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How do I remove a 1996 Explorer door panel?

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Old 09-19-2000, 09:08 PM   #1
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I just got my Rockford Fanatic FNX1514 component speakers in the mail and I'm dying to install them in my 96 Explorer 4 door, 4 X 4 XLT.

How do I remove the front door panels? I removed two screws near the door handle on the drivers side and that's all I could find. I then started prying around the perimeter of the door panel with a screwdriver to no avail. Is there another screw somewhere that I need to remove? I'd hate to destroy my door panel. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-20-2000, 01:31 AM   #2
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NO, no more screws, just annoying push pins. You can pull, and they WILL come out, but I wish I would have bought the tool, I suggest you do.




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Old 09-20-2000, 07:21 PM   #3
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Yeah just take out the screw in the upper corner and the two screws from under the door handle. Then get a flat head screw driver and have fun. When your done just pust the door pannel back on. Nothing to it.




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Old 09-20-2000, 09:10 PM   #4
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Yep, just got the door panel off. I went out and bought a door panel removal tool ($7) as suggested and it made it much easier. It turns out I had to remove two screws and a few of the push pins, unhook a couple of cables, and the panel is history.

Now it turns out that the 5 1/4 Rockford speakers are not a slam dunk installation. It looks like I need a spacer of some sort. The original speakers used a spacer to clear the window. Looks like I'm crusin' the web for a spacer.

Thanks again,
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Old 10-05-2000, 10:07 AM   #5
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Just an update on my Rockford speaker installation. I ended up buying a spacer from: http://store.autotoys.com/cgi-bin/wfp53024.storefront/

Autotoys has a spacer made for installing 5 1/4 speakers in the 6 x 8 opening on Ford products. All I had to do was buy some hardware to mount the speakers to the spacer. I left the original spacer in the door and just mounted the new spacer on top using the original bolts.

Check out Autotoys, it has a lot of cool harness adapters too.

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