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Old 06-01-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Cool Anyone ever replace the speakers in the dash?

I'm looking to buy an inexpensive radio and replace the four speakers (two in dash, two in soundbar). A coworker told me that the two in the dash are a real pain in the @$$ to replace. Anyone have any thoughts?

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Old 06-01-2010, 12:43 PM   #2
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it can be if you plan on doing the 4x6 in dash it wont be a problem, but i got the adapter to put 5 1/4 and it was a pain to cut a bracket that was in the way. but it was worth it

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but how do you do it. I have done my sound bar and it was easy but the dash looks daunting
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:28 PM   #4
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you need to pull the dash out.. sucks. theres 3 bolts on both sides. Then you have to drop the windshield and there are bolts on top of the dash as well.. ive done once and it took me less than an hour.. not too bad..
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you dont need to drop the windsheild. all you have to do is pull the vent gard on top off then there are 2 screws on top and one behind the ashtray then pull off.
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but how do you do it. I have done my sound bar and it was easy but the dash looks daunting
what are you trying to do?
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what are you trying to do?
Replace the in-dash speakers... that's she subject of the thread...
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:14 PM   #8
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You can go up from underneath but it will get real frustrating. And on the drivers side you might have to remove a couple things to get access to the speakers
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:02 AM   #9
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I would love to replace my in dash speakers on my 94 wrangler, but they looked like a real knuckle buster. I thought of dropping the dash back but did not want to disturb the wiring or other things. Still open to any best method and speaker replacement as they are old and sound like crap. I just replaced the factory sound bar with a VDP tri speaker w/light sound bar and it sounds GREAT! Would be nice to suppliment this sound with better front speakers which I just fade down to about 25%. I see retrofit kits for TJs but not YJs most likely because the TJ speaker is front access.
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you dont need to drop the windsheild. all you have to do is pull the vent gard on top off then there are 2 screws on top and one behind the ashtray then pull off.
You sure you're talking about a YJ dash? Wasn't the case for my 94.
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You sure you're talking about a YJ dash? Wasn't the case for my 94.
He's definitely referring to a TJ. I was going to say the same thing but then realized the original poster had a YJ so I shushed myself.

TJ's are very simple to replace the dash speakers. TJ > YJ !!
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:15 AM   #12
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I just replaced mine last week. It is a pain in the ass but it's worth it. I got some Pioneer 4x6's with a universal fitting thing. Took me about 2 hours to install and wire them. I just went from under the dash.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:21 AM   #13
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When I upgraded my 4x6 in my TJ it didn't make much of a difference (they are pioneers)

My solution...I put some 6x9's in speaker boxes and ran wiring to them. They sit in my back seat area, and I have extra wire on them so I can pull them out for camping trips and such.

Those will make a difference, aftermarket 4x6 in the dash will not.
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Well it looks like it would be better to take the dash out. I don't want to scrunch up on the floorboards and turn my hands into bloody stumps trying to replace these speakers. One question though. What size TORX is used to remove the windshield? For that matter are the TORX bolts that I see on the Jeep the same size?
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:03 PM   #15
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yeah i did about a week after i owned my 91 jeep with no knowledge on how to do it at all. u have to unscrew the 6 hex screws next to the speakers then fold down the window then remove the dash that way. mine was so rusted it took me like 2 hours to even get the dash out then alil longer to get the speakers out and new ones in. its worth it though. my next project is adding 2 6x9 speaker boxes and speakers on the wheel wells in the back

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Good pics. I look forward to tackling the job. Now that you've done it. Would you do anything differently before starting the job?
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is there any way that i can secure my dash and remove the pannel from the area to replace the speakers. i was thinking some kind of L bracket and cutting the cover off to make easier for later install. Is this wishful thinking or could i be on to something.....
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:30 PM   #18
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I did mine a couple of weeks ago. I started out trying to get them from underneath. The better-half helped a bunch but some where rusted a bit and refused to come off. I bit the bullet and dropped the windshield. If I had of done that in the beginning I would have saved lots of time. It wasn't near as hard as I thought it would be. New speakers sound great! It was well worth the couple of hours and the couple of skinned knuckles! Good Luck!
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the only thing i would of done differently is i would of gotten at least a speaker size biggerr...2 4x6's arent loud enough and u get to much distortion i have pioneer 3 way which are mid line speakers i need to get rear speakers and a sub maybe even a roll bar too...i want them to hear me pulling up
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why not get the mod-pods, the ones that tuck under the door sill? theres also something that hlds two speakers and mounts close to the gear shifter or above the rearview mirror...

this is along the lines, well maybe not, but since someone already mentioned the 3-way VDP soundbar, i figured "why not?" it seems at high volume the tweeters would be too close to your ears and be too shrill and cause problems.. does anyone with this soundbar have this kind of issue?
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I had bad speakers on my 95 Wrangler and tried to replace them myself, bloodied up my knuckles, my wife tried helping, got an earful of colorful language, and finally I figured out how to do it quite easily. I returned the speakers I had already bought, went to Best Buy and bought a new stereo with satellite and had THEM install everything while the two of us had a nice dinner next door.

Is that cheating?
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i replaced mine with 4x6's and wish I would have done 5.25's

its cake, though...just get the bracket and you're golden. Was done in like 10 minutes.
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I had bad speakers on my 95 Wrangler and tried to replace them myself, bloodied up my knuckles, my wife tried helping, got an earful of colorful language, and finally I figured out how to do it quite easily. I returned the speakers I had already bought, went to Best Buy and bought a new stereo with satellite and had THEM install everything while the two of us had a nice dinner next door.

Is that cheating?
Lol. Sounds pretty smart to me. What did they charge??
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I dropped the windshield and pulled the dash out a few inches It went pretty quickly, but if I could have gotten free installation I would have gone that route in a heartbeat.
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Perfect!.... thanks for the link!
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Cameraman, dinner was about $45 plus tip. Oh wait.....$65 for indash install.
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Cameraman, dinner was about $45 plus tip. Oh wait.....$65 for indash install.
Lol. Nice
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I removed my dash, replaced the speakers and put everything back together. The only problem I have now is that my fuel an temperature gauges don't light up anymore. Has anyone heard or had this happened to? I just want things back to the way they were, haha.
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I removed my dash, replaced the speakers and put everything back together. The only problem I have now is that my fuel an temperature gauges don't light up anymore. Has anyone heard or had this happened to? I just want things back to the way they were, haha.
It's very common in YJs. You just remove the instrument cluster, check the connections for corrosion, and replace bulbs as necessary. I'm on step three of that now.

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