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Old 11-04-2009, 10:20 PM   #21
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Do these speakers work for a 2002 Sprinter 2500 as well?
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:48 PM   #22
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I think the 2002 and the 2003 are the exact same model.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:04 PM   #23
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Thanks for the post guys. I can't believe that $24pair of speakers are a significant improvement over MB speakers. MB = FAIL!

It was an easy job, as you guys mentioned, even for a mechanically retarded like me

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Old 12-14-2009, 06:06 PM   #24
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Glad it worked for you. The speakers are a BIG improvement over the stock speakers, which have tiny magnets and inferior cone material. There are probably no 4" speakers available that will give decent full spectrum sound, and if you're a partially-assed audiophile like me, you'll want to install some 6.5" speakers somewhere, and maybe a small powered subwoofer under the passenger seat (bolt it down good so it doesn't rattle). Speaker placement should be so that the left and right have as little overall difference in distance from your head as possible; mounting a speaker right above the door will make the driver side 1' from your head, and the passenger side 5' from your head, where mounting them in the bottom of the doors will make the driver side 4' from your head and the passenger side 6'.

My opinion on car stereo, especially in trucks, vans and convertibles, is that when you're driving the interior noise is so high that you will not be able to enjoy or notice the extra $1000+ you might spend on high-end components. And you have less of a target for thieves. If you are a younger person, you will probably want to throw this logic out the window and buy the most popular brand name equipment with more power than you could ever use, and put stickers on the outside of your van signifying that you have expensive equipment installed.

The old saying about all stereos is true; you can have the BEST radio/cd/etc player in the world, but it will sound horrible through crappy speakers; you should dedicate at least half of your radio budget toward the speakers because they are what actually recreate the sound, this goes for home systems, too. In this age of digital sound and amplification, the speakers are the MOST important component in your system, now more than ever.

On a side note, I should have thought of this before: my laptop speakers are not very loud, and watching movies while on road trips (parked) was difficult. I started to bring along a powered speaker for these trips, but I rediscovered in a drawer an FM transmitter that was designed to plug into MP3/CD players to play them over your car stereo before direct connections became popular. I now run the laptop audio through my sound system.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:00 PM   #25
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I just " invested" in a pair of the $24 speakers at Wally World.
It was so easy to swap them out that I did it while waiting in traffic.

I am thinking about getting a Pioneer head unit with Bluetooth etc.
It's a P7100BT. Anyone have anything bad to say about them with fitment and such?
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:23 PM   #26
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Here's my experience with changing out the front speakers to the VR3 units:

1. When I tried to pull off the drivers' side A-pillar cover, the entire foam insert exploded. The cleats on the pillar cover just would not come out. So, I have to order a new foam insert. ( P/N 05123185AA) The pillar cover does not have to be removed entirely; only enough to clear the speaker cover. The passenger side released much better...

2. The speaker covers come up without too much problem. Note how it snaps in.

3. As was stated, bend three of the four mounting tabs off the new speaker. Then drop them in. I did not tape them or adhere them at all. The fit seemed snug enough.

4. Reinstall the pillar cover, giving a good whack over the areas of the three mounting pins.

They do sound better, but now that I have to replace the foam insert, the total project is considerably more than 24 bucks. Oh well, might as well take the opportunity to run the cable up to the rear view camera/mirror.
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:27 PM   #27
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I guress I would be too cheap to replace the foam - just tack-glue it back, put the fascia back on, and forget. Out of sight, out of mind.
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I guess I would be too cheap to replace the foam - just tack-glue it back, put the fascia back on, and forget. Out of sight, out of mind.
I thought about that, but the foam unit, which is reinforced with a plastic frame, screws to the pillar, and then the pillar cover snaps to the foam unit. When it exploded, it was because the screw mounts had ripped out. For some reason, the foam insert seemed stuck to the pillar cover when I tried to pull it off.

Besides, once I know it's broken, I can't leave something broken, even if it is covered up. It's an affliction.
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A surface mount limits the amount of resonant space, and won't sound as "loud" or as "full" as a speaker mounted in a cavity. I would check the mount location and make sure it isn't blocked by the seat or by where you normally put your leg. Could be a simple solution for better sound if you only have the dash 4" speakers, though.
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