Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Vehicle: 02 SLK 320 w/ AMG Sport package
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For the time being I have shelved the door pods and am in the process of reconnecting everything with the oem door panels and speakers in stock locations (2ways with mid in lower portion of door and tweet by door handle). I am hoping that my aftermarket speakers with amplification will give me some satisfaction, but it won't be what I had hoped for.
Part of the issue was fitment, the pods (without covering) just didn't fit around the edge of the doors the way I wanted and I realized that while no one else would probably notice it the flaws. I would be looking at it everyday and it would bug me, so they are on the shelf and most likely will make it to the trash in the end.
I am reassessing things and trying to decide if I want to do custom a-pillars, kick panels or possibly even something in the mirror triangles. I had really wanted to use a 3-way separate speakers system up front, and have a dedicated driver for each of the lower midrange, upper midrange and highs but as I have always known there is a huge compromise needed between great sound, aesthetics and the space needed to get it all to work together. In our cars space seems to always be the limiting factor....
I am sure this episode is...to be continued