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 KS68 6"x8" 2-way speakers use heavy-duty polypropylene cones supported by Santoprene rubber surrounds. These speakers can handle high-level playback without straining, especially when they're powered by an outboard amplifier. Each speaker sports a titanium 3/4" dome tweeter that broadcasts plenty of high-frequency sparkle, so you'll hear all the sonic details that make your tunes exciting.

These speakers will fit in both 5"x7" and 6"x8" speakers. Grilles are not included — factory grilles are appropriate for most installations.

Product Highlights:

  • 2-way 6"x8" speakers (pair)
  • polypropylene woofer cone with Santoprene™ surround
  • 3/4" titanium dome tweeter
  • also fits 5"x7" speaker openings
  • power range: 6-60 watts RMS (180 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 45-21,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-3/8"
  • 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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  • Two 6x8" coaxial speakers
  • Two 12" lengths of speaker wire (tinned wire on one end and 0.205" + 0.115" female quick slides on the other end)
  • 4 Red plastic butt connectors
  • 8 Self-tapping screws (length=1-1/8")
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's Manual

Features and Specs

Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 3/4" Dome
Tweeter Composition Titanium
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Santoprene
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity 90 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 45 - 21k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 6-60
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 180
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 3/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 2 7/16

Product Research


Polypropylene Woofer Cones: The Kicker KS-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.

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.

3/4" Titanium Dome Tweeters: The 3/4" titanium dome tweeters provide a smooth high frequency response with a wide dispersion pattern. The tweeters have strong neodymium magnets for higher power handling.

No Grilles: The KS68s do not include grilles. They are designed as a replacement for OEM speakers, utilizing the factory grille.

Mounting Options: Each speaker features six mounting tabs for 6x8" and 5x7" speaker opening applications.

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Written By DanF, Wahoo, NE on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The stock speaker in my 08 Mazda 3 were shot so I had to replace them.These speakers made my stock radio sound great.They fit perfectly in my doors and easy to install. Had more bass than i thought the they would of had. Had to break them in for a week or two. Can't wait to get a new head unit. And possibly a powered Sub. I will be shopping at Crutchfield for all my Car audio needs from now on. Great tech support & free stuff.

Pros: A great overall sounding speaker.

Cons: Break in time.

Kicker KS68

Written By Nathan, locust, NC on Monday, May 12, 2014

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Crutchfield was awesome, shipped in a day with complementary install gear, easy to install, I would definitely purchase again and recommend.

Pros: Sound great, not too pricey.

Cons: None

You Can't go wrong!

Written By Anonymous, Forney Tx on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own a 2009 f150 xlt. These are very nice they fill in the drivers door dead spot. I currently dont have an amp but will add one later. They fill the cab with a rich full sound. These were added to my factory SYNC system. I plan on adding two 10" JL's later. If your looking for better than stock sound get these,Not the DS! They arent worth it....


Cons: Need a small Amp on factory headunit.

Upgrade your Ford today!!!

Written By PeteW, Louisville, KY on Saturday, March 22, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replaced the factory speakers with these Kickers. Had already replaced the head unit, now have great sound. Easy install in the rear panels of my 2002 Explorer Sport. Now have loud, crisp sound with good bass from 6 x 8 speakers.

Pros: Perfect fit for Fords Good bass for this size speaker Crisp clear sound

Cons: None

Kicker KS68-Great Sound!

Written By Bill H, Tallahassee,FL on Friday, March 14, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Put these speakers in the rear deck of a 2008 Ford Mustang. Due to the amount of interior panels and shoulder belt mounting points that must be removed to properly remove the rear deck cover, one needs moderate skills and patience, but the results were worth it. These Kicker speakers are GREAT! FULL clear clean sound from bass to the tweets. They are being powered by the Ford OEM Shaker 500 head unit and I listen at about one-third power. Stayed clear and clean when testing at full power. An excellent overall speaker!

Cons: None.

Kicker 6x8 speaker rocks

Written By RHM, Miami, FL on Monday, January 06, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Kickers FS series are a well rounded speaker. They have great clarity in the high and mid-range frequencies. The low end is adequate and performs better when driven by an amplifier. They are not meant to deliver hard driving base, I have them set up and accompanied by a 10 inch subwoofer. Love the sound with and without the extra bottom to back them up.

Pros: Great sound at all frequencies, even better when amplified with more than just the head unit.

Cons: Not design to handle extreme low frequencies, should be accompanied by extra subwoofer set up.

Great for the price

Written By Ruben, Fairfax, VA on Monday, September 09, 2013

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The speakers were easy to install in my ford f150 1997. Deliver nice sound quality and bass which is what I wanted it for the price. Has great highs.

