I've been meaning to put this up for a while, then after trying a few times, I realized I stop taking pictures 2/3 of the way into the install. *sigh* I will eventually take them and post, but for now we'll call this "The beginning".
JL Audio C2's all around with adapters. *Note, the front dash speakers do not use the same adapter (found out too late, made do..) Apparently they use a Mazda adapter.
The rear JL's are actually 6-3/4" speakers, so this nice 6-1/2" adapter I bought needed to be opened up a bit. Trimmed it out with a Dremel and moved on.
Rear speaker comparison JL Audio C2 vs factory Boston Acoustic
Mounted and rotated to look pretty
I just reused the factory rain guards in the rear doors as the adapter worked as a spacer and kept the magnet well covered.
Dash speaker comparison
Here's where an adapter would have made this much easier. Then again, either way I needed to cram the bass blocker in there, so this totally works fine. *note 2.8kHz high pass filter will SAVE your tweeters!
The dash speakers are still running off of the BA amp. I didn't want to lose NAV or Bluetooth. The rest of the speakers still cut off when necessary, but it does not seem to be a dramatic as original.
Front door speaker comparison. This is where it gets tricky...
Obviously the new 6x9" JL's are bigger, deeper, & even protrude farther. So some work had to be done.
The JL's come with a spacer ring meant to mounting from the underside of rear dashes. These have little feet on them to separate the speaker from the mount. I trimmed them down flat and VOILA! backside spacer! Now these giant speakers can fit without the window destroying them....almost.
You see, now that they stick out so far, they hit on the door speaker ring. Not good. I trimmed it down as much as I could. I promise I cleaned it up better before final install.
Almost done! Except...
This was the last picture before I managed to take. With the grill cover on, the door panel just couldn't get back on tight. After a lot of cussing and frustration, I simply removed it.
Everything fit nicely and went back together smoothly.
I could not use the factory rain guards still in the front due to the giant magnets. So I cut it out (keeping the screw holes in case it needs to go back in) then I got some XTC foam speaker baffles and cut out most of the bottom, then stuffed the top half with poly-fill. Sounds just fine, no ill effects!
Also in the front, here's what happened. The front right speaker kept coming unhooked. The culprit? the window! duh. So after I got this lovely pic, I had to flip the speaker so that the speaker terminals were on the left side, not sticking out where the window goes. Problem solved, plus it makes both the fronts have the same tweeter locations instead of being reversed.
What I didn't get pictures of (and probably won't) is that on each of the 4 doors, I sprayed them with rubberized undercoating directly behind the speakers. Why not Dynamat? b/c it's unnecessary in this case.
I'm reserving the next few spots for continuation. The system is done, just no photos...yet