I replaced the center speaker located in the dash of my wife's 2017 Ford Edge today. This was a pretty straightforward job and is an easy way to improve the sound in these cars, which as discussed elsewhere here, is pretty muddy. To prepare for the job, I tried to see if there were any existing tutorials/videos of removing that speaker from the 2015-2017 Edges, but couldn't find anything. I used this video tutorial for replacing the same speaker in a 2016 F150, which has a very similar speaker grill and storage compartment in front of the speaker as the Edge does. That replacement was done with the cover to that storage compartment removed and while I didn't remove my cover (I didn't know how to remove it, and how to do so wasn't covered in that video), I would suggest doing so in retrospect if it's easily done even though I managed popping the speaker grill just fine. Below are a couple "before" photos demonstrating the speaker grill in place, viewed from above and from inside the storage compartment.
I used a nylon pry tool from inside the storage compartment to pop the speaker grill up a little at the corners. I couldn't pop it fully out because the cover to the storage compartment got in the way. But it was up enough to get a start on and finish from above. Below is a photo showing the front of the grill up a little.
IMG_3253.jpg 48.26KB 2 downloads
I next used a small screwdriver with the end covered in electrical tape to help prevent the tip of it scratching the dash. I worked the front end up some more then again from the sides and back until I was able to get my fingers on it and pop it out completely. Below is a photo of the exposed speaker and one of the underside of the speaker grill.
These next two photos demonstrate the terminals on the factory speaker and the adapter connected to those terminals that connects to the factory harness. There isn't an aftermarket adapter available to my knowledge (Crutchfield doesn't list one, but it's possible there may be one for another vehicle that is compatible), so I clipped the wires off the speaker terminals and removed the white plastic clip that secures the adapter to the factory speaker. Note that the red wire is positive and the green one (with red stripe, I believe) is negative. The diagrams posted in this other discussion indicate that the wires should have been green and gray/yellow but that clearly is not the case here. This may be something that changed between 2015 to 2017.
The replacement speaker is an Infinity Reference REF-3022cfx that I ordered from Crutchfield. This is the only speaker that they list as compatible with the 2017 Edge's dash and while I expect there are others that would have worked fine, I went with this because it's an excellent choice regardless. Crutchfield included for free some mounting hardware, but I have no idea why they thought it was necessary. The original screws worked fine. These speakers also came with a capacitor to be optionally installed in-line on the positive speaker lead. I wasn't comfortable using that one since it would have required soldering it directly to the terminal on the speaker and otherwise just seemed awkward to manipulate and fit in the space for the speaker. I wound up picking up a bass blocker kit from Best Buy, which basically is a capacitor that is already in-line with a speaker wire and fully insulated. The kit came with 2 pairs, one with a cutoff of 300 Hz, the other with a cutoff of 2800 Hz. I used the 2800 Hz one but in retrospect I should have used the 300 Hz one since the frequency range for vocals starts well under 2800 Hz. Crutchfield has some similar bass blockers that range from 300 Hz to 800 Hz, so I likely will redo this with perhaps a 600 Hz one. I want this speaker to handle just highs and vocals. Below is a photo of the new speaker with the factory adapter and bass blocker ready to be attached, as well as a photo of the new speaker in place.
So the bottom line, did this make a difference? It's hard to say how much is me imagining a difference, and I otherwise wouldn't expect a significant difference since it's just the single dash speaker so far. There's also the matter of me using too-high a bass blocker. That said, my wife and I agree there is an improvement with the overall sound seeming a little 'brighter" than before. It's basically functioning just as a tweeter right now, but it's an excellent one. Correcting the oversight on the bass blocker should result in an even better impression once done. I still plan to replace the door speakers and I've just about settled on the Polk Audio DB6502 component set for front and rear. Crutchfield lists the tweeter as fitting in the upper doors and the woofer as fitting in the lower doors. They are priced in the ballpark for what I wanted to spend and I'm very satisfied with the Polk Audios I have in my own car (2010 Edge), so it's pretty much a no-brainer.
Edited by Lifeisabeach, 08 January 2017 - 07:46 PM.