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Rear Deck Subwoofer Replacement - Long Story
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Posted by K,Daehnke [Email] (more from K,Daehnke) on Thu, 30 Jul 2020 22:17:52
One of my 2008 9-5 Aero’s rear deck subwoofers partially separated at the cone edge. Buzzing and rattling was obvious for weeks. Removing the speaker was not without incident as the rear deck grille panel has been baking for 12 years under the rear glass and when pried up, one plastic fastening tab broke off with the clip to the body and the other held fast and a one inch jagged square piece of the perforated panel stayed attached to the deck and broke out of the grille panel face!! I’m replacing both original speakers, so I plan to remove the other panel by pushing the clips up from under the body deck and avoid panel breakage. Used some 2 part super glue (plastic powder and liquid glue) to make a passable repair to the first panel.
I studied SaabNet for weeks on replacement speaker advice and settled on an Infinity Reference component set and will forego using the tweeters. Scrunchfield has a 9-5 upgrade study, but I found the Infinity set for $100 cheaper elsewhere. Another 2019 SaabNet thread gave very good advice on this subwoofer replacement endeavor and indicated the slight difference of a 3 Ohm speaker to the 2 Ohm original shouldn’t be a problem, but the upgraded woofer won’t be pushed nearly as hard as with a usual amplifier upgrade installation would.
Nonetheless, I’m ordering speaker cone flexible patch glue for the original speaker if I want to go back to the as built setup. Not finding any place for a factory compatible speaker connector, I’ll make the wire splices with those heat gun activated low temp solder and shrink connectors.
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