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#1 sinstovirtues

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 09:52 AM

hey, not a very big car enthusiast here, don't know too much. my speakers are nearly blown on my 03 vy commodore and i was wanting to upgrade them and also the deck. couple of questions..
what size speakers do i need for both rear and front
will any type of cd player connect with the steering wheel controls? or do i need a special adapter or to purchase a specific brand with a connection
and do most places also have facias to install with the cd player if its standard?
thanks in advance guys :D

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#2 DG Phil

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 09:56 AM

I'd leave the factory speakers in the rear, they're plenty.

A $400 set of front speakers + stock rear speakers sounds way better than $250 fronts + $150 rears.

Unless you're overly concerned about the rear passengers, concentrate the bulk of your budget on the fronts, after all they deliver 95% of musical information.

There are several dash kits available, DNA is the cheapest and work pretty well.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 10:20 AM

In my VY I have Alpine Type S splits in the front doors. They're a good replacement over the factory speakers. I also run an Alpine CDE9881 head unit but have no steering wheel controls. There is a unit you can buy to keep these though, I was told it's about $300 so at the time I didn't worry about it. The plastic pocket to hold the head unit and fill the gap from the factory one was about $20. Very easy to fit too. I'm also running Alpine Type R 6inch coaxials in the rear doors for a bit better then factory sound. It's not built on a huge budget but it works quite well.

Hope this helps a little.


I'd leave the factory speakers in the rear, they're plenty.

A $400 set of front speakers + stock rear speakers sounds way better than $250 fronts + $150 rears.

Unless you're overly concerned about the rear passengers, concentrate the bulk of your budget on the fronts, after all they deliver 95% of musical information.

There are several dash kits available, DNA is the cheapest and work pretty well.


Edited by Squid's VY, 02 January 2010 - 10:21 AM.


#4 sinstovirtues

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 11:47 AM

thanks guys :D much appreciated..

is it worth getting a 2-din at all?? i'm guessing it would fit in alright?

and what size speakers fit in?? the 13x9's? 6"?
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Posted 02 January 2010 - 12:17 PM

There are good integration systems available. They have all the tuning options you ever need & work very well. You are better off to buy one of these than spending money on a new Head Unit IMO. That way you can keep your steering controls and run all the amps you want whilst maintaining a stealthy install.
Some units I would be looking at:

* Rockford Fosgate three sixty,
* Audison Bit One,
* Audio Control LC61

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 12:24 PM

The DNA fascia kit is between $20-50 depending on where you shop and if you get a package deal. The ones I've used work with single or double DIN units and are quite easy to work with.

Commodores fit 6" speakers in front and rear doors, and 1" tweeters in the dash (near the demister vents, under the panel.)

Go with Phil's advice on getting a good set of 2-way splits for the front, never mind rear speakers (especially dreaded 6x9"s on the parcel shelf.)

See if you can afford sound deadening for the front doors too, as this will get much more out of your new speakers.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 12:37 PM

IIRC, 6" or 6.5" should fit into the front doors without much probs. any minor mods required are just that - minor; this might be replacing any plastic factory speaker holder with an mdf wood spacer ring.

as above, steering wheel controls will need an adaptor. plus, you'll need a HU that also has a steering wheel control input socket - not all do, but most mid-/high-spec HUs do (so mostly the cheapest entry level models don't).

you are probably best to visit a specialist car audio store for advice. check out their range of speakers that suit your budget, and have a listen to them on their demo board. they should have experience with working on a VY, so will know what works well and what doesn't.

Tonkins seems to be one of the recommended places in ADE.

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