You love listening to epic, soul-shaking tunes in your ride, but your factory speakers make every song sound like a 60's garage band. Replace those worn-out speakers with some Kicker DS Series models, and get the performance and reliability you deserve.

The DS68 6"x8" 2-way speakers use stiff polypropylene cones supported by heavy-duty polyester foam surrounds. The 1/2" balanced dome tweeter belts out the high-frequency details, giving your music energy and ambiance. Grilles are not included — factory grilles are appropriate for most installations. Don't suffer with bad sound in your car — you'll be amazed at the difference some new speakers can make.

Product Highlights:

  • 2-way 6"x8" speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene woofer cone with polyester foam surround
  • 1/2" polyether imide (PEI) film balanced dome tweeter
  • power range: 6-35 watts RMS (70 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 45-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-5/16"
  • grilles not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why replace your car's original speakers?

The speakers that originally came in your car were made from inexpensive materials, designed to create acceptable sound at the lowest possible cost to the manufacturer. If you love music, you deserve better. Name-brand aftermarket speakers deliver fuller, richer sound with considerably more detail and nuance, and they're capable of playing louder and cleaner than factory speakers. Connect new speakers to your factory radio and you'll get the best possible sound from your dealer-equipped system. Pair them up with a new car stereo for a level of enjoyment that can rival a high-fidelity home audio experience.

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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Coaxial speakers
  • Two 12" Lengths of speaker wire (tinned wire on one end and 0.205" + 0.110" female quick slides on the other)
  • 4 Red plastic butt connectors
  • Eight 1" Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

Features and Specs

Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 1/2" Balanced Dome
Tweeter Composition PEI (Polyetherimide)
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Polyester foam
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity 90 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 45 - 20k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 6-35
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 70
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 5/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 11/16

Product Research


Polypropylene Woofer Cones: The Kicker DS-series speakers feature durable polypropylene woofer cones for power and control. Polypropylene woofers are also resistant to moisture and high temperature extremes found in automotive applications.

Ribbed Polyester Foam Surrounds: The ribbed polyester foam surrounds allow extended cone excursion for additional bass output and higher SPL.

1/2" PEI Balanced-dome Tweeters: The 1/2" PEI balanced-dome tweeters provide a smooth high frequency response with quick, detailed and spatially-correct imaging. PEI is an acronym for polyetherimide. The tweeters have strong neodymium magnets for higher power handling.

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good value

Written By Paul F, southern ohio on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Good sounding speaker,smooth highs,decent bass response.Installed in a 2000 Lincoln LS front doors. a bit overpowered by the rear speakers ( pioneer's) but nothing the fader cant fix.

Pros: good sound,well built,inexspensive

Cons: could be more efficient

Kickers in 99 Mustang

Written By Austin, Clemson sc on Sunday, January 27, 2013

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I was looking to upgrade my audio system in my 1999 mustang and get rid of my cassette player and busted speakers and after a crutch field advisor recommended these over the Polk speakers I thought I would give them a try. With the included adaptor install took me about 45 mins. They sound great, good clear mids and an impressive amount of bass for not having a sub. I paired these with the 6X8 baffles and that also helps bass response! Overall awesome speakers

Pros: Great mids/ highs Impressive bass Simple install

Cons: None

kicker ds68

Written By danny15dx, naples fl on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Pleasantly Surprised

Written By MK, Georgia on Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Ordered these as an upgrade to my son's Ford Explorer. I installed both front and rear using the Ford harness that was shipped free. I was impressed with the change with the factory unit, but once we installed a new Pioneer head unit, these speaker really came alive. Very impressed with the sound for the price. Not a ton of bass, and we really did not expect this, but for midrange and high end, these sound great with the factory sub. Major improvement over the premium sound speakers that came factory with the truck.

Pros: Great mid and high end.

Cons: None

Exact replacement for OEM.

Written By Duder, Pensacola, FL on Saturday, December 29, 2012

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I got them with a pair of Pioneer TS-G1344R to replace the old speakers in my Son FD RX7. The went in easy no problem. My son is happy he said it sounds so much better.

Pros: Easy install as recommended by tech. Cheap and son is happy with them.

Solid Speakers!

Written By Sweet Dude, Chicago, Il on Friday, December 07, 2012

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Great sounding speakers that are well built! I have a total of 4 pairs of these in 2 vehicles and wouldnt pick any other speaker! Kicker has been making top notch products for years and you simply cannot find a better speaker for the price.

Pros: Great sound, 1000% better than stock, easy to install

Cons: None

Great Sound Now in my F-150

Written By ddmantx, Texas on Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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If I would have know the difference a new set of speakers would have made in my 05 F-150 I would have made this purchase years ago. The speakers dropped right into the front and rear doors and Crutchfield made the install easy by including the wiring adapters and detailed instructions on door panel removal.

