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Old 01-08-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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Stereo removal

Trying to remove the stereo out of my 2002 TJ to install a new one. The one that's currently in it is anchored to a steel rod from the back of the stereo. How in the world do you disconnect that? There is a screw holding the anchor but there is no way to reach it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:18 PM   #2

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I think I popped the defrost trim off then you could get to 2 10mm bolts that hold that strap

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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That's right- the defrost trim just pops off with a small screwdriver and then you can reach it from there
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:44 PM   #4
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It's a pain. You have to take the dash apart.. Mounting the new one in the back was a real pain in the a##.. Just be patient don't not mount the back of the new one it will bounce bad. not good.. I had to do some Fab work to get it right but worth it if you don't want problems..
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:59 PM   #5
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I broke a little mirror so I could reach back there and see it. After that it made it easier with a mental image. I didn't reconnect it I just put in some foam under the deck and it's in there tight. No problems a year later.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:16 PM   #6
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Yeah it's a pain. I took an appropriate sized wrench and did it in baby turns. It took forever. Just be patient. I have really big hands, but I dropped the glove box and reached it that way. My Sony head unit I put in had a screw hole in the back, and I had a small screw that fit it. (Amazing, I know.) So I put a washer and a nut to hold the washer in place and tried to get it started through the center anchor hole, but after 20 minutes of fumbling and cussing, I figured that wasn't happening. So I got a slightly smaller, longer screw that would bite the threads, but could be pushed to angle one way or the other, and put a washer on it and just forced it over the top of the anchor. It's easier to remove than a screwed-on nut, but it keeps pressure on the radio and makes it impossible to pull directly out.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:27 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone, I'll keep at it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:31 PM   #8
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You can get to the nut on the back of the radio from the glove box side, and/ or pull the climate controls out and get it through there. Just did mine today. It takes a 3/8" wrench. Easy. Then there's a nut on each side of the defrost duct on top to remove the support bar itself. Takes about 10 minutes to remove the stock radio.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:33 PM   #9
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I got the stereo installed and it sounds great. Thanks for the tips Jeepers.

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