Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 13:00:30 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Stereo fitting

John Eager wrote: > > I have just bought (two days ago) a 1986 900 T16. > > There wasn't a radio in it and I will be looking to fit one soon. > > I can see a din sized compartment in the top of the fascia but am puzzled as > to where to fit some speakers. > There doesn't seem to be anywhere in the doors that would accommodate even a > small pair. The demister vent assemblies seem to have a pair of cut outs the > right shape and size, might there already be a pair there or only mountings, > if the latter for what size speakers. I was also going to fit a pair of > shelf mounted speakers to , you guessed it, the rear parcel shelf. With some > quick release connectors these shouldn't cause too much grief when folding > the seats forward. > > Has anyone done anything similar? > Speakers in the front go in the dash - 4" speakers of no more than 2" depth to be sure they don't hit anything. Two screws (each) allow you to remove the grille, and four clips hold the speaker in place, which is isolated from the plastic by a rubber, um, thingy. Speakers in the back are 4x10s mounted to the side of the parcel shelf. You can put speakers in the shelf itself, but even remotely heavy speakers will cause the shelf to start sagging quickly. Not only that, but the shelf is not particularly sturdy, and powerful speakers will cause it to bounce and vibrate, and give you bad sound quality. I'd suggest reinforcing the shelf from underneath before mounting speakers there. -Justin

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