?

    2. Is the speaker support framework the reason why one should avoid "large magnets"?

    If so, can one cut the speaker support to enlarge the space
    reserved for the magnet to bypass this problem?

    3. When you say I should avoid speakers with large magnets, do you mean
    they should not be too deep, or their diameter should not be too large?

    4. When one adds really thick spacers (say the speakers needs 1" spacers
    to avoid touching the window), is there a danger that the door panel
    does not fit anymore because it now bumps against the speakers?

    I guess my question really is: in your experience, how much of spacing
    do you think can be added (how thick the spacer can be)
    and have the speaker still fit inside the door panel?

    5. Overall was there a significant improvement in the sound quality
    with the new speakers?

    Thanks a lot for help and advice!!

    Bye,
    Gianni

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gianni View Post
    Thanks a lot for the information! It is nice to know that 6.5" can be installed
    with a thick enough spacer...

    I am a "newbie" in terms of car speaker installation, so any help with the
    following questions will be very useful:

    1. I think (not sure) that the original speakers come with some supporting
    framework (like a plastic basket?). Did you have to cut/modify this support
    to make your new speakers fit?

    [The plastic you see is actually part of the oem speakers. I just remove the old speaker. The new speaker was installed using the spacer. ]

    2. Is the speaker support framework the reason why one should avoid "large magnets"?
    If so, can one cut the speaker support to enlarge the space
    reserved for the magnet to bypass this problem?

    [The hole in the door where the speaker go in is small. So large magnet might not fit]

    3. When you say I should avoid speakers with large magnets, do you mean
    they should not be too deep, or their diameter should not be too large?

    [Both...it should not be big in diameter and depth. As said earlier, too big in diameter - won't fit into the hole. Too deep - will touch the glass]

    4. When one adds really thick spacers (say the speakers needs 1" spacers
    to avoid touching the window), is there a danger that the door panel
    does not fit anymore because it now bumps against the speakers?
    I guess my question really is: in your experience, how much of spacing
    do you think can be added (how thick the spacer can be)
    and have the speaker still fit inside the door panel?

    [I have to recess the 3/4" spacer in order for the door panel to fit properly. I tried the 3/4" spacer without the recess, the door would not fit. So you definitely don't want the 1" spacer, unless you want to remove part of inside panel around the speaker area.]


    5. Overall was there a significant improvement in the sound quality
    with the new speakers?

    [I feel there was more bass and just a little improvement with the current stock head unit. I still have to install the amp to the stock head unit. My hope is that it will sound even better]

    Also, you might want to spend $3 to get the foam seal from Home Depot put between the spacer and the door. The old speaker has similar foam seal between the speaker and the door so I tried the same.

    Thanks a lot for help and advice!!

    Bye,
    Gianni
    Last edited by austin618; 03-12-2009 at 07:05 AM.

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    Thanks for your reply, I now understand much better the issues involved.

    By "recessing" the 3/4 spacer, do you mean bending backward
    the place (on the door metal frame) where spacer sits?

    By the way, did you install this model of Hifonics: ZXi 6.5C ?

    One last question: You mention adding an AMP to the OEM head unit;
    are you sure that the head unit has a pre-AMP output where an
    aftermarket AMP can be added?

    (In the longer term I am also looking for enhancing the original HU
    with an amp or if not possible, replacing it altogether.)

    Thanks!

    Gianni

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    see response in blue

    Quote Originally Posted by Gianni View Post
    Thanks for your reply, I now understand much better the issues involved.

    By "recessing" the 3/4 spacer, do you mean bending backward
    the place (on the door metal frame) where spacer sits?

    No, I didn't do any thing on the door itself. The combination of the spacer and speaker is close to 1", the door panel didn't fit properly. So I basically cut down the spacer so to where the panel would fit. The only reason for me having to do that is because I could not find 5/8" board to use for the spacer. So if you have 5/8" board, you should not have to do anything special


    By the way, did you install this model of Hifonics: ZXi 6.5C ? Yes.

    One last question: You mention adding an AMP to the OEM head unit;
    are you sure that the head unit has a pre-AMP output where an
    aftermarket AMP can be added?
    (In the longer term I am also looking for enhancing the original HU
    with an amp or if not possible, replacing it altogether.)

    The OEM HU did not have pre-amp output. So I purchase a MTX RE-Q5, which suppose to convert the high signal from HU to pre-amp and also restore/enhance the bass signal. I got it on ebay for approx $100 (shipping included). Since I din't want to cut or splice the OEM plug for the HU, I purchased on eBay 2 wire harnesses (Metra 70-1722 and 71-1722 for $13 for both) to use for the installation . You can get a good rockford fosgate (punch) amp for decent price on ebay or craiglist. good luck


    Thanks!

    Gianni

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    Thanks for all this information. When you are done installing
    the aftermarket amp please let us know how your system sounds!

    I have been warned that just changing the speakers may not
    make a significant improvement, and to really improve the sound
    I have to change the head unit (which I would like to avoid).

    So your solution (adding an external amp to the original HU)
    is a good compromise, and it will be nice to see whether this
    is sufficient...

    For now I will now focus my search on finding speakers that fit
    according to the information you provided.

    Thanks,
    Gianni

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    Hello I was wondering how big of a speaker can you fit in the rear doors same as the front 6 3/4 , in the fronts I have Boston acoustics spz60 , I would love to place a set in the rear doors as well thanks Mitch mine is a 08 crv exl w/o nav if that makes any difference mitch0421@gmail.com the amp I am using is HD600/4 JL AUDIO lots of power

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    Has anybody tried something like this in the doors? They are shallow mount Kenwood component speakers.

    http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...n-XR-S17P.html

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    I got these in my front and back doors.

    http://www.amazon.com/JBL-GTO638-6-5...3143397&sr=8-1


    I love them. Sound great and got a great deal. I know more now though, so I wish I would of put those in the front and something bass wise in the back, but that'll be my next adventure with it.

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