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2002-2005 (02-05) Explorer rear door panel removal for speaker access HOW-TO

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Old 07-29-2007, 03:07 PM   #1
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2002-2005 (02-05) Explorer rear door panel removal for speaker access HOW-TO

I had to remove my rear right speaker and searched all over this forum. I found the approximate info I needed to do it but there were no pictures or step by step instructions yet.
So I figured if I do it I post my findings up here, I'm sure one day it will help someone.
Don't have rights to upload to this forum so used imageshack... not sure how long the files will stay up there... maybe an admin could copy them over here

THIS INFO IS FOR REAR SPEAKERS BUT FRONT ONES ARE VERY SIMILAR.

1. Remove window controller and plastic piece behind door handle




2. Remove screw in the middle, behind door handle encased in white plastic.




3. Remove screw from bottom of panel and lift the whole thing.






Speaker model number: XW7F-18808-BB
Only 25 W?! wow..
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Old 08-10-2007, 01:03 AM   #2
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What size door speakers are in the explorers? I have a 05
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Old 08-10-2007, 01:15 AM   #3
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Nice text bubbles.

I thought you had to pop the leading edge of the panel behind the handle first , because it has a clip that will keep the controller from being lifted out.



Nice job




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Old 08-10-2007, 01:12 PM   #4
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Nice text bubbles.

I thought you had to pop the leading edge of the panel behind the handle first , because it has a clip that will keep the controller from being lifted out.



Nice job
Not a clip really, but it does have to come out first.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:22 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Alright!

Just did this, didn't think I could... Anyways, just to add, in the handle area there is a 5.5 mm bolt, same as the bolt at the bottom of the door - used a socket wrench. The speakers used a 1/4 socket wrench to undo.

The question is, if one rear speaker goes bad, do they both need replacing? Are they sold in sets only?




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Old 12-16-2007, 04:31 PM   #6
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The question is, if one rear speaker goes bad, do they both need replacing? Are they sold in sets only?
Don't know if you can buy the original per piece but I just went with an aftermarket brand (Crunch) in which case you have to replace both in order to maintain the balance.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:38 PM   #7
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Cool Nice!

Thanks! These are aftermarkets, the papers went long agooo... Your instructions made that as easy as pie to remove the all of those parts. Thank you! I'll get another pair, taking the door off was a breeze! So I'll just pop in the other side too... Thanks again!




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I just put new speakers in all around on my '02 Explorer. The front door panels come off the same way as described here. There are two screws at the bottom of the panel on the front doors.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:09 PM   #9
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That's it...

6x9 all around? So technically the fronts could be switched to the rears, and a better set for up front?




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Old 12-16-2007, 05:44 PM   #10
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Yeah, all four speakers are identical.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:59 PM   #11
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Thumbs up Thanks!

4 noobs all around! 6x8s Pics of the front door to follow!




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Old 12-17-2007, 12:57 AM   #12
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Here's what can go wrong if you don't do it like Greg shows...

1. I broke the part that goes over the lock while trying to reassemble.
2. Don't try this unless you are capable, I thought I was

These are the new rears... Thanks for the directions Greg! It went smoothly until I forgot about having patience...




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Old 12-17-2007, 01:00 AM   #13
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These are the old rears...

1. Does anyone know what that crud is around the speaker? It was only on the right side rear...




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Old 12-17-2007, 06:23 PM   #14
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I just put new speakers in all around on my '02 Explorer. The front door panels come off the same way as described here. There are two screws at the bottom of the panel on the front doors.
I'm going to try to do the front install today... You're right, it's best to have all new at one time - the front two sound pretty muffled compared to the rear two.




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The new speakers are great, but they put the factory deck to shame... I think I need a new deck now. :P
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:49 AM   #16
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Thanks for pics, changed my front speakers went very smooth
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:18 PM   #17
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This can be a very easy task if you are patient. try not to break the clips that hold the panel on the door. just dont force anything where its not supposed to go and you should be fine. and yes most explorers have 6 X 8 speakers all around. mine does i know that much.




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Old 12-20-2008, 06:33 PM   #18
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Thanks for this post. I replaced the back door speakers tonight following these instructions. Only broke one clamp on the switch housing. You gotta slide it towards the front of the vehicle once you pop out the clamp. Otherwise, went smoothly. The housing still holds on fine, so it`s no big deal.

Didn`t go to expensive on the speakers, Ultimate T2-6821 6x8 two way. Very pleased with the sound, and they fit just right.

http://www.ultimate-sound.com/car.html
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:08 PM   #19
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great post, I had to remove my front panel last winter to replace my window controls and could have used this diagram. Its really not that hard but as mentioned take your time with any interior trim so you dont break tabs




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Old 02-01-2009, 05:11 PM   #20
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just to let everyone know u can eas;y use ten snips and cut the door a little to fit 6x9 if u want the bigger speaker
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