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1998 Response LX rear speaker and cloth replacement


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One of my speakers lost a battle with a misdirected waterski.

How do you remove the speaker and replace the speaker cloth?

Thanks in advance

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Stick your hand behind the panel (inside the gunnel) and feel for studs that run from the panel through the fiberglass. Remove nut and washer. you'll probably have to remove about 6 to be able to pull panel out far enough to remove speaker. Its easy.

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Thanks for the replies. I removed the driver side panel and removed the right rear speaker.

The speaker was attached to a plastic type adapter plate.

The adapter allows about 1/2 inch extra clearance for the tweeter to protrude past the speaker without hitting the speaker cloth.

The adapter also makes the speaker cloth appear flush with the vinyl.

The adapter plate is shaped like a flange with speaker cloth stapled over it.

(I have already removed the staples and the torn cloth.)

However, I am still not sure how to replace the speaker cloth on the adapter.

Car Toys suggested glue instead of staples, but I have doubts on how long glue would last.

What type of staple gun can punch staples through plastic?

Is there a better option that does not use the adapter plate?

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I'll be doing this pretty soon too. It's not much weight to support, I'd use some good glue made for this type of application. But, if you want to use staples a staple gun with stainless staples should do it. I also have a nail gun that can shoot staples, but that seems like overkill.

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I just found out that the "adapter" plate used by Malibu is actually the mounting ring of a 5 inch deck plate.

They can still be found online for under $15.




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