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Unread 09-20-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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Rear Speaker Sound Bar Mod (Pic Heavy)

Well i finally got tired of the headliner material attached to the rear sound bar in my 1995 XJ Sport flapping in the breeze. I had purchased some 6 1/2" JVC speakers to replace the crappy stock speakers anyways so i figured I would kill 2 birds with one stone.

I didn't want to replace the fabric, so i figured why not give it a nice paint job?

1. I removed the sound bar from the back of the jeep, and pulled the headliner material off.

2. I used a "blue" scotchbrite pad to thoroughly rub down the entire sound bar to remove all the "fuzzies" left over from the headliner and the foam padding. This is what it looked like afterwards:


3. I removed the stock 5 1/2" speakers and test fit new 6 1/2" speakers. I ended up having to trim a little of the opening with a dremel. I marked the locations where the speaker would attach and also where the grilles attach:


4. After checking for fitment of everything, time to get painting! I sanded the sound bar down with progressively finer paper till i got to 600grit and hit it with 3-4 coats of primer. Wet sanded to 800grit. Repeated.

5. I chose a satin gloss gray paint to match my interior as close as possible, but still look nice (Krylon if anyone wonders). - A note on this...ALWAYS match your primer and paint brands. I did 6 sets of the following procedure:
Paint 2 coats w/ 5 min between coats, let dry 24 hours, wet sand w/ 800grit. The last coat obviously i did not wet sand. I was going to do a clear coat on top - and actually did - but it ended up looking terrible and blotchy, so i just left the paint color exposed and it looks fantastic.
Finished painted + sanded product:




6. Installed the speaker using pop rivets:


7. Don't forget the grilles! Installed using long self-tapping screws:

note: i installed these backwards, had to rotate 180 once i got them in the truck to get the letters to face correct way

8. Finished Product, ready to install:


9. And Installed:



The results? Even though the new speakers were cheap (i paid $60 for the set), the sound is so much better. And the speaker bar looks so much better than stock, especially without the flapping headliner material.

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Unread 09-20-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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looks sweet bro, good job!
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Unread 09-20-2010, 01:54 PM   #3
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Looks great! I doubt I would have put that much effort into all the wetsanding you did. I actually need to do this same thing plus redo the headliner very very soon... Maybe you have been my inspiration!
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Unread 09-20-2010, 02:16 PM   #4
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Looks great! I doubt I would have put that much effort into all the wetsanding you did. I actually need to do this same thing plus redo the headliner very very soon... Maybe you have been my inspiration!
Yeah, i know i may have overdid it but i'm a perfectionist with stuff like that
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Unread 09-21-2010, 07:44 PM   #5
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Really nice job!! I wouldn't have wet sanded it because im lazy...
I relocated my sound bar to just behind the front seats when I took mine out to paint up... I usually dont have backseat passengers so its all good!
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Unread 09-22-2010, 01:40 PM   #6
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Soundbar envy

How much trim do you need to remove to get the bar out?
I want to add some LED light to mine and maybe replace the speakers, but I have 6x9 boxes ready to go. I just need to decide where they would live.

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Unread 09-22-2010, 01:45 PM   #7
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How much trim do you need to remove to get the bar out?
Not that much. You have to take the trim off above the hatch, and on either side of the hatch frame (upper), then unscrew the rear roof trim and remove the courtesy light frame. After that the sound bar can be slid out the back.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 02:53 PM   #8
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it might have looked better with some spray-on bed-liner
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Unread 09-22-2010, 03:09 PM   #9
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i just did this w/ mine too-sprayed mine w/ duplicolor truck bed coating
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Unread 09-22-2010, 03:18 PM   #10
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good god why?
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Unread 09-22-2010, 03:38 PM   #11
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good god why?
everybody likes to go crazy with some spray liner just waiting to see seats and steering wheel done with that stuff
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Unread 09-22-2010, 03:55 PM   #12
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@ChEaPsK87 there is obvious places that you shouldnt put bed-liner. any good jeeper would know that. looks better than shiny grey is all im saying. i cant wait to see all the chrome on your jeep. whats next for you, spinners?
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Unread 09-22-2010, 05:05 PM   #13
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Looks good man!! I know the effort you put in cause I molded 6" mini jl subs into my soundbar....Talk about effort hahaha
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Unread 09-22-2010, 05:34 PM   #14
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did you really paint that in your kitchen?..looks great though
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Unread 09-22-2010, 05:52 PM   #15
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So many haters!! Do what's best for you and your style!! If it works the first time then great, but if it doesn't then you've learned for next time!!
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