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Kicker KS35

3-1/2" 2-way car speakers

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by Jo Greene
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You put some good bass in your car, but now your speakers just aren't hanging with your subs. Kicker designed their KS Series speakers to deliver the performance you need to bring that "live music" experience to your ride.

The KS35 3-1/2" 2-way speakers use heavy-duty polypropylene cones supported by Santoprene rubber surrounds. Each speaker sports a 1/2" balanced dome tweeter that broadcasts plenty of high-frequency sparkle, so you'll hear all the sonic details that make your tunes exciting.

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Highlights:

  • 2-way 3-1/2" speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene woofer cone with Santoprene™ surround
  • 1/2" polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) film balanced dome tweeter
  • power range: 6-20 watts RMS (40 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 80-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • top-mount depth: 1-9/16"
  • grilles not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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1/2" Balanced Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Polyethylene Naphthalate
Woofer Composition
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Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
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Santoprene
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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88 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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80 - 20k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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6-20
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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40
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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1 5/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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1 15/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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3 3/16
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What's in the box?

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  • Two 3-1/2" 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
  • Four 1" Self-tapping screws
  • 4 Speed clips
  • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ German/ French)

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Features

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

Santoprene Surrounds: The woofer surrounds are made of Santoprene rubber to allow extended cone excursion for additional bass output and higher SPL. Santoprene is durable and resists moisture for a long life.

Balanced Dome Tweeters: The 1/2" PEN (Polyethylene Naphthalate) balanced dome tweeters provide a smooth high frequency response with a wide dispersion pattern. The tweeters have strong neodymium magnets for higher power handling.

 
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Kicker KS35 Reviews

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4 out of 5

3.5 inch dash speakers

Written By Anonymous, centeral Indiana on Sunday, April 27, 2014
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The speakers sound great for what they are. Much better then factory speakers of the 80's cars.
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5 out of 5

Kicker KS35

Written By Kicker KS35, Orange County, CA on Monday, March 24, 2014
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Good improvement over stock tweeters in my 2014 Ram 1500. I'm sure they would sound even better if powered by an amp, but running off my AVH-P4300 they also sound nice. Installation was a piece of cake with the supplied wiring harnesses. Great product!
Pros:
Easy install with supplied harness. Good bang for your buck.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Kicker KS35: Great Little Speakers

Written By Wesley W, Lake Jackson, TX on Sunday, February 16, 2014
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I just installed a set of these in the dash of my 2012 Ram Express regular cab. Huge improvement over the factory speakers! I ordered them on a Monday and they were at my door 3 days later. Install was a breeze with the free wiring harnesses and instructions supplied by Crutchfield. Only took about 15 minutes total to take out the factory speakers and put these in. Why pay an installer $50+ for something you can easily do yourself in no time? Crutchfield makes it easy. These have crisp, clear highs and a nice warm midrange as opposed to their muddy sounding factory counterparts. They even have decent midbass for such a small speaker. That being said, if you keep your bass level cranked all the way up they will distort at high volumes as will any speaker of this size. If that's your thing you will want to invest in a set of bass blockers. For my listening habits they are perfectly fine as is. I listen to everything from blues and classic rock to hard rock and heavy metal, with some old school rap thrown in every once in a while. Vocals sound much clearer and I can now hear every detailed note in my favorite guitar solos. For just a set of drop in replacement speakers running off the factory head unit I was shocked at the difference in sound quality coming from my dash. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a quick, cheap sound upgrade.
Pros:
Crisp clear sound, easy install with supplied wiring harness.
Cons:
None. Buy these now!
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5 out of 5

Kicker KS35

Written By Anonymous, Decatur, AL on Friday, December 13, 2013
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Speakers sound great. Replaced OEM speakers mounted in dash and these were a correct size replacement.
Pros:
New, good sound
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Kicker KS35

Written By Anonymous, Catlett,Va on Monday, November 11, 2013
 
thanks guys these will look great in my resto project
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5 out of 5

Great!

Written By C. Smith, OKC on Friday, August 02, 2013
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Definitely better than the stock speakers they replaced. No problems.
Pros:
Sound great.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Good value at a price though

Written By Vince, Ozarks, Missouri on Saturday, June 22, 2013
 
Nice little speakers for the front part of your dash or as maybe a tweeter addon. My factory dash speakers were shot and purchased these. They installed fine with the adapter plate. Not much mid and zero base to speak of but what do you expect from something so small. Sound quality however was well above what I expected and very clear!
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4 out of 5

Kicker KS35

Written By Anonymous, surprise, az on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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sound good. speakers are just good for voice and highs
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4 out of 5

Kicker KS35 - front dash

Written By JT R, San Francisco, CA on Thursday, January 03, 2013
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I installed them in my Chrysler 300 and it really cleaned up the front sound...lots more detail and cleaner highs (than factory speakers...of course), and this is just with the factory deck. I'll be running slightly more power to them soon along with some 200hz high pass filters to those and the front door speakers...they won't hit low bass but then I don't expect them to
Pros:
clean sound, sparkly highs, easy to install in my dash (just a grill to remove), and I got them on sale about 25% off regular price
Cons:
crutchfield didn't include the wire harness for these as they're not available...so it took a few extra min to solder and shrink tube it (but it did allow me to try out my new solder gun)
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kicker KS35 3 1/2 inch

