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Xr stereo and speakers

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So, the XR I picked up had the radio butchered out of it. I can't tell what, if any of the wiring is left in the dash.
While I get to that it also needs speakers installed. I know the speaker locations suck in these cars, so I'm curious what people have done to improve the sound? I don't want to cut up the rear deck cover, nor do I need some huge subwoofer in the back.
Just something that will be better then the original crumby setup.
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I've seen pics of a merkur with larger speakers in the door panel, using the little storage space in the doors on the bottom, and custom built mounts. You can mount slightly bigger speakers (I got 5 1/4) to fit in the rear deck location, just drilling out new mounting holes to get them to fit. he speakers won't mount perfectly flush, but it worked okay. I've also seen a merkur with an 8inch sub where the spare tire went, but I personally wouldn't do that, I just put a lower powered sub in the back. I didn't do anything with the front speaker location in my XR, but other than modifying the doors, I don't really know how you could make it better.
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I actually cut the rear deck and put in some ovals back in the day when I had my `86. Just a little heavier on it. Worked fine..
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Some Sierras had speakers in the front of the pockets. The pockets were a bit shorter.
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If its an early car with the round speakers in the dash you can get brackets from a later car to put 5x7's in FYI
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I have some of the 5x7 panels, if anyone's looking.
Also a set of the Sierra kick panel speaker pieces.
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Mike McCreight wrote:I have some of the 5x7 panels, if anyone's looking.
Also a set of the Sierra kick panel speaker pieces.
post photos....
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I had some in my doors, very important where you place them. The window bell crank comes down close to magnet. Plus you have to watch out not to remove to much and take out the front guide support, made that mistake, welded it back and didn't take out as much on the pass side. Live and learn.

These pics will help under stand better, I was using 5" Pioneer 3way in doors and 6" Pioneer 3way in back panels, tweeters in upper A pillars, 5x7's 3way in dash and 2x12" in hatch box

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Here was the one I cut out to much..had to spot weld the guide support
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Passenger side corrected that mistake..
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Front door cards have been redone now to cover speaker holes as I'm not using the music box as much....YB instead.
You can see the reworked door cards on my thread. viewtopic.php?f=37&t=24193
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Seriously nice Recaro's, where did you get them?
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James Wieler wrote:Seriously nice Recaro's, where did you get them?
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OH..those Recaro's...god..been so long ago, the late "90s. Can't remember the forum, think DFW Stangs. But the guy had used them in a Porsche 911..think I paid $400 for the set.
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Well, then, you got a helluva deal! :headbang
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