Electricbowtie
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Aftermarket speakers?

Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:31 am

Has anyone replaced the stock speakers yet? The rear speakers seem easy to access and sure could be way better. Wondering what the wattage output for each speaker would be to find a good match.
2012 Cyber Gray Volt (EV best = 51.5 miles)
https://www.voltstats.net/Stats/Details/1192

2014 Electric Blue Spark EV (EV best = 79 miles (16.6kwh) with 15 to go)
http://www.voltstats.net/SparkEV/Stats/Details/4223

iletric
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Re: Aftermarket speakers?

Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:41 pm

I also seek the same info. I have a feeling the car stereo shops could advise up. I just haven't had the time to go to the one I use. They tap special databases where they get their spec info.

My Leaf required 2 ohm rather than 4 ohm speakers. They are harder to find and the choices are more limited. I expect the same ohm requirement in Spark. I ordered 3-way Infinities formy Leaf and that was the best thing I've ever done. Night and day. Near perfect. The Infinities were 2 ohm but actually measured 3 ohms I was told at the shop. It's a washout as far as I'm concerned, and they work beautifully.

I'll be watching this thread.
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Electricbowtie
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Re: Aftermarket speakers?

Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:11 pm

So the stock speakers are marked 4ohms but I went ahead and bought the infinity 6402cfx to try them out. Before mounting them I plugged them in to compare and they sounded WORSE than the stock speakers. Good thing for easy Frys returns. I may end up just swapping the front for now instead.
2012 Cyber Gray Volt (EV best = 51.5 miles)
https://www.voltstats.net/Stats/Details/1192

2014 Electric Blue Spark EV (EV best = 79 miles (16.6kwh) with 15 to go)
http://www.voltstats.net/SparkEV/Stats/Details/4223

iletric
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Re: Aftermarket speakers?

Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:59 pm

Keep us posted. Also, are you considering swapping the 6x9 rears as well?
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Electricbowtie
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Re: Aftermarket speakers?

Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:15 pm

iletric wrote:Keep us posted. Also, are you considering swapping the 6x9 rears as well?
Rear speakers are 4x6 and front are 4" round. Only looking into replacing the front now.
2012 Cyber Gray Volt (EV best = 51.5 miles)
https://www.voltstats.net/Stats/Details/1192

2014 Electric Blue Spark EV (EV best = 79 miles (16.6kwh) with 15 to go)
http://www.voltstats.net/SparkEV/Stats/Details/4223

snail3
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Location: Northern CA

Re: Aftermarket speakers?

Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:33 pm

Electricbowtie wrote: Rear speakers are 4x6 and front are 4" round. Only looking into replacing the front now.
what did you use for front speaker?

iletric
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Re: Aftermarket speakers?

Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:28 pm

...and what do the 4" speakers call for -- 2 ohm or 4 ohm?
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snail3
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Location: Northern CA

Re: Aftermarket speakers?

Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:17 pm

Here are some pictures on the how front speaker and speaker grille looks like:

on the driver's side:
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tool I used to pop off the cover:
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http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece-au ... 67021.html

how cover snaps on to dash:
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back side of cover:
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shape of speaker grille:
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side view:
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plan to use some putty like blu-tack on contact points to quiet down the creak, also found the speaker itself generates some noise too (probably due to un-flat mounting surface?) so probably will put some blu-tack around the speaker when I replace these.

following Gas Spark's guide, I ordered Kicker KS40 speaker (4ohms) and Metra 72-9300 speaker harness to replace the front speakers, will see how it goes ;)

iletric
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Re: Aftermarket speakers?

Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:13 pm

Leaf calls for 2 ohm speakers. I wonder if gas Spark and EV Spark speakers differ in that regard too. I'd get some specs before putting 4 ohms in.
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snail3
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Location: Northern CA

Re: Aftermarket speakers?

Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:08 pm

iletric wrote:Leaf calls for 2 ohm speakers. I wonder if gas Spark and EV Spark speakers differ in that regard too. I'd get some specs before putting 4 ohms in.
thanks for the tip, I removed the stock speaker this morning and found it's rated at 8ohms, measured with multimeter and the resistance reading is ~7.3ohm.

Stock Speaker held in a plastic cup as described in gas spark forum"
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Rated at 40W/8ohm:
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