I'm having trouble getting the driver side speaker out from under the dash...did anybody replace those speakers? I could use a write up or some tips.
So, I went ahead and tackled the speaker replacement in my 2008 Wrangler. I bought this baby used and the front dash speakers were blown. The roll bar speakers were OEM, so it was more than likely the rest of the speakers were OEM as well and over 6 years old. After doing a bit of research here and on Crutchfield, I took note the size of the speakers were either 5-1/4" to 6-1/2". There seems to be some debate of the actual size, so I bought the 6-1/2" size and they fit quite well without any goofy mods having to be done.
It seems as though there were some folks having problems with taking off the dash to replace the front speakers. I had a look at my Jeep and found it was quite easy to gain access to the front speakers.
Under the steering column is a small access panel that is held in place by molded plastic clips, it pops off and you will see a steel plate.
After popping that off, there is another panel that looks has though it has a handle on it, and is held in by 2 bolts/screws. Removing those and gently pulling the panel toward you, it will pop off. Again, plastic molded clips.
From there you will see another set of bolts/screws (4 this time). Remove those and the front panel will be loose enough remove the final panel.
On the left side of the panel that is now loose, there is another removable side panel (closest to the door). With a gentle push from the inside of the panel, this puppy pops right off allowing more than enough room to access the speaker.
Here is where it might become tricky as the speaker is in a housing and 4 "star" screws hols it in place. Here is where a very small "pocket size" ratchet will come in very handy.
Remove those screws and the speaker comes out.
I may post pictures of this if there is any confusion on this or of there is anyone out there that is visual like me and needs further clarification.