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2/23/2004
19:39:00

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I just purchased a nice Pioneer CD receiver and a pair of JBL 3-way speakersfor my 2001 truck. I'm catching hell trying to install the speakers. I can't seem to get the bolt out of the seat belf holders; even with a powered driver.

Any suggestions?



Ben J.
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2/23/2004
20:52:37

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I have done this install so many times you could not imagin.

you need a #45 TORX.

I f'ed the HELL out of my my seatbelt trying to get them off without buying the torx. here is some advice.

JUST GO BUY IT!!!!!!!!!11!!!ONE!!

Go to sears (one of the only places that I found it). it is 4.56 and is worth EVERY penny.

Here are my install directions, This is the best I can do. they are for a 2000!!! clubcab (shouldbe the same)

1) you will need these tools
Phillips head screwdriver
torx #45 with ratchet
crimps
crimpers
wire cutters and strippers

2) gently pull the REAR panel off your cab (the backside of the seats. Start from the top plastic corner and gently pull from left to right (or right to left does not mater). DO NOT WRENCH IT! Be soft!

3) You will now see 4 metal Phillips screws holding the side panels in. Unscrew them and place them somewhere safe. I use the ash/change tray.

4) Go to your seatbelts. GENTLY pull the plastic cover FROM THE BOTTOM, till it snaps free. Place these somewhere safe (like the center console).

5) Get out your trusty #45 torx that you bought. And wrench the dam thing off. Mine must have been applied at about 400 foot lbs of tork...lol.
take the blots and put them somewhere safe. Remember that the LONG one go in the back, short in the front.

6) now open your rear windows (just do it don't ask)

7) with the rear window open gently pull from the TOP REAR of the plastic. there should be 4-5 plastic holder things. They come off in the same fashion as the rear seats.

8) you are now oh so close. Hehe. Do the same as the top on the bottom plastic side panels. Top back to bottom front. Unfortunately you can not take this panel off without removing you bottom seatbelts, which I Think is a waist of time. Just pull them outside with the seatbelts attached, or pull them back into your body.

9)YAY now you can get to you speaker. I assume you know how to do this because it is a DUH, but remove them with a Phillips head screwdriver. You will need to cut and strip the Rear wires.

10)Unfortunately I do not remember the wire codes. Bit I do believe that the rear a left light and dark purple. and rear right light and dark green. Those may NOT be correct, but you can figure it out. The light color is POSITIVE dark is NEGATIVE.

11) Just wire it all up and use the 6 3/4" adapters if you need them.

12) Then BEFORE YOU PUT IT ALL BACK TOGETHER.

PLEASE

PLEASE

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
TEST the darn thing to make sure it works. You do NOT want to be like me and put everything back to find it does not work.

13) then just reverse all my steps and you should have it all working.

P.S.

DOH after reading my post I forgot to add, the front seatbelts are a pain. When you remove the top plastic panel you have to turn it sideways to get the seatbelt adjuster to come off. When replacing the top part, unfortunately I do not have as good of an option. I center the seatbelt adjuster knob and SLAM the hell out of it till it pops back in. So far nothing rattles and the plastic is not warped. If anyone has a Better option I would be most thankful.

Well hop this helps. remember #45 TORX :)

Always Thankfull,
Ben J.





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2/23/2004
21:01:59

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I appreciate your help. However, my problem is getting the damn bolt out. Its actually a #47 torx. That thing is so tight on there its unbelieveable. It actually took the head of my power drill/driver.



Dudley
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2/24/2004
08:09:56

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I got my bolts out with an Allen Wrench, didn't damage them at all, but yeah, you should always get the proper tool for the job. I just stuck in the allen to see if it would slip and whaddyaknow, it started unscrewing.

Also, another option besides cutting the factory speaker plug off is to make your own adapters. I attached the standard female quick disconnects to the speakers with about 6 inches of wire, then put standard male quick disconnects on the other end. Next I trimmed the male ends to make them skinny enough to fit into the factory plug, but still maintained a tight fit. Then, a little e-tape, an voila!



Joe Davidson
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2/08/2015
18:34:14

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Just completed changing the rear speakers on my 2001 SLT, 4.7, today.
All of the above directions are excellent!
I had a lot of trouble with the seat belt adjuster. The little rubber knob is too big to go through the hole in the upper panel. I discovered by accident that the knob can be removed. Check closely at the base of the knob and see two tiny slots. Insert a SMALL flat blade screwdriver blade into the slot to depress the plastic retainers that release the knob.



zoe
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7/18/2015
10:28:26

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hey ben you seem really up to date on how to install those speakers in the club cab. Little tip, if you dont know what wire is + or neg. just get yourself a little double A battery, connect the speaker to short little wires for testing and put them both on the ends of the battery. 1 one + one on neg. If the speaker sucks inward you got them backwards, if the speaker bounces outward, you got them right. Mark with tape which one is which.Just a little trick a stereo installer taught me. And buy the way thanks for you tips.




Colby
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9/05/2015
15:09:29

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I am about to install new speakers in the next couple weeks, I appreciate all the instruction!

Do the rear speakers have tweeters also? The Crutchfield website keeps taking me to pages with 6.5"/ 6.75" with tweeters. Thanks!



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9/08/2015
21:18:15

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Hi Colby, from what i read on line in the dakota handbook, I took it as the rear speakers are subwoofers 6 3/4in but I just bought a set of kenwoods on ebay at a great price and I got the 2 way speakers. I dont at this point think it will make much difference unless you got a power amp going with it which I dont have installed in this truck but Im sure the subwoofers would sound awsome but I guess you can use your own judgement or check with an installer to get the best sound. I know my radio puts out great sound Im not worried about the 2 way speakers. I got 4 for 57 dollars. Not a bad deal at all. Good luck with the install whatever you decide to use.And thanks for the reply.



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