Replacing speaker grilles on rear shelf, 2003 LE

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Old 09 Oct 2006, 12:31 pm   #1 (permalink)
Harry Avant
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Default Replacing speaker grilles on rear shelf, 2003 LE

I have a 2003 Camry LE. For the past several months it has been
necessary to park it in an area that gets a great deal of afternoon
sun. As a result the plastic "grille" on the two rear speakers has
degenerated and is about to fall onto the speakers. This morning I
stopped at my local Toyota dealer and asked about getting replacement
grilles. I was told they were not available and I would have to
replace the entire rear shelve, with a parts cost of about $400 plus
labor! I asked how hard it was to remove the grilles and was told they
didn't come off. I then asked how speakers were replaced and was told
they were installed from within the trunk. When I got home I looked in
the trunk and it's obvious the speaker's mounting screws are installed
in the shelve top, not from within the trunk. Does anyone know how to
remove the grille assembly? If I can get them off I'm sure I can fit
some type of grille cloth. Are they like the grilles for hi-fi
equipment which often have a pin in hole type of means of securing the
grille. I really don't want to break the plastic frame and sure don't
want to pay $400+ for replacing a couple of speaker grilles. Thanks
for any help or suggestions.


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Old 09 Oct 2006, 12:40 pm   #2 (permalink)
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You have to remove the entire rear seat to get the shelf out. Surprized
they went so soon --- I had a '93 and they were still good in mine. Start
with removing bottom seat cushion - snaps up in front. That reveals 2 bolts
for the back. Probably have to remove side bolsters too. Then the 3rd
light and then the shelf slides forward. I'm sure some of the aftermarket
grills will work. Speakers there are 6x9 but have a Toyota special 3 point
mounting system (vice normal 4). Replace the speakers --- the OEM one are
crappy. I used Sony 3 way 6x9 ones -- which came with grills that could be
used.

"Harry Avant" <havant@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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>I have a 2003 Camry LE. For the past several months it has been
> necessary to park it in an area that gets a great deal of afternoon
> sun. As a result the plastic "grille" on the two rear speakers has
> degenerated and is about to fall onto the speakers. This morning I
> stopped at my local Toyota dealer and asked about getting replacement
> grilles. I was told they were not available and I would have to
> replace the entire rear shelve, with a parts cost of about $400 plus
> labor! I asked how hard it was to remove the grilles and was told they
> didn't come off. I then asked how speakers were replaced and was told
> they were installed from within the trunk. When I got home I looked in
> the trunk and it's obvious the speaker's mounting screws are installed
> in the shelve top, not from within the trunk. Does anyone know how to
> remove the grille assembly? If I can get them off I'm sure I can fit
> some type of grille cloth. Are they like the grilles for hi-fi
> equipment which often have a pin in hole type of means of securing the
> grille. I really don't want to break the plastic frame and sure don't
> want to pay $400+ for replacing a couple of speaker grilles. Thanks
> for any help or suggestions.
>
>



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Old 09 Oct 2006, 12:55 pm   #3 (permalink)
Harry Avant
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Maybe I don't understand you but are you saying that you have to
remove the shelf just to replace the speakers? I would be happy to get
a pair on new speakers such as the Sony, but don't want to take out
the entire shelf!

"Wolfgang" <NOwolfXgang_dieterxSPAM@NOXcox.netNOT> wrote:

