Speakers in 81-85 W126 SUCK - what's the solution?

Those tiny, crummy speakers are awful in the rear of a W126, but the gas tank seems to prevent anything larger from going in. What solutions have any of you newsgroupers found for putting larger aftermarket speakers in, or
even a subwoofer?
ALSO: can a 4 x 6 fit the dash cut outs?
Please cc. my email addy: nazcaplain AT hotmail DOT com. I'm only marginally good at checking replys in the group.
Doug
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the case, minus a few cans!
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That's no help. Crutchfield sold me some tiny 3.5" round speakers and adapters to mount them in the dash. Might as well be telephone speakers for all the bass they make.
Once again, can 4 x 6" speakers be massaged into the holes?
What options exist to mount something larger in the back deck?
Anyone?
Bueller?
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Doug wrote:

Anyone can answer and you want something larger?
Forget massaging the hole and forget the back deck.
Its all a question of priorities.
What is more important, back seat passengers of good sound?
Get a pair of JBL Pro Sound Club Performance SR4735X speakers. They have a 15 inch woofer, 8 inch midrange and a horn tweeter. They will add a total of 224 pounds to the car so help may help with driving in slippery conditions too. You can use the seat belts as mounting hardware and you can have a bitching time at tailgates.
The sound will be so far beyond good that surreal will be the best description. Not loud unless you want it to be but just plain surreal at any volume.
What's not to like?
They may cost about $2000 for the pair but you can use them forever.
http://www.jblpro.com/pages/mi/srx/srx.htm http://www.jblpro.com/pages/mi/srx/srx_product.htm
To quote: The SR4735X 15" three-way system is perfect for long-throw applications in which the power and additional control of a horn-loaded cone midrange driver is desired. The system boasts extremely wide frequency response and is a great choice as an arrayable, front-of-house reinforcement system.
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minor correction.
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Another minor correction. I abhor bad English. I should have proofread better.
greek_philosophizer wrote:

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I replaced the speakers in my '83 with 4" round in front and 4"x6" in back. As per replacement speaker guide book's suggestion. It sounds good but not a base thumping setup.
-Kent
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In my 1987 560SEL I had the same problem. You can't put decent full-range speakers into the dash, holes are too small. But instead, I used the dash speaker holes for tweeters, and installed woofers in the door panels. Then I put heavy-duty 6x9 triaxial speakers in the rear deck shelf. All powered by a new amplifier in the trunk.
Sounded fabulous, looked like factory original (except for the new speaker grilles on the front door panels) and didn't cost much money. Personally I think this is the best solution for 126 cars.
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The post 1985 w126 had speakers in the doors and provisions in the back shelf for larger speakers. Mine is an `81, thus no door options and crummy provisions in the rear for mounting. But it makes me think that I should just go to a scrapyard and buy that back shelf for the later model car and install it in my car. A good pair of 6x9's would satisfy me.
Pro stereo shops shake their head when they look at my car, they want to fabricate thousand dollar fiberglass modificaitons for mounting larger speakers. I'm just looking for a more cost-effective method.
Also, it's too bad that a serious news group has jokers. I *know* I can order something pathetic from Crutchfield. I already did. I also know I can chuck studio monitors onto the back seat. I can also make lame attempts at humor in a serious newsgroup, but protocol says not to.
Whatever I wind up doing, I'll note it here for future Googlers.

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any
Boston Accoustic makes replacement speakers to fit those holes. Not bone thumping base, but quite good.

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Lee
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Generally, the solution for rear speaker locations with limited hole size/depth is to go with plate speakers. They contain tweeters and woofers in a grill enclosed package that sits about an inch above above the surface. Only the ends of the woofers need to fit in the existing hole.
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