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Installing tweeters in your factory tweeter locations, or custom-mounting them on the upper part of your doors, will give you better stereo imaging and raise the soundstage to your ears. You’ll hear better placement of instruments in recordings, and you’ll enjoy more depth of sound. This is especially true if the tweeters are part of a component speaker system. And they might not be as difficult to install as you may think. 

Tweeters

Standard mounting methods 

There are essentially three different ways to mount a tweeter, regardless of where you choose to mount it. Tweeter manufacturers generally include adapters for all three mounting applications.

Surface mount

The tweeter sits on top of the mounting location; you’ll need to drill a small hole to pass the speaker wire through and secure the tweeter.

Tweeter surface mount

Flush mount

The top of the tweeter sits flush with the mounting surface; you’ll need to drill a hole as large as the tweeter itself.

Tweeter flush mount

Bottom mount

The tweeter presses up under an existing grille so you won’t need to create new holes.

Tweeter bottom mount

Common tweeter locations 

Tweeters improve your music the most when they are near shoulder level, in front of you, and far apart from each other. This allows them to create a raised soundstage with plenty of stereo separation. Below are the four most common places you'll find tweeters mounted in a car.

Sail panel

You’ll find the sail in the corner of your door window. Some factory tweeters come installed in this location. Generally, a flush mount works best if your car didn’t come with factory tweeters, while a bottom mount might be possible if it did.

Tweeter sail panel

Dash

Some vehicles come equipped with tweeters in the dash. A bottom mount makes the most sense here, though you might have to build a bracket to secure the tweeter. If you plan to build a bracket, try using the universal back strap we offer.

Tweeter dash location

“A” pillar

The “A” pillar sits between your windshield and front door window, and sometimes houses a factory tweeter. This location generally offers little depth, so a surface mount is likely your best bet here.

Tweeter "A" pillar location

Upper door

Custom-mounting in your upper door panel makes sense if your vehicle doesn’t come equipped with tweeters, or if the factory tweeter location is too shallow to work with. A flush mount makes the most sense in this location; keep in mind that you’ll need to drill a large hole in the panel.

Tweeter flush mount

Learn more about tweeters

To learn more about tweeters themselves, you can read our article about how tweeter design affects sound

When you're ready to add new speakers to your car, use our vehicle selector to find out what fits your car. Or just jump right into our full selection of component speakers. Also, don't hesitate to contact us via phone or email if you have any questions about adding some tweeters or component speakers to your system.

  • Troy from United States

    Posted on 5/21/2015

    does patching tweeters into the front channel mess with the ohm rating?

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/22/2015

    Troy, that's a great question. The answer is that yes, adding new tweeters does impact the impedance of those speaker channels, but that impact is almost negligible. You're not going to strain your receiver. This is because tweeters have tiny motor structures and play over such a narrow frequency range that they don't add much to the overall impedance load.

  • Troy Allen from san diego

    Posted on 6/1/2015

    Thanks! Ive wondered about that for years. makes sense.

  • Ch.Ajaydas from Chennai,India

    Posted on 6/4/2015

    Dear, I am working for Mahindra and Mahindra ltd, Automotive Company. Responsible or Audio and Acoustics in vehicle. Would like to know what is the ideal position for packaging tweeters and Speakers in vehicle. please contact us back on this requirement at the earliest

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/5/2015

    Ch.Ajaydas, the best placement for tweeters is as high as possible, angled toward the listener's ears. That's why many people mount theirs in the top of the door or the pillar. Woofers get mounted in the doors because it's the only place there's room, but the higher in the door the better. Again, if there's a target, it's the listener's ears.

  • Dave from LA

    Posted on 7/21/2015

    I already have an amp running my front/rear door speakers and I would like to add some front tweeters. How would I go about this? I was thinking about changing the door speakers at the same time because they are older and don't sound that great. Thanks

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/21/2015

    Dave, take a look at this article on installing car speakers for an idea of the process. If you purchase your speakers from us, you can call Tech Support for free help with installation. Be sure to use our vehicle selector to ensure the speakers you want will fit your car, or give us a call at 1.888.955.6000 and an advisor can make recommendations for you. Basically, if your car doesn't already have factory tweeters, you'll need to find a way to mount them. I'm guessing you already have full range speakers in the front door locations, so this would be an opportune time to swap them out for a component set, otherwise you'll have two pairs of tweeters in the front (one pair is built into your current full-range speakers).

  • Mark from Rio Rancho

    Posted on 9/27/2015

    I see from a past response that the ideal location for tweeters is high up on the door or A pillar. I am researching the JL Audio component speaker sets and according to their owners manual, they show the ideal location down by the mid range speaker for best results. Is this just for this brand? Please help me get some clarification.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/28/2015

    Mark, generally you're limited to your factory locations, but if that's not the case, JL Audio points out (taking a look at JL Audio C2650 Evolution components manual for example), that ideal woofer placement is in the lower front of the door or the kick panel. They suggest that ideally you won't want a distance greater than 8" between where you place the woofers and where you place the tweeters. That's good advice if it's possible. It may not be, which is why many vehicles use the A-panel as a tweeter location. Either way, you'll want to place the tweeters higher than the woofers so that the higher frequencies have more direct travel to your ears. Perhaps the best advice in the JL Audio manual is to experiment with tweeter locations before committing to a final mounting location. In the end, the sound that pleases you best is the best sound there is. Good luck!

