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Unread 06-20-2005, 09:45 AM   #1
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2005 Wrangler Radio Removal

How do you remove the cover around the radio/heater controls? I want to remove and install a different radio. Thanks

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Unread 06-20-2005, 09:53 AM   #2
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If I'm not mistaken, it just "pops" off.
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Ok first you want to pull the defroster plate off on the top of your dash (it just snaps upwards) once that is remove there is 2 screws that hold the console on.....remove those screws and then just pull it forward/downward and it will slip right off with a little force.....Once that is done, remove your glove compartment door and reach back behind the head unit to a bolt that connects the radio to the ground. then theres 4 bolts on the radio front and remove the antena. Sounds like alot of work but it should take you maybe 10 minutes....You will also have to remove a plug off the back of the head unit.



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take a flathead screw driver and pop the long narrow plastic piece off the dash just at the base of the windshield. that will expose two philips screws at the top of where the coin tray is. take those out. pull the cig. tray out and that will expose one more screw, take that out. i find it easiest to pull from the bottom from that point, pulling the entire plastic surround off the dash.
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on my '05, it's just as stated above however no ashtray. Only the two screws you'll find after lifting of the defroster strip.
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Originally Posted by 2005300C
How do you remove the cover around the radio/heater controls? I want to remove and install a different radio. Thanks
The part you need to remove to get to the radio is called the Bezel.

To remove this pop off the defrost cover strip along the top of the dash, it just pops out with a flat blade tool. You will see the two philips head screws on the top. Remove them, not sure of your year, but if you have a ashtry take that out and remove the screw in the back there also. The bezel will just be held by panel clips then. Pull gently along the top and bottom and off it will come.

Your factory stereo should just have two screws in the face plate. You will also have what is called a anti-theft device attached to the back of the head unit. If your stereo is the older style (square corners) mopar radio it will be a steel strap that you can pull out. If it the head unit like mine with the rounded corners it will have nut you need to get off the back of the head unit.

to get to the nut take off you glove box door and reach up behind the radio, you will find it. It is a 10mm nut, that comes off real easy. depending on the size of you new head unit you maight need ot remove the factory security hanger also. It is held in place by two bolts along the top of the dash. Not a hard thing to get out through the glove box.

Just be careful fishing it out of the dash, it want to grab wires as it comes out

The funny thing about that security device is that is also acts as the gound for the head unit, so you might not see a ground wire on your harness.

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Unread 06-20-2005, 01:54 PM   #7
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All of above is correct. If you put it all back together and get no radio, check behind the glove box. There is a connector splice for the radio antenna inside the foam covering that comes unplugged every time I take mine apart. It just plugs back together.

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A side note.... I recently Installed my new stereo and I removed the security bracket. The radio was not grounded properly as I was getting lot of electrical static and getting shocked a lot more then usual. So I fabricated a ground wire with a ring on the end that fit over bolt that is up by teh windshield that the bracket was on, I then just put the nut back on to hold the wire on, the other end of the wire was attached to the back of the new head unit, that solved all my problems.
Hope this helps if you have teh same grounding problem I did
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