Well, finally got around to upgrading the audio in the Rodeo. The previous owner had installed some aftermarket stuff, but it seriously sucked arse. Could barely turn it up with out hardcore distortion. Lucky for me, I had a decent Clarion headunit, and Blaupunkt 6x9 3-ways and 6.5 2-ways from my wife's old college car just sitting around collecting dust.
I decided to drop the 6x9's in the tailgate, which took a little creative positioning in order to clear the windshield wiper motor and linkages. There was some cutting and bending of sheetmetal to be done, but overall it was a pretty easy install:
The 6.5's were a little more work to install. The '95 Rodeo came stock with some crappy little 4 inchers up front, and there was no way a bigger speaker was going into the stock location:
So, after a bit of careful evaluation, I decided that the easiest place to fit them would be the rear doors where the ash trays are located. I had to do some minor sheetmetal cutting, and trimmed back the plastic vapor barrier in that location:
Although I do not have any power options on my Rodeo, there are still all of the factory hole locations for the wiring to pass through. I extended the speaker wire, ran it under the carpet along with the main wiring loom, and was able to easily fish it through the door pillar and into the rear doors. Add a little bit of split loom for abrasion resistance an viola:
After that it was just a lot of cutting on the door panels, and fit-checking to get everything to look right:
I still have a little bit of finishing work to do, but overall I don't think it looks too bad right now. The new speakers definitely had a better sound quality, but everything still pretty much sounded like crap if you tried to turn it up at all (like enough to hear it with the windows down on the highway). The old headunit was a pig, and was maxing out its internal amplifier. So, it was out with the old headunit and in with the new:
Wow! What a difference! I can now pretty much crank the shite out of it, and haven't gotten any distortion yet. The "new" Clarion unit made a world of difference. So, for a grand total of $0 invested I would have to say that I am very pleased with this audio upgrade.
Next on the list is finding a home for my two 8" subs and 220W amp to round out the low end a bit.
Stay tuned kids.......