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    Front Door Speaker Replacement

    Hi Guys,

    Did a quick search but nothing conclusive.

    For the 500Te project, I used the front door speakers from the 500E Saloon.

    I used rainbows in dash. All powered by an aftermarket 4 way amp.

    The rainbows sound awesome, the door speakers sound totally junk.

    It seems that they are designed for the original MB Becker sound system; most of the parts I sold.

    Anyway, I need to know if anyone has fitted any good aftermarket speakers here? Need to know what size will fit.

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    Re: Front Door Speaker Replacement

    I think the problem is that the door speakers are meant to be driven by the factory amp, which likely has an equalization curve built-in. You can either resurrect that option (the wagon amp has speaker-level inputs, and only drives the door speakers). The factory door speakers are an oddball size and there are no bolt-in replacements I'm aware of, that will seal properly in the factory plastic enclosure, nor sound correct.

    Otherwise, the proper fix will be to shell out for Jehnert doorboards, or full-custom doorboards. Jehnert's setup allows dual 6.5" midbasses of your choice; or you can buy the doorboards "loaded" with drivers they supply. 15+ years ago, Jehnert used MB Quart drivers, but I'm not sure if they are still using the same suppliers though.

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    Re: Front Door Speaker Replacement

    Your main issue with finding door speakers is the depth, you have about 2" to work with (unless you intend to modify the pods they go in). I have some Pioneer coax's in mine and they are powered by a small ADS 20 watt amp, fed by the low level outputs of a Pioneer Premiere head unit. The head I use has DSP and Parametric equalization, so you can tailor and/or adjust for the seating position and level outputs. In my case, the door speakers are turned down low, they basically fire into the sides of the seat, so your not going to get much from them.
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    Re: Front Door Speaker Replacement

    Thanks all. I have jenhert in my 3.4 wagon. I really did not want to shell out on new jenhert items at the moment. The project has cost me a fortune!
    I’ll have to wait for some used pods to show up.

    Until then the amplified rainbows are good enough.

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    Re: Front Door Speaker Replacement

    Just to update, I stumbled across these so gave them a try. Fit pretty good. They are advertised as being able to fit apertures from 6-6.5"
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    Re: Front Door Speaker Replacement

    I had listed some recommendations a year or so ago... I used a modern Kicker 5.25" (KS525) in the door, along with the JLAudio 4" (TR400) in the dash.

    If you can still find them, they will fit well. I think you have 2 7/8" to work with, and these are 2.5" deep. Also, although I haven't gotten around to confirming this yet, I think they will work in the back as well, as the magnet is small enough to fit in the existing cutout, even in by chance they are too deep.

    I had not seen a 6" that was slim enough to fit, except the Jehnert door boards.

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    Re: Front Door Speaker Replacement

    my sound guy managed to put in a 6.5 in my door. ill find out what he used in a few days

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    Re: Front Door Speaker Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by duuder View Post
    my sound guy managed to put in a 6.5 in my door. ill find out what he used in a few days
    duuder, any update here? I have been looking, but still can't identify a slim enough 6". If I could, I'd put a 6" in the door and move the 5.25" to the rear fill, instead of getting another set of 5.25" for the rear.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Front Door Speaker Replacement

    Morel maximal 6

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    Re: Front Door Speaker Replacement

    Very minor from what he stated

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