Upgrading knee speakers. Dash removal?

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Was it worth doing the 6.5 upgrade?
Yes, without a doubt. Granted I have 4 of the Hertz Milli and 2 shallow twelves in the rear along with a pair of Wet Sounds Rev 10 running through an 8 channel processor. I am able to run top and door off on the highway and increase the volume to the point there is only music and no road noise.
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I have searched through the forums and have not found anyone explaining how to swap out the knee speakers. Do I have to remove the whole dash?
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That YouTube video did not show the driver side of the dash being taken apart to access the knee speaker.
 

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I replaced the knee speakers with the Metra pods and 6.5” not to long ago. There’s a handheld of threads dedicated to it and I still had this one bookmarked,

https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...ass-blocker-d-i-y-wiring-harness.12738/page-2

Post #16 is a solid description of the process. While it is doable to install the pods without removing the dash, I highly recommend sucking it up and taking it all apart. If you leave it on, there are a few tight doors where you’ll be need to bend some trim pieces. I got to the point where I felt like if I bent them anymore they would break so I ended up pulling it all apart.

I’ve never worked on a vehicle before but taking the dash off, while time consuming, wasn’t bad at all. There are a few “hidden” screws to watch out for and having a 7mm wrench helped in a few tight spots.

I may still have the instructions Crutchfield sent along with the pods and speakers. I’ll see if I can dig those up and pass them along.
 

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looks bad
if I only want to get the left knee panel off how far to tge right do I have to dissassemble? I am trying to mount a custom switch gang bracket right below the light switch knob/dimmer. control.
 

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It’s a lot of work. Some hidden screws. Good videos out there. Crutchfield will send instructions. So will Metra if you buy the boxes. They are slightly different. It’s a few hour process.

By far the best bang for the buck is replacing the speakers on the top of the dash.
 

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It’s not so bad.

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Hey thanks for the pic. Did you mount a tweeter with the hertz woofer or just toss it? Does the OEM grill fit over the woofer with the Hertz cover?

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if I only want to get the left knee panel off how far to tge right do I have to dissassemble? I am trying to mount a custom switch gang bracket right below the light switch knob/dimmer. control.

U ever get that done? I'm doing same for pods under steering wheel
 

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I installed these:
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_091165AS3/Focal-Performance-165AS3.html?tp=106
I have a neighbor who has a laser cutter who was able to make a bracket for the 3" in the dash. Jeep thought they would be cute and make a random "bracket" with an odd shape. I mounted the crossover on the side close to where your left foot would rest against the sidewall. Pretty easy other than the dash removal. 😏
I also bought these: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_327JTSA065/SSV-Works-JJT-SA065.html?tp=110 and replaced the overhead bar speakers with 2-way 6.5's.
I ran a single 12" in the back: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_136112TGW3/JL-Audio-CS112TG-TW3.html
I also used a 1000W amp for the front speakers.
If you run an amp I would HIGHLY recommend running power around to the driver's side to reduce noise. A lot of people have issues with a slight buzz because of interference. It's simple to be honest. There is a rubber stopper that you can pop out, cut a hole through and feed the power cable through. I ran it under the carpet. I mounted the amp under the passenger seat. It was all completely hidden.
Good Luck!
 
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