Pros: Good sound for price

Cons: None

Nice Speaker

Written By asell21, Grand Forks, MN on Monday, August 19, 2013

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I have these kickers installed in my 2005 F-150 Supercab and they did make a noticeable difference. Better bass than my stock speakers and better mids to highs. Overall a nice quality speaker for the money!

Pros: Bolts right in, Clear sound.

Cons: None

Kicker rocks

Written By Greg M, Phoenix Az on Sunday, July 07, 2013

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The 6x8 speakers are power hungry make sure you put an amp on them if you don't you are missing out

Pros: Great tight bass

Cons: Need a amp to make them sound real good and clean

Kicker never dissapoints

Written By Island sound, Kodiak, AK on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed the kicker KS68 model in a 2005 ford escape with a friend. I was amazed at the quality and strength for a 2way speaker. It does not compare to a component set, but if you want noticeable difference in strength clarity and well rounded acoustics then look no further than these kickers!

Pros: Very clear, strong, impressive mid bass, clean and look good. All you want for a 2 way speaker

Cons: None

Good Speaker's

Written By LesV, Broken Arrow, Okla. on Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very good speaker, has allot of bass to it and every one say's there's no bass in a 6x8 speaker then try this set. High's are very good, really beats the factory speakers all over the place especially when cranked up. I put two sets in my truck front and back and I really like them, can't wait to give them a small amp of maybe 50 to 75 watts should really sound good then. If your on the fence about a good speaker for not allot of money then try these. Also wanted to thank Crutchfield for all the help with this selection of speaker for my truck, and the install sheet was great helped allot.

Pros: Good Bass, very nice high's very low cost.

Cons: not allot.

Kicker KS68

Written By Southernboy96, Virginia on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Very great speakers the sound is great bass response is great buy these speakers!

Cons: They unhook if you don't have them plugged in all the way

Great Speakers for the $$...

Written By Chuck F., San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought these to replace the garbage stock paper speakers in a base model 2013 Mustang. Great speakers for the money. They handle lows, mids and highs very well, and can handle up to 60W RMS should I want to install an amplifier later. And the added bonus was, of course, the detailed install sheet that Crutchfield includes with each order. Lots of quality sound for not a whole lot of money....a great speaker for all-around sound improvement.

Cons: None.

Kicker KS68

Written By Anonymous, Boise Idaho on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Just finished installing new kicker KS68 from Crutchfield in my 2004 Explorer. I put the ks68 kickers in the front doors and installed kenwood KFC-C6894PS in the rear doors. I was looking to match the base that came out of the stock speakers in the Explorer. Believe you me, they are awesome!!!!!! I have a Clarion head unit. No aftermarket amp, these speakers really rock I'm telling you. There is plenty of base and the highs and the meds are exactly what I was looking for. The install was so easy came with stock wiring harness no cutting no soldering No mass. Door panels a breeze to get off, couldn't believe it. If you're looking for a replacement speakers to go inplace of the old crappy stock ones this is the only choice for the 2004 Ford Explorer ,these are the ones.

Pros: Learned how to remove the door panels of a 2004 Ford Explorer

Cons: Couldn't afford to pay somebody else to install.

big sound little speaker

Written By HillBilly, Wilkes, NC on Sunday, March 31, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replaced my stock Ford Ranger speakers with these and WOW what a difference paired with the baffles that I cut the bottoms out of they are crisp, clear, and pack a bass punch for a 6x8.

Cons: a little expensive

Ditch those factory Ford speakers!

Written By Slick, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, March 03, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Ditch those factory speakers and put in a pair of these! I placed these as the rear pair, along with DS68.2 up front, in my 05 Freestyle, and the difference was amazing! These things offer enough thump to make it hard to justify adding a sub and amp unless you really want the panels to shake loose!

Pros: Excellent sound range and thump!

Cons: None

Very happy in F150 Super Crew Cab

Written By JesseK, Mahwah, NJ on Saturday, February 02, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm very happy with these speakers in my 2009 F150 XLT Super Crew Cab with Sync. I wanted a good choice for a speaker replacement on factory headunit power, and after installing the Infinity Reference 8602 speakers and not being happy, I installed these instead. Crutchfield's customer service is second to none, and the return was made very easy. All of the installation instructions were very detailed, and they made installation easy! These speakers have very good bass response for factory power, and they sound much better than the stock Ford speakers.

Pros: Good Low, Mid, and High response!

Cons: Doesn't come with any gasket type material to improve the seal between the speaker and the door.

Great sound, even better price!!!

