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.
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?
(remove obvious spam-foiler)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.