If your rig has these outdoor speakers:
you likely know how much they suck, especially when that plastic cone-shaped dust-cap shakes loose and rattles around, making a horrible buzzing noise instead of music.
As luck would have it, these speakers mount in the exact same drill holes. No cutting or drilling required:
Just did the install last night, so my hopes of better durability are based on reviews and relative cost, but:
- They sound SO MUCH BETTER
- They weigh almost twice as much, and feel much more sturdy
- the cone on the PowerBass speakers isn't directly visible, hopefully that mesh faceplate will offer more protection
One small issue did arise: if you look at where the exterior speakers are on the 170M, the rear-most speaker is in a place where there's a support structure directly behind the speaker hole. The PowerBass speakers come with an adhesive foam ring-shaped pad to go behind the speaker's mounting surface. I found, for this rearmost speaker, I had to use the pad AND mount the speaker upside down so that the electric leads don't bump, where in the front speaker I only had to use gobs of silicone caulk.
I'll be taking my first drive tomorrow with teh new speakers, so if they fall out I'll update.