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Old 05-05-2016, 07:34 AM   #1
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How to remove Clarion speaker grills?

I'm going to install Polk DB651 speakers and need to know how to remove the grills from the stock Clarion speakers. This is a 2016 FC
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Your best bet would be to call the dealership or the Airstream customer service line and ask them. (877) 596-6505.
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I'm at JC so I asked a tech - he said they twist off. Doesn't work. So if someone has had them off on a 2015 or 2016, please pass along the secret.
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This would be helpful to know....
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Some speaker grills are attached with the same screws that hold the speaker in place.
Sometimes you have to remove the actual grill from the surrounding trim to gain access to the screws.
Sometimes it is simply a compression fit or has some type of sticky goo material to hold it in place.
I agree that Polk Audio are good speakers at a reasonable price point as I have a pair of Polk tweeters in my 1999 Nissan Pathfinder, but I would think the Clarion speakers are also of a decent quality.
Why the change?
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Pardon my French, but the Clarion speakers suck. Night and day between them and the Polk Audios, I have some in my car. But I have an extra set of Bose AM5's at home, and was wondering if anyone has found a way to hook up 110 volt speakers to a car audio system which is what we have in our trailers. Some kind of a converter? I'd like to replace the Clarions with the cube Bose since I already have them.
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The Polks are so much better than the stock Clarions. I replaced mine, in the trailer, last year. The sound is clearer, not tinny, better for music and voice. In fact they are so much better, I can actually hear the TV sound through them with the AC running. On my 2012 the grille is screwed the cabinet and the speaker just is press fit into the top of the grill. After I removed the grill, it was clear that the Polks would not fit into the grill so I had to use the one that came with the Polks. That required new holes in the cabinet, of course.

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Speaker Grill Problem

I have the opposite problem. On almost every trip, one of my speaker grills falls off, not competently, it will hang by a thread. I just keep pushing it up in it;s place and start all over again in the next trip. Being the rear bedroom speaker, I'm guessing the back of the trailer does a lot of jumping up and down because we can't keep clothes hangers on the closets, either.
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I have the opposite problem. On almost every trip, one of my speaker grills falls off, not competently, it will hang by a thread. I just keep pushing it up in it;s place and start all over again in the next trip. Being the rear bedroom speaker, I'm guessing the back of the trailer does a lot of jumping up and down because we can't keep clothes hangers on the closets, either.
Centramatics, maybe?

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Pardon my French, but the Clarion speakers suck. Night and day between them and the Polk Audios, I have some in my car. But I have an extra set of Bose AM5's at home, and was wondering if anyone has found a way to hook up 110 volt speakers to a car audio system which is what we have in our trailers. Some kind of a converter? I'd like to replace the Clarions with the cube Bose since I already have them.

Using your Bose speakers shouldn't be a problem at all.
Is the input RCA cables?
If so, RCA cables out of the car stereo to RCA in on the Bose speaker with the amp in it.
Then plug the Bose speaker with the amp in it to a 110 receptacle.


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The Bose subwoofer doesn't have it's own amplifier, or 110 power cord, it relies on the sound amp. Needs minimum 10 watts per channel 4 or 8 ohms. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the standard Sony deck has enough power.
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The Sony's internal amplifier should be 4 channel 50 watts per channel.


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Polk Audio

The grill on the Clarion speakers does sort of twist off, but one has to know which way to twist, and they are tough to get a good grip on. Once removed, before the Polk's are installed in the aluminum areas, it is a good idea to glue closed cell foam around the opening between the outer and inner skins, thus damping the potential resonance, and making the mounting surface for the new speakers much stiffer, improving response.

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Thanks Tommie! Very helpful!
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