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Old 11-14-2017, 10:53 AM   #1
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Driver's door speaker bad-replacement??

My driver's door speaker has gone bad & needs replacement. Vehicle is a 2007 RDX Tech with 8 speakers.
Best I can figure from the website, it is a Panasonic speaker, part # 39120-STK-A12 for $26.72. However, there seems to be several different ones, is this the right one?
Would you guys order the Acura replacement or go with an aftermarket replacement?
Seems like $26.72 is going to be a hard price to beat for any kind of quality speaker, plus it will match he others in the system.
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Kinda off the topic.... I had a rattle on my driver side door speaker on my 08 RDX tech. It wasn't consistent and only noticeable when using the AUX connection. I even had a few DVD-A CDs and never got the rattle when I cranked them up. It turned out the speaker couldn't keep up with the way I had some of the songs recorded on my iPhone using AUX connection. I just turned down the bass a touch and no problems after that for +7 years from any input (FM, XM, CD, DVD-A, or Aux).

I would double-check you get the rattle from some or all audio sources (if that is the issue you are having with the speaker).
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Its past a rattle, its gone completely fuzzy & distorted on FM, XM, & CDs
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@ $26.72 it's going to be a paper cone. even if it's made by panasonic, paper will tear!
if you just want to replace it...replace it with the $26 dollar stock one.

but if you wanted to "upgrade", then an aftermarket speaker would be your better option.

i would inspect "bad" speaker for tears, first before buying replacement
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Early years to seem to have speaker issues, but I don't see them after the mid-cycle update. Are the part numbers the same throughout the entire first gen? If so I wonder if there was some manufacturing improvements made during that time.
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That is a very good question Tom. I haven't had an issue with the stereo of AC relay it seems in the 2011 yet. Knock on wood. Can't believe the car is 6 1/2 years old now. I bought it when it was only 3. I applaud those still driving the 1G first model 07-09's. Hope mine goes for a long time as well. My 2004 Saturn Vue though will be tough to beat at 13 1/2 years and still going. Driving her today.
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Same here - have a 2010 with 127k miles and I work out the stereo far more than I work out the car. Man I wish DVD-A caught on, it sounds so great in this car.
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The speaker is BAD, does not make any difference if its torn or not, its bad either way

The original speaker is most likely a paper cone, same as all the other speakers in the system, same as most all vehicle's OEM speakers. The system in my RDX is one of the best stock sound system I've ever heard, so no sense in upgrading one speaker and have it sound different, and I'm sure not spending the $$ to change out all the speakers. It is good enough for my needs like it is.

Anyone have a DIY for removing the driver's door panel? I'm sure it is pretty much like removing any door panel, but when it comes to plastic clips & such, its good to know where & what to force & what not to do. Looks like the tweeter in the upper door corner needs to be removed, any trick to that ?
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I replaced the 4 door speakers with JBL GTO638 6.5-Inch 3-Way Speakers. They are 2 ohm resistant like our factory ones and even play as good as factory. But I then later amped them with a better amp and they sound much better.

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Anyone have a DIY for removing the driver's door panel? I'm sure it is pretty much like removing any door panel, but when it comes to plastic clips & such, its good to know where & what to force & what not to do. Looks like the tweeter in the upper door corner needs to be removed, any trick to that ?
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I will look for the YouTube video for you but I know it's 2 screws. 1 by the door handle, pop the cover behind the handle and remove the screw. The second screw is below the armrest where the pocket is (bend down and you will see it) You will see a little slot to remove with a flat head and the screw will be in there. The tweeter you can easily remove with your hands. No tools required there. At the bottom of the panel, there is a slot to enter a panel popper tool or a flat head screw driver and it will basically release most of the bottom clips when you pry it there. Then the rest you release by pulling on the panel lightly.
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The OEM speaker arrived from Delray Acura a couple of days ago. Somewhat surprisingly, it is a plastic cone speaker, not paper.
Kevin is right on about the door panel removal, 3 screws under a plastic cover behind the door handle, and one on the underside of the armrest above the pocket.
Sick a screw driver in the slot & start prying. Just be careful you don't pull the 2 door latch/locks cables out of their holder.

If you want to upgrade all the door speakers, I'm sure something like what Kevin did would be the way to go, but the OEM speakers are good for a factory vehicle system.
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My 08's passenger door speaker blew in the first year of ownership. It was replaced under warranty. Seems to be a common thing.
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