Originally Posted by CHALLENGERBIZJET
Was it seamless?? Quick install start to finish? Any wires to splice or cut?? Any pics to show us?
Sorry, no pics, I just referred to the pics provided by WVSpelunker on page 4 of this thread.
-Popped the trim starting with the left side using a stiff plastic "pot scraper," about the size of a credit card. Piece of cake!
-Disconnected the connector to the security light on the trim so I could move the trim out of the way
-Used a 9/32 (I think) socket with a very small wrench to remove the two screws holding the speaker.
-At first, pulling the old speaker seemed a bit of a challenge because the wire under the dash is a bit short. Rotated the speaker a bit, counter-clockwise, as I was working from the passenger seat, found the speaker wire connector and pressed a pointed object into the tab on the connector to release the speaker
-Connected the speaker wire adapter, provided by Crutchfield, to the OEM connector that I had just disconnected from the original speaker, and attached the other end to the two tabs on the DXi350 speaker. No cutting, splicing, soldering required...painless.
-Routed the speaker wire adapter connector into the hole and back under the dash, pushing it rearward to get it out of the way
-Inserted new speaker into hole, keeping the speaker wire tabs to the rear, and again, had to push it forward firmly because of some rubber insulation in the Jeep dash
-Reinstalled the screws, reconnected the security light connection, reinserted the trim
All told, about 15 minutes, not including searching for the proper socket and a small enough wrench.
In hindsight, the only thing I might have done differently is to wrap the speaker wire connector (from the OEM connector to the Crutchfield adapter) with a little electrical tape to make sure it doesn't rattle under the dash. If I hear a rattle, I'll just pull it all apart, wrap it, and that should be that.