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Old 06-26-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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2014 Focus SE sedan Kicker speaker upgrade

While waiting to get my headlights ready for a HID retrofit I decided to start getting some other stuff done. So here it is...Kicker CS speakers all around; 6.75 front and 6.5 rear, Crutchfield speaker adapter brackets, and stainless hardware all around. Installed without all the additional dampening lead only to disappointment upon the first listen. So I started all over again...covered all metal that wasn't covered by plastic with GTMAT Ultra, added some to the inside of the doors, added some felt where the door panel touched the door and plastic welded all of the door panel rivets. The result...surprising deep bass and clarity that surpasses oem by a huge margin. Another plus...no more door rattles either! Pics are not that great but its something. These speakers are a great and simple OEM upgrade even when driven by the oem non Sony headunit. Next will be a sub of some sort... not sure what though.















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Old 06-26-2014, 10:23 PM   #2
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forgot to mention...also drenched all of the inside and outside seams with Fluid Film. Ill hopefully get the car complete covered soon.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:57 PM   #3
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Nice! I would love to have a shop do this for me if I decide to buy the car - if anything to just get rid of the occasional rattles in the doors.

What does this Crutchfield speaker adapter brackets do? Is it so you don't have to cut the factory speakers out (in order to reuse the factory brackets)?

Maybe I can actually put in upgraded speakers before warranty even runs out!
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The brackets from Crutchfield required two holes to be drilled. I cringed at the thought of doing this but the way they are mounted now is very solid. That is why I used stainless steel bolts and fluid film... lessen the chance of corrosion.
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The brackets from Crutchfield required two holes to be drilled. I cringed at the thought of doing this but the way they are mounted now is very solid. That is why I used stainless steel bolts and fluid film... lessen the chance of corrosion.
They must have sent you different brackets than the ones they sent me back in March. Mine did not require any drilling.

I do like the sound deadening though. When I get the money I would like to cover as much metal as possible in the doors. This car is already really quiet and I am sure can be made a lot quieter. When I did the doors in my truck it made a huge difference.
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Well less than a month later a few rattles/buzzes came back so I revised how everything was installed again... added GTMAT under the speaker brackets and I think everything is good now. I have up to 3 layers in some spots now. New pics added to first post. Once I get a sub I can cut bass to the door speakers which should help even more. So if your looking for decent mid-range speakers that have more bass than the oe ones... these would be a good fit!
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