It’s no secret that the standard speakers fitted to the GTV are pants. I decided to change mine and write a guide as my small contribution to the forum.
: I chose FLI Integrator 57 5"x7" Car Door Coaxial Speakers three-way speakers. They’re pretty good, although nothing amazing at around £25 a pair. The speakers don’t extend too far backwards into the metal part of the door and can be hacked up (more on this later) to coax into the irregular speaker hole
: Included with the FLIs, but not included with the 6.5” speakers I bought for the rear. Best to check.
: To cut up the screw holes in the speakers
: Sharp metal wins vs. soft skin
: Manipulate metal
Small to big positive and flat head screw drivers
: A selection
Terminal Blocks (2x2)
: Neat and safe wires
01) First remove the plastic decorative ring around the top of the speakers.
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There is no way they would fit with this in place. Also, any aesthetic considerations of the speakers are mute as they will be covered by the standard speaker covers
02) Next, use the hammer to bend back the screw holes on the 7” axis of the speaker.
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Once done, use a combination of the tin snips and pliers to remove the four screw holes on the 5” axis.
03) The cutting will leave some nasty sharp edges. Without filing these down it’s almost certain that you will cause yourself some damage when trying to fit the speakers into the door.
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04) Remove speaker cover. Best to use a small flat head screw driver to avoid damage.
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Amazingly, my door speakers had the 6.5” speakers from the rear!!! These cars never fail to amaze. Remove them and throw them away in disgust.
04) Remove the standard speaker connector to expose the bare wire. Might have been a good idea to remove the negative battery terminal as I was handling live wire. Oh well.
06) Fit the terminal blocks to the speaker wire
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Take the new speaker wire, cut a decent length (around 10cm should be plenty).
Use a sharp knife to cut a centimetre off the end of the positive and negative new speaker wires (twist the exposed wire to make it easier to fit into the terminal block)
06) Fit the new speaker wire into the terminal block. For the Phase II GTV the speaker wire polarity goes as follows:
Red/Black = Left Front Pos,
White/Black = Left Front Neg
Pink/Black = Right Front Pos
Purple/Black = Right Front Neg
Orange = Left Rear Pos
Orange/White = Left Rear Neg
Light Blue/Black = Right Rear Pos
Light Blue = Right Rear Neg
07) Connect up the speaker to the wire and give it a test. Not much fun if you go to all the trouble of fitting and no sound comes out…
08) Fit the speaker in the gap to get an idea of how much filing you need to do to get this just right. Keep trying to fit as you start filing erring on the conservative side.
09) Remove both catches on 5” speaker cover axis. The speakers I bought were too big to retain the top and bottom catches. The two on the 7” axis should be plenty to keep the speaker cover in place
10) File the plastic holes in the door trim where the speaker will reside. For mine I only had to make enough space for the catches on the speaker covers 7” axis to be able to fit around the expanded speakers.
11) When you are satisfied that the speakers and the speaker covers will co-exist in a tidy manner in the car door, screw the speakers in (you may notice that I only secured the speaker with one screw. That’s all that remained to hold the original speaker! I suggest you use more if possible).
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12) Fit the speaker covers and then move onto the opposite side.