What size of speakers are the factory front pillar cut-outs designed for? I can't seem to get a straight answer from local stereo shop!? Will 6 1/2" fit, I can get a great set of Sony's for cheap. Thanks.
It comes with a 4" speaker, but it's a special one since it's attached to the grill. You could get new 4's and mount them to the grill and screw them in - but you can get 6.5" speakers in there without cutting. The hole is irregular (It's square, not round) so when you mount it there will be some gaps between the basket and the sheetmetal. I used some silicone to seal mine to get better bass.
Do a search. We've covered this topic before. One other thing that limits your selection is the size of the magnet. A speaker with a really big magnet won't fit in there. It's too bad Radio Shack stopped selling car stereo stuff. I bought a pair of their speakers for about $20 that fit perfectly and sound great. I'm almost certain the diameter was 6.5". HTH and good luck!
i had difficulty finding speakers to fit the factory opening. 5.25 did not fit, 4" did not fit. i found come shallow mount 6.5 pioneer speakers at walmart and they fit great. i had to drill 2 extra holes so that i could put the grills on. make sure you get rubber surrounds for durability. the box that they come in will say shallow mount or shallow depth, something like that but they sound great.
thats a good place to find out this info, though they say nothing they sell fits the samurai. I personally used the stock grilles with some 4" pioneer speakers. You could obviously put larger speakers into the odd holes with a little trimming, but there isnt a whole lot of space in there and you arent going to get much better bass regardless of how large the speakers are. I made a panel out of 1" wood to replace the access panel inside the rear door of my tintop and out a couple 6x9s in there. There isn;t enough space to allow any decent bass back there either, not to mention it fires right into the back of my back seat and through a hi-lift jack (and bungee cords and wire ties and brake fluid bottles and a camps shovel, blah blah blah)
Ben Burch on Ebay is selling diamondplate grilles for speaker replacement on Samurais:
I have had 6.5 inch speakers in my front housings for 11 years now, they fit fine,
you may have to drill a couple of holes for some tap screws, I did, due to the speakers I put in there
had 3 holes instead of 4 to mount them...
I tried eclipse 5" and didnt like the imaging- especially with the top off- could barely tell they were there. Replaced them with BA 6.5 coax- but instead of putting them down low, mounted them in the targa bar, courtesy of a big hole saw. Sounds great, out of water's way and purty cool.
I have a pair of 6.5 kenwood 105W in the factory holes and a pair of 6" 60W kenwoods in the targa. I wished I had a hole saw, the holes in the targa are ugly, but luckily the grills cover the ugliness. I use the fade to put most of the power to the front speakers, but the sound quality is great!