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Rockford Fosgate Prime R165

6-1/2" 2-way car speakers

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Excellent factory replacement
Whether you're building your first system or replacing some burned-out factory speakers, Rockford Fosgate's Prime R165 6-1/2" speakers offer clean, powerful performance that'll keep you and your friends rockin' as you drive. Plus, Prime speakers are a great way to get Rockford Fosgate sound quality without destroying your bank account.

Excellent factory replacement
Whether you're building your first system or replacing some burned-out factory speakers, Rockford Fosgate's Prime R165 6-1/2" speakers offer clean, powerful performance that'll keep you and your friends rockin' as you drive. Plus, Prime speakers are a great way to get Rockford Fosgate sound quality without destroying your bank account.

Side view of R165 6-1/2

Better components give you better detail
The Prime R165 6-1/2" speakers sport stiff mica-injected polypropylene woofer cones that deliver strong drums and bass, along with clean reproduction of the midrange frequencies. The Mylar tweeters add the excitement of strong high-frequency response to your music without a trace of harshness. Built-in crossover networks divide the frequencies going to each driver, so all your music plays faithfully. Grilles are included.

Product Highlights:

  • 6-1/2" 2-way car speakers (pair)
  • mica-injected polypropylene woofer with foam surround
  • 1/2" Mylar balanced dome tweeter
  • power range: 2-40 watts RMS (80 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 60-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2"
  • grilles included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Two 6-1/2" Two-way speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Two 12' lengths of speaker wire (female quick connects on one end and bare tinned wire on other)
  • Eight 1-1/4" Self tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Installation/Operation manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian)

I am very satisfied with this purchase. I don't listen to hard rock or heavy metal so I didn't need something with extra power. These speakers work great with rock 'n' roll. Just enough bass and very good treble. I would think a stereo receiver would make them even better.

Paul, Canal Fulton, OH


Rockford Fosgate Prime R165 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(34 Reviews)

Very Satisfied

Paul from Canal Fulton, OH on 4/7/2014

2001 Chevrolet Malibu
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I am very satisfied with this purchase. I don't listen to hard rock or heavy metal so I didn't need something with extra power. These speakers work great with rock 'n' roll. Just enough bass and very good treble. I would think a stereo receiver would make them even better.

Pros: Easy to install good quality for the money.

Cons: No complaints

Zero Bass

PearsonB from Philadelphia, PA on 2/13/2013

2003 Nissan Xterra
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I was very excited to put these in my '03 Xterra, let me just say that right off the bat. I also added the RF 6x9's for the back. However after the install and replacing the receiver as well, I was certainly let down, especially after reading a lot of the reviews on Crutchfield. My set up is powered by a new Sony head unit with 40 RMS / 52 PK power. They DO crank from high mids, to high highs, but zero low mids to bass. If you even try to adjust an EQ, they almost want to pop a bit when turned up. I also went as far as to triple check my wire connections, all wired correctly. Looks like it is time to add a subwoofer, and I'm not that much of a bass head either, but I need to feel the music a bit. Look elsewhere if you need PUNCH without the subwoofer.

Pros: Good mids to highs

Cons: Zero bass for the money spent, look elsewhere.

Rockford Fosgate Prime R165

Carl from New Jersey on 1/24/2013

2003 Nissan Maxima
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An excellent replacement for factory speakers. A lot of reviews complained of poor bass I actually turned mine down cause I am not a fan of bass thumping. The sound is clear and the listening experience is enjoyable



Ehh... Idk....

Manny from san diego, ca on 12/19/2012

2000 Chevrolet Malibu
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I put these in the back of my car and now I'm going to have to switch em out, there really is no bass and it does sound like crap when you turn it up I was highly dissapointed for the price I paid for themp

Pros: They look nice, sound nice,

Cons: No bass, car factory speakers have more bass

Great Product

Anonymous from Vermont on 12/18/2012

2000 Toyota Corolla
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For the price, you can't go wrong and they sound great.



Zero Bass/Low End

Bert from APO Sacile Italy on 12/8/2012

2004 Dodge Ram 3500
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They sound good with some old rock and roll music, but anything newer with a bit of hard bass or bass drum is a disaster. I put these in all 4 doors but am now going to have to get different ones for the front doors, they sound that bad.

