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Old 02-03-2008, 10:53 AM   #1
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Dash Removal to access Radio

The radio in my 97 TJ is played out. I didnt really look to hard but it looks like the center bezel has to be removed to get to the radio. Any tips or tricks? Hidden screws? Thanks in advance guys!

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Old 02-03-2008, 10:55 AM   #2
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No tips or tricks. Just a bunch of screws. You should be able to find them. Not hard to do at all.

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first you have to pop the drefrost vent cover off "use a flathead screwdriver or putty knife and pryup". there will be 2 screws at the top of the bezel ,,remove them. //// Remove your ashtray. there will be 1 screw behind there,,remove the screw,,,,guess what....now pull the center bezel off. easiest way is to open your glove box and then grab the bottom right corner of the bezel and pull torwards you.


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Old 02-03-2008, 11:38 AM   #4
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Thanks distorted
Thats what I was looking for. Ill whip out the tools when the wife gets home.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:46 AM   #5
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yea its cake. takes 3 seconds to get the bezel off. Like he said, just pop off your defroster vent cover, I can usually just grab the corner and pop it up, its just those metal clips. then you got 2 screws at the top of the bezel near the defroster tubes, and one behind your ashray. after that, it just pops out with the same clips that are on your defroster.

to get the radio out, it should only be 4 screws, and soemtimes there is a "security" nut that bolts to the radio and a bar, then bolts to the dash frame, but i dont think they had that in 97.

One more tip, its much easier to attach the radio antenna wire to the radio, then install the radio, and attach the antenna cable behind the glove box. rather than trying to plug the antenna in as your installing the radio. Right behind the glove box the antenna has a disconnect to make it easier, just yank it apart right about where the black circular holder is behind the glove box.
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I need to do this also to put my FM adaptor on for my satillite radio. But i don't have an ashtray in my jeep. Is this like a plastic cover that is over the opening were the ashtray should be? I'm not sure if this snaps off or not.

I don't mean to hi-jack this thread but i have a question. Since there is an antenna connection behind the glove box, would i be able to put the FM direct adaptor in that connection instead of pluging it in the antenna connection in back of the radio? If this is posible it would make it alot easier.
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:11 PM   #7
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It has a RAMPAGE radio in it. I need to come up with a replacement, have to check the attic.
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scotiez, if your jeep does not have an ashtray, than it is only the top 2 bolts and it yanks out. thats how mine is, but he has the older style with the ashtray (wish i had an ashtray ).

as far as a replacement radio, lots of people just put simple pioneers or sonys in. Anything too pricey and youll be pissed when it gets stolen. stolen radios are common in a jeep. Although, some people do go the extra mile and get marine radios. those are cool no worries about water damage in summer
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If this is your stock radio dont forget there is another screw in the back for the "anti theft" bracket

Now this one is pain in the behind.

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