The speakers sound great coupled with the factory head unit. Even better performance now that I have added a JVC head unit. Can't wait until I add a amp next to go to another level.

Pros: Easy of installation Sound

Cons: None

Great speakers

Written By jts, Nebraska on Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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These Speakers produce great full range sound with my lower powered deck unit. With the help of the crutchfield install guide and speaker cables, I had all four installed in my F250 CC in a matter of minutes! I like the sound and better use of power of these two ways vs higher dollar three and four way speakers.

Pros: Great sound, full range, easy install

Great Speakers!

Written By Chris, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, September 05, 2012

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These speakers sound great! I listen to a lot of different types of music and everything I've played on them sounds perfect. I also tested them with the factory radio in my Ford F-150 before I changed it out and they sounded great. They're even better with a new head unit! The installation was simple. Crutchfield will send you a guide specific to your vehicle and a child could follow it. Also, the wiring harness they provide works perfect. Simply unscrew and unplug your old speakers and plug these right in. Easy!

Pros: Sound great. Easy to install.

Cons: None.

Great upgrade

Written By Jrush, Baton Rouge on Saturday, September 01, 2012

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Bought these to replace factory speakers in my 2006 F150 (one speaker had gone bad so I replaced them all). I kept my factory head unit since I wasn't looking to do a major system upgrade, more like a repair job. These speakers are perfect for that application, good price, great sound and don't require a lot of power. Certainly a better sound sound than factory too, very crisp with a nice ottom end, Crutchfield had all the adapters, accessories and an instruction sheet making installation a breeze.

Pros: Price, sound, fit

Cons: None

Great Sound Improvement

Written By Joe, Honolulu, HI on Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Great sounding speakers that improved the sound 100%!! You want to get these in your car!

Pros: Sounds great.

Cons: None

great speakers

Written By David, Illinois on Thursday, August 16, 2012

If you want louder bass from these speakers without a subwoofer. Then get a 2 or 4 channel amp (depending on how many you get) to drive them to their specified wattage. I put 4 in my f150 with a kicker Sub and a 5 channel amp and it's fricken awesome

Pros: sound

Cons: none

Great Speaker

Written By Anonymous, Falls Creek Pa on Thursday, July 26, 2012

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These speakers are a great upgrade to make. The sound and clarity are awesome! They fit perfectly in my F-250 . Great product.

Pros: Clarity. Highs. Mids.

Cons: Haven't found one!


Written By Str8shootr64, Iowa on Friday, June 15, 2012

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Awesome speakers! WAY better than stock! Aweosme, lous, bass!

Pros: Clear, Great Bass!!

Cons: noe

Big Change !!

Written By Aurelius, Rhode Island on Saturday, June 02, 2012

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Wanted a new look and feel for my 06 Lincoln Mark LT so i up graded my original equipment with (Sony AV Nav Xnv-660BT and Kicker ks68 in front kicker ds68 in back what a pefect match sound is (Awesome!!!!) great buy for the money .

Pros: Clear, Clean, Clarity,sound

Cons: Lacking a litte in the bass.

Pretty good!!

Written By EverydayAvenged, Pryor oklahoma on Monday, May 28, 2012

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These speaker are 10X better than the stock!!!! I put 4 of these in my 1998 mustang and they made a world of a differene!! The factory clips that come with they were amazing so I could keep a clean connection and made it look VARY perfessional! I love kicker and these speakers! :)

Pros: Made my music sound great!!

Cons: You need to get some tweeters with them because they are good but with some high end these speakers sound amazing!!

Kicker DS68

Written By Dmann, Fayetteville, NC on Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Speakers were perfect and sounded for the price....all around good deal.


Written By Carlos, Hanford Ca on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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I purchased these for the rear deck of my Mustang GT, wished they could of improved the bass output a little more. Dispite having a large magnet compared to the stock speakers they produce about the same bass as the stock speakers. Overall I think I need to replace the stock stereo for sure.

Pros: Decent highs

Cons: Not enough bass, get a sub with these for sure.

Kicker DS68

Written By bestestmama, Milwaukee, Wi on Friday, April 06, 2012

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the bass is no where near as loud as the stock speakers were in my 97 Taurus. The sound quality is good though to me it's not much different then the sound of the stock speakers. I liked the price and it was my first time buying after market speakers but next time I think I will go with something with louder bass

Pros: price is cheap, simple installation, and great techs

Cons: low bass and sound doesn't go very loud in my personal opinion.

Kicker Sound

Written By, Germantown, MD on Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Speakers do sound different in my Saleen Mustang Convertible which has the Mach stereo system. The sounds were clearer but the bass was not as hard hitting like the stock probably because the stock was more paper and easier to push than these more competitive speakers. Overall they sounded fine for daily driving and a normal stereo setup.

