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Thanks for the write up! I've been digging into this, trying to determine bang-for-the-buck upgrade to the audio system. I think the BE and RTL-E systems are actually pretty decent with the better Panasonic speakers. Based on what I've been reading here and in Pilot forums, I'm not sure replacing the speakers is worth it unless you're going to add an amp.

I used your instructions and pulled the rear panel, and while I didn't get out the measuring tape, it does look like we have plenty of room even with the window down, there's room for normal depth speakers. I noted the external Door skin could use some dynamat, but was otherwise impressed with the quality of the weather barrier and extra foam pieces around the door panel to help reduce vibrations.

I think I'll leave it be for this year, and when it comes time to do anything I'll do the whole thing:

Dynamat all doors
Install amp AudioControl LC-6.1200
Install front speakers Polk DB6501 or Kappa 60.11cs
Install rear speakers Polk DB652 or Kappa 62.11i
Sub upgrade later if needed

If you decide to amp your infinity reference speakers, please update and let us know how much better it is/isn't. I've ran Kappas before and they're damned good, but need the power pushed to them.
 

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Thanks for that update Carnes! That is surprising. Did you use the infinity crossover, or just stay with the stock filtered setup from the factory amp? Did you do any additional sound dampening work during the process?
 

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Hey Ridge, congrats on the upgrade. Was there a reason you trimmed the baffle from the door panel? (I didn't do any trimming on mine and it all went back together nicely)

Regarding the front speakers, if you have one of the higher model trucks where Honda is using a dedicated tweeter output, then it gets tricky. You can see my post about it over here: http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/...l-e-speaker-upgrade-considerations-notes.html

Otherwise just take the door wires into the xover, and the woofer output to the door speaker and the tweeter output wires back through the door and up to the pillar. Keep the crossovers inside the weather barrier as they will get damaged from moisture if you put them in the outer part of the doors. I think @donkey just did his Polk install last month on the 5" stereo and may have other tips.

This is a good thread specific to the front door speakers: http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/...avigation/166930-replaced-front-speakers.html
 

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For those with the RTL-E... how do you replace the tweeters in the front A pillars?

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Check out the below 2 threads for details. Main trick with BE or RTL-E is to use an inline crossover for the tweeters, since they run on a dedicated line from the amp. (RTL-T just splits the tweeter line of at the front door speakers, so those are easier for xover arrangements).

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/...l-e-speaker-upgrade-considerations-notes.html

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/...avigation/166930-replaced-front-speakers.html
 
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