Pros: Highs

Cons: ZERO bass

Great Speakers!

Brian H from Central New Jersey on 11/29/2012

2002 Dodge Ram 1500
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I installed these in my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. I am not very mechanically inclined so was leary of taking on this project alone. I watched a youtube video on how to remove my door panels and was on my own from there. In a little over an hour I had new speakers in all four doors. Everything I needed was included with the price! Why would anyone buy from anywhere else? Nice job guys!

Pros: These sound 10 times better than the stock speakers ever did. I should have done this years ago!

Cons: As other reviews say, there is not alot of bass. If you want to listen to annoying rap, these are not for you. I am not a huge bass fan anyway, so these are fine by me!

Rockford Fosgate Prime 6 1/2, 2 ways

DS from Hopedale, MA on 10/31/2012

These things are excellent!! Really - far beyond what I expected for the moey. I put them in my 2008 Subaru WRX Hatchback. I have the "Premium" Subaru sound system, but it was not cutting it, so I started doing some inexpensive mods. I picked these speakers because of the great reviews and now I am one of the 5-star voters! I didn't realize that my OEM system already had 2-ways in the door, so when I pulled off the door panel and saw them, I was wondering what difference the Rockford Fosgate versions could make since they were almost the same speaker. AMAZING - the cripsness of the tweeters is so great, and they even added some good bass response for just a little 6 1/2. I have stock Subary component sail tweeters in door already, but these Rockford Fostgate speakers added to high's and detail of the sound and seem to work well with the sail tweeters. The overall improvement to the sound quality was way more than I anticipated! And I only installed them in the front doors! (I might have to do the rears now!) And of course, the Crutchfield installtion instructions were fantastic and the included adapter worked perfectly. I took my son and I just an hour to put in both speakers. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE SPEAKERS if you want ramp up the quality of your OEM system for little $$.

Pros: AWESOME!! Great sound, crisp highs, added to the bass response, very good upgrade from my factory system.

Cons: NONE

Great for the price!

Anthony from Chicago on 10/27/2012

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
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Great speakers for the price. Way better than any factory speakers ive ever heard.

Pros: Great sound for a great price No distortion unless playing at MAX valume Incredibly easy to install

Cons: Grill didnt fit my car For the first couple days it made a weird buzzing noise but thats gone now

Great speakers - May need to upgrade head unit

xTMQ from Boston, MA on 10/22/2012

2012 Toyota Tacoma
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I used this to upgrade my 2012 Toyota Tacoma stock speakers, which were unimaginable cheap, with a magnet the size of a quarter, versus this speaker's hockey puck size magnet. Using the stock Tacoma head unit, the sound went from bad to OK. Once I changed the head unit to an Alpine CDE-HD137BT, with HD Radio, Bluetooth, and USB/MP3 capability, the sound went to OK to great. I guess Toyota puts horrible sound equipment in base versions in their cars just to get people to upgrade to the expensive JBL sound system.



Nice sound but not much bass

Paul W from Chino Valley Arizona on 10/21/2012

1999 Dodge Durango
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Like others have said, these speakers sound good but not great. They do not have as much low frequency response as the factory Infinity speakers I replaced in my son's Durango. That was a little disappointing. However, the speakers are clear and crisp as they should be. I guess we need to look for a sub-woofer now,

Pros: Clean and crisp highs and mids.

Cons: Not enough low end for me or my son.

Nice sounded for the price

Holt35e from Behind you on 10/16/2012

2008 Honda Accord
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They are very good speakers for the price paid. I will say I expect a bit more boom to them, than what I got, but they are only 6.5 inch speakers running off of a factory radio.

Pros: Price would be the biggest factor.

Cons: The install screws that came with the speakers were about 3 inches long, and totally useless for anyone who was not drilling these into a 57 Chevy pickup door. (Large flat door).

Fosgate speaker

Elsteo17 from 33063 on 10/8/2012

1997 Mitsubishi Galant
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Great quality speaker, especially for the money!



Great Value!

BrianG from Gadsden, AL on 10/8/2012

2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
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Very good quality for the price. Easy to install. I would recommend this product.


