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Re: Getting into the speaker locations
Never had the pleasure of owning a 96 and I'm sure they must be a bit different than my 86, but I'll tell you what I had to do on my 86. On my 86 eddie I had no trouble getting the 4 rear speaker screws out and the factory speakers out.
I did take off the whole panel to get the headliner out though. You have to take the rear cargo trim top pieces off. This will allow you access to several hidden retaining screws that hold in the panel your speakers are in. Also the two pop off trim panels above each door as well as the upper seat belt retaining bolts.
I know from Steve83 that your 96s doors are seriously different than my 86s, but on mine all I had to do was reomve the panels, like Muddy already detailed perfectly, to gain access to the 6 1/2" round speakers in the doors. Yes, surprise, surprise there are not rectangular speakers behind there, they are round, but I doubt you'd have any problems putting your 5X7s in there.
My 86 came with a 65 amp alt and didn't seem to be cutting the mustard as my Denon amp kept cutting out like it was running out of power. I did put in a 130 amp unit from a 95 Mustang, using the tons of info available off the internet, but that wasn't the problem solver.
After I ran 6 gauge wire all the way from the battery, through the firewall, under the rug and into the console(where the amp is) I was all set. Equally important was a direct to battery ground wire to the amp.