Upgrading VW Transporter T4 Speakers

One of the very first mods I did to my T4 was to upgrade the dash speakers. This wasn’t a permanent solution to the lack of good tunes in the van, but as a very easy and temporary fix – it’s a must.

The standard head unit and dash speakers are as rubbish as you can get, so upgrading them is essential. I’d recommend getting the best head unit you can afford. The speakers are a bit more flexible as any price 10cm / 4inch speaker is going to sound much, much better than the originals. Eventually you will want to put much bigger and better speakers than 10cms in your van, so spending a fortune on them is a false economy. I used these: Alpine SXE 1025 Car Loudspeakers which at a low £20 did the trick and were lots better than the standard van speakers!

Changing them over is a piece of cake, the grills pop off with a screwdriver and then you just have to disconnect the old speaker and reconnect the new. You can even buy little converters so you don’t need to do any wiring!

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  1. Brucey
    June 24, 2014 / 11:26 pm

    Which speakers have you used?
    All the ones I have seen are the standard 4 tab ones which appear to require cutting holes and/ or screwing in somehow. The ones in your photo appear to fit like the original ones.

  2. WildTide
    July 28, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    Hi Brucey, sorry I’ve been so long replying to your comment. I’ve changed all my speakers since this article but they were 10cm Alpine ones, I think SXE-1025S. They didn’t require any cutting or adjustments to the van, just clipped straight in. Hope that helps you or someone in the future.

  3. Andrej
    June 21, 2018 / 8:08 am

    Hi, could you pls confirm that you could also install back original grill cover, or speaker just stay visible? If twitters is too high it could be problem with grill, hope you can confirm installation is OK.


    • WildTide
      June 22, 2018 / 10:37 pm

      The grills sit down exactly as before! Nothing to worry about when you use 10cm speakers.

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