|02-23-2014 04:47 PM|
The hardest and most time consuming part for me was the fact that the speakers I bought to replace the stock ones (Alpine SPE-6000) didn't have the right mounting bracket to be able to use the original 3 holes to mount the speakers back onto the speaker boxes. I was going to go down to Best Buy and buy this adapter:
But then I found the following thread, which was also very helpful if you end up getting speakers that don't have the same mount. I saved myself $38 (I will have the same problem once the second set of Apline's come in the mail for the sound bar) by simply drilling 4 new holes in the speaker box to secure the speaker. Also, the Alpine's weren't plug and play like I was hoping, I had to cut the plug and splice the speaker wires in the box directly to the speaker, also shown in the post below:
I would definitely recommend starting with the passenger side, that way when you get to the driver side, you have a much better idea of the process. The passenger side took several hours, but that's just because I spent most of it brainstorming and trying to decide how I wanted to re-mount and splice everything. The driver side, including the mounting work and splicing, only took me about an hour.
The only thing I did differently on the driver side is that instead of starting with prying the side panel off first, I took off the pop-off panel below the steering wheel, then undid the 3 screws at the bottom of the main panel. This frees up the side panel so that you don't even need to pry it out and risk any chance of scratching the plastic there at all. I did the same thing when putting it back together, I popped in the side panel to the main panel before reattaching the 3 bottom screws, this allows the side panel to slide in really easily rather than having to bend it around the top corner of the lower side window panel.
The Alpine's aren't going to blow anything out of the water, but they sound so much better than the stock speakers, and for $85.00, including shipping, for TWO sets of the 6.5's to replace the speakers in front and the speaker bar, you can't get much better of a deal than that. I went to Best Buy before buying online to test them out, and they sounded pretty good, but they were $80 for ONE pair!! Definitely buy online, they were half the price.
Thanks again for all the advice, this was a lifesaver!
|12-20-2013 02:32 PM|
|IrishRed||getting speakers for christmas. Subscribed!|
|12-16-2013 05:24 PM|
Old post, still great info!
I know this is an old thread, but it came up today when I did a search on upgrading the front speakers. Made it real easy and quick! Thanks to all who provided the info!
|05-29-2013 08:14 AM|
The whole process took less than 30 minutes; one thing I would add is to be sure to unplug the speaker box before trying to remove it.
Thanks again, now on to the soundbar!
|08-16-2012 11:20 PM|
|08-16-2012 10:27 PM|
Thanks for the Quadratec tip. This is my first Jeep and the first time I've done any "work" to one.
|06-17-2012 12:55 PM|
|pkmcd99||Super. Much appreciated fellas. Cheers.|
|06-17-2012 12:39 PM|
|06-17-2012 12:34 PM|
I just replaced mine this past week...the passenger side is a piece of cake, drivers side is a little bit harder but overall not bad at all. Takes about an hour or two to complete, but not terribly difficult. Just take your time and it'll go fine.
Tools obviously are key to making this go better...make sure you have a good ratchet and torx set and things should go pretty easily.
Good luck! Also if you are planning to stuff poly-fil in the front speaker pods now is the time to do it, you definitely won't want to do this more then once if you don't need to.
I went with the kicker speaks from Quadratec and they include pretty detailed pictures of the above instructions as well...a bit more then what is necessary, but at least you'll get an idea of what you are looking for.
Also, start with the passenger side, you might be tempted to do the drivers side first because it's the most time consuming, but if you start with the passenger side you'll get a good feel for the process and how it works.
|06-17-2012 12:29 PM|
|06-17-2012 12:09 PM|
|daggo66||Go to Quadratec and look up the Kicker replacement speaker. Download the installation manual and it gives complete instructions!|
|06-17-2012 12:01 PM|
|pkmcd99||Nevermind, answered my own question...thanks stryder.|
|06-17-2012 12:00 PM|
|pkmcd99||And then?.......anybody know the 2010 process? Similar obviously, but?|
|06-17-2012 09:38 AM|
|SilverSport||2011 interior is same as 2012 and your instructions are basically spot on with mine. Thanks for the speaker part numbers!|
|06-17-2012 08:37 AM|
|jjbroze||Procedure I followed for replacing speakers in my 2011 Sport. It took me about two hours to do all four speakers and the two tweeters. The replacement speakers I used were 77Kick10's and the Tweeters are JW-JKTWEET's. I purchased all components from Quadrartec. The instructions that come with the speakers are more complicated than need be. Instead of removing 6 bolts per side, there are only 3 on passenger side and 4 on driver side. Also, there is only one under-steering wheel panel to rotate down, and none on the passenger side. For driver side, just remove panel below steering wheel, remove four 7 mm bolts, remove side panel, bend dash panel out (donít worry panel will not break), remove two speaker enclosure side (brass) bolts and remove bottom (third) speaker enclosure 10 mm black bolt. Unplug speaker box and remove it. No big deal at all. It's better to pull the entire speaker enclosure to replace the speaker. Reinstall just reverse process. Passenger side was even easier. Remove glove box door, side panel, and two 7mm bolts and one 10 mm black bolt. Bend panel outward, remove speaker enclosure as above, and slide box out. Sound bar speakers replace the same as previous models using T15 Torx bit. The Tweeter replacement was easy following the detailed instructions tat cam with the tweeters. The sound is much better than the factory speakers. No distortion at higher volumes versus stock. Highly recommend this upgrade. Just one more suggestion, stuffed the sound bar and front speaker enclosures with poly fill before installing the new speakers. This will make the bass sound better.|
|06-17-2012 08:29 AM|
|06-17-2012 08:28 AM|
|06-17-2012 08:06 AM|
|j0nx||Are those instructions for the 2012?|
|06-17-2012 07:54 AM|
Folks, there is a much easier way to get the speakers in the bottom of the dash out without tearing the whole dash apart.
1) Remove the panel on each end of the dash; they just pop out with a tim removal tool.
2) On driver's side remove the plastic trim cover under the steering column; again it just pops off.
3) Remove the metal knee bolster reinforcement; its centered under the steering column and directly behind the trim panel you just removed. Held on with two 10mm bolts.
4) Remove the bracket that the left side of the knee reinforcement bolster attached to.
5) Remove the three 7mm sheet metal screws from the bottom of the dash; two are at the bottom directly under the steering column and the third is over on the side next to the door wiring harness.
6) reach in thru the side of the dash and remove the two copper colored screws (I believe these are also 7mm).
7) Pull out on the bottom of the dash plastic and remove the 10mm bolt holding the speaker box.
8) While holding out on plastic, work the speaker box out thru the opening where the knee bolster reinforecment was located.
Passenger side is even easier:
1) Remove glove box.
2) Remove three screws along bottom of dash.
3) Remove two screws on side of speaker and one on bottom.
4) Speaker comes out thru opening for glove box.
|06-17-2012 06:45 AM|
It is a big PITA to get in there.
It's why I haven't done mine yet, sticking instead with the easier soundbar upgrade.
|06-17-2012 06:08 AM|
|pkmcd99||Are you kidding, ive got to tear it down and all out pretty much. WTH! I may wait a bit before I get the ambition to attack this project. Wow is all im saying, what a crap design.|
|06-17-2012 05:53 AM|
One might argue in different directions regarding engineering evaluations...
I have found that Google will very often lead you right back to this forum, so I use it more than the built-in forum search.
|06-17-2012 05:23 AM|
Front speaker Replacement
How do you remove the front speaker to replace it? Not the tweeter, the 4x6 junk that cant come out from the side access! Retarded engineers.