Front door speaker replacement, depth
I have a 2001 Ram 1500 with the factory stereo and four speakers. Only one of the four speakers is currently working. I took off the door panel on the drivers' side and disconnected the speaker wire harness and tested the stereo and wire leading to this location by attaching a new speaker at this point. And, where it had not worked before, sound came out of the new speaker. I concluded that the drivers' side speaker is dead. I couldn't see anything wrong with it.
In any case, I've decided to replace the front speakers, and have done some exploring at Crutchfield. Their recommended solution is to install 5-1/4" speakers with an adapter. Or, to install a 6x9 speaker made for Crutchfield by Sound Ordinance, which fits the Ram without modification (the ONLY speaker which fits without modification!!). Others have posted that Crutchfield offers tips on modifications, but I couldn't find them.
After looking at various threads on this site, I see that speaker depth limits the speakers that can be installed at this location. Some have apparently chosen to mount their speakers above the door panel. Is there a nice looking way to do this? I'd prefer to install 6x9 speakers both because of better sound, but I'd rather not do this and have to hack the interior of the vehicle.