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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old March 16th, 2017, 16:36 Thread Starter
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Suggestions for replacing 93 Premium subs

What exactly are the sizes of the 2 subs (located behind the seats) in the 93 premium audio system? I have seen conflicting info on this (some say 5" and others say 5.25")?

What brand(s) of subs currently available in the market that would best fit into the stock enclosures (keeping the stock look is my priority)?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old March 17th, 2017, 17:46
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My 91 came with one of these when I got it. Tang Band W5-1138SMF 5-1/4" Paper Cone Subwoofer Speaker (It will require a bit of trimming to fit in the stock box just so you know.) Not a bad little woofer, plays pretty low for its size. It is definitely not a deep bass though, more of a punchy mid-bass. I ended up going for an 8" setup with a new amplifier, it just made the most sense for what I wanted, I did lose some space behind the passenger seat though.
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Thanks for the reply. However, I read somewhere that 91 and 93 models have different subs.
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They should be 5.25" for either year but the results are still disappointing IMO. I did what Slow White and upgraded to an 8" sub. I had a 8" Bazooka tube which sounded surprisingly good and then upgraded to a 8" JL Microsub which was double the price with the same results.
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91 and 93 are the same. Tang band fits and gives more bass than the stock ones. Not stellar but way better than no bass. The 93 premium added a sub behind both driver and passenger seats.
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Sorry for being late in checking back. Have been tied up. Thanks for the replies and info.

Regarding the Tang Band sub (5.25"), would it be a straight swap for the stock without additional modifications needed? That is, would I be able to simply take the stock sub out of its box and put in the Tang Band as is?

Again, I very much appreciate for the help before I pull the trigger.

Edit: I just noticed Slow White's comment above about trimming the stock sub's box to fit the Tang Band. Are there other brands on the market that would provide a complete fit?

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didn't find any that were a direct fit. The tang bands have to be cut and they have to be cut alot.
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That's too bad. I don't want to spend too much time fiddling around to customize. The only reason I need a replacement is that one of my 2 subs is making an annoying "plob" sound whenever receiving a base signal. Not really looking to upgrade.

If anyone has a working sub to sell from the original 93 MR2 premium sound system, I'd be interested.

And thanks for the help.
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Ok. After doing a bit more research, I found out that the required trimming on the Tang Band is not too difficult. So I've decided to go with it.

However, from an old thread on this board, someone mentioned, to my surprise, that the stock sub behind the driver seat is more difficult to get out than the sub behind the passenger seat, and would require taking down the side panel behind the driver seat, In addition, the person said that fitting the Tang Band behind the driver seat is also more difficult. Can this really be true?

My understanding is that the 2 stock subs in the 93 MR2 are identical, and their enclosures are also of the same size. The only possibility that would make one side more difficult to replace than the other would be a difference in the wiring arrangement. Can someone confirm that this is the case?
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They are in fact different boxes behind the passenger and driver seats.
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Thanks, SuperMR2. When you stated that they are different boxes, did you mean the size of the enclosures only, or the subs themselves have different specs? Do you know a source to which you can direct me on the exact differences between the 2 subs?

Thanks again for your help. My local Toyota dealer offers no help whatsoever.
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Yah I can direct you. These are my mint condition speakers, left and right and heck if I know which is which. I just know I WANT THEM GONE! $35 for shipping to anywhere in USA, plus $10 for each speaker. That's $55 total. I will sell them only as a pair. I should offer some kind of warranty. 14-day warranty so you have enough time to wire them up and test them. My amp went bad, and I'm no audiophile, I just wired up the door speakers to a head unit, good enough for me.

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Yah I can direct you. These are my mint condition speakers, left and right and heck if I know which is which. I just know I WANT THEM GONE! $35 for shipping to anywhere in USA, plus $10 for each speaker. That's $55 total. I will sell them only as a pair. I should offer some kind of warranty. 14-day warranty so you have enough time to wire them up and test them. My amp went bad, and I'm no audiophile, I just wired up the door speakers to a head unit, good enough for me.

What model and year of MR2 are these speakers from? From the picture, it looks like one box is bigger than the other. However, can you confirm that the 2 speakers themselves are of the same size? Thanks.

Also, when you took the sub out behind the driver seat, do you remember you had to remove the side panel as well in the process?
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Oh gawd now you're gonna get technical with me. It struck me as odd that the enclosures were different but what did I care. Anyway this seems to be confirmed by the other fine gentleman that they should be different which is kinda reassuring.

Speaker 1. (Paper label)
Model No 86150-17041
REf No CJ-WS391AA
Matsu____a Electric
Label No YEFM01661
Serial No 24141
5.25-inch diameter

Speaker 2. (molded plastic case raised lettering)
86150-17050
CJ-WS31504
EAB1418T
5.25-inch diameter

These came from a 93NA. The car had two door speakers, two door tweeters, two pillar speakers, and these two bubbas. I removed the whole interior at one point so I couldn't tell ya whether the side panels had to come off or not to access these but what does it matter popping the side panels off is simplicity itself any twelve year old with a philips screwdriver and a plastic pry bar could do it.

You can put these part numbers in toyodiy.com and find out any other why or wherefores.

Please somebody take these or I WILL THROW THEM AWAY.
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