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hey everybody i have a 1986 Mercedes 300e that i am going to put an aftermarket stereo system into. Sadly these cars only came with four, 4 inch speakers two in the dash and two in the back. I am looking to set up a 10 inch subwoofer an 800w amp and buy new speakers and tweeters. I took it to a car audio shop and the guy said that buying two aftermarket four inch speakers for the front dash will not sound good at all with a subwoofer. he recommended that he should build custom door panels with holes cut out for 6 inch speakers. this would cost me 1100$ for everything. so i was wondering if anyone who knew quite a bit about car audio could help me and what they would recommend i do in this situation. I was also told that making custom door panels may be bad for the doors and could also sounds bad. does anyone know any other places where i could put the six inch speakers?
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Take a look at the audio forum. lots of useful information in there.
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I think that having 4 inch speakers with tweeters in the dash will sound fine. Don't quote me on it though, I'm no expert even though I have 4 inch in mine.



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do you have an aftermarket stereo in yours?
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Yeah. I just put in the new stereo, ran new wires, and put in new 4" speakers with tweeters on them. The sound quality is alot better than stock, but it doesn't get really loud or anything



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1981 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7
1984 Mercedes 190D 2.2 Auto - 140,628 miles
1987 Chevrolet Sprint 1.0 - 139,000 miles
1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais S - 123,000 miles
1989 Chrysler New Yorker - 95,000 miles
1991 Dodge Stealth R/T - 101,000 miles
1999 Dodge Durango - 178,000 miles
2003 Dodge Dakota - 203,000 miles
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do you have a sub in your car though
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Here's your first big challenge:

Your car is old and the original stereo is two-channel and the original wiring is for that.

ANY radio you buy in 2011 will be 4-channel.

This means you will NOT use the fader switch in the console but rather the built-in fader in the new radio and this means you'll have to cut wiring for rear speakers from the original fader switch and connect to the new radio with some additional wire.

Your Mercedes dealer can get you an inexpensive blanking plate to cover the hole left by removal of the original fader switch.

The original speakers are metric sized (not inch sized) so easiest replacement of at least dash speakers is accomplished with speakers made for your car.

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