something i have been remiss to mention was that when i bought crawley, his driver's side front speaker was non-functioning. this wasn't a HUGE deal to me, so i just kinda ignored it, even if i was entirely too cognizant of the missing pieces of sound, i usually listen to music loud enough to hear it in other speakers
well before moving to GA officially, i made a jaunt up there to pick up my brother to help me pack my things in FL up. it was a long journey that i took alone, so needless to say the stereo and i were great friends.
as previously noted, i tend to listen to my music loud. ("if it's too loud, you're too old" as the saying goes, right?), and perhaps louder that day than usual because i figured i was only going to be driving for nine hours, so doors are for sissies. so i had to make it a bit louder to accommodate for highway-speed wind noises.
long and short, marilyn manson killed my speaker.
i know he has been accused of many heinous things in the past, but nothing has really stuck. there's been underwhelming evidence all around, but today... i turned up evidence for his crimes against me. (well, except the time he hit me in the face with a water bottle at a concert, but that's neither here nor there. i have witnesses, but we know how much that holds up in an investigation
so at this point i have no audio in my driver's side front speaker or my passenger side rear speaker. this was unacceptable. unfortunately, i had to determine ifit was in fact a murder (of the speaker) or perhaps if it was circumstantial at best (for example a wiring issue).
so here is my possible victim:
so as mentioned earlier, i am a computer geek primarily, so when i realized i had an issue with things i happen to have two of, i was excited for the fact that troubleshooting that kinda thing is second nature to me. the speaker above was extracted a few weeks ago, i just never put it back in.
here is the speaker's former home. note that the connectors are still intact:
in the meantime, the speaker served the purpose of keeping my screws in one convenient place while i disassembled the other housing:
note for those who are going to disassemble these with the intent to possibly use the same wiring and/or speaker. these connectors are a bit wonky. you'll want to pull back gently on the clip that attaches to the bottom of the connector, rather than pressing on it for a release.
the reason i mention this is that many electronic connectors i am accustomed to have a place you can press your thumb to release the clip on them (which is not the case here), and it can be a bit awkward to try to simultaneously hold the housing, pull the clip AND try to separate the connector. having three hands would have helped.
so after disconnecting the driver's side rear speaker and connecting it to the housing as below, i heard music pouring through it.
excellent. now i know the wiring is fine and that "screw holder" was to be the passenger-rear speaker's final mission.
because i am a selfish bastard, i disconnected it from the passenger side and put it back where it came from. there was a method to my madness.
so the passenger side FRONT speaker works fine and now i'm in a mood (whilst eagerly awaiting for my leatherman to arrive via UPS), so it's time to troubleshoot the front now.
a word to the rookies: when undoing your speaker housings, be careful not to do this-
i messed up while trying to pry it off with the screwdriver. now crawley has a particularly lame scar. were this obtained offroad, it would be honorable. sadly, this was not the case. i will likely have to replace it to restore crawley's vanity.
now for the obligatory speaker pic:
as an aside, i found a clump of mud back behind there. evidence that at some point, crawley and i had an adventure wild enough to get a clump of mud BEHIND the speaker.
so much like my rear speaker ordeal, when i moved the passenger speaker to the driver's side, it worked. i then decided to leave it there, so now at least all my music is on the same side.... mine.
another thing to keep in mind- the screws that hold the actual speaker in are not threaded straight. they have a slight angle. if you are driving the screw back in and there's great resistance, stop immediately and feel it out with your hand instead of the driver. otherwise, you're going to strip the crap out of your thread. here is a picture for example.
the screw looks crooked as hell, but it is the way it is threaded. of slightly more aggravation, i guess these were done by a human rather than machine because while most screws seemed to go in the same general angle, there was one that was slightly more dramatic on the passenger side.
i left the dead speakers out of their housings, because there's no point putting them back. i did however reinsert the screws into the housings of the empty spots so i don't have to find them later.
that also shows you the top left screw being off-kilter. as previously noted, that is the original placement.
so now the issue at hand is replacing the speakers. i could do this with virtually any, but i am looking to preserve the original connectors, so i may end up going with the quadratec kits:
they're a little costly, and i'm sure the audiophiles here are going to squirm at seeing that and the fact that i am keeping my original head unit (with tape deck!). fact is, i can connect my smartphone to the tape deck easily with one of those adapters, and rock MP3s or internet radio like a bawse.
the added perk is if someone were to stick their head in my jeep with the intent to steal my stereo, they will look at my tape deck and shake their head in disgust.