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thank you for all that great info, is this accurate for the 2023 kia k5 gt line awd? sorry if thats obvious im only a few months in
As far as the speaker locations, and taking the head unit out, I can attest it is all pretty much the same. I just finished installing my system and the only difference I saw was how the head unit was secured under the dash, there are 2 more screws to remove vs previous versions. Also highly recommend crutchfield.com for picking and buying equipment, they throw in brackets and wiring harnesses for free where available.
 

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I plan to install a center speaker in my wife's 6-speaker GT line. I'll probably go with this cheap coaxial from Amazon as you can buy them individually and only need one. Then the replacement grill cover piece too with the BOSE hole. This is a BOSS 3.5 inch coaxial for $15 each, nothing drastic needed honestly:
 

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I ended up putting in a center channel in my wife's car finally today. A 2023 GT line with no BOSE so there was no wiring or harness to the center channel. I bought a Boss 4 inch speaker off Amazon that sells for $15 and they sell them in singles likely for this specific purpose, the link is in my post above. Used a butter knife to pop out the center grill and the tweeter and ran the wiring through gaps in the dash after lowering the glovebox down and used T-Taps to connect it, took maybe 2 feet of speaker wire. The speaker fits perfectly fine in the slot that already exists. I also bought the noted in this thread Bose center speaker cover with the perforations for the stock look and the sound to spill through.

Given it is a cheapo speaker and tapped into the tweeter only portion it gets whatever power the stock deck is pushing towards it and actually sounds really great. Gives a bunch of extra sounds bouncing off the windshield and some bass even. Here's a picture of it installed without the grill cover on
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Hearing someone say they like the amount of bass from a BOSS 4inch speaker that costs as much as lunch, gets me everytime
It's great! Much better sound for the system with the way it reflects right off the windshield. Otherwise its just the highs off the tweeters on the sides. Even tho I tapped it into the tweeter on the right side it still produces some bass response to it instead of just some blistering sizzle to the highs.

Really it's too bad the stock system didn't at least even have the 7th speaker in the dash like that. But for $15 it was a well worth it addition to the crappy stock system.

Otherwise we have 2 12s installed rhat give enough bass for my wife's car, but this gave some response to the rest of the system that was lacking.
 

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I plan to install a center speaker in my wife's 6-speaker GT line. I'll probably go with this cheap coaxial from Amazon as you can buy them individually and only need one. Then the replacement grill cover piece too with the BOSE hole. This is a BOSS 3.5 inch coaxial for $15 each, nothing drastic needed honestly:
Why not get a JBL

 
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