Pros: All music sounds are clear and crisp.

Cons: Bass was loud but reasonable.

Pretty dang Good!

Written By Sean, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Was looking for anything other than Kicker....not really a big fan, BUT the price was right and so I gambled. Replaced four of my original OEM 1999 Ford Explorer Speakers. Pleasantly surprised at how well they really sound. I still have a stock stereo, so I would imagine they would be even a bigger improvement with a better in-dash driving them.

Pros: Easy install, great instructions from Crutchfield!

Cons: I think they do lack in the Mid-bass department. BUT it could be my stock stereounder powering them also. So thats why a drop to four stars.

Decent entry level speaker

Written By Frank H., East Greenbush, NY on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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I ordered 2 pairs of these as a direct replacement for the factory speakers in my 2000 F150. Overall they are an improvement over factory but I was hoping for more. I'm powering them with a Sound Ordnance M4075 at about half gain. They are lacking in the midbass department and get a little harsh at higher volumes. Overall they are better than factory at a decent price.

Happy with my choice

Written By Thomas, Wiilliamston NC on Sunday, February 12, 2012

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Good speakers. Wiring harness hooked right up. Installation sheet was right on.

Cons: none so far

Kicker DS68

Written By Ed, Wilmington DE on Thursday, February 09, 2012

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These went in very easy and sound great.

Very good performance for the price

Written By Mike G, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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Excelent performance and reasonable price

Pros: Good highs and lows. Almost sounds and feels like I have a sub in the back again. Not quite, but close enough for the price.

Cons: None. Good value.

Excellent upgrade of my stock speakers

Written By Kyle, Merced, CA on Saturday, November 05, 2011

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I have a 2010 Ford F-150 Crew Cab and I replaced all four speakers with the Kicker DS68 speakers. The fit was perfect. They sound great (compared to the stock speakers)! The adapters and documents provided by Crutchfield made the install a snap. I did find a guy on youtube that made a video on how to upgrade the speakers in my truck. That really helped. So in the end I spent $100 and 2hrs of my time and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.

Pros: They sound sooooo much better than my factory speakers. Replaced all 4 for less than $100! Perfect fit.

Cons: Well - they didn't install themself and they don't sound like a $2,000 stereo system - FYI - that was sarcasm...

Kicker DS68

Written By Joe M, Hendersonville, NC. on Thursday, November 03, 2011

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I would buy them agian just be forwarned these are not plug and play.

Pros: These sound much better than stock, well worth the cost.

Cons: Although I got the little green check telling me they would fit my vehicle, wrong!!! My vehicle is a 2001 Tacoma single cab. I ended up having to modify the factory door mount.

Kicker DS68

Written By Tod jr., SO*CAL on Tuesday, October 04, 2011

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great speakers. bigger magnet than stock. great sound. easy to connect with wire harness. great customer service. only thing ito BEWARE is on my 2002 ranger they didnt fit right onto the grills behind the seat and needed slightly longer screws. but they still get 5 stars ***** and i will difinately buy from here again!!


Written By Scholten, Rock Valley, IA on Friday, September 23, 2011

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These speakers sounds great. I upgraded from stock speakers in my ford ranger. at first i think the bass was less then satisfactory but after a couple weeks of breakin in they sound awsome. i am very happy and would deff recommend them to someone looking for a quick easy sound upgrade. also i was very impressed with crutchfields service. i was always skepitcal thinking they were over priced but buying from them was alot cheaper in the end since they make it easy to install yourself. provinding you with plugs specifically for your vehicle. all you got to do is plug them in and mount them and you are done. great highs and mids and also great bass for a 6x8

Kicker DS68

Written By TedM, Kearny, NJ on Sunday, July 31, 2011

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After purchasing a Pioneer Head Unit last year everything sounded so good. Then, I noticed the driver's door speaker kept cutting off. I figured it was a loose wire and would hit the panel door it would work. I really got tired of hitting it more frequently. Decided to purchase the speakers and after popping the door panel the speaker was corroded! The thing I noticed the new speakers were heavier than the factory ones. I used the wire harness that Crutchfield provided with the installation package, perfect. It is a wonderful full sound and just love it................

Great speakers

Written By TonyM, KY on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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Installed in the doors of my 1996 Ford E250 van because the original speakers were trashed. The van is rockin again.

perfect upgrade

Written By Leo, suisun city Ca on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

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Awsome upgrade over stock... running 4 off an old school pioneer 2700. Sounds
good.... decent bass... great mids... smooth highs... will be updating HU soon
and adding subs... the 6x8's would benefit from more power.... and of course
install was a snap with the provided harness....... as always Crutchfield is awsome!


Written By big E, Mississippi on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wow! Ten times better than factory, never thought mids could make such a
difference. The half price deal, makes it even better. I'll being going after a kicker
sub and amp combo next to round out my setup.

For the price you will be shocked at the sound quality!

Kicker DS68

Written By BlkF1509, Dallas,Tx on Saturday, April 23, 2011

I purchased these for my 2009 F-150.
They sound Better than stock, But not for people
who like to crank the volume. I would Suggest a pair of speakers rated at least
60W Rms...

good bang for the buck

Written By EddieS, ATX on Friday, April 01, 2011

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I picked these up on a special bogo 1/2 off deal...figured they would "work for now"
but I was quite happy with them...the mids/highs sound great. now I am planning
for a powered sub....great by for the price A+

Very very nice speaker

Written By saunterr44, Farmington Hills,MI on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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The order came on time, and at a discount. The speakers were just as expected,
were installed without issue. Best of all, they ROCK. Excellent sound. WHAT a
deal. BIG upgrade from the factory.

Good if you have a sub.

Written By Chris, Lakeview, OH on Monday, March 14, 2011

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They sound pretty good not much low end to them. I think paired with a sub they
would be perfect. Just don't seem to be well rounded. Good mids and crazy highs.

2008 Ford Escape XLT

Written By TMcNasty, Ewing, NJ on Thursday, March 10, 2011

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I just installed 4 of these. For the record I have the non-navi stereo w/o subwoofer, but
I doubt Ford installed better speakers for those better setups. Don't quote me on that
Anyway...yeah these speakers are about a 75-100% inprovement over stock. Stock
looked well made. Decent magnet size and '25W' printed on the back, but were most
assuredly paper. Permanent grille on the front (yes on the actual speaker itself) made
it hard to see easily though.
The muddy bass is gone and I can hear the highs finally. Two grilles were NOT
helping the OEMs lemme tell ya! Of course the bass isn't awesome, but pretty good
considering stock radio is powering it and they're only 6x8's. A sub needed to round it
out 100%, but for $104 total for these (buy 1 get one 50% off) these rock.
P.S. Escape doors CAKE to dismantle esp. w/ supplied instructions. Only tricky tool
needed is a Torx T30 bit, but I have a whole set.
Go for it!

Get everything you’ll need to enjoy your new Kicker DS68

Reduce ambient road noise and your vehicle's "rattles," for better sound inside your car.
You'll need speaker wire to connect your speakers to your amp.
Keep your speakers clean and dry. They compress to fit behind your speakers.
These speaker connectors are handy if you're running new speaker wire or if your speakers have oversized terminals.
The right tools will help keep your installation simple and clean.
If your stereo doesn't cut the deep bass from your full-range speakers, a set of bass blockers can help prevent distortion and give you cleaner bass too.
Dynamat 10415 Xtreme Speaker Kit

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Dynamat 10435 Xtreme Door Kit

Dynamat 10435 Xtreme Door Kit

With four 12" x 36" sheets — covers two doors

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T-Spec 16-gauge Speaker Wire

T-Spec 16-gauge Speaker Wire

Black/white jacket — priced per foot

Item #: 120SW16WB1


T-Spec 12-gauge Speaker Wire

T-Spec 12-gauge Speaker Wire

Black/white jacket — priced per foot

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Stinger PRO Series Speaker Wire

Stinger PRO Series Speaker Wire

Priced per foot (16 Gauge)

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XTC 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

Protect your speakers

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Boom Mat 6

Boom Mat 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

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Metra Female Quick Slides

Metra Female Quick Slides

An assortment of female quick slide connectors for connecting to speaker terminals

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Bojo Trim Panel Tools

Bojo Trim Panel Tools

Set of 6 pry tools — helps remove interior and exterior trim and door panels

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S&G Wire Cutter/Stripper Tool

S&G Wire Cutter/Stripper Tool

Cuts and strips 12- to 22-gauge wire

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S&G Tool Aid 87615

S&G Tool Aid 87615

Window and Door Clip Removal Tool

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S&G Tool Aid 87650

S&G Tool Aid 87650

Door Trim and Panel Removal Tool

Item #: 18187650


Skewdriver Pro SPK4042

Skewdriver Pro SPK4042

Ratcheting straight and offset screwdriver set with 40 bits (Skewdriver Pro with ratchet handle, pictured)

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Spec Tools SQR-200a Squeeze Wrench

Spec Tools SQR-200a Squeeze Wrench

Narrow space ratchet kit with 18 sockets

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Install Bay 3320

Install Bay 3320

Auto-ranging digital multimeter

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Bojo Trim Panel Tools

Bojo Trim Panel Tools

Set of 6 pry tools — helps remove interior and exterior trim and door panels

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Install Bay IB35400

Install Bay IB35400

Premium door panel and trim tool

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Bass Blockers

Bass Blockers

Pairs (300 Hz cut-off)

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