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Old 04-09-2014, 01:05 AM   #1
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Front dash speakers

Hey guys. I'm sure this has been asked a million times in the forum, but any easier way then dismantling the entire jeep front end to get at/replace the front dash speakers?!? What a nightmare!!! Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 04-09-2014, 01:26 AM   #2
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It really depends on the year of your Jeep.

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Old 04-09-2014, 09:41 AM   #3
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I have a YJ...so I just ditched the fronts and went to a sound bar & a pair of tuffy storage boxes with the 6x9 cutouts, they are a little pricey but you get a secure place for your speakers and some much needed secure storage space...so with a small amp and a pair of $80 6x9 3 way speakers & sound bar it sounds great...no bass but I have no doors or top and she sits outside so don't really need it too crazy...
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Well, Quadratec sells a speaker special kit that requires drilling out the hard to reach stud. $150 though. Expensive tradeoff for avoiding pulling the dash.

I was able to pull the speakers without pulling the dash back, but had trouble getting the drivers side to fit in there. I had to pull the parking brake assembly to even get the new speaker back behind the dash, but could not get it correctly aligned and bolted on.

I ended up having to pull the dash anyways. Not what I would call a nightmare, more like a time consuming slog, but at least you don't need tiny hands nor a overpriced pair of $150 speakers. I think I wasted as much time fighting with the dash in place, than I did lowering the windshield and pulling the dash.
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good question as I aws gonna hire someone to do this!
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:55 PM   #6
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It's really not that hard. A bit lengthy in the process but just takes time.

Putting Headers on a LT1 Z28 or even changing the Plug Wires is an effort of frustration LOL.
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:23 PM   #7
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The best way to remove the speakers from a YJ is get a Skew driver and you can get up on the top bolts with no issue, I've used them for years and it makes the job a lot better. For those who do not know what it is, it's a 45 deg driver you can put a bit or socket on and turn it with a handle or drill,
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:39 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. I've got a 1993. Dropping the windshield isn't that bad, dealing with the dash is. You're right, it just takes forever. Frankly, I find working on almost any area in the YJ always a problem. Tight spaces and really tough to get at. My TJ was so much easier. I can't believe how difficult they've made it to swap out some simple speakers.
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The passenger side is simple, just pull the glove box, and reach around the corner.

The driver's side on the other hand is designed for contortionists. I have a flexible shaft for 1/4" drive and it seems to be the ticket for working on that side. Clip a socket on the end of it, and a ratchet on the other. It's about 18" long, available at most tool supply stores. Got mine at Napa.
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Thanks. I suppose I'll head to Napa and give that a try. Anything before messing with that dash again. Such a nightmare, especially dealing with it around the swearing column. Could only bring it about 4" forward.
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little hands!
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Thanks. I suppose I'll head to Napa and give that a try. Anything before messing with that dash again. Such a nightmare, especially dealing with it around the swearing column. Could only bring it about 4" forward.
Removing 4 bolts drops the steering column pretty good

I dunno maybe from my experience on working with a 4th gen camaro, working on this is cake so my perception could be skewed
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:24 PM   #13
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Well, I planned to do it today... Got my "working on the jeep clothes" and head out into the garage. I ended up looking at all the screws, having to drop the windshield and remembering the nightmare and ended up doing nothing. I'm feeling a bit defeated why is this so f'in difficult just to get at these speakers?!?!? I don't want to pay $160 for best buy to deal with this but I'm just not excited about it. Plus, from what I can remember, it's a 2 person job handling the dash while getting back there. Any words of encouraging or additional tips?
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Trust me when I say this tool takes the aggregation out of it, Home Depot sells a Milwaukee version that is like this one without the handle, I've used it for years on tight spots and works great for the YJ..no dropping dash or anything.dont get discouraged partner, once you get them done you will say. "Bring on the next challenge"!!! Lol

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Thanks Monster93. The picture helps.

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