Written By KYboyinCO, Aurora, CO on Sunday, January 13, 2013

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These speakers are so go, I now know how bad the radio station is that I listen to! Crisp sound with great separation of the highes and lows. Vocals are rich and the truck is vibrating from the bass. Worth every penny, which was $250 less than going to BestBuy to purchase and have them install.

Pros: Great sound!

Cons: None so far

Kicker KS68 in Mazda Protege

Written By Charles, Richmond,Va on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Paired these speakers (front doors) with JBL GT6-69's (rear deck) and a JVC KW-R500 head unit. Sound is great....and even has a fair amount of bass. Easy install and the instructions supplied by Crutchfield could not have been better.

Pros: Quality construction, great sound, and perfect fitment.

Cons: None

Got a bad speaker!

Written By J. Koch, Columbia, MO on Monday, August 27, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Kicker is a great company, so I was surprised when I got a bad speaker. After using Kicker parts for about 10 years, this is the first defective part I've received. All it dies once installed is buzz! No fault of Crutchfield, but I am uninstalling as we speak to return.

These things are Awsome!

Written By Cody S, Dawsonville, GA on Monday, March 12, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I replaced all 4 of my speakers in my f150 and man what a difference! I can actually make out the music over the roar of my tires and exhaust going down the interstate. The low end bass was about the same as factory but I don't listen to that boom boom music so not a big deal to me. Sound quality is second to none as is the service from Crutchfield. Everything I needed was in the box no more splicing wires for me. Crutchfield will be the only place I shop for any of my truck electronics in the future!

Pros: Sound quality at high volume levels, ease of install

Cons: noise camplant from the neighbors the night I put them in.

Put on 2012 V6 Mustang

Written By Zak, Danville, KY on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First off let me say that Ford puts a big pile of garbage behind the doors to produce a "sound" and that's it, nothing more. So generally, anything would be an improvement. I had a pair of Pioneers that I tried putting in there at first, but I did notice a significant amount of bass loss. So I decided to purchase these, and I haven't looked back. With Crutchfield's wiring harness and instructions, installation took a little over 30 minutes and the bass actually IMPROVED, alot. I would reccomend these speakers to anyone, but they are a must have in the new Mustang's. Thanks Crutchfield, and thanks Kicker for creating such an excellent product.

Pros: Everything

Cons: The speakers do need to be broken in, but play them at a moderate level for about a week or so and you really start to appreciate them. Some people have complained that they need to "warm up" in cold weather to sound good. I haven't experienced this problem and it's been 20 below almost everyday since installation.

Kicker in a SN95 Mustang

Written By Anonymous, Orland Park, IL on Sunday, January 15, 2012

I originally purchased these at a retail store b/c I got them on sale. Let me tell you, these were a significant improvement over the stock speakers. I disassembled the stock speaker to see what materials was used, the voice coil was held by a paper cylinder; most the speaker was made from paper except the surround was made from fabic (good job here ford.) For those debating on getting a set of these or some other brand, I'd say go for these. They sound really nice and most of all put out more bass then the original speakers that are in your car. I mostly jam to hardcore, trance, dubstep, rock, country, R&B-Rap and a little of alternative. These speakers can handle the abuse at loud volume. Bass/Mids/Highs are exceptional.

Pros: Best sound I've ever heard from a speaker. Purchase these, you won't regret it at all!

Cons: 2½ hours of installation which required removal of the door panels & wire crimping. When the interior is cold, they will not throw out much bass until the car has warmed. Mainly because of the Santoprene surround.

good buy

Written By MVP, Andover, IL on Saturday, September 24, 2011

great speakers. got them to replace one pair of stock speakers in my '95 thunder bird couldnt be happier. excellent sound quality and they can pack a punch. i have a pioneer head unit running them and they are loud enough to make my music have a full balanced sound, even with my 2-12inch kicker subs in the trunk. great buy as far as fairly cheap speakers.

Kicker KS68

Written By Ross G, Blaine MN on Monday, September 05, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding speakers. A major improvement over the hollow stock set in 2011 supercrew XLT. Now on to the clean sweep to resolve the factory eq.

2005 Ford Ranger

Written By EricR, East Greenbush, NY on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased these to replace the stock sets in the truck...Was pretty unhappy with the quality of the speakers. I actually liked the sound of the stock speakers better. The vocals were a little better with the Kicker's but overall sound was better from the stock Ford speakers, I thought. I'm using a Sony h.u. Just ordered some Boston Acoustics S85's with an Alpine amp so hopefully thats much better.

