I'm reading that the larger holes in the rear deck that seem to be big enough to take 6x9s are really too close together to make sense for installing those speakers there...probably stick to the 6.5s then.
Welcome to the forums! I'll try and answer some of your questions.Hi,
A noob to car audio, other than replacing a few factory decks, straight up.
I have multiple questions and don't know whether to flood the forum with many threads, or try to put them here, in one. I'll start with the latter...
I have a 97 Corolla with an aftermarket Sony stereo that sucks. It has a flip-down face that is acting up. Sometimes I can hardly touch any button and the thing shuts off. Very frustrating. The remote allows me to get through most issues w/o touching it.
ANyway, I want to replace it, and be able to plug in my iPod touch to it.
Other issues include bad sounding speakers which I assume are factory. *Supposedly 4" up front and 6.5s in back, according to Crutchfield. Also, I have TONS of ROAD NOISE. I have to have the stereo up pretty loud to make out lyrics, talk radio, etc. I hate it. My 91 Camry was much quieter....
I am also not heavy with money to spend. Actually, much of this is a dream, or a plan that i'll work on, maybe starting with some speakers, a new deck, and later, an amp etc.
I listen to everything from talk to folk to rock to metal etc.
So, the questions.
1) Is it worth trying to dampen the sound with something like dynamat (or others that I have read about...)? I have read much of the sticky threads on sound dampening, but I'd still like to hear about anyone's experiences with a tin can like a 97 Corolla. Where did/would you start?
2) Should I / Is it best to just start with the recommended factory-size speakers? I thought I'd replace the 4s in the front first. I've read I can go 5.25" there, but maybe there's no need to go bigger there.
2b) Bass blockers in front?
2c) Baffles up front? Or dynamat speaker kit?
3) Go with stock size in rear? Something to gain from putting 6x9s in if possible? My rear deck seems to have 6x9 holes closer to the center of the deck.
Other less important questions involve how to rig your stereo so that it can run while key is not in car. I like the buzz to remind me a door is open, but I hate it if I'm trying to listen to music outside...
I'll save the amp questions for later, seeing as that isn't a short-term replacement option for me, unless I find a deal on Craigslist...
Thanks folks. I'm excited to make my daily commutes of 60 miles roundtrip a lot more enjoyable...
No worries dude. You can click the 'Thanks' button below my post if you like . Feel free to post some pics of your ride in the 7th Gen Corolla forum sometime :thumbsup:Thanks man, that gives me some stuff to consider. I sincerely appreciate your help.
1) Yes, sound deadening mat such as Dynamat works remarkably well. You can buy the equivalents of Dynamat at a much cheaper cost, which do exactly the same job, the only difference in most cases is that it doesn't have the Dynamat brand name stamped on it. Just avoid spray on sound deadening or material that gets used for roofing on houses etc. The best thing to do would be to use it on each front door, right the way across. You'll get gains from just doing the metal behind the door panel, but you'll get even better gains (particularly when it comes to lowering the road noise) by also putting sound deadening on the outer side of the door (behind the glass, on the side nearest the door handle).
Here's some info from the FAQ section on Dynamat's website: Dynamat is a thin, flexible, easy to cut and mold sheet that actually stops noise causing resonance and vibration, by using visco-elastic qualities that promote vibro-acoustic energy conversion. In short, that means noise becomes silent energy.i am sorry but i dint get this deadning part
what is this n how it works?