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Old 04-30-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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Factory subwoofer question.

Searched and found several threads about my question, but nothing specific to what I need to do. What is the easiest way to remove/disconnect the sub speaker in the center console? After upgrading my stereo, I could notice a speaker that was lacking and sounding horrible. Traced it to the sub, which I didn't even know was in there (just bought the Jeep). I don't need to remove it I guess as much as I just want it to stop pushing a distorted bass. If I do disconnect it, any problems that this can cause? Didn't think so, but better safe when treading into unfamiliar territory.

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one bolt under the center cup holder, two torx(I think T30's) in each of the rear cup holders and the rear console will come free from the front half. There is just a wiring plug up on the front that you can disconnect and be done with it.

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I found the one bolt under the front center cup holder, but the rear cup holder appears to be molded plastic that is permanently secured to the console. I didn't pry on it, but I can't see where it would pop loose. I ran out of time today, I'll look closer tomorrow. The center sub sounds horrible compared to the rest of my new sound system.
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The solid piece you are talking about is actually a rubber cover. You can pry it up and there is the two torx screws under it. It is a little pliable and should come up pretty easy.
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I just disconnected mine yesterday because of the same reason. Good Lord that thing sounded horrible. There are is the 10mm bolt in the front cup holder that sounds like you got. The rear cup holders have a "trim piece" hiding the two torx bolts. It's just a rubber "coaster" that is setting in there. I used a 90║ dental pick to get it out. Use a small flat screw driver or anything to get in and get under it and it comes right out. Under there you will find the two torx bolts that rjacobs mentioned. Once you get those out you can swing your console from the rear up and the connector for the sub will be up close to where you took out that 10mm bolt from the front cup holder. Disconnect that and enjoy the radio without all the nastiness of that sub contributed.
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My sub also sounded horrible after I installed my aftermarket radio, but then after I discovered it needed the antenna power wire instead of sub power wires, it sounded awesome again. Something about the jeep, they wire them backwards.....
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Any of you guys wanna sell your sub enclosure? My console was made for a sub, but the po didn't buy the good stereo with the