How to Set up Car Speakers
Most cars today come with a built in audio system. However many car owners aren't satisfied with the low-quality sound offered by the simple factory-installed system. They want their music to sound like as much like a live performance as possible [source: BOSE]. Installing car speakers is not difficult a difficult project. Some people replace the standard speakers their car came with, while others add additional speakers. Here's how to set up additional car speakers, without replacing the old speakers.
- Decide where to put the speakers on the car door.
- Place the speaker's template (all speakers have a template) on the door panel. Make sure there's nothing (e.g. a door handle, etc.) in the way.
- Tape the template to the exact spot you have chosen.
- Remove the inside door panel by removing the screws or snap fittings.
- Place the door panel on a flat surface and cut out the shape of the template with a utility knife. If you're cutting a metal panel, use a jig saw.
- Place rubber tubing in the space between the door jamb and the door.
- Run the wiring from the radio/CD system through the tubing.
- Wrap a few layers of electrical tape around the wires that are between the door itself and the inner panel. This will protect the wires from sharp edges.
- Mount the speakers to the door panel.
- Position the panel back on the door and loosely screw a few screws in place, just so that the panel remains in place.
- Crimp the wires to the back of the speakers.
- Re-attach the panel firmly to the door [source: Crutchfield].