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1996 Rear Speakers 4 wires: when connected cut off front speakers

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I have a non-stock stereo and have had it for a number of years with the stock speakers. I finally got tired of listening to blown speakers and bought some replacement Kenwood speakers for the front doors and rear dash. Thanks to this forum I was easily able to get the grills off (I thought I was going to have to take the door apart) and I was able to get my back seat out without breaking anything ;)

When I replaced the front speakers nothing changed soundwise (except it sounded better), but when I got to the back speakers they each had four wires going to them. All 4 on one speaker had different color stripes and all four on the other had different stripes with a different solid color than the other rear speaker. After reading several other posts on this, it sounds like my car had the infinity system with the amp somewhere in my trunk- probably on the left hand side. One post suggested just twisting them together in pairs. I took apart one of the blown speakers and saw how the wiring connected to the speaker. 1, and 2 went to the neg of the tweeter and woofer while 3, and 4 went to the positive or visa versa I don't remember now. But, when I hooked them up this way, the front speakers would lose sound- all sound. If I removed one set of the wires that I twisted together into pairs, the rear speakers would lose all sound. If I removed the other set, the front and back speakers would all put out sound, but I lose my low end.
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So, here is my questions:

1. How do the other set of wires affect the front speakers?
2. In all my reading, I never once saw any suggestion that said, buy this 4 to 2 wire converter and it will restore your full range of sound. Is there such a thing?
3. If I do indeed have an amp in the back somewhere how do I combine the wires in such a way as to restore the whole range of sound to the speakers? It would seem that this is doable at any point post amp/ pre speaker but the wires must not be 2 negatives and 2 positives or else it wouldn't have shut the speakers off in the back, right?

Thanks for the help on this guys.

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I think you're kind of screwed without buying component speakers for the rear deck or bypassing the amp for the rear speakers. The reason there are 4 wires per speaker on the rear is that they' have a separate woofer and tweeter. You can connect one or the other pair to the Kenwood speakers but you either lose the high or lows to them depending on which pair of wires you hook up.
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Each rear speaker has two separate sets of wires one set is the highs and the other is the lows.

The aftermarkets have both highs and lows tied together so most of us are using only the low wiring from the factory harness with the high wiring taped off with each wire seperated.

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