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Old 12-05-2013, 12:53 PM
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I'd be giving up the little pocket that is there, that I use often. I don't mind paying, but I'm not going to pay that much when I could get what I want for less than half of that price. Again, if the stock system scores a B- for me, I'm not looking for anything drastic to get it up to an A.
You have a pocket in your subwoofer panel? Do you have a 2014? You must have a special edition :-)

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Old 12-05-2013, 01:13 PM
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I don't have a subwoofer there, just a storage bin.


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Old 12-05-2013, 07:37 PM
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I don't have a subwoofer there, just a storage bin.


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That's the trade off for nice sound. As I already have the factory sub, I wouldn't miss it. I store my bit of recovery gear with the spare tyre anyway...
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OK, I have just finished installing my Polk MM6501 splits in my Overland (9 speaker system) and all I can say is WOW! Just replacing the splits with something decent is worth it. Some on here have said it is a waste of time replacing speakers with the muddy signal and pre defined frequencies. Sure, the signal could definitely be better, but the speaker upgrade alone gave me a considerable improvement. I wouldn't go over the top on speakers with just a stock signal, but in my mind something up to the $350 I spent on splits is reasonable. These things are overpowering the OEM sub considerably in the bass dept (not hard though). In hindsight I probably would have gone with 6x9 HAT Imagine's but I am here now and happy with the result.

Just a word of warning with Polk's and probably most other 6" speakers that do not have a recessed rubber surround, check the front clearance. I have had to chock out the OEM door trim about 4-5mm around the speaker. This was using just a 6mm adapter behind the speaker on the stock mounts. I might have to look for a better solution...

I'll get some pics up later...
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Did you use dynamat while you had the doors open?? Why did you choose the speakers that you have and are they 6x9s?
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Did you use dynamat while you had the doors open?? Why did you choose the speakers that you have and are they 6x9s?
Didn't Dynomat. I thought I would try without first as the doors are reasonably catered for already. I think I will go back in and do a little more though. I did place some 3mm adhesive high density foam on the door frame behind the speaker though (as I had some lying around).

I chose the 6.5" MM6501's mainly because they have a 2ohm mid range (same as OEM), a 4ohm soft dome tweeter and they have quite high sensitivity (94dB). Also because they were in the budget I was prepared to spend (AU$350) on the OEM set up and are generally accepted as a pretty good speaker (for AU$350). If I was going to amp up etc, I definitely would have gone with something like the HAT range.
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Some pics of my HAT Imagine 6x9 install...
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Re: Upgrading just the base speakers?

Looks good! The HAT's were my first choice, but weren't available on Amazon so couldn't use all my points! haha

You happy with the sound?

Also, just a tip for anyone replacing their door speakers. I didn't mention in my original thread, but I checked every nut and bolt on the back of the door panel and the door itself for proper torque. Definitely found a lot of under torqued fasteners. Wouldn't doubt they were accounting for a few squeaks and creaks.
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Some pics of my HAT Imagine 6x9 install...
Looks good. I guess you replaced the MM6501s with the HATs? Was there a noticeable improvement moving from the Polks to the HATs?

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Why did you go with the HATS??
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Looks good. I guess you replaced the MM6501s with the HATs? Was there a noticeable improvement moving from the Polks to the HATs?

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Yes, front clearance issues. They could fit with some (reasonably significant) work but I thought it would be easier to just get something that fits...
Right now, the Polk's actually sounded better (more dynamic) but I need to give the HAT's a chance to break in, then we'll see.
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Yes, front clearance issues. They could fit with some (reasonably significant) work but I thought it would be easier to just get something that fits...
Right now, the Polk's actually sounded better (more dynamic) but I need to give the HAT's a chance to break in, then we'll see.
Thanks! I was thinking mm6501s in the front doors and mm651s in the rear doors might work well. Not sure if I want to deal with the clearance issues though. Do you think the polks will be worth the work if the HATs do not improve with some break in?
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