Front Speaker Replacement:
Difficulty: Depends the setup (component vs. co-axial) and on your mechanical skills, but it should not be too difficult. Make sure you have plenty of time.
WARNING! DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT MAY NOT BE 100% CORRECT FOR YOUR SETUP.
NOTE: Speakers shall not be more than 3.5” in depth.
WARNING! Do this while the weather is warm or your workplace is heated. If you do not, I can’t guarantee that your dash will be ply-able enough to pull back far enough without cracking.
1. ¼” ratchet, multiple extensions, 7mm, 10mm and IIRC, 8mm shallow sockets.
2. Small flathead screw driver
3. Wire cutter/stripper
Optional items that you may want:
1. Zip lock bags or something to hold all the bolts.
2. Poly-fill to fill the stock enclosures
3. Drill bit
4. Sand paper
5. Proper blade (for trimming)
Lets get started...
DRIVERS SIDE (This is the hard side)
1. Move the seat all the way back and tilt the steering wheel all the way up.
2. There is one 7mm bolt under the dash near where the red arrow is pointing. Remove that bolt.
3. The panel under the steering wheel, gently pull it off. When you are done, you should see this.
4. Remove bolts off in red. They are 7mm.
5. Remove the bolts in yellow. IIRC, they are 10mm. Then set the plate to the side.
6. You can now pull the dash back and I set the corner where it would keep the dash away from the frame.
7. The blue circles in step 3, you can now see the bolts there. The one on the left (outboard), take all the way out. The one on the right, you can take it ¾ of the way out and be okay.
8. The red arrow, gently push with your hand. The blue arrow, gently use a small screwdriver and pry this panel open. Just put it off to the side with the rest of the interior. (It will snap into place when you want to install it.)
9. In the above picture, remove the bottom bolt and it will allow the frame work to be removed and dropped slightly so it is easier to remove the speaker enclosure later. When you’re finished with that, the other two bolts (golden in color) need to come out.
10. I don’t have a picture of it, but if you follow the speaker enclosure inboard, you will find the last screw on the bottom of the frame facing upward. That screw also needs to come out.
11. Next is getting the enclosure out. It takes turning it on all three directional axes. You will have to unclip the wiring harness to complete this step.
12. When you pull out the stock speaker, the colors are as follows.
The speaker install will vary on what speaker you use. If it’s a co-axial, it’s a mount and go. If you have something more on the line of co-axial plug and play from Kicker/Mopar, it probably will not take anywhere near as long as it did me. Anyways, take your time and think things through before drilling/cutting/trimming.
I used a component setup (Polk db series 6.5”) and I had to drill a few holes to mount the speaker. If you are doing a component set, the polks I picked up work well, but be forewarned that the tweeter was a total PITA. Hence the optional items of sandpaper and “proper blade”. I had to cut a very small amount inside the tombstone to get the tweeter to fit snug. I also sanded down any rough edges and sanded the tweeter pod a bit. Was it worth it? IMHO, yes. But I really like my music and like to play it loud. If you’re not concerned with every little note, then save yourself the headache and get the co-axials.
Install is in the reverse order.
PASSENGER SIDE (Easy side):
1. Open the glove box. (see picture below) See the ends of the red line? Push there and slowly pull the glove box out.
2. Should look like the picture below. See the red circles. Those two bolts need to come out.
3. And the third/last bolt for the dash on this side
4. I didn’t take pictures of the side of the dash like I did on the driver’s side. But it’s the same thing. Remove the dash by pushing in the center gently and using a small flat screwdriver, remove it.
5. Remove the two screws holding the speaker enclosure to the dash (the gold looking screws)
6. Remove the screw on the inboard side of the speaker enclosure (facing upwards from the bottom of the frame).
7. Pull out the enclosure through the glove box area and unclip it from the harness.
8. Same thing applies here as it did the driver’s side as far as swapping the speaker out.
Re-install is in the reverse order.