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I had my '01 Rio, which became a lemon and Kia traded me straight across for an '02, which got rear ended and totaled and became an '03. Which, in October, I traded in on a '12 Rio EX Hatchback... love it!

One thing I'm disliking is the rear door speakers are very, very muffled. I took it into the dealer and they said "Adjust your fader, blah, blah, blah..." in other words, the stock speakers are weak.

On to my question: has anyone replaced the factor speakers? And what size did you replace them with?

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I replaced the front speakers with some Alpine 6.5". I think in general 6.5" should work for front and rear.
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LA-Foal Wrote: "I replaced the front speakers with some Alpine 6.5". I think in general 6.5" should work for front and rear."

LA-Foal, I assume you kept the rear stock speakers. Did you amp it up or do any other modifications?

If not, how does it sound? If it worked out well please share the model Alpine speakers you installed.

I was considering NOT amping it and installing high sensitivity speakers to achieve more volume. Crutchfield says go high sensitivity if the stereo is putting out 15 or less watts RMS per channel which I assume the UVO stereo falls under.
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I am thinking about replacing the back speakers as well. I got the Alpine SPS-610... nothing special. I did not amp it up. The sound is ok, they give a bit more bass than the stock speakers.
If you want to really improve the sound you probably should go for something more high end. I got some useful information from the crutchfield.com website in regards to what would fit. I just didn't want to spend a lot of money for the 20 minute commute and other than that my Rio is the family car and my kids (still small) don't care so much about the sound quality.
After all, this was more of a project to prove that it can be done easily because I heard in a different thread that it is supposed to be very difficult to change the stock speakers. I have never done this stuff before and it was easy once I got the information from the KGIS site. The speakers came with the adapter ring. I only had to open one of the adapters screw holes a bit more to make it fit.
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Thanks for the info! I did the '03 with Alpines, added seperate tweaters to the top of the door panel which really improved the sound, so glad the '12 came with tweeters in the pillars, did not want to be drilling holes in my brand new car!

It was a sedan and not the hatchback however, so the rear speakers were in the trunk deck.
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Sounds like you both are enjoying your Alpine speakers. I am encouraged to hear that better speakers without amplification can improve the sound appreciably.

I am finding virtually no sound coming from the pillar speakers. My hearing is not real sharp so I was wondering - is it just me or are the pillar tweeters pretty poor?

When I upgrade I will likely go with the Infinity Reference 6030 CS. This is a component system with a good set of external crossovers. It will replace the front door speakers and tweeters. They cost $250 so I am assuming they are pretty nice. I'll run this by my stereo knowledgeable bud first.

These speakers have a high sensitivity rating of 93dB which is as high as I could find compatible with the Rio. Crutchfield claims that if you have 2 sets of speakers with a difference of 3 dBs, it takes only half the power for the higher rated speakers to reach a given volume level. The result is being able achieve a higher total volume level.

The upgrade is down the road but I will let you know the results. Still don't know what I want to do regarding the rear door speakers.
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got around to replacing the back door speakers, replaced with infinity kappa powered with 75 watts off a JBL amp. happy with the sound quality, stock stereo not so bad after all.
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rio59912, what size were the rears? and how difficult was running the amp wiring? I'm looking to replace all four of mine also, i have the basic lx 4 speaker radio, plus i want to add some subs pretty soon.
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got around to replacing the back door speakers, replaced with infinity kappa powered with 75 watts off a JBL amp. happy with the sound quality, stock stereo not so bad after all.
do you have pics of the stock speaker in the door? and pics of it without the speaker all together?

Thinking of doing this but Im scared to take the door panel off without breaking something, or having something loose and rattle after I put it back together.

Also how are the speakers connected? Did you have to cut wires?

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yes i had to cut the wires cuz the doors have pin brackets, it's not just straight cables going to the inside of the doors so i cut the stock cable just before the bracket and hooked it up to the cable coming from the amp. running wire is the most difficult thing and most feared. get over it the door pannels are easy to take off at least on my lx. you have three screws: one on the side of the door pannel(where the door ends just open the door you'll see it) one on the door handle, and one in the little ash tray looking thing(what you use to close the door.) front and back door pannels have the same three screws. On the back you have to take off the liitle black triangle between the window and back of the door, it comes off easy just pull on it. size of the stock speakers are 5.5". The speakers i used came with their adaptor bracket and thats what i used. you can see on the picture of the stock speaker is actually part of the bracket, that bracket runs all the way to the door pannel, so sound is completely directed to the inside of the car. that's a problem for me and all audiophiles out there, because when you install after market speakers you DON'T have the stock bracket so not all the sound is directed to the inside of the car but some of it goes actually between the pannel and the door. anyway, i wasn't gonna go spend more money to custom build some of those but you can. gotta jet. intalling front speakers today or tomorrow, will take more pics.
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