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6x9 or 6.5"?

I'm looking into replacing the front speakers on my '14 Overland, can someone verify the correct speaker sizing?

I've tried searching, but there seems to be some discrepancy.
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Re: 6x9 or 6.5"?

6x9 is the stock size, but you can install either.
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As above, 6x9 is stock size but you can install 6.5" with thin adapter. Just watch you front clearance in this case.
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Re: 6x9 or 6.5"?

I will add a little more insight from my experience. For what its worth, I am an MECP Certified Mobile Audio Installer (though have been out of the business for a few years now). You can replace the stock speaker with a 6x9, but many aftermarket 6x9's are very deep so you will need to make sure clearance is not an issue. The other challenge with 6x9s is that the oval shape of the woofer cone is less than ideal for high quality mid-bass and lows and can distort easily when pushed with anything short of clean wattage. You will find many options for adapters to fit a 6.5 speaker in the 6x9 opening (Metra Electronics 82-4600 Speaker Adapters Plates at Onlinecarstereo.com)
But it is actually far more common to see 5.25" speaker adapters that will fit behind stock door panels without modification so make sure you check out either Crutchfield or onlinecarstereo.com and see if they have those dimensions available.
If you do decide to go with 5.25s, make sure you HIGHLY consider components over coaxials and replace the stock tweeters with a matched set and proper crossovers to get the best sound out of your effort.
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Re: 6x9 or 6.5"?

Thanks for the responses. I've passed them on to the local shop I'm hoping will do the install.

I'll be sure to follow up with the outcome.
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Oval speakers being sub-par is a myth. A good pair of 6x9s will be just as stiff and sound as good or better than a round speaker.

I'm not posting this to start an argument, there is lots of information out there on this topic. Google "round speaker myth" ... It's a very old school and disproved theory.

Simply, more surface area moves more air. With a quality 6x9, you'll be able to improve mid bass performance.
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Re: 6x9 or 6.5"?

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Oval speakers being sub-par is a myth. A good pair of 6x9s will be just as stiff and sound as good or better than a round speaker.

I'm not posting this to start an argument, there is lots of information out there on this topic. Google "round speaker myth" ... It's a very old school and disproved theory.

Simply, more surface area moves more air. With a quality 6x9, you'll be able to improve mid bass performance.

Their ability to handle the power, be stiff, etc is not what I was challenging. The shape of a sound wave and the crossing of sound waves is the concern. While a high quality 6x9 can still sound good, the same money spent on a 6.5" speaker will result in a better quality speaker with a more balanced sound wave production.
Regarding pushign more air, yes a 6x9 will have a wider surface area. However, the shape of the cone to allow for the cage, surround and extension, in addition to the size and type of magnet, play a much larger role in the sound and bass quality when there is a small difference between the amount of air actually moved and i default back to the quality for the money, you will get better materials/quality in a 6.5" speaker. Unless you are planning to push something below 150 Hz through these, you will not see a difference and that low would distort all of these options and should be reserved for 8" or larger subs.
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