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Full how to replace front speakers and tweeters with pictures

Well because i got such an awesome reaction in my other thread i decided to take everything apart again and make a full guide for you guys.

Here is the break down on how to take the door panel off and install new speakers/tweeters, i suggest using a plastic tool so you don`t scratch anything. Also make sure the inside of the vehicle is nice and warm, that will make your life a whole lot easier.

Size of speakers:

Front:6.5"
Rear:6.5"

Tools needed:
-Phillips screw driver
-Flat headed object preferably plastic
-Hammer
-Box cutter
-Drill
-Beer
-And did i say beer

Here`s a picture of the driver side door (just mirror this for the passenger side door)



1. (in blue on door pic)Start by taking off the tweeter plastic cover (it might be a little tuff but it should pop right out it`s held in place with 3 clips i believe, be careful though as you wouldn`t want to rip your tweeter out of the door while pulling on it)


Pic of cover


Pic of rearof tweeter


This clip will most likely stay in the door, just take it out and put it back on the cover.

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I removed the 2 screws holding the factory tweeter in place, and replaced the tweeter and mounted the new one using some plumber strapping as shown in the pic. I ripped a piece of the factory foam and placed it between the tweeter and the strapping.


This is the stuff used to mount the aftermarket tweeter.


2. There is 6 screws to take out,

- (in red on door pic)one on the left side of the door covered by a plastic cap



- (in green on door pic)one on the right side covered by a rubber type cover


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- (in orange on door pic)one in the litle cup that you grap to close the door, also covered by a rubber cover



- (in purple on door pic)one behind the door latch handle (there is a plastic cover that covers the whole area behind the door handle that needs to be removed, then you should be able to see the screw)


Here is the cover


Here is the screw behind the plastic cover

-(in yellow on door pic) The last 2 screws are located behind the big handle on the door, the plastic cover needs to be taken off, if you look closely there is a slot to put a flat object and pry the cover off.


This is where you must insert a tool to remove the cover.

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Here are the two screws that need to be removed

(in dark red on door pic)Last step is to pull on the door skin from the bottom carefully to unclip all the plastic clips, there is only clips on the bottom and a few on the side.


This is where you need to insert your tool and remove the bottom clips.

Then you are all done the panel should come right off with only 2 cables controlling the door lock and the window power button electrical connection holding it in place.


Pic showing inside the door panel and the 2 connectors that i needed to remove in order to swing the door to one side and get to the speakers.

The factory speakers are riveted to the doors, all i did was cut around the speaker cone and rip everything out, what your left with is a plastic bracket, inside the bracket are some plastic supports that supported the speaker, what i did is knock these off with a hammer (that way i wouldn't have to drill out the rivets end re-rivet the factory brackets.

After that i installed my speaker inside the bracket and ran my wires through the factory hole in the bracket and screwed my speakers in.


Pic of installed speaker.
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I then looked for a place where i could mount my crossovers (these are some expensive speakers so they come with crossovers, most speakers don't unless you replace both tweeter and woofer), the best place i found to mount them was top left of the speakers, so this is where i screwed in my crossovers. I then realized later on that the door panel would not go back on with the MTX covers over the crossovers so i removed the crossover cover and put some electrical tap over it just to be safe.


Pic showing the crossover


Pic of crossover with no tap on it.

I then wired the speakers and tweeters to the crossover and VOILA!! all done!!

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Great instructions and pics Gunner--Thanks
Do you have the standard Kia radio, and, if so, does it have enough power to drive the new speakers?
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Great instructions and pics Gunner--Thanks
Do you have the standard Kia radio, and, if so, does it have enough power to drive the new speakers?
Hello, yes i do in fact have the stock non-nav radio in my sorento currently, they do sound much better then the stock speakers but could sound even better with an after market radio/amp (i also replaced the rear speakers with infinity's 62.9i speakers) , i am replacing my head unit with a gps unit this week so i will comment if the sound got any better.

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Great advise for replacement of the speakers. I went on ebay, and someone is selling the old Sparkomatic power booster - 4 channel amp. I remember these from the 70's, and basically you wire these after the speaker harness. If I would to replace the four speakers and add a power booster, I could avoid all the wiring needed for a current amp. All I need to obtain is the wiring harness to adapt the factory harness to the power booster wires and be done.
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Great post Gunner , this is the kind of job I am afraid to do ....how to be sure
I will put everything in place ??

Excellent pics too .
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Well i replaced the radio in my sorento yesterday and i can confirm that the stock radio is under powered, my system sounds much much better now that the factory radio has been replaced.
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