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marc
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12/06/2007
16:19:39

Subject: how to replace rear speakers
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I usually don't have problems like this, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the rear side panels off to swap out the rear speakers. Any ideas?



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12/06/2007
16:20:47

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I'm an idiot, it's a 02 CC, I always forget that.



JImmy9190
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12/07/2007
00:04:11

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It's not difficult to get to the rear speakers but it does take patience and time. The side panels are actually in 2 pieces, a top and a bottom half. Start by removing the back rest part of the back seats. It is held in with about a dozen push-in fasteners and just snaps out. It isn't necessary but it helped me to remove the tool tray from under the back seats also. It just has about 5 or 6 10mm bolts holding it to the floor. Then unsnap the plastic cover and remove the torx bolts from the seat belt anchor points on both sides of the rear side windows. It helps to partially remove the rubber weather strip on the edge of the door jamb in front of the top side panel area, then pull the top section of the side panel out and remove it. Then remove the screws and/or push-in fastener clips holding in the lower panel section. Work it out from around the seat belts and work your way out of the truck with it. Then it's easy to remove the speakers, only 3 phillips screws for each. The rear speakers are Chrysler 6 & 3/4". You can make your own mounting plates from wood or mdf, or use the plastic ones that come with some speakers or from Ebay or Crutchfield to install new speakers. Some guys have even removed the speaker off the OEM plastic mounting ring and screwed the new speakers into that. I think that using mdf speaker mounts sounds better but that's just my opinion.

Good luck with it.

Jimmy




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12/07/2007
07:29:32

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thanks jimmy, i'll try that today or tomorrow and see how it goes. i replaced the front ones already and i reused the brackets from the stock speakers so i'll probably do the same for the rear.



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