Cons: none

Better than paper

DTP from Dallas, TX on 9/24/2012

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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I read a lot of the reviews here before I purchased these. If you want to upgrade the paper speakers in 10 or 11 year old truck, these will do! Although I couldnt tell that much of a difference until I turned it up, way up. The highs are clear, and mids are decent. I guess it will depend on what you listen to. I also replaced the deck at the same time so I guess my expectations where set a little higher because of these reviews. OR, some of the reviewies had a nastiers sounding stereo than I did. If I had to do it all over again, well, I'd probably still do it because they are cost effective!

Pros: inexpensive, has warranty

Cons: I had higher expectation for RF.

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Anonymous from columbia,ky on 9/22/2012

2001 Chevrolet S10
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soon as i put them in,you could tell the difference.



Highs and no Lows

beardedcanadian from Sutton, MA on 9/3/2012

2012 Toyota Tacoma
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Solid speakers with clear highs. They have no low end whatsoever. The sound that comes out of them is okay, but not worth writing home about. I am not an audiophile and while these are a significant improvement over stock speakers for sound quality, they lack bass. Maybe I am just stating something that I should have known, like they aren't supposed to have bass, but it was a bit disappointing (Less bass than factory speakers). I am adding a self powered amp to the system so I am not too concerned. Not bad for the money, but if I hadn't installed them and had to take a road trip later that day I would have probably removed them and sent them back.

Pros: Solidly built Clear Highs Easy Fit Price

Cons: They get distorted easily.

Rockford Fosgate Prime R165

Anonymous from attleboro ma on 8/22/2012

2006 GMC Sierra 1500
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just looking to replace a bad speaker in my gmc sierra. used these with the stock radio. verry happy with them. they are a nice upgrade without having to spend a lot of $$


Cons: none

Good Value and Sound

humbleopis from Atlanta, GA on 8/8/2012

2001 Toyota Sienna
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Very easy to put in and very good sound quality in the wife's van.

Pros: Ease of installation. Quality of sound. Value of product.


Rockford Fosgate Prime 165

Howie from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl on 8/6/2012

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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I installed these in the front and rear doors of my 2011 Cheverolet Silverado Crew Cab. The installation was a breeze with the free brackets and wiring harnesses. With regards to the sound quality, to be honest, I was really expecting more. They are louder and clearer than the stock speakers but lack all the bass. They lack so much bass that I just purchased a powered 6.5 Bazooka Tube to compensate.

Pros: Easy Install Clear sound

Cons: Little to no bass (in my vehicle anyway)

Rockford Fosgate Prime R165

Clay from North Charleston, SC on 7/21/2012

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
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Great speakers. Has much better sound than the original including better bass.




JohnEA from Jefferson City, Missouri on 7/20/2012

2008 Jeep Liberty
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These speakers can't even be compared to the stock ones I had in my Jeep. As soon as I hooked them up, I definitely found out what I was missing out on. Clear Highs and Nice Lows. Look great also.

Pros: Clear Highs, Nice Lows, awesome in general

Cons: None.

Great upgrade from oem speakers !

Ronald from Palmer,AK on 7/15/2012

2009 Honda Civic SI
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Installed these in the front doors of my 09 Honda Civic SI sedan today and the result were amazing clarity ! Now my music is clear not baffled compared to the oem speakers . I do recommend this as oem upgrade if your running a stock head unit . Also I like to mention the Sales Advisor Mr. Cooper who help me with this purchase , he was quick to get back to me on my question got my order 2 days earlier than expected , received very thing I needed for the install and followed up on my order , thank you very much .

Pros: Excellent sound !

Cons: Nothing

Fair performance for the price

Karl K from Chicago, IL on 7/11/2012

2008 Pontiac Vibe
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Replaced factory GM door speakers in 2008 Vibe to complement new Sony in-dash. Clarity of mids and highs greatly improved, but lacks improved Bass. Great to pair w/a sub and a decent value for the price.

Pros: Great Mids and Highs for the price point

Cons: Bass for a 6 inch not quite as strong as Polk or Alpine, but not as expensive

Pretty cool for the Price Range

Niko C from California on 7/10/2012

2003 Honda Pilot
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So I put these speakers in my 2003 Honda Pilot, and magically they fit into the basket without alteration [except for the tabs] They have better sound than my Stock Alpine system that came with my car. But the bass is lacking in my opinion. But hey..that is what Subwoofer were made for. I do honestly recommend these speakers to people on a tight budget. I gave a 5/5 because I do like these speakers.. even-though they lack quality bass.

