This article deals with replacing the
stock 5"x7" speakers in the doors and safely removing the
door panels on a 2000 Lincoln LS.
Pry off the black plastic piece around the handle with a small flathead
screwdriver. There is one screw behind this plastic piece. Remove that
with a Phillips screwdriver.
Open the door and remove the one screw on the side of the door.
Four - Removing the Door Panels
Remove the three screws along the bottom of the door panel.
Now use a panel removal tool or a flathead screw driver to pry
off the door panel cover by the edges. You will need to pull
pretty hard - there are some of those annoying white plastic
screws holding it together. Then you can take the stock
speaker out with a screwdriver and unplug the wires.
The picture below is what the door looks like once the panel is off.
(Of course the stock speaker will be in that hole before you take
The blue connector piece you see to the upper left of the speaker
hole is connected to the door panel. It is one of those squeeze
plugs that connects the window motor to the controls.
You will need to unplug it in order to get the panel all the way off.
Five - Making the Mounting Plate for the New Speaker
NOTE: Before you
unplug this connector, roll the window down to see how far
it goes down. If you look in the hole in the photo at right,
you can see the window comes down there.
You don’t want
to break the window, so be sure to make a mark on the inside
to show how far down the glass goes. Then roll it back up
out of the way. Trust me; I didn’t mark where the window
comes down to and I ended up rolling the window down later
and cutting the wire off from the crossover! (I had to do
it all over again!! NOT FUN!!)
Now turn the stock speaker upside down on the board or whatever
you are using as a plate for the new speaker and cut to size. (See
left picture below.) The picture below on the right shows what the
plate looked like after I cut out the hole to mount the new speaker.
Six - The Crossovers
Now take the new speaker
and measure the back part. Cut the hole out in the center
(you may have to sand/cut a bit to get it to fit snugly in
the new hole). Once it fits, attach the new speaker to the
plate with screws.
The crossover was mounted right behind the speaker, a little bit
lower along the metal part of the door so the window didn't hit
it. (It's held on with 3M double-sided foam tape.) Make sure you
can easily reach the connectors.
That should do it - hope this helps!
Seven - The Tweeters
If you want to put the tweeter in the same place I did, the
panel it's on pops right off with a flathead screwdriver.
mark where you want it, take the panel off. and drill a small
hole (small enough to run the wires thru and run them down to
the crossover). You will need to pop the panel off again and
take out the speaker to get to the crossover. Then use superglue
to hold it on.