DIY Toyota Camry Front Speaker Replacement
If there's a desire to upgrade the factory 6.5 inch front speakers in your Camry using the existing factory speaker door frame, this article will show you how without having to fabricate or purchase a custom frame (if available). The problem is that all round replacement speakers have 4 connection points spaced evenly apart that will not mount into the speaker opening within the door frame of the Camry. The factory speaker is a combination triangular mounting frame and speaker doom that is stamped out of sheet metal. In addition the factory metal speaker frame is recessed into a plastic frame to act as a cushion or buffer between the metal door and metal speaker frame. A past solution was to purchase a thick sheet of plexiglass; draw the outline of the factory speaker frame on the plexiglass; cut around the parimeter of the outline; mark and drill the mounting holes to the door; make an outline of the new speaker on the plexiglass; cut out the speaker hole; drill the speaker mounting holes and finally mounting the new speaker into the plexiglass. In lieu of doing all this work, I decided to use a high speed dremel tool with a metal cutting wheel to cut around the edges of the factory speaker and glue the new speaker into the factory frame using epoxy. For additional strength, there is enough room to secure the new speakers into the factory fame with sheet metal screws. I believe that using the original factory mounts will eliminate sound leaks as well as vibrations and distortions with a make shift mount.
Remove the Door Panel
If instruction is needed to remove the door panel, refer to my DIY on how to replace a Camry Window Regulator:
Camry DIY How To replace the door glass, door glass guide, window regulator and window motor.
Remove the Round Cardboard Speaker Buffer
The Carboard Speaker Buffer with the foam cushion is lightly glued to the speaker frame. Use a knife to cut into the glue. With some light tugging force, the buffer will separate.
Remove the Black Plastic Speaker Mount
Remove the black plastic speaker mount which is glued to the metal frame. Start from by pulling the tab away from the mount and gently peel the plastic away from the metal.
Cut the Speaker Doom from the Metal Speaker Frame
Secure the speaker frame in a vice or on a table top with some type of C clamp and begin cutting around the base of the speaker doom with a metal cut off tool. I used a high speed dremel tool with a small metal cutoff disc attachment.
Epoxy glue on the new speakers
The outer edge of the new speaker should fit into the opening with no problem ... assuming they are 6.5 inch speakers. Using any other type of glue probably won't work...just not strong enough ... so mix some epoxy glue and place a heavy coat of the glue around the front of the Speaker frame. Use 2x6 blocks of wood to elevate the speaker frame above the table. Set the new speaker into the speaker frame and let the glue set. The weight of the new speaker magnets will apply enough pressure on the speaker's rim with the mount. * Ensure that the positive and negative speaker connectors are facing up toward the top of the upper mount hole. Allow at least a hours to let the epoxy dry before handling.
Optional: After the glue has set, the new speakers can also be held in place in the speaker mount by drilling holes behind the new speaker screw mounting points. Then use sheet metal screws to secure the speaker. Personally, I found the epoxy glue held the speaker in the frame firm enough.
Attach the speaker wire leads
- Attach the new speaker wire leads to the speaker's connectors.
- Attach the black plastic speaker mount to the metal mount. The existing glue along with the connection tabs should suffice.
- Cut the original wire lead from the factory speaker and splice with the new wire lead.
Glue back on the Cardboard and Foam Speaker Buffer
Using a quality glue, spread glue on the base of the Card Board Speaker Buffer and place it over the face of the new speaker. Large Alligator type clamps would work nicely in apply pressure to the connection points.
Mount the new speaker to the door
1. Run the wire lead from the speaker close to the speaker's connector in the door.
2. Position then bolt the speaker mount to the door.
3. Connect the speaker wire.
3. Re-assembly the door panel.