GREAT observation 3dmazter, I really never put any thought into that. Looking back at the pics, that explains why the Toyota speakers had that long black housing, possibly to protect any water that drips down from the windows. I can say that up to this date I have yet any problems with the speakers or their sound. Possibly in the long run I can expect some/minimal water damage to the speakers or even to the MDF but I would assume very little water makes it inside the door and hopefully, even less touches the speakers.3dmazter said:arent you worry'd that rain or other water will fall on the magnet and backside of the speaker sindse you removed with the original speakers also the little plastic roof that protects the speaker from rain and whatter dripping?
Or you could go to Walmart and buy a plastic (hdpe) cutting boardpatsfan said:i don't know about pre made adapters, but you can buy sheets of phenolic plastic. it cuts just like wood but won't be affected by water. but.....it's going to cost you close to 10x as much as mdf. you might be able to find a place with cutoffs laying around you can get cheaper.g00ber said:I've done 4 door speaker installs thus far, and one thing i've found with any install of door speakers is that water is going to leak through and expand that MDF really quick. The original door mounts are plastic specifically for that reason.
I'm trying to do a little research into options for future door speaker installs myself. Do sound shops have standard speaker rings that are made of plastic for this kind of thing?
I've also seen a few people installing door speakers using plastic rings (cut to size).
I haven't had any problem with my MDF rings installed 3 years ago.g00ber said:I've done 4 door speaker installs thus far, and one thing i've found with any install of door speakers is that water is going to leak through and expand that MDF really quick.
Because otherwise Toyota would have made them out of wood??The original door mounts are plastic specifically for that reason.
That was the idea. the whole stack ends up being about 5/8" thick before I bolt the speaker to it. It is not the same height, but it does clear the window for sure. The speaker is also better protected from waterSo did you build the speaker bracket to the exact same height as the factory bracket? I'm guessing that you want to raise the speaker out of the door as much as possible so that the window doesn't hit the speaker.
The stock speaker fits against the door panel, which has a cylindrical section molded to it that mates with the speaker surface. It may be to isolate the front of the speaker as much as possible from the back of the speaker. I originally planned to cut the foam kneeling pad to size and use it to fill that space. With my adapters, the speaker lacks about 1/2" of contacting the door panel. I don't think it needs the pad.It also looks like the foam ring of the factory speaker rests against the door panel. Is that something you want with the aftermarket speaker. Should the rubber ring of the after market speaker press against the door panel?
Good find! I would have bought them instead of making them. :wall
GREAT write up and great job. you created the plastic guard that I was only dreaming of! Enjoy your new speaker setup!