Originally Posted by smokey6718
so does the speaker cover not come off on the 05 x-type ? or do I also have to take out the hole door panel just to change the speakers?
The replacement speakers you use need to be very shallow so that the magnets do not touch your windows inside the doors when they are rolled down. The old 6 1/2" MB Quart Reference Series woofers will bolt right up to the doors without contacting the windows inside the doors. Most speakers will need to have spacers made of thick MDF.
The speaker covers DO NOT come off. Don't try. I've removed my door panels many times over the years to swap speakers.
You'll need to remove one screw near the center of the door panel by the handle used to pull the door shut, and two screws from the very bottom of the door panels (on the front door panels). Once you remove all 3 screws
from your front door panel, with a fast jerking motion, you have to pull the door panel off the door. They don't come off easy the first time. Pulling them off very quickly is the trick to getting the door clips to pop out. BE CAREFUL NOT TO PULL THE PANEL TO FAR. YOU'LL RIP THE WIRING RIGHT OUT OF THE SWITCH ASSEMBLY.
There are 7 clips holding on each door panel, plus wiring for the window controls, and the cable going to the door handle and lock assembly. Of these 7 clips, a few will probably break. You can use the Ford replacement door clips from AutoZone. They're not exact and not perfect, but they will work.