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Center dash speaker just blew out this morning. I haven't ever popped that cover off to see how easy this is to replace. Crutchfield seems state this is a 4 inch speaker.

2014 Premium with Lux package.

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I’ve popped it off for fun before. I’m 95% sure that it is a 4 inch. Just grab a panel removal tool, the cover is just held in by clips. Below you’ll find the speaker screwed in. Super easy to get to, should only take a few minutes
 

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Yeah, as you stated, very easy to get to. Found a speaker and wiring connectors for it, shipping now. I will have to figure out how to get the new speaker to mount to the existing holes. I will first try to dremell out the old speaker from the extra metal used to mount it. If that doesn't work i'll have to make something.
 

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Went aftermarket. The one I wanted had the tweeter well recedes inside the cone, I wish i'd have gone with that one, but it was out of stock so I went with a pioneer that had the tweeter popping out. I took the old speaker out, cut the lower part leaving only the ring and 2 mounting screw posts, then dropped the speaker in on top. I was able to screw it down to the top of that ring, cut and ground down the screws underneath so it was smooth, and it mounted beautify. However the cover wouldn't pop back on, somewhere around 1/4 inch or more the tweeter was in the way. So, back to the ring i cut out of the old speaker. I then removed rest of the soft stuff inside the top of the old speaker ring, and I had to use a grinder to smooth out the inside of the full opening so that the new speaker could instead of fitting flush on top of the ring spacer would go down inside the ring. All stuff if you ever took the speaker out you could see what I mean. Then used 2 sided tape to secure the speaker inside that ring, since i could no longer screw it in. That gave me just a bit more of the clearance I needed to get it done. All said and done, it was clear i needed to add some more tools and bits to my tool set, I had to be more creative with how I did what I did then I normally like to.
 

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I replaced my center channel with an Infinity Reference series 4" speaker. It's not a perfect fit, but you can make it work. You need to make sure you go with a speaker that's lower than 4 ohms to match the rest of the speakers. All the other speakers are 2 ohm. If you go with a 4 ohms speaker, the output will be different.
 

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Yeah, i hear ya. But I already replaced the doors with 4 ohm speakers so there's a modest balance overall. It's difficult to find 2 ohm speakers that aren't woofers.

And to the bot1980, yeah it's secure. the weight of the speaker is applying gravitational force down against the tape, I put a full ring so it touches every bit of the speaker, and of course in the heat of the day this gravity application means that the tap will bond even better over time as opposed to falling off if the gravity was pulling way from the tape. Please delete your link, or Moderators, can you delete the Bot's presence.
 

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That’s an impressive amount of work for a single speaker. How does it sound though? Any noticeable difference from stock?
 

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It sounds much better then the blown one! The cone barely moved the coil was dragging over the magnet as you moved it. As far as better or worse then what was there when it was working, I honestly couldn't tell you one way or the other. But it is nice getting that sound back, as I had the old speaker out for about 4 days, so I heard the system without a center, adding it back made it worth while.
 

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The nice thing about the stock Infinity speakers, they actually sound pretty decent...better than quite a few factory systems. Where you notice the difference is in clarity and you'll notice notes in music you may not have heard before. Also, you can now turn the music up all the way and you shouldn't get any distortion (at least that's how mine performs now. The only issue I have now is bass roll-off at higher volumes and it affects the signal going to the after-market sub. Once I get a better LOC, that problem will be addressed. I just really wish I could swap out the head unit.
 
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