>You have to remove the entire rear seat to get the shelf out. Surprized
>they went so soon --- I had a '93 and they were still good in mine. Start
>with removing bottom seat cushion - snaps up in front. That reveals 2 bolts
>for the back. Probably have to remove side bolsters too. Then the 3rd
>light and then the shelf slides forward. I'm sure some of the aftermarket
>grills will work. Speakers there are 6x9 but have a Toyota special 3 point
>mounting system (vice normal 4). Replace the speakers --- the OEM one are
>crappy. I used Sony 3 way 6x9 ones -- which came with grills that could be
>used.
>
>"Harry Avant" <havant@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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>>I have a 2003 Camry LE. For the past several months it has been
>> necessary to park it in an area that gets a great deal of afternoon
>> sun. As a result the plastic "grille" on the two rear speakers has
>> degenerated and is about to fall onto the speakers. This morning I
>> stopped at my local Toyota dealer and asked about getting replacement
>> grilles. I was told they were not available and I would have to
>> replace the entire rear shelve, with a parts cost of about $400 plus
>> labor! I asked how hard it was to remove the grilles and was told they
>> didn't come off. I then asked how speakers were replaced and was told
>> they were installed from within the trunk. When I got home I looked in
>> the trunk and it's obvious the speaker's mounting screws are installed
>> in the shelve top, not from within the trunk. Does anyone know how to
>> remove the grille assembly? If I can get them off I'm sure I can fit
>> some type of grille cloth. Are they like the grilles for hi-fi
>> equipment which often have a pin in hole type of means of securing the
>> grille. I really don't want to break the plastic frame and sure don't
>> want to pay $400+ for replacing a couple of speaker grilles. Thanks
>> for any help or suggestions.
>>
>>

>
>


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Old 09 Oct 2006, 04:24 pm   #4 (permalink)
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YUP!

"Harry Avant" <havant@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Maybe I don't understand you but are you saying that you have to
> remove the shelf just to replace the speakers? I would be happy to get
> a pair on new speakers such as the Sony, but don't want to take out
> the entire shelf!
>
> "Wolfgang" <NOwolfXgang_dieterxSPAM@NOXcox.netNOT> wrote:
>
>>You have to remove the entire rear seat to get the shelf out. Surprized
>>they went so soon --- I had a '93 and they were still good in mine. Start
>>with removing bottom seat cushion - snaps up in front. That reveals 2
>>bolts
>>for the back. Probably have to remove side bolsters too. Then the 3rd
>>light and then the shelf slides forward. I'm sure some of the aftermarket
>>grills will work. Speakers there are 6x9 but have a Toyota special 3
>>point
>>mounting system (vice normal 4). Replace the speakers --- the OEM one are
>>crappy. I used Sony 3 way 6x9 ones -- which came with grills that could
>>be
>>used.
>>
>>"Harry Avant" <havant@earthlink.net> wrote in message
>>news:452a875b.681343@news.west.earthlink.net.. .
>>>I have a 2003 Camry LE. For the past several months it has been
>>> necessary to park it in an area that gets a great deal of afternoon
>>> sun. As a result the plastic "grille" on the two rear speakers has
>>> degenerated and is about to fall onto the speakers. This morning I
>>> stopped at my local Toyota dealer and asked about getting replacement
>>> grilles. I was told they were not available and I would have to
>>> replace the entire rear shelve, with a parts cost of about $400 plus
>>> labor! I asked how hard it was to remove the grilles and was told they
>>> didn't come off. I then asked how speakers were replaced and was told
>>> they were installed from within the trunk. When I got home I looked in
>>> the trunk and it's obvious the speaker's mounting screws are installed
>>> in the shelve top, not from within the trunk. Does anyone know how to
>>> remove the grille assembly? If I can get them off I'm sure I can fit
>>> some type of grille cloth. Are they like the grilles for hi-fi
>>> equipment which often have a pin in hole type of means of securing the
>>> grille. I really don't want to break the plastic frame and sure don't
>>> want to pay $400+ for replacing a couple of speaker grilles. Thanks
>>> for any help or suggestions.
>>>
>>>

>>
>>

>



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Old 10 Oct 2006, 08:05 am   #5 (permalink)
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Harry Avant wrote:
> Maybe I don't understand you but are you saying that you have to
> remove the shelf just to replace the speakers? I would be happy to get
> a pair on new speakers such as the Sony, but don't want to take out
> the entire shelf!

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You may find it is not as difficult as it may sound - or just have a
place that sells the speakers install them for you.
Once you pull up sharply enough on the front of the rear bench seats,
they just lift out.
Remove the couple of bolts for side bolsters and they come right out.
I may be missing some minor point, but the rear speaker shelf should
just slide right out.
Could be that having it all one piece is a better design in that
rattles are reduced over time and less likelihood of buzzing from
looseness of separate parts.

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