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    Guess I'm back to flipping a coin!

    WRT to the spikes, any idea where I can get the inserts?

    Thanks.

    Seth

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    Seth, I'm going to suggest you do some of this yourself instead of asking everyone here to do it for you because it is much more rewarding that way. Google is your friend.
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    There's no question you're right. It's just that as a modding "virgin", I'm not sure enough in my knowledge to even know whether my research is "on target". I don't know what i don't know, but i do know i don't want to screw up this project. I sincerely appreciate the help everyone is providing, and I hope, as I get some experience, I'll be able to give back. For now, it seems prudent to learn from those with mastery of the topic.
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    Yeah, I get that you're a modding "virgin", but looking for stuff like spikes and inserts you can do on your own.
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    I took F1nut's advice and Googled (and finding some answers on my own was rewarding). I settled on some Cardas Audio CCGR S Binding Posts and Dynamat, which have been ordered. Trey offered up some spikes, and I was able to find the 1/4-20 threaded inserts online for 85 cents a piece - they're on the way. As soon as I have a final quote from Trey I will order the crossover goodies. This is more exciting than I thought it would be.

    I'd like some opinions from the experts on the benefit of upgrading the speakers' internal wiring. Also, I purchased an original blade-to-blade cable from Polk last week. Is there a material benefit in upgrading from there?

    Jake, please let me know when its convenient for us to get together. Thanks.

    Seth

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    I'm proud of ya.
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    Don't do internal wiring right now; just my suggestion with everything else going on. You can screw up the internal wiring real easily if you don't keep it straight, and you'll be trying to keep plenty of things straight with the mods already. You can always do it later pretty easily.

    I have a set of eight, black speaker spikes with inserts. PM me if you are interested, and so we can set-up a date.

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    Jake, thanks for the advice. I think I'm set regarding spikes; Trey had a set that's on the way. I ordered the tweeters yesterday, but they won't ship until next week (Polk is doing inventory). I'll be in touch re: a date. You rock!

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    Parts are trickling in. I received the Dynamat last week, and came home to Trey's goodies and the Cardas binding posts today! Polk shipped the RD0-194 tweeters yesterday. Very exciting...

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    Jake, I just received the tweeters from Polk, so I think I have everything. I still can't PM you, but I'll share an email address I created for this project: modthosepolks(at)gmail.com. Please email me at your convenience. Thanks.

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    Well, I was able to meet with Zingo on Saturday night. He applied his magic incantations and alchemy to the parts provided by Trey, yielding aural gold! Zingo is a true gentleman as well as an electronics wizard. The six hours we spent together were heaven, and he was so generous with his time and knowledge I am still overwhelmed. I just finished Dynamating and applying Armacell, and I'm listening to Son of Schmilsson - heaven. Photos to follow. I am waiting for Hurricane nuts, and once I get those and the spikes installed the project will be complete. It would have been impossible without the great experts on this forum who share so willingly their time and expertise. What a grand experience!
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    BTW, if anyone would like the SL 2000 tweeters I replaced, you're welcome to them for the cost of shipping. They are mint.

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    check with tophatjohnny I think he needs some

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    BTW, if anyone would like the SL 2000 tweeters I replaced, you're welcome to them for the cost of shipping. They are mint.

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    Congrats on your "new" speakers. Always great to hear positive experiences like this one!
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    Congrats - very nice help karma!
    "Science is suppose to explain observations not dismiss them as impossible" - Norm on AA; 2.3TL's w/sonicaps/mills, polyswitches removed, Lg Solen inductors, RD-0198's, MW's dynamatted, Armaflex speaker gaskets, H-nuts, brass spikes, Cardas CCGR binding posts, upgraded IC Cable, Black Hole Damping Sheets (3" strips) installed on back wall behind MW's & Tweeters, interior of cabinets sealed, AI-1 interface with 1000VA transformer

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    Always willing to help, and congrats on the new speakers!

    BTW: We used Trey's parts for the crossover upgrade including the Speakon connectors for a new blade-blade SDA cable, and it is a fantastic packed with everything included. I highly recommend Trey's upgrade kits if you want a complete box of high quality parts for your crossover upgrade.

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    Thanks Jake for the kind words!

    I like the DIY kits, it is cool helping others explore the DIY world! :)
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    I can use the SL 200 tweeters. My SDA 1C Studios have 3 wrinkled domes. I am going to try the hair dryer trick but am not sure it will work. Please let me know if the tweeters are available.

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    Default The Mod in Pictures: Pre-op - getting ready for surgery

    I'm finally getting around to posting these (and a few more to come when I install the Hurricane nuts and spikes).

    These are the pre-mod speakers. This is my first time doing anything remotely like this, and it's a little bit scary. Having someone like Jake by my side was very reassuring. He exudes competence and expertise. If you're on the fence about modding your speakers, DO IT! You'll have a blast, and enjoy better sound for years to come.

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    Default The Mod In Pictures: "Getting my hands dirty" for the first time

    Make sure you keep track of where the wires from the crossovers connect to the drivers. A lot of photos can help.

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    Default The Mod in Pictures: The Details Matter

    Some of the drivers have +/- etched on the back. It's still a good idea to note which wires go where (some of the connnectors are color coded, for example). Another important tip is to keep both hands on the screwdriver when removing or installing the drivers. One slip, and the point of the screwdriver is poking through one of the speaker drivers. That would make for a bad day!

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    Default The Mod In Pictures: Color Coded Connector on the Tweeter

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    Good pictures!
    What are those cardboard looking things on your speaker grille knobs?
    Best thing to do is to set that screw driver down when your now using it

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    What are those cardboard looking things on your speaker grille knobs?
    Those are the tags from his wife's new shoe purchases.

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    Those cardboard stand-offs came with the speakers. I guess they are supposed to help the fit between the grill and the cabinet. As you can see, one is missing. I guess it's unusual to have even as many I have.

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    Default The Mod In Pictures: Can't Remember Why I Took This One

    This may be with the new tweeters installed.

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    Default The Mod In Pictures: The Goodies from Trey at VR3Mods

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    Default The Mod In Pictures: Removing the Old SDA Connnector

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    Default The Mod In Pictures: One Original Crossover Removed

    Jake's advice is to label each wire with a post-it to be sure you get them reattached to the right connectors. It was a good idea! Photos helped, too. One of the crossovers on one of the speakers was very hard to remove. It turned out the nut was glued. If you run into the same problem, take your time, don't force anything, and eventually you'll get it.

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    Default he Mod In Pictures: Detail of the Crossover

    Jake labeled "something important" with electrical tape. This is very good practice, as we needed this information later. Jake, perhaps you can chime in on that this "something important" is! Thanks.

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