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Electrical SPEAKER SIZES

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  1. pnmred

    pnmred FEOA Member

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    Please make a sticky so we don't have to get another 350,000 "what size speakers fit my escort" posts.
    My personal experince is 6.5" up front and 5"x7" in the rear. I do not know the depth for the front doors though. Neuspeed I am looking at you sir.


    *UPDATE* 2nd gen factory specs are 6.5" cone, 2-3/8" depth up front and 5x7" rears
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  2. neuspeedescort

    neuspeedescort Moderator Staff Member

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    with out modification: 91-96 hatchbacks

    6.5 is what fits up front with a depth of no deeper then 2-3/8"
    5x7 in the rear. but must be have the funny shaped mounting tabs or be noted "mazda/ford"
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  3. Intuit

    Intuit FEOA Member

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    Aren't the rear different depending on whether you have Sedan/Coupe/Wagon ?

    http://www.CrutchField.Com/ is a great site for finding product compatible with your vehicle.
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    pnmred FEOA Member

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    All of the hatchbacks and wagons I have owned were all 5x7 rears. I also will be updating my first post with pertinent links and specs sopeople don't have to scroll through 15 pages next year
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    mechgt5 The Underdog

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    Yep. 6.5" in the front, 5x7" in the back. I found out the hard way about the depth.. Now my windows won't roll all the way down. XD
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    pnmred FEOA Member

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    what about 1st and 3rd gen?
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    mechgt5 The Underdog

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    3rd should be the same, 1st gen is most likely different. Don't quote me on that part though.
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    1st gen is 6.5 and 5x7 also. but the 1st gen window crank is located up higher. so fabrication of an aftermarket door pod is much more simple in design. the factory grill sticks out an inch by itself.
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    I see they've dropped the Sedan from their database since I purchased there many, many, years ago.
    Since I have the back-deck off anyway, went ahead and measured.

    Rear speaker size for the sedan model is: 5 1/4" -or- 5.25" (no depth limitations)
    http://www.crutchfield.com/g_400/All-Car-Speakers.html?o=m&tp=105&nvpair=FFSpeaker_Size|5 1/4
    http://www.crutchfield.com/g_400/Al...ir=FFBrand|Alpine&nvpair=FFSpeaker_Size|5 1/4

    I do have the 6.5" speakers up front. (and the windows do hit the speakers)
    It was necessary to cut the metal overhang (presumably for water-redirection and depth-limitation) to fit the front speakers.
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    i did a full sedan install last fall. to make the 5.25's i sold fit properly in the rear i had to make and adapter plate.

    6.5's fit in both locations but must be a shallow mounting design. most any entry level series of pioneer is the ticket!
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    Regarding 5.25 speakers on the 2nd-Gen Sedan model, Rear speaker fitment,
    it is a direct fit. There are no depth requirements and no special modifications are necessary.
    Self-tapping screws may be used for mounting hole misalignment. (be sure not to hit a wire harness)
    Photos of 5.25 speakers on rear deck in (2nd-Gen) '94 Sedan....
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!239#cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!1380
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!239#cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!1381
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!239#cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!1382
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!239#cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!1383

    EDIT: I am not 100% on this, but the 6.5" will be too large to top-mount on the rear-deck. In such a case, they would have to be bottom-mounted with a special adapter.
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    the front mounting hole and the rear are the same. i have switched factory speakers out in sedans before.
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    In the bottom-side photo above, it looks like there's a large gap there but there isn't. It's actually a just-fit on the frame.

    Like I mentioned, not 100% on it as this was over a decade ago;

    but thought I remembered looking at the door speakers openings vs rear speaker openings and noticing a big difference.

    Crutchfield listed 5.25 as the size for both front and rear. But I measured the openings and found could go larger in the front. After careful consideration decided not to risk buying larger in the rear. (didn't want to have to modify or fabricate anything)

    Here's my recommendation/solution:
    For 2nd-Gen Sedan owners, buy only the 6.5" for the front FIRST. If they're a direct-fit for the rear, then buy the second set next. Otherwise you might risk ending up with a set that will be diametrically too large for the rear; requiring either modification or retail-return. You'll also want to double-check to ensure that the larger diameter does not interfere with the trunk lid spring's movement. (IIRC the rod in the photo is the spring)
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    Are the front and rear speakers hard to replace in a wagon. The rear speakers look pretty easy, but I'm not sure about the door panels.
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    its a pain getting the window crank handle off if you dont have the correct too. and dont forget to remove the door latch .. its a single phillips head screw... then carefully using a body clip tool work your way around the panel before liftint it up over the door lock button.... the factory speaker grill and door pocket assembly is IR welded to the panel if you pull it off you will have to use a bunch of screws from the back of the panel to re attach it....
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    Just swapped out front and rears on mine. The hand cranks on my 3rd gen came off fairly easily, just took a standard flathead screwdriver to push the clip out enough for the other end to stick out and grab. Helps to know what the parts look like when they are apart to know how they fit together before hand though.

    I just used some inexpensive drop in replacement dual cones ($30 for all 4) from Parts Express. Fortunately they are only 15min away from me. Part models were..

    Doors: GRS 6AS-4
    Rear deck: GRS 68AS-4

    The factory door speakers seem to be more 6" than 6.5", which these new ones matched up to perfectly. They have the appropriate 3 screw holes already, though the factory screw heads are too wide and would crush the speaker surround so I used some off the shelf wood screws instead (#8 size I believe). The only modification done was to swap the factory connector for 3/16" terminals.

    Years ago on my previous 3rd gen I was a little more thorough: installing some alpine coaxials, making my own door spacer/adapters and fabbing up some neat covers for the factory door grill area (wish I could find pics of em). Eventually I added some silk dome tweets to the mirror plates with some x-overs I made. This time around I'm a quite a bit more on the "meh" side of things. It's just nice to be able to turn the volume above a whisper without the flatulent sound of flapping speaker cones. Not sure if the doors realy needed replacing or not, but the new ones are definitely less buzzy sounding and seem to have better bass response. Not bad for a bargain bin fix
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    I know this post is nearly 5 yrs old but no photos load. Thank you.
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    I'm figuring out that the wagons speakers after one song filled great ride, are buzzing and may be blown. I would like to replace the stock deck, it should be easy, have done before in another ford, but the speakers stump me. I have a 94 5spd wagon. I did not understand from all of the posts here under ICE to figure out what size the speakers are in front and rear.
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    Looking to replace the front speakers on my 1995 LX Sport. Still had the box for the Pioneer 6.5" speakers that I installed in the front, as well as the OE speakers to take measurements from. For some reason Crutchfield says to use smaller front speakers and use an adapter??
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    Crutchfield only recommends what will install without modification. So even 5.25" speakers with magnets that are too large will be filtered from vehicle-specific choices.

    Using 6.5" in the front on 2nd-Gen may have two considerations:
    1) Will have to cut a metal "lip" or overhang that partially blocks installation.
    2) Magnet may block the window from rolling all the way down. (roughly the last 10% of the way)

    The overhang mentioned in #1, may be there to direct water away from the speaker and/or prevent the mount of speakers with a magnet that is too large.

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