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I am contemplating changing out the stock door speakers (all 4). Anybody do that yet? Does that little round speaker cover come off or does the whole door panel have to come off. Also, did it make a noticable difference?

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Originally posted by 03 Sorento@Aug 26 2005, 04:44 PM
I am contemplating changing out the stock door speakers (all 4). Anybody do that yet? Does that little round speaker cover come off or does the whole door panel have to come off. Also, did it make a noticable difference?

2003 Sorento EX (gas)
I have taken the cover off the driver's side front in my LX with stock stereo. They are held on by pressure clips - you can just get a very small flat blade screwdriver in there and wedge them open. Once off, there are two parts of the cover - an outer trim ring and the cover itself. You'll see that it was the outer trim ring that you were prying on. The plastic is soft, it is easy to mar the finish.

Inside, you find a speaker with three mounting screws. Haven't takent them out yet. But I suspect that the door panel never has to come off. Pretty cool, that.

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Wiggy
 

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The door panels do have to come off. When I had my Sorento I pulled the speaker cover off and saw the three screws. Turns out the speaker is slightly larger than the speaker cover. I never did put my speakers in becasue I said I would do it some other time and just never got around to spending the time on removing the door panels. Then I traded it in. But it appeared that the door panels do have to come off.
 

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Hey guys, Spoke to my KIA contact yesterday because I am about to change the speakers too. He said that the doorpanels must come off !
 

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thanks, I think I'll stick with stock. I like the sound I just wanted a little more bass.....but I'm not taking the door panels off.
 

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If you want bass then you need a subwoofer. I'm still using the stock door speakers with a pioneer head unit. I've got an infinity 10" reference sub in a qlogic box behind the rear seat and an amp in the storage area under the rear deck.
 

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In reference to installing the door speakers. Me personally I saw no other way than taking off the door panels as well. You can also replace the tweeters, which after I did mine the cabin now sounds like a well tuned Sound Room. It actually sounds better then my cousin BMW X5 Harmon/Kardon system...

This might help here is what I installed on mine and where you can find the best price on them:

Front Door Speakers - Infinity 6000cs (http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=13349)
$139.00 Free Shipping

Rear Door Speaker - Infinity 6002si
(http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=13341)
$69.00 Free Shipping

Subwoofer Mono Amp - Alpine MRP-M350
(http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=13200)
$155.00 Free Shipping

Speaker Stereo Amp - Alpine MRP-F240
(http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=13202)
$149 Free Shipping

Subwoofer & Box - JL Audio Sealed PowerWedge CS110RG-W1v2
(http://mobile.jlaudio.com/products_enclosures.php?menu=9&prod_id=321)
$150 - $200

On the Head Unit I have a 2002 Alpine Comp Model but these head units are excellent as well:

Head Unit 1 - Alpine CDA-9855
(http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=14966)
$383.00 Free Shipping

Head Unit 2 - Alpine CDA-9853
(http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=14967)
$279.00 Free Shipping

Head Unit 3 - Pioneer Premier DEH-P860MP
(http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=13803)
$373.00 Free Shipping

Now those amps fit perfect under either front seat in the Sorento. I have them in my Sorento and they fit perfect after taking the rear passenger air ducts out. Also I recommend using Stinger wires. Start with a 4 gauge wire from the battery to your amps and then split to 8 gauge, it's just a better power feed. Other then thatthere it is.... Hope this helped.
 
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