  • Mike from 08527

    Posted on 3/23/2016

    I have the JL C3-650 speakers. I have the rears set in Coaxial configuration and the fronts I was going to set in a component set-up. Would I want to mount the tweeters on the Nissan Rogue up buy the window where the existing tweeters were or down in a different configuration?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/24/2016

    Mike, you can certainly experiment with a different location, but the factory tweeter location will probably make your installation work a bit easier.

  • Kevin Young from Saint Peters

    Posted on 8/31/2016

    Have Infinity 6032CF in my doors. I want replace the A Pillar Tweeters?? Speakers in front with some Infinity tweeters with crossovers. Will this hurt my OEM Radio? Will be sharing channel with Front speakers

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/1/2016

    Kevin, adding tweeters won't hurt your factory radio, but you'll get much better sound if you add an amplifier. Component systems perform much better with plenty of power.

  • Chris Adams from Windermere

    Posted on 9/12/2016

    I find that with a coaxial mounting over the woofer and correct equalizing and delay your sound stage will appear at your windshield even if your tweeters are mounted over the woofers in the door. This is how I have my current system. I believe that this is because there is a reduced phase cancellation issue when the speakers are emanating from the same point. With well recorded music the sound "appears" at my eye level. With tweeters mounted in the side pillar and woofers in the door I hear music coming from the tweeter. It is not in phase with the woofer but it is more prominent . That being said, if you don't have a head unit or processor that can delay and 16 band eq then raising the tweeters will improve your sound.

  • Swami from Chennai India

    Posted on 11/15/2016

    I have 4 x 3 ways tri-axial speakers connected to 4 doors each rated 4 ohms to the front channel of my Focal Solid 4 amp. Now, the amp will be seeing 2 ohms load per channel due to this setup. The rear channel of the amp is bridged to a sub woofer. APART from this since i had a spare JL Audio Tweeter, i just mounted it on the sail panel and connected it directly to the front channel without any cross over. I would fix a cross over soon, but would this impact the AMP in the short run.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/15/2016

    Swami, you'll get better results if you add a second amp (mono) that's dedicated to your sub, and use your current 4-channel amp to drive your four speakers (and that pair of tweeters if you feel you need them). In that scenario -- While the tweeters you're adding are likely 4-ohm, the actual impact on impedance isn't that bad because the tweeters draw so little power. Lesser amps than Focal might not handle this as well, fyi. However, in your current setup, you're pushing that amp pretty hard and adding those tweeters could put a strain on the amp, even a Focal. Also, you should be aware that running the component tweeters with no crossovers means they're getting full-range signal, which isn't good for those specialty speakers. Likely, they'll blow out over time without crossovers. The best solution is to not add those tweeters until you can get a dedicated bass amp.

  • Randy from Sanford,FL

    Posted on 12/6/2016

    I installing a Clarion 4 channel amp with 4 Polk db501 speakers want to add Polk tweeters how would I wire them Thanks Randy

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/14/2016

    Randy, tap into the signal that you're feeding to your front speakers. The component tweeters will have external or built-in crossovers that will feed them the proper frequencies.

  • Andrew from Seattle

    Posted on 1/2/2017

    Thanks for addressing this aspect of speaker placement. I'm wondering about "depth". If my tweeters are two feet closer than the subs will that tip the balance? I will be installing Polk DB 6501 speakers in a small-medium sized sailboat cabin. I can attenuate the signal to the tweeters by 3db.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/3/2017

    Hi Andrew, I'm assuming that you mean woofers (rather than subs)? You won't want too much separation between the component woofers and tweeters (refer to your speaker manual for ideal placement), but your best bet will be to test out the sound from your chosen placement before officially installing them. In the end, personal preference will dictate what works best for you and your boat. Also, keep in mind that if you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system.

  • Tony from Bristol

    Posted on 3/23/2017

    Hi, I am thinking of installing the sony Sony XS-GS1 in my car as a part of a component system. But I can't fit them on the front dash as recommended. As they bounce sound off the windshield could I place them at the rear, on the parcel shelf either side of the sub. The sub in the centre and the tweeters at the extremes of the shelf. The car is a 1966 Rover P5 coupe.

  • Tony from Bristol

    Posted on 3/23/2017

    Just to add some info to my question. The system I'm thinking of is; Component Amp is a Sony XM GS 4, the front speakers are Sony XS GS1621 in the kick panels angled up. The Sub is a Sony XS GSW121D Sub Amp is a Sony XMGS 100. Thanks.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/24/2017

    Tony, I've passed your question along to an advisor to help you put together the right system for your vehicle. Someone will contact you soon. You've made some great choices on gear here, but you won't want to install those tweeters in the rear of your vehicle. For the best performance, you'll want them in front of you, close to the woofers but also pointing toward your ears if Sony's recommended reflective positioning isn't possible (or as close to your ears as possible).

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