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Hey guys i jsut picked up a 99 escort with 71k for only 2300. Im quite happy with the gas mileage, it puts my maro to shame in that catagory. However, it is a bare optioned car. No nothing really. ANd the stereo is horrible(to me). I replaced the stock stereo(no cd or cassette) and put in a new pioneer deck. I dont think ill have a problem with replacing the door speakers but hte back ones i might. Im gonna intall some infinity 5x7/6x8s in there. Can someone please give me some detailed instructions on how to get to them. I would greatly appreciate it. :D
 

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Well thats really easy to answer!! First fold the rear seats down. then remove the the 3rd brakelight cover by taking out the 2 retaining clips and pulling off the cover. If you look where the rear deck starts you will see 3 more retaining clips(black or grey in color) remove them. Next is the fun part. You basically have to pull the cover up until it unclips from its retaining clips. Its not as easy at is sounds. Its quite a pain in the a$$. The rear speakers will be expose as with the rear strut mounts. escourt23

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Hey thanks for the quick reply! Also, my antenna on my car seems to be broken. I thought it always jsut stayed out on it but i get out the car and it retracted back in. I turned the radio on but it didnt come back out :-(. So i just pulled it out by hand. any ideas on how to get it back in proper working order? PS. Im gonna but some infinity reference 6.5 and 5x7s in the car should this be a huge improvement in sound with my alpine deck? Sorry for all the ??? im a newbie
 

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You have a power antennae? Hrm. My antennae just stays out and you have to move it in and out by hand. Yeah, your new speakers will be hella better than your old ones, in general the stock 'scort speakers suck. (I replaced the stock ones with pioneers a while back and it sounded worlds better, so infinity's should be a huge step up. I didn't do my HU though because I already had a CD changer. Sounds okay. :\)
 

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Alright boys and girls...

The antenna is supposed to be manual on the escorts. You didn't actually think you'd get a power antenna on your ford, did you?! bahahaha!!! lol j/k So yeah, just pull it out when you're using the radio and shove it back in when you're not. It must be funny when people watch me roll down the window on the freeway to pull out the antenna while I'm driving. Mad ghetto...

Anyway, you can put in the best 5x7 rear speakers in the world and they'll never sound better than mediocre in the stock spots in the escort. I just re-did my sound system this afternoon, actually. All pioneer speakers.

It sounds alright, but not great. If you want really good sound in the escort, I'd hate to break it to you bro, but you gotta start from scratch. That means pulling out all the interior and carpeting and putting in new dynamat or equivalent sound insulation and then creating custom wells for your speaks.

The escort is a pretty loud car by nature, so quieter tires and re-doing the sound insulation is the first step.

If you're not that bent on getting good sound, then the best advice I have for you is just getting some decent 2-ways up in the front kicks (don't spend more than 40 bucks on em, or you're wasting your money), and then drop a small sub box in the back somewhere. It's a pretty good comprimise and should satisfy your listening needs.
 

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I actually just got a pair of 6 x 9's and bolted them into the rear deck after I cut holes in both the plastic cover for it (so you can see through it, kind of a mistake but oh well, I didn't know what I was doing) & the sheet metal of the rear deck itself.

Since it's solid, I guess it acts kind of like a huge sub box, because I lose my bass when 1 of two things happens, or both. When the trunk is up or the seats are down all I get is crap sounding, but when they're both closed I get a lot more thump. (not completely sure why though) I tore up the rear deck cover more recently and filled it with dynomatting and put a couple rubber washers on each corner of the speaker to dampen any vibrations, so it sounds clearer.

For the front speakers I just bought a pair of cheap 5 1/4's pioneers, about 38 bucks at wal-mart, discovered they were the wrong size, drilled new holes & threw them in anyways, and cut up t-shirts and used that to keep them from rattling (it sounds ghetto but you can't see it and it works pretty good.) I also glued the door panels down with some liquid nails (they'll come up later if I need them to, it'll just be a pain in the ass) to keep them from rattling, after I stuffed some matting inside them. I haven't messed with the rear doors or the carpet yet.

For about a year this all sounded really decent for what I spent (about 120 bucks all told, I think) at least as good as my friend's more expensive speakers in his Neon, and I fooled a couple people into thinking I had a sub in the back. I got a lot more bass than he did running off my stock HU, too. Now they're wearing out though so I'm gonna replace them with some better ones.

I don't know about making custom speaker wells, how you'd go about it or how well it sounds compared to what I've got. I do know that on hatchbacks you have that plastic cover that moves up and down so you don't have anything real solid for the sound to reverberate (sp?) off of, and a lot of times it comes out sounding like crap because of that.

That's just my 2 cents, take it or leave it.
 
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