2012 Focus SE Hatchback Sport - Changing stock speakers
This is my first post and I wanted to say that I successfully changed one of the stock speaker for a new set of 6.5 inch Kenwood KFC-1693PS which cost about 35 dlls, very great value for the price.
I removed the door panel using another tutorial I found in the forum and worked great, the only problem I had was with the custom base the stock speakers use. I had to completely destroy the stock speakers since they were part of the base which had the connector.
Tomorrow I will be posting some pictures when I replace the other one and will also post a tutorial on how to use the stock base for the speakers.
Ill be waiting for those photos :)
OK, i just finished installing the other speaker and it sounds way better now, even with the stock stereo playing an MP3 from a CD, then from an iPod using the Aux IN in the glove compartment. I recommend doing this, the stock speakers sound really crappy and have muffed sound.
I chose 3-way speakers since I did the same to my previous car and they sound great. I'm thinking about adding two new speaker to the back doors but on the meanwhile I will enjoy these two.
Step 1: Remove small tweeter panel. There are no screws for this one, it's only clipped on.
Step 2: Remove door handle screw (Torx 25)
Step 3: Remove door deflector and screw, also Torx 25.
Step 4: Remove small side panel and screw, also Torx 25.
Step 5: Remove arm rest modling, it's only clipped.
Step 6: Remove arm rest controls housing and unclip the harnesses
Step 7: Remove both arm screws behind the controls housing from the arm rest.
Step 8: Remove panel, it has about 7 clips so be careful.
Step 9: Now you can see the stock speaker. Remove the 3 screws holding the speaker together and unclip the top connector. Now remove the speaker.
Step 10: This is the backside of the speaker. As you can see the speaker is part of a housing itself. We will have to completely remove the cardboard, wires, coil and magnet in order to use the housing as bracket.
Step 11: This is the stock speaker with the cardboard and wires removed from the bracket. on the inside you will see the coil and its base.
Step 12: Same case, only now you can see the inner coil.
Step 13: Since the speakers i bought had a very large magnet I had to remove the section that was holding the magnet from the stock speaker. Since I don't own any kind of saw i used my soldering iron to melt the plastic off.
Step 14: From left to right. Coil/cardboard, bracket, magnet.
Step 15: You will only be using the bracket and will only be using the outer rim so you can also remove the supports from the inside, i left them there so I wouldn't make a mess with the melting.
Step 16: This is a picture of the speaker already drilled into the bracket, you will notice 4 screws i used to drill directly into the bracket. Don't worry, the speaker will be very firm and won't get loose.
Step 17: New speaker almost ready, i used the wires that came with it and cut it up so the wires weren't that long.
Step 18: New speaker soldered onto the bracket contacts, this is necessary since the contacts are part of the bracket. The good thing about doing it this way is that you don't have to cut up the original wires that come from the door.
ALL DONE !!! You can see the mid-range and tweeter housing from inside the door panel after I put it all together again.
So you don't have the tweeters anymore on the A pillar and it sounds better?
Well, my hatchback didn't come with the premium Sony system, it came with only 4 speakers.
Right, there's 3 different speaker configurations...
Only difference between the 4 and the 6 is the separate tweeters on the front doors. The 12 speaker are upgraded Sony components as opposed to the utter crap speakers that come in the lower configs.
When you were removing the front door panels, did you, by any chance, see if the upper part could be removed for the soft touch pieces on the SEL and Titanium models?
Sorry ofr the late reply. Can you specify which part you mean by the "soft touch pieces"?
What made you choose these speakers? I ask because I am looking at speakers on Crutchfield and they show these speakers don't fit...I know you made them work but I wonder if you would have chosen speakers that fit if the install would have been easier?
...im interested in your speaker choice aswell...
when i look them up, the focus calls for 6x8 or 5x7 like most fords.....?
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