How to Install a Car Speaker?
Installing a speaker, in my opinion, is the easiest modification you can give your car and I’m glad for being able to help you in this regard. Believe me, car speaker installation is so easy, even a 12 you can do it, and we’re talking a responsible adult here. So, let’s dig in!
Step no. 1: Gather The Tools
Speaker installation would require some equipment, you should go for them first. The things that’ll be necessary in this case-
- Measuring tape
- Screws, nuts and bolts of various sizes
- Knife (A utility knife would be much appreciated)
- Electric drill
- Wrenches (Allen and socket, both would be required in this case)
- Electrical tape
- Wire cutter
- Torx driver
- Necessary equipment for soldering and soldering iron
The things above will pretty much cover the whole process. However, later you may require a few other tools as well.
For now, we’ve got everything we need to start working, so we should better begin concentrating.
Step no. 2: Measuring
Before starting the task, you must plan out the whole process. That’s why you need the perfect measurement of everything.
Check the location of your current/factory speaker, measure its height. Also, don’t forget to take a quick look at the whole stereo system. In case you’re willing to modify the whole look of your car’s sound system, you can consider changing the location and style of your speaker.
Yup, you don’t have to stick with one particular design. The location for the speaker, space available to fit all the components, places for wiring – you have to plan it all out before digging deep.
You definitely don’t want to end up slamming your head on the wall by purchasing the wrong sized speaker, mounting depth should be measured accurately.
Also, though manufacturers are usually pretty careful about this stuff and that’s why fitting a new speaker won’t be much of a problem, you should still prepare yourself for every possible consequence.
Placing a new speaker is super easy, but some components are equipped with much complicated functions, so you may have to make a few adjustments for those stuffs.
The first step should be speaker selection. Choose your speaker, because the whole installation planning depends on its size, design, mounting depth and necessary mechanical demands. Some drivers don’t fit in factory brackets; mounting brackets and additional grilles are needed for their installation. Again, drilling and cutting holes can also be required for extra wiring and different components.
So, take a good look and make a full-proof plan of all the activities – the location, the bracket and grille mounting, the holes, wiring area fixation and what tools you’re gonna use.
My point is, you must figure out the whole process in the beginning so that it becomes easier to work on later and you can avoid as much difficulty as possible.
Step no. 3: Make A Way
Now you have the new speaker, you have necessary tools, you have a good plan to follow. It’s time for installation. Set every component up and start mounting.
Step no. 4: Installation
The basic pattern of speaker installation is quite simple, but it may vary with location. Mounting needs some modifications depending on whether it’s gonna be placed on the dash, door or rear.
General installation requires following pattern:
- Turn off the engine/car’s battery. Installing an electric gear in an active car is never a good idea.
- Now, take the grille out by unscrewing and loosening bolts. Sometimes it may require removing a few other stuffs depending on your car’s factory speaker arrangement. However, try not to damage the attire.
- Detach the speaker from wires and straps. Be careful, you don’t want to rip them off or damage any part. Gently remove the driver by shedding those cords and unscrewing required bolts. Don’t throw those parts away right after, they may come handy some other day.
- If there’s a location for speaker, there will be an attached mounting bracket as well (unless you’re installing it on the car door or rear). But depending on after-market speaker’s size and style, you may have to go for something new. Get a mounting bracket that fits both the location and your speaker, you already have necessary tools to adjust if this requires any. If you’re replacing the mounting bracket, you’ll have to replace the grille too.
- Start working on the new speaker’s wiring. If it’s similar to the factory speaker, there won’t be much fixation to work on. A little bit pulling, attaching and plugging will be enough.
However, this simple method can’t be applied with more complicated engineering. And, this varies with component type. So we’re not going in more details here.
- After fixing the wiring and attaching all cords, mount it on the bracket and tighten the screws. Take the grille and place over it. New speaker is installed and ready to go.
Turn the engine/car battery on to check the speaker’s performance.