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Old 08-15-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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How do I replace speakers in the soundbar?

Hi everyone, I just bought a '98 wrangler SE and I wanted to do some quick adjustments to the audio system in it. It has factory everything as of now but I wanted to know how to go about replacing the speakers in the soundbar with a pair I just bought. I just bought Kicker KS600's. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 08-15-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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I just replaced mine yesterday (I have a 2001 so I donít know if it is exactly like yours).

I took my sound bar off to make it simple.

There are two torx screws on each end (t27, I think) under the cloth, remove them. Then disconnect the wiring harness on the sound bar, should be on the driverís side. You will see the harness once you unwrap the cloth from the sound bar.

Once you have the sound bar out there are 4 screws holding in each speaker and cover. Once you remove them the speakers will come right out.

Depending on where you purchased your speakers you will need to splice the wires or use the supplied harness adapter. I just spliced mine.

I put 6.5 inch speakers in mine, the holes in the new speakers were slightly off from the factory holes so I drilled my own using a 7/64 inch drill bit and uses the factory screws to install the new speakers.

Once you have them installed just put the sound bar back in, attaching it with the 4 torx screws and reattach the wiring harness.

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This sounds fairly simple! I removed my sound bar recently; when I took my hardtop off and removed all the fabric it looked a bit silly and wobbled. That in combination with blown speakers was enough reason for me to take it off. But you make it sound simple enough to put new speakers in, I may need to hold onto the sound bar now.
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Just did ours Friday, just pull the grille covers, 4 screws, unhook the wiring harness and they're out. picked up harnesses to add to my Polks and stuffed the bar with some poly fill to help with the sound, and put the new ones in. Did the fronts yesterday.... We be jammin'
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It really is pretty simple, I took my time and i don't think it took but 30-45 minutes.
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Man, oh man. Better sounding music might be a special treat. How does one know about speaker selection? Do I need to figure out what sort of stereo I have?
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first thing to look at for new speakers is the sensitivity rating, anything over a 90dB rating ill work best, if you have a factory unit something with 18-20 rms watts of power. infinity kappa speakers sound great and have a good sensitivity and a good range of power.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Infinity-Kappa-5...t=Car_Speakers
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I just replaced mine yesterday (I have a 2001 so I donít know if it is exactly like yours).


I put 6.5 inch speakers in mine, the holes in the new speakers were slightly off from the factory holes so I drilled my own using a 7/64 inch drill bit and uses the factory screws to install the new speakers.
6.5 is what I want to do. Did you just screw the screws directly into the plastic? I'm worried if I just do that, will they work their way out?
I guess I should use the 4 metal nut thingys that were on the smaller speakers to hold them in secure.
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I drilled the holes directly into the sheet metal of the sound bar, basically the same thing that was done at the factory just a little different hole pattern.
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i bought some 6.5 JBL off ebay. had to drill some screw holes but that was no biggy. hardest part was i had to take some snips and enlarge the speaker hole in sound bar slightly. the new JBL wouldnt quite make it. but really it was quite easy in comparison to alot of things.

still it sounds like crap. i guess you cant rock out with with 6.5s

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