Join Date: Apr 2008
We have the 2008 Grand Vitara JX model, which came with very cheap speakers. The dealer refused to replace the speakers with after-market, so we decided to do it ourselves. They told us that replacement clips for the door panel are $2 a piece, so we decided to get a bag of 10, just in case. However, we didn't wait for the bag to be mailed to us, and went for replacing the speakers without the replacement clips. We ended up not breaking a single clip, and the job went very well and it sounds awesome.
We did the rear doors first. Using a flat head screw driver with electrical tape wrapped around the tip of it, to not damage the car, remove screw cover located where inside door handle is. With a slow twisting motion, it will simply snap off and is replaced just by applying slight pressure. Under it is a philips screw, (look like plus sign). Remove this screw first. To remove the door panel, we gripped at the bottom of the panel on either side at the bottom part of panel. Use your knee to stop door from coming towards you, with door in full open position. This might sound strange, but it comes off better to NOT be slow at pulling on it. Give a firm yank straight out from the door. Some plastic clips will stay in the door. That's o k. You will need needle-nose pliers to remove them. By not squeezing the thin disc, place pliers between the first and second disc and holding firmly, but not too tight, pull it out of the door using slight wiggling motion to re-install on panel where it mounts to. You will surely see where it mounts to, the clips just slide onto panel for installation onto the door. Make sure when you pull on the panel, you don't pull farther than probably a foot away from the door, as the panel is attached to the door still at the top near the window, and most importantly, by wires to operate the power locks and window. Once the panel is away from the door at the bottom, lift whole panel straight up to release from door completely. Some of the doors we did not unplug the wires. It helps very much to do this with a person who can hold the door panel while you unplug the wires or even to hold the panel vertically while u change the speaker.
When you remove the old speaker, the wires have a sheath to protect them, however, this sheath is not waterproofed by the manufacturer, and you should expect water to be in the sheath with the speaker wires. We emptied the water as much as we could, and after installing new speakers, we used electrical tape to waterproof it totally. The speakers we chose did not line up perfectly with the mounting holes in door, DO NOT DRILL THE SPEAKER TO INSTALL if this happens to you. DRILL THE CAR DOOR. If you drill the speaker, metal shavings will fall into the voice coil and destroy the speaker. We removed the green mounting pieces and had plenty of room to mount the new speaker. We have 6.5 inch speakers in the door, I'm guessing yours is the same. The old speakers were 25 watt / 4 ohm and paper cone, a sad excuse for a speaker. I expect most people will have to replace their speakers within 5 years. We replaced them with 200 watt / 4 ohm speakers. It is important to keep the ohm rating the same. Most cars have ohm ratings of 4 to 6, while homes have systems of 8 to 16 ohms. Bose radios use 2 ohm, so unless you have a Bose head unit, use 4 ohm speakers for Suzuki.
I suggest removing all the door panels first, and this is for just in case you do break a mounting clip, you can decide which door to take clips from and where. It gives you options that you wouldn't have if you try one door at a time.
I also suggest keeping the key in the vehicle if you have the proximity keyless ignition. We had the key unit away from the vehicle and it cut power to the car while we were testing the speakers one by one after replacing each speaker. We thought we made a short somewhere, and it ended up just being that the key wasn't near the vehicle constantly. Smart cars can be so stupid, ya know?
Reinstalling the panel is as easy as placing it slightly above where it mounts and making sure it fits into door sill near window snugly and sliding downwards. Check from side to see that clips are lining up and plug wires to connect power locks and window. Then firmly pound with closed fist to reset the clips into the door. You will know they are all in place if you don't have bulges in door. Please be sure to look at the clips to see if they are pointing at the hole in door, as it is possible to have one miss and bend and possibly break, requiring you to remove the panel again.
Good luck and I hope you enjoy the new sound as much as we do.