If you’re thinking about upgrading your vehicle’s audio system, the question, “what speakers can fit my car?” has probably crossed your mind.
Maybe you’re thinking that your next audio system should have a DVD player and Bluetooth FM transmitters. Well, this guide is for you. It covers the methods you can use to find out your car’s speaker size.
It also looks at the types of car speakers available and some of the factors you should consider when buying new speakers for your vehicle.
Ways to Determine your Car’s Speaker Size
There are countless methods of determining your vehicle’s speaker size. Here are six of the most straightforward methods:
- 1. Taking Actual Measurements Of The Speakers You Intend To ReplaceSpeakers have irregular shapes; some are round, some are oval, and others have different shapes altogether. Therefore, you need to know exactly what to measure. Here is what you need to measure:
- a. Speaker Diameterthe diameter of the speaker is the distance across the top part of the speaker. Measuring it should be easy since most car speakers are round. The most common speaker diameters you’ll find are 5.7-inch, 6.5-inch, and 6.9-inches. Other not so common car speaker sizes include the 3.5-inch, 4-inch, 4.6-inch, 4.10-inch, 5- inch, 5.25-inch, and 6.8-inch.
- b. Speaker Depthif you are mounting the speakers on your car doors, you need to get the correct measurements of your speaker depth since the door has limited space. The bottom of the speaker refers to the distance between the end of the magnet and the speaker flange.
- c. Speaker Heightthis is the distance between the highest point of the speaker and the bottom of the flange.
- d. Screw Widththis is perhaps the most overlooked part of measuring. Getting the right screw width is paramount if you don’t want to drill holes in your vehicle.
- 2. Looking for Measurement Markers on Speaker Brackets If you are lucky, your vehicle has markers on its speaker slots. These measurement markers help you determine the best-fit speakers on each of the speaker slots.
- 3. Measuring The Speaker BayThe speaker bay is the space where speakers are mounted. Measuring the speaker bay requires you first to take out the speakers so you can measure the area. Most vehicles types such as pickup trucks, SUVs, and station wagons have speaker bays on the door panels. For most sedans, the speaker bays are located on the door panels and at the at the back of the vehicle just behind the rear headrests.
- 4. Using Online ToolsIf you do not want to go through the trouble of physically taking out your speakers and measuring them; you should check out online speaker size tools such as Online Car Stereo, Crutchfield or Car Toys. Once you log into these tools, you just input your car model, and they will do the rest. These smart tools will search and provide you a list of the best car speakers you can install in your vehicle.
- 5. Referring To The Car ManualThe car manual is the most reliable source of information if you want to get the correct speaker size on your car. If you don’t have a hard copy manual, you can download your vehicle’s car manual from the manufacturer’s website. All the speaker details can be found in the Audio Systems section. This section also provides tips on how to remove the existing speakers and how to install car speaker upgrades.
- 6. Seeking Professional HelpIf you don’t want to take chances with your music system, you can always try the help of professional car audio installers. They can be found at your local auto shop or garage. They will probably charge you for the service so you could have them do the whole system upgrade for you. You can take full advantage by finding out the best car speaker brands from these trained professionals.
Types of Car Speakers
There are different types of car speakers, and they all vary in sizes and sound output. Here are the most popular types:
- 1. TweetersTweeters are the smallest car speakers available. They range between 1 and 2-inches and are suitable for increasing the treble sound experience in your car.
- 2. 5.7-Inch SpeakersThe short nature of these speakers means they can fit most vehicles. When it comes to loudness, they are not as powerful as the 6.5 or 6.9-inch speakers, but for quality, they produce crisp, clear sound.
- 3. 6.5-Inch SpeakersThe 6.5-inch speakers are the most compatible and versatile car speakers. You will find them in most vehicles makes. They produce a wide but balanced sound range of bass and treble in equal measure.
- 4. 6.9-Inch SpeakersIn terms of size, the 6.9-inch speakers fall directly below the subwoofer category. They are mainly excellent at balancing low bass and high treble to provide the perfect sound range.
- 5. Woofers and SubwoofersCar subwoofers and woofers are the largest size speakers with ranges of about 8 to 15- inches. These types of speakers provide so much bass and bang that essentially turns your vehicle into a disco club. It is important to remember that when fitting your car with these massive speakers, you will need a high-quality car battery and a car amplifier.
- You can read more on What is a subwoofer?, How To Install A Subwoofer, Build Subwoofer Box and look at some of the best car subwoofers from our other guide.
What to Consider When Buying Car Speakers
Now that you’ve found the correct-size speaker for your car, here are some of the things you should consider when installing car speakers:
- 1. Build MaterialsThe quality of materials used to make a speaker affects its sound quality and longevity. For woofers and subwoofers, the best materials are often ceramic, wood, and woven fabric. These materials produce a loud, natural sounding bass and are durable. If you want the best sound quality and longevity look for speakers with rubber surrounds. Nowadays, manufacturers use materials such as paper and foam in their lower end speakers so be sure to avoid such speakers as these materials deteriorate quickly.
- 2. Weight of the Speakers This might seem like a farfetched factor but the weight of a speaker matters significantly especially if you are installing it on a car’s door panel. Make sure your car’s door panel can carry the weight of the speaker you want to install.
- 3. Power OutputThe power output of stock car stereos is usually 15Watts RMS or less per channel. RMS is a measurement that rates how much power a speaker can handle continuously. If you’re planning to overhaul your car’s entire music system, make sure the speakers you buy can match the power output of the new stereo.
- If you are an experienced, DIY, upgrading your car’s audio system should be a breeze. It is also a straightforward job for new and enthusiastic DIYs provided that you’ll follow the above guide to the Top.
- However, if you’re not good at working with tools, it is best that you seek professional help.