Pros: Great Mids and Highs for the price. Fit nicely in my car. They do nicely at higher volumes.

Cons: Nothing really, but [personal opinion] they are lacking in cleaner bass.

Quick delivery, great product.

Justin from Temple, TX on 7/10/2012

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe
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Delivery was very quick and outstanding since its free, cant beat that. Replaced stock front door speakers, great sound, no strain on the system with treble or bass. Going to order another set for back door speakers.

Pros: Great kit comes with everything you need. Better quality sound than stock speakers.

Cons: Instructions are slim to none, kinda gotta figure it out yourself if never installed speakers before. Have patience mounting the speaker to the mounting adapter. Shorter screws would make it easier putting speaker in the door.

Good overall speakers

Prolink from Bristow,Va on 7/6/2012

2012 Nissan Versa
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Decent bass, good highs. Installation was not bad. Crutchfield did not have a speaker connector for my 2012 Nissan Versa so I had to splice into factory harness. For the price it is a great value.

Pros: Excellent highs. Bass is ok.

Cons: Wish bass was a little better

Rockford Fosgate Prime R165

Anonymous from 43945 on 7/3/2012

1999 Dodge Dakota
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Sound great! Especially listening to heavy metal



Great sound

Ryan from Minneapolis on 6/23/2012

2008 Honda Civic EX
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Excellent sound.

Pros: Excellent sound; Price

Cons: Not really a 'con' for the speakers just a fyi for Civic owners. The screws that came with it. They were way too long to use to mount in my 2008 Civic EX (Front doors) with the adapter mounting bracket... Just beware that you might need shorter screws is all.

Great, affordable speakers

wyrynearson from Seattle, WA on 6/10/2012

1990 Honda Accord LX
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Great speakers! They have great sounding bass, and nice high's. They are fairly accurate speakers, and are amazing for the price. I highly recommend these speakers!

Pros: Bass, Accuracy, Affordable

Cons: None

Rockford Fosgate Prime R165

Anonymous from Lancaster, OH on 6/7/2012

1997 Dodge Ram 1500
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Pros: Great sound for the price, a whole lot better sounding than the stock made in mexico speakers. Installed easily with the provided adapter plates Would most highly refer to others that are on a budget.

Cons: none

Highly Recommended

Anonymous from Elysburg, PA on 5/19/2012

2003 Subaru Baja
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They named these speakers correctly...they ROCK! I can't believe the sound and bass produced out of such a little speaker.

Pros: Crisp clear sound and plenty of bass.

Cons: None

Great Rear Door Speaker

Rick F from Southeastern PA on 4/20/2012

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I installed these in the rear doors of my 2012 Traverse. They sound good as a rear fill-in speaker. I have the Rockford R1652 component speakers up front and whole package sounds great driven by a 22w RMS HU. The supplied brackets fit good as well.

Pros: Sound & fit

Cons: They weren't free

Rear Speakers changed out

Dave s from selma nc on 4/15/2012

2005 Nissan Frontier
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Very clear and sounds great cranked up, Replaced my rear factory speakers in my 2005 crew cab PU truck and its as different as day and night, Good speakers for the money.

Pros: Sound

Cons: none


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Features and Specs

Speaker Size
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 1/2" Balanced Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Mylar
Woofer Composition Mica injected poly
Woofer Surround Foam
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 88
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 91
Frequency Response 60 - 22k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 2
Maximum RMS Wattage 40
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 80
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 7/8

Product Research


Woofer: The Rockford Fosgate Prime R165 utilizes Mica injected polypropylene cone woofers, cold rolled steel baskets, and foam surrounds.

Tweeter: Each speaker features a 1/2" Mylar balanced dome tweeter. A semi-dome tweeter has a dome placed inside a cone; balanced dome tweeters are semi-dome tweeters with equal reproduction area given the cone and dome portions of the tweeter. The low distortion Mylar material allows accurate reproduction of high frequencies for an open sound stage.

Mounting: The R165 will fit in in standard three-hole and four-hole 6-1/2 applications. They can also be easily mounted in 6-3/4 applications, but because the extra screw holes create an air leak in the larger opening, speaker baffles must be used.

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