Great sounding speaker

Written By MikeK, Buffalo, NY on Monday, May 02, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I picked up 2 sets of these speakers for my truck, a 2000 Ford Ranger regular cab. The front set installed without a hitch, and sound absolutely wonderful. So much more crisp than OEM. The rears however, don't exactly fit the rear speaker grilles. The little mounting tabs on the centerline don't really fit within the stock speaker grille, and the plastic surround that sits atop the Kicker speaker interferes with mounting it to the grille as well. Modification to either the grille or speaker seems necessary. I haven't been able to install the rears as of yet, I may try to shave of some of the speaker grille.
Hope this helps.

Concert in your car!

Written By RayC, Wheaton, IL on Monday, April 11, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased these speakers on the recommendation of my son-in-law to improve
the sound quality in my 2008 Ford Edge. And WOW!! While still using the factory
head unit, the transformation has gone from muted and subdued music to an open
soundstage with clarity that I would not have thought possible; even at low volume
levels. Listening to the new found detail in my music is simply amazing!

I like listening to live recordings of concerts from Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis and
other progressive rock bands, and the sound experience from these speakers is
like being there; sitting in the sweet spot of the venue. Then take studio recordings
from Country Rock Bands like Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn or Lady Antebellum and
the music just opens up to a near concert like experience. You have got to listen to
Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) with these speakers; they will turn your car into an
"Incredible Machine"!

Before pulling the trigger on these (sorry to the PC crowd), I considered Pioneer,
Kenwood, Rockford Fosgate and Alpine speakers. While all are highly regarded,
these Kicker KS68's just simply kick A.

Finally, I cannot say enough be said about the service from Crutchfield, these folks
are the best to do business with.

excellent speaker

Written By Matt, Center Harbor NH on Thursday, April 07, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought these speakers as a replacement for the factory rear speakers in a
05 mercury sable sedan. they provided excellent bass, mids and highs over the
factory speakers. Install was easy with the Master Sheets. I replaced the factory
head unit with a JVC KW-XR 610 (double-din) and the only problem was that
Crutchfield didn't sell the metra double din kit for 04-05 mercury sables with
electronic controls( it is available #99-5719 Just google it.)

Decent upgrade

Written By Chuck, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, February 18, 2011

Got 4 of these to replace the factory speakers in my 2010 Mustang. The sound is an
upgrade from the factory speakers (cleaner highs and a little more oomph) but these
are not a "top of the line" series. If you realy want to upgrade the sound, more money will
need ot be spent. But I am glad I did this upgrade.

Get everything you’ll need to enjoy your new Kicker KS68

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

Dynamat 10415 Xtreme Speaker Kit

Two 10-in. x 10-in. Sheets

Item #: 15410415


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Dynamat 10435 Xtreme Door Kit

Dynamat 10435 Xtreme Door Kit

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

Item #: 15410435


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Dynamat SuperLite Tri-Pak

Dynamat SuperLite Tri-Pak

Triple package — 3 sheets, 12 square feet (Model #10612)

Item #: 15410612


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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

Item #: 120SW12WB1


Stinger PRO Series Speaker Wire

Stinger PRO Series Speaker Wire

Priced per foot (16 Gauge)

Item #: 541SPW516B


Boom Mat 5

Boom Mat 5"x7" Speaker Baffles

Protect your speakers
Regular and slim-line sizes (Slim-line: 3" depth)

Item #: 696B050361


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Boom Mat 6

Boom Mat 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

Protect your speakers
Regular and slim-line sizes (Slim-line: 3-1/2" depth)

Item #: 696B050371


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XTC 6"x8" Speaker Baffles

Protect your speakers

Item #: 237XT68



XTC 5"x7" Speaker Baffles

Protect your speakers (4-1/2" depth)

Item #: 237XT57


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Metra Female Quick Slides

Metra Female Quick Slides

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

Item #: 120FQS10PK


Metra Crimp Tool and Connectors

Metra Crimp Tool and Connectors

Package contains crimp tool and over 150 pieces

Item #: 120CRIMPKT


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S&G Wire Cutter/Stripper Tool

S&G Wire Cutter/Stripper Tool

Cuts and strips 12- to 22-gauge wire

Item #: 18119100


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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

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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

Item #: 126CR6NGL


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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

Item #: 1203320

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Install Bay IB35400

Install Bay IB35400

Premium door panel and trim tool

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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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Posi-Products™ Car Speaker Connectors

Posi-Products™ Car Speaker Connectors

8 connectors for installing car speakers

Item #: 669PP502


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DEI Heat Shrink Tubing

DEI Heat Shrink Tubing

Black 4-foot length (Assortment)

Item #: 696010839


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Bass Blockers

Bass Blockers

Pairs (300 Hz cut-off)

Item #: 127BB300A2