Written By Colin H, Califon, NJ on Friday, November 30, 2012
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These speakers were truly amazing. I did not expect the power and sound qualities that they had. I put them into my 1986 Oldsmobile, and they fit perfectly, thanks to the wires that I received for free. They fit so nice and sound so good compared to the other ones that I will most likely be buying the new speakers for the back as well.
Pros:
Everything was great.
Cons:
Sadly my car had a faulty wire going from the connection to the speaker to the hub, but the other speaker sounds good enough and is loud enough to cover for the loss. I am not experienced enough to replace this cable so to bad that's life, and I should expect something bad to happen when I buy the car for $600 bucks.
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4 out of 5

Kicker kicks ass

Written By Bj, San juan pueblo on Saturday, October 27, 2012
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Speakers are worth the price. Really brings out highs and clears the sound to better your listening experience.
Pros:
Loud with minimal wattage
Cons:
None these 3.5 sound great
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kicker KS35

Written By Andres I., Caguas, PR on Monday, April 02, 2012
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Nice....
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Kicker KS35

Written By John F., Panama City Beach, FL on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Big difference over the stock corner dash speakers in my 2010 Dodge Ram 1500. They compliment the soiund from the door speakers very well. Super easy to install.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Buy

Written By Mark, Portsmouth VA on Saturday, December 24, 2011
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Thanks to the Crew at Crutchfield, Kyle and Eddie were very helpfull in helping me out, Great Job!!!
Pros:
Outstanding little Speakers, Glad I Ordered these First For My Dash Replacements, What a Difference in overall Sound Quality, To Make it even Better, I ordered them on the 22nd of Dec, and got them the next day, Less than 24 hrs, Regular shipping!! I would recommend these Speakers and Crutchfield to everyone!!!!!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Michael, Riverside, Ca on Thursday, November 17, 2011
 
Used these to replace the factor dash speakers in a 2006 Dodge Charger. They sound 100X better! I should have done it a long time ago.
Pros:
Great sound in a little package.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kicker KS35

Written By WallaceW, Salina, KS on Thursday, November 03, 2011
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Sound quality and sensitivity were good, so it worked well with a factory head unit. Install was a breeze with the included adapters from Cruthfield.
Pros:
Sound quality and sensativity
Cons:
I still had to buy them...LOL
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great sound but questionable quality

Written By DanS, Berwick, PA on Thursday, October 27, 2011
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Good punch and clarity resulting in solid stereo image across entire pan. Don't fool yourself into thinking you're going to get any real Bass out of 3.5" speakers, but they compliment the rear 6"x9"s very well, picking up just below where the 'big boys' leave off, and creating just enough frequency overlap to smooth out the overall mix (the way a well-tuned crossover does). Having said all that, one of mine has developed a standing wave (really gnarley buzz!) after only 10 days while being driven by a Delco stereo that puts out a little over half of the Kickers rated power handling capability. Assuming that's a fluke, I give them a solid 4 stars for performance-for-the-price. I am, however, VERY dissapointed in the 10 day service life I got from my pair! - DLS
Pros:
Punch, clarity and aesthetics.
Cons:
Made in China! Didn't know that. Would have looked elsewhere if I had.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kicker KS35

Written By shawn w, harper ks on Sunday, August 28, 2011
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sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 out of 5

Great fit, even better sound.

Written By TrevorS, New Palestine, Indiana on Wednesday, August 03, 2011
 
Provide fantastic sound, no complaints whatsoever. The magnet is rather large for a 3 1/2" speaker but not so massive that I couldn't get it to easily fit in my 03' Dodge Neon.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good sound for 3.5"

Written By 69C10guy, SD on Sunday, July 31, 2011
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Warning: speakers do not come with a mounting template--you'll just have to trace something out for custom installs. Solidly built--I'm sure these guys will last a long time. They're the only speakers in my old pickup, but they are still quite effective. Definitely recommend them as an add-on/replacement. Plus, if you don't need rattling windows, they do just fine on their own.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

2009 Jetta Install

Written By Luke R, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, July 06, 2011
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I unfortunately can't give a real rating to this product because they did not fit as indicated so I never actually heard them. There were two main faults for this install. One, the magnet was to big to pass through the factory opening in the door panel. So, using a rotatory tool I enlarged to hole. Second, after I enlarged the opening the speaker was in fact to deep and hit the window when is was put down. What a shame I really like Kicker and they were at a great price. I sent these back and ordered a set of Retro-Sound R-352N (reviewed separately.)
2 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kicker KS35

Written By Jeff, SD on Sunday, May 08, 2011
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I replaced some older Polks that had seen their better days. The Kickers didn't fit quite as well, but they do fit, and they sound excellent.
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4 out of 5

very good product for the price

Written By stephenlc, Hawaii on Thursday, May 05, 2011
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much improvement over factory speakers--great service from Crutchfield staff
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5 out of 5

kicker 3 1/2 inch speakers

Written By 2010 Dodge Ram Crew, Newport News on Sunday, March 13, 2011
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WOW....what a huge diffrence! Before you upgrade door speakers, replace dash
speakers with these. You wont need to spend any more money. I replaced door
speakers with Alpine S 6x9 first. These kickers have better mids and highs. Alot
cheaper too.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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