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#39 of 88 2008 3s hatchback, new front speakers
Feb 29, 2008 (11:47 am)
I would like to put new speakers into the front door of my new 2008 3s Hatchback. My car has the side curtain airbags. My question is: anyone know if the airbags are in any part of the door, and would any issues arise when I take the door off to install the speakers. I know I am probably being overly cautious on this, but I just dont want to do something stupid which may affect the airbags.
Any help of this matter, or just an affirmation from someone who has already done this would be appreciated.
Also, what are the size of the speakers 5 x 7 or 6 x 8?
#40 of 88 Re: 2008 3s hatchback, new front speakers [ayoda5]
Feb 29, 2008 (1:15 pm)
I'd check with Crutchfield.
#41 of 88 Re: 2008 3s hatchback, new front speakers [ayoda5]
Feb 29, 2008 (1:36 pm)
The side curtain airbags are in the roof, the side airbags are in the seats (90%) sure. I am not sure if the sensors would be in the door or not (I would assume not though), no idea on the size of the speakers though..
#42 of 88 Re: 2008 3s hatchback, new front speakers [ayoda5]
Feb 29, 2008 (3:29 pm)
I have a 2006 3i sedan with side air bags, and I swapped out my speakers. I would think not much is different with a 2008 hatch. You have to remove the door panel to change the speakers. Only issue really is to remember to disconnect the power locks and power windows harnesses as you take off the panel. When taking off the panel, do it slowly so as not to break any of the plastic clips (they're cheap to replace though). Size is 6 x 8.
#43 of 88 Re: 2008 3s hatchback, new front speakers [ayoda5]
Mar 06, 2008 (12:31 pm)
if you have the bose sound system I would forget it, the bose speakers are less resistance than aftermarket, you would actually have to replace the whole sound system. You should have no problem with replacing the speaker if you don't. I recommend NOT probing any orange or yellow wire that goes to a yellow plug, that's usually the airbag wire. You will have to remove the door and to the best of my knowledge they are round speakers, 6" I believe... if it is actually 6x8 I would look for a plate to convert to 6" round, square speakers have horrible sound quality
#44 of 88 Hitch bike rack for Mazda3 5 door
May 21, 2008 (2:56 pm)
Does anyone know if you can get a hitch bike rack for a Mazda 3 5 door? Any good ones out there? Since you aren't really supposed to tow with a Mazda 3 do you think it's ok?
#45 of 88 Mz3s intake/exhaust mods
May 24, 2008 (8:47 am)
For those interested: 2.3l '04 manual. I have installed the AEM CAI with very noticeable 3rd gear power and torque improvement. Nice intake howl. Difficult to remove stock system, easy to install AEM. Difficult filter access - use KN filter sock. No codes or problems. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS! AEM passed NYS inspection at Mazda dealer. Usual 32 MPG hwy. Just installed at same Mazda dealer the Magnaflow cat-back exhaust. Even more fun! Nice muted deep sound that never gets harsh or raspy. Can no longer hear intake howl - a minus. Gets
attention from euro test pilots with cars costing twice as much. (try toting a marble-top dresser in your rig pal!) 33 MPG hwy. More cockpit noise at cruise speed as expected, but only noticeable with audio off. Total cost of both systems and installation around $800.00. Way more fun on regular gas and no penalty in fuel economy! Highly recommended!
#46 of 88 leather wheel wrap
May 28, 2008 (3:27 pm)
I am having a hard time adjusting to the sticky plastic steering wheel of my Mazda3i 2008 Touring. Any advice on the wisdom of trying to get some leather onto it?
#47 of 88 Garmin GPS Installation Suggestions
May 29, 2008 (7:57 am)
I have a 2005 Mazda 3 GT sedan.
I purchased a Garmin Nuvi 760 GPS system and I'm looking for suggestions as to where I can install the mount for a clean looking installation.
I already have an XM Sat radio installed where the little storage compartment was under the airbag light/12 v power port was located. I had a local accessories car shop fabricate a piece of plastic that resembled he black panel that was there. They pulled the little storage compartment out, installed the sat radio antenna and power connections behind this panel, reinstalled the 12v port to the fabricated panel and connected the fabricated panel to the car to present a nice clean looking sat radio installation.
I'm looking to do something similar for my GPS but dashboard real estate is an issue. I don't want to use the glass or dashboard connection that comes with the unit...traiiling wires all over the place is just ugly. I also don't want anything connected to or blocking my air vents.
Anyone have any suggestions on possible locations...??.. One possibility is the space between the two tuning buttons...not sure what's behind there.
Any other locations ??
Jun 03, 2008 (6:27 pm)
I'm just wondering if i can turbo my 2007 mazda 3i for under 2 grand and if so what should i get?