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Steve
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Fremont, CA
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Porsche Crest Replace your Boxster dash speakers

Greetings all

I have a 2003 Boxster and finally bit the bullet and replaced the lousy original dash speakers. Now I wish I had done it 8 years ago. I was hesitant for years because it seemed there was no all-in-one solution, just a number of do it yourself hacks. There is a decent hack on You Tube, with a guy cutting up his stock speakers with a jackknife and what appear to be cheap pruning shears or wire cutters. Now that I have replaced them, I am not sure I really needed to keep the original speakers intact, but I wanted to be able to restore the car to original condition if needed. Anyway, the fix that worked for me was to order an adaptor kit from The South's Leading Independent Porsche Specialist.. I ordered just the plastic rings, adaptor plates (for holding the edges of the replacement speaker in place) and some handy wiring adaptors. They aren't exactly cheap at about $75 a pair (54 pounds) but they save you from butchering your original speakers. You can get a variety (well, three) of Alpine speakers that drop right in, but JMG really charges you for the complete kit and the Alpine speakers they identify are apparently european models because the only places I saw them for sale were european websites. I ended up going to Fry's Electronics and buying some Polk Audio 4 inch speakers (DB 401s) for $60 a pair, but of course the sky is the limit when it comes to audio gear. Based on my research, a lot of people like the MB Quart speakers too. With the Polk Audio speakers I had to get my tin snips and cut the "ears" off the speaker plates (that make the plate square instead of round and include mounting holes) but that may not have been necessary -- I just wanted to make sure they would clear all of the brackets, etc. in the dash hole. I used my dremel tool to smooth the cuts and make it nice and neat. It took less than an hour once I opened the speaker box, and that included some back and forth as I had to remove the second speaker to remind myself how one metal bracket faced. I hope this encourages you to give it a try yourself. Go for it.
Steve
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Mark from SC
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
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Greetings all

I have a 2003 Boxster and finally bit the bullet and replaced the lousy original dash speakers. Now I wish I had done it 8 years ago. I was hesitant for years because it seemed there was no all-in-one solution, just a number of do it yourself hacks. There is a decent hack on You Tube, with a guy cutting up his stock speakers with a jackknife and what appear to be cheap pruning shears or wire cutters. Now that I have replaced them, I am not sure I really needed to keep the original speakers intact, but I wanted to be able to restore the car to original condition if needed. Anyway, the fix that worked for me was to order an adaptor kit from The South's Leading Independent Porsche Specialist.. I ordered just the plastic rings, adaptor plates (for holding the edges of the replacement speaker in place) and some handy wiring adaptors. They aren't exactly cheap at about $75 a pair (54 pounds) but they save you from butchering your original speakers. You can get a variety (well, three) of Alpine speakers that drop right in, but JMG really charges you for the complete kit and the Alpine speakers they identify are apparently european models because the only places I saw them for sale were european websites. I ended up going to Fry's Electronics and buying some Polk Audio 4 inch speakers (DB 401s) for $60 a pair, but of course the sky is the limit when it comes to audio gear. Based on my research, a lot of people like the MB Quart speakers too. With the Polk Audio speakers I had to get my tin snips and cut the "ears" off the speaker plates (that make the plate square instead of round and include mounting holes) but that may not have been necessary -- I just wanted to make sure they would clear all of the brackets, etc. in the dash hole. I used my dremel tool to smooth the cuts and make it nice and neat. It took less than an hour once I opened the speaker box, and that included some back and forth as I had to remove the second speaker to remind myself how one metal bracket faced. I hope this encourages you to give it a try yourself. Go for it.
Steve
Just curious - did you do any photos of the job? I have been thinking about doing this, but, like you, just wasn't sure I wanted to tackle the job. This may actually get me looking at it again. Thanks for the post!

Mark
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Hi Guys,

Just managed to find this post by accident and thought I should comment as the owner of JMG Porsche in the UK.

The speaker adapter kits are available at the moment for 3 different speakers, which are...

Alpine Europe SPG-10C2 (Available throughout Europe in almost any car audio shop)
Alpine Inc. USA SPS-410 (Available throughout the USA and Australia)
JLAudio C2-400X (Available in Europe and possibly elsewhere)

Originally the kit was designed for the SPG-10C2 Speakers available in the UK, but our USA customers had problems sourcing these, so we imported the American version (SPS-410) which has now been available for about a year.

For anyone wanting to buy these kits for the USA or Australian market, I can confirm the speakers you need to order are these, from Alpine USA or a local stockist...

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.

And our speaker adapter kit to install these specific speakers are here...

Porsche Boxster 996 Dashboard and rear speaker adapter kit For USA Alpine

These speakers, and the adapter kits fit the dashboard in the pre 2005 Boxster (986) and the dashboard and rear of the pre 2005 996 models.

In our online shop we also stock a different set of adapters for the european Alpine SPG-10C2 and another set for the JLAudio C2-400x speakers available throughout Europe.

We are also interested in developing this kit for the Polk and MBQuart speakers in the future if there is interest.

Much of the cost of this kit by the original poster was shipping costs to the USA, which if anyone wants to arrange a group buy, would reduce the cost massively.

Alternatively, if Pelican are interested in stocking the kits, we would be happy to have them distribute them in the USA for us.

For those worried about what it is like to install the kit, it is really easy, if you can undo 3 screws, unplug a multi connector, remove the old speaker, insert the new one, clip a wiring adapter into place and insert 3 screws again, then you will be able to do the job in under 30 mins, in your lunch break in your work car park, with only one screw driver and a torx key (that we also sell on our website) and without breaking a sweat.

Maybe we should upload a video to youtube showing the process.
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