Now on to the good stuff! I read a few write ups on how to get the dash off. One was to replace the head unit, one was heated seats I think. Anyway. Both of them said to be really careful removing the dash so you don't break the little clip things. So I go in there gentle hands.
I decided I would start with the driver's side. First take off the panel under the steering column. Not that hard. Just a slight tug and it comes right off.
Once you get that off, there are four 7mm bolts (black in color. don't mess with those silver ones), undo them.
OK, I am going to steal some pictures for the next couple of steps. I don't have power windows, so there is a little cubby thing. Remove that because the is a bolt behind there.
There is also one on top in the storage area thing above the stereo
Now gently pop off the pieces of the dash. The come out with a slight tug. The heating and A/C control piece just pops off. Pull it out from the top side of it, also remove the side panel of the dash to get access to the speaker.
So great! As you can see, the head unit would be really easy to replace for this point! But that does me no good because I am keeping the factory head unit.
I sit back and stare at what the fuck I am getting into because all this stuff I took off really did not get me any closer to getting to the speaker. But I did find out that once you get to this point, there are like 100 more of those 7mm black bolts that need to be removed if you want to get the dash off because it is all one big piece at this point. I kind of sat back and drank my "Oh Shit! What have I got myself into" Beer.
Gain my composure and start take more little black 7mm bolts off when the wife comes to check on the progress of her Jeep, she sees me removing her Speedo cluster and that's when she gets mad! The issue was, I had loosened up enough of the dash to almost be able to get to the crews in the speaker but I didn't want to put too much pressure on the dash because of the write ups I read saying to be very careful.
Well, she really didn't get mad, but she knows I am a retard and I would probably not be able to put this thing back together. She suggests that I call someone to put this shit in. So I oblige. I mean, it is her Jeep. Brand damn new at that. I sure don't want to hear "Ever since you did this.........................." bitching rant for the next 5 years of payments on this thing.
Call Best Buy Geek Squad, they can do it at 5pm for 70 bucks for the speakers and 70 bucks for the tweeters for a total of 140 bucks. I said No Thank You.
Call the local place, Kens Car Audio! 40 Bucks and we can do it right now and it will only take about an hour! Wife says I should do that! I say OK, I will be up shortly. So I hop in the pool, change, and the wife and I drive up there, and guess what! Now it's a 3 hour wait. I am fucking pissed! What a bunch of assholes. Why the fuck are you going to tell me "We can do it right now and will only take an hour" if you know damn fucking well you can do it till five or six, or maybe not at all. Assholes! Fucking Shitheads! Never ever again will I go there. If I knew that was the case, I would be home drinking trying to figure this shit out!
SO I told the wife! We are going HOME! I said I will figure this shit out myself. I Wasted 2 hours of my Saturday driving to Fucking Kens Car Audio.
I get home and begin to tinker some more. Well I begin to tinker after a well deserved Beer, of course, and guess what I found! A silly little ninja bolt under the dash right by where the strap holds your door from swinging away to give you the door ding tattoo. This allowed me to pull the dash far enough back to be able to get this ratchet thing (I picked it up at Pep Boys on Friday because it was on clearance. If I didn't have it I would be really fucked) with a philips head drill bit. Now we are in action!