3/4" PVC door speaker spacers/adapters - Made to Order
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PERMANENT PRICE REDUCTION:
From now until my material or shipping prices change, here is the NEW PRICING for all members of any Subaru forum, including:
...and pretty much any other Subaru-oriented forum.
2 spacers for $30 shipped and 4 spacers for $55 shipped. ConUS only. PM or post for pricing outside of the ConUS. (Some exclusions apply- BRZ/FR-S/GT86, 2014 Forester)
I am now making and selling 3/4" PVC spacers for the F&R of the Legacy. $35 shipped for a pair; $60 shipped for all 4. These replace the stock speaker brackets and serve as both adapters and spacers to facilitate install of nearly any aftermarket speaker!
Fit 2005-2009 AND now 2010+!!!
Also fits: 2001-07 Impreza and WRX (Front Doors), 2008+ Impreza & WRX (all 4 doors), 2005+ Outback, Most Forester models (front doors, rear on some)
patrickhenry at gmail dot com
A few years ago, I made a set of prototype spacers for the front and rear doors, then made a set to use in my car. I had intended to make more sets, but there was not a lot of demand.
I actually tried the Kartboy spacers and they don't fit properly, so I decided to make myself a set to use in my own car. I installed some Alpine Type-S coaxials to use as testers, and the spacers worked great.
I even offered my prototype to KB for them to make and produce them, but they seemed disinterrested, so I decided that I would make more upon request.
Pics (of my set, installed):
Old thread about my intent to make multiple sets:
Link to an old sale thread that is now closed, since I am now a Homebrew Vendor:
Over time, I got more and more PMs from members wanting a set for the front or rear of their car, so I made more sets. Some were 5/8" thick, while others were 3/4" deep.
I was recently granted Homebrew Vendor status, so I am now making and selling these as needed. I don't stock them or anythign like that. You contact me, you pay, I cut, I ship, we prosper.
Each set made from 3/4" PVC material and is is custom cut to fit your specific speakers. If you don't know what speakers you want, I have a "generic" curout that fits about 95% of 6.5" (NOT 6.75"!!!) speakers that are from "regular" manufacturers. Any niche brands are likely to require a custom cutout.
If anyone wants a special cutout for a 5.25" speaker for some reason, I can do those as well.
So why PVC and not just MDF?
It does not split, swell, rot, mold, or fall apart like MDF. I have been using it in spacers for my cars for more than 5 years and have never had a set fail, an dI have made them for other people for almost as long with no failures to date.
Why these and not KB or iA spacers?
1, these are deeper. 2, they are custom cut to fit your speakers. I bought both the KB and iA ones to use and neither one fit. 1 was not the right shape to mount up in the car, and neither was deep enough to allow the mounting depth that I needed, nor did the mounting opening work for my speakers. Additionally, the material used by one of the other vendors is NOT what is recommended in the audio industry. Issues like these are how I first started making my own spacers.
3/4" PVC spacers for the F&R of the Legacy. $35 shipped for a pair; $60 shipped for all 4.
Email is my best form of contact:
patrickhenry at gmail dot com
Thanks for looking!
Good stuff! Congrats on the new vendor status! I will probably be replacing my speakers in the not so distant future, so I will definitely be interested in a set of these once I do. :)
Recent sets made. 14 spacers in all (2 of them were for my WRX):
Full set for Polks dB series, full set for Focals. The Focals had to be 90% free-handed.
4 more custom sets
Just installed mine - fit perfectly.
+1 for Phenryiv1 and his spacers. Top-notch customer service and these things are RIDGED! This PVC he uses is perfect for spacers, better than MDF. You also dont have to worry about them falling apart from moisture.
His turn-around time is excellent as well.
I bought Polk db6501 component for the front and their slim-mount db651s coax for the rears - would you suggest/recommend spacers for both and which size would be needed? Very interested in these, was hoping that you would get back into production!!!
If you want a set, just shoot me an email. The fronts definately need them, and IF the basket on the rears fits in the stock hole, you'd still need to drill out the door panel, and it would not be sealed off properly. I'd recommend spacers- and not just because I make them.
The front spacers fit DB651 (not the slim) 6.5" perfectly. I'd guess the slim are the same size. I'm going to put the same DB651 in the rears.
I'll take some pics when I do the rears. The install guides posted on this site are invaluable. Now that I know how, I can have the door panel off in 2-3 min, tops.
The only issues I had with installation were related to my inexperience and bad luck:
1. You'll need 1" screws to replace the stock mounting screws. I used round head wood screws, sheet metal will also work.
2. Obviously you'll need to drill holes to match your new speakers + screws.
3. Don't leave almost any slack in the wiring inside the door - it can get caught on the window mechanism and sheared. Ask me how I know. :)
4. 1/2" x 1/2" stick-on weatherstripping from the hardware store makes for a great, cheap way to seal the speaker to the door.
How much mounting depth clearance will these give me?
I'm looking to use some Morel Elate 6's
A little update:
With a 5/8" or 3/4" spacer, I have been able to fit several sets of speakers that have a top-mount depth of 2" to 2.25" in the front (and rear, for that matter) doors.
According to crutchfield, their flimsy, cheesey spacer/adapter (around 3/8-1/2" thick, but hollow) allows up to a 2 7/16" speaker in the doors.
Logically, this would put stock depth around 2" in the front doors. No real info on the rear, other than the fact that 2" fit with a 5/8" spacer.
If anyone knows the stock depth, please post it here. If not, my working hypothesis is about 2.5" depth in the front doors with a 3/4" spacer.
You might try searching over in the audio subsection. I'll do the same.
At 2.44" for those Morels, you are looking at a stock available depth of around 1.75".
Hey I just picked up some Alpine speakers and i'm just wondering if i'm going to need to get these spacers to run them
Alpine Type-R SPR 17S (6.5 component)
Alpine Type-R SPR 17C (6.5 coaxial)
I have done several sets for the Alpinr Type R models. Email or PM me for more info or to order.
too late to get in on the leggy makes?
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