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    Default Low profile kick panel speaker pods now available

    Hi Everyone.
    I ran into a fit problem with my regular kick panel pods in cars with dealer add on air. I designed a new set of low profile pods that places the speaker magnet in the pocket for the door hinge bolts. Although the acoustics aren't as good they will get the job done. So if you have dealer AC or your looking for something less obtrusive then these are the ticket. They're $100.00 plus shipping. These are $10.00 cheaper than the regular panels because they don't need the hood cable relocater bracket.
    They fit 70-73 left hand drive cars only and use a 5 1/4" speaker.
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    Hey awesome job!! I might get some of those at some point.
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    I am interested. Do you have photos?
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    oops. Just noticed that I cannot see the photos from my computer but I can see them from my phone. Must be a firewall issue.
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    DEREK
    Please post the link to the vendor. I had planned on foregoing speakers at this location but these panels could change my mind. Thanx!
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    Quote Originally Posted by esmit208 View Post
    DEREK
    Please post the link to the vendor. I had planned on foregoing speakers at this location but these panels could change my mind. Thanx!

    Hi
    I'm the vendor.

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    Just wanted to mention that I received the speaker panels from Derek yesterday. They look really nice, and I can't wait to install them, especially since my speakers were installed redneck style by yours truly about 18 years ago.
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    Hey Derek,

    Great design! I'm going to test fit stock 240 panels ans see if I can get them to fit my 280 before purchasing. I know I'll have to relocate the fuse panel but that could only lead me to cleaning up the rats nest of wires I have down there anyway Have you done anything that would fit a 280?

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    Hi Joe
    No I haven't. The main problem is I have no access to a 280. plus I'm slammed right now with my regular pattern work.

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    No worries. I'd like to grab a set from you anyway if you have them available. I can always use them in the 240 Do you have a Paypal account or is there some other way you go about selling these?

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    FWIW, I got these panels from Derek and they were well made, fit well, and helped "move" the sound forward. He was easy to deal with and the panels arrived well packaged. They are a good deal.

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    Agreed - I've got a set as well, and they are fantastic! Helps so much to have balance sound! The speaker pods do not interfere with my clutch foot, unless I'm wearing some overly large shoes. It also finishes off the kick panels very nicely, and since they are a nice formed plastic, they don't ravel like the pressed cardboard does. Great upgrade for anybody that does not want to cut their door panels.
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    Thanks guys. I feel the same way about my set!

    Joe I just sent you a PM with details.

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    Arrg, So will my 280 run without the fuse block and ecu? But really anything is better than cutting into the doors, I hate it when people do that.

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    so will they fit in a 76 280 if i relocate the fuse panel they look real nice or is there something other then this that i can use.

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    I personally have not tried it. But from what I have heard that's the only thing keeping them from fitting. Maybe Rags will chime in. He bought a set to try in his 280.

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    Other than the ECU on the left and the fuse block and relay bracket up on the right, neither of which are particularily important as grantF suggests , these lovely panels will slip right in. You can sit in your driveway and listen to great tunes... If you wire the stereo directly to the battery cause the fuse block is well, gone....

    Sorry for the sarcasm. Don't think these are useful in a 280 at all unless you have a megasquirt in your glovebox and a new fuse panel on the firewall somwhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    Hi
    I'm the vendor.

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    Hi Derek, I'm interested in a set of these kick panels.

    How do I go about ordering them?

    I'm new on the Forum, still learning my way around.

    Restoring my 71 240 and don't want to cut the door again.

    let me know.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
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    Hey Derek, I've tried to reply to your PM twice but it doesn't look like I was successful.

    I will take a chance & post the info here.

    My email: frankiedandm@verizon.net

    email me or call me. My phone (805) 484-9487

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    Derek,

    I'm interested in a pair as well. Please PM ordering instructions. PayPal works for me. Thanks.
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    OK, I bought a pair of these and installed them in my Z. Went down to my local car stereo shop and they didn't have speakers that were shallow enough to fix. What speakers did you use? Specifically, does anyone know a part number I can look up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StinkyCheese View Post
    OK, I bought a pair of these and installed them in my Z. Went down to my local car stereo shop and they didn't have speakers that were shallow enough to fix. What speakers did you use? Specifically, does anyone know a part number I can look up?

    Thanks!
    5.25" Shallow will work

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    I used Infinity Reference 5 1/4's in mine but my model is NLA. Here is the spec sheet. You can use it for dimensions. The depth is important but the magnet diameter is also critical as it hangs in the pocket for the door hinge bolts.


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    Hmm. Got my Kenwood speakers that Travel'n Man recommended in from amazon today. Went to install them and the certainly don't fit... I really don't want to cut-away the metal to make these speakers fit, but I don't know what else I can do??

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    Suppose I have to cut them - any recommendations on how to do it?

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    Hi John
    I don't have any specific Ideas. Hopefully Travel'n Man will chime in though.

    The speaker magnet is larger around than the frame that it attaches to. Can you angle the speaker and cheat it into the hole. when it's in the hole since the frame is a little smaller than the magnet maybe you can straighten it out.

    Just a thought.

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    I just got a set of these as well...very close fit in my 4/71 and matches the coverage of the original part exactly. Did a dry fit on the driver's side. Will need to drill a couple of extra holes for the HSB box and the pin switch wires. I think I'll also anchor down the back part of the panels by the firewall to give a more solid mount for the speakers. Anyone who has installed these have any issues with vibration from the speakers? I was thinking about packing the pocket with acoustic polyfill.

    One good part about this mod is it gets you to look at the door hinge pockets...found some rust hiding in the upper pocket. The pin switch hole gives good access to the part of the frame for rust treatment.

    I found the JL Audio C2-525 C2-525 - Car Audio - Evolution® - C2 - Component Systems - JL Audio to fit right into the pocket. The trick is to make sure the magnet dimensions fit within the same as the Infinities Derek used. The 525 woofer magnets are only .5" deeper but still fit. A problem I've found is that the driver side tweeter will be slightly blocked by the remounted hood release cable. Will that affect the sound? I could switch to the 2-way co-axial version, it would be less involved wiring from the amp...I'm not going to be running big watts. I had component speakers in before and liked the clarity of sound.

    Overall a nice mod and will really improve my driver space once I'm done...thanks Derek!
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