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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Unread 05-17-2019, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Retrosound Kick Panels & Speakers?

Has anyone used Retrosound’s kick panels and speakers? If so, I’d love to hear some reviews.

Since I need both kick panels and speakers, thought it make a good opportunity for one stop shopping.

https://www.retromanufacturing.com/p...21181619142738

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Seen lots of cars with them. They look good and I was told they installed easily. Combined with quality upper speakers the sound is pretty good.
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Thanks.

Anyone else have experience with them?
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Thanks.

Anyone else have experience with them?
So I didn’t use Retrosounds kit, but did get a kick panel with speaker holes in them, and installed my own speakers.

I like it a lot, sounds pretty good. I believe I used Kenwood speakers. And I got my own sound deadening for the kick panel. That helps too.

Maybe put together your own? Get speakers that you may already know how they sound. Just be aware of the size of the magnet on the back of the speaker. You may need a spacer ring in that instance.
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So I didn’t use Retrosounds kit, but did get a kick panel with speaker holes in them, and installed my own speakers.

I like it a lot, sounds pretty good. I believe I used Kenwood speakers. And I got my own sound deadening for the kick panel. That helps too.

Maybe put together your own? Get speakers that you may already know how they sound. Just be aware of the size of the magnet on the back of the speaker. You may need a spacer ring in that instance.

Thanks, are your kick panels from Retrosound (they sell them both with and without speakers) or someone else?
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So after a quick search in my email inbox, the kick panels I have are indeed Retrosound kick panels. I got them from CJ pony parts a little over 3 years ago.
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I don't have the kick panel speakers but the dual coil dash speaker and head unit from them and have been very happy with their products for the most part. When I do the package tray I'll update the rear speakers with Retrosound units.
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I found having a stick-car, that they encroached in the footwell too much for me. I took them out, as the speaker bulge got in the way too much.

I got a small mid range and tweeter combo. I mounted the front tweeters adjacent to the driver and passenger seats hidden just behind the headliner. Mid range are behind the door grilles.

It sounds great until I start the engine
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The compt is really too shallow for any kind decent fidelity sound. If you want to get a great sound from kick panel speakers, owners have modified the sheet metal behind the kick panel to form a metal box to give the speaker some room to breath. This is a major mod if done correctly. Otherwise, the KP speaker is better than nothing.

Yes, clutching can be a bit tight. I seem to make do with mine KP speakers
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Thanks, guys. Hadn’t really considered the speaker interfering with the clutch foot, that’s something to consider.

I’m not super concerned about high end sound quality as the car is a convertible and the top will be down probably 99% of the time when I’m driving it. Just want something that sounds “decent” and is loud enough to be heard when cursing with the top down.
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I too had them with my manual transmission and had to take them out. Too hard to actuate the clutch pedal.
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The compt is really too shallow for any kind decent fidelity sound. If you want to get a great sound from kick panel speakers, owners have modified the sheet metal behind the kick panel to form a metal box to give the speaker some room to breath. This is a major mod if done correctly. Otherwise, the KP speaker is better than nothing.
This was how Ford did it on the 67/68 Cougars. The 67/68 Mustang have the same cutout areas for the footwell speakers. The stock enclosures are available through West Coast Classic Cougar. You should be able to make them work on the 65/66 even though the sheet metal cutout location isn’t prestamped.



Here is a good thread on their installation

http://www.classiccougarcommunity.co....php?f=3&t=931
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...Just want something that sounds “decent” and is loud enough to be heard when cursing with the top down.
Haha I have a hardtop and I'm sure I can be heard sometimes with the windows open at intersections.

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haha i have a hardtop and i'm sure i can be heard sometimes with the windows open at intersections.
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I recently installed a pair in my coupe (auto trans though). I like them, and they were easy to install for the most part. I had some custom mods done that I needed to change to make them fit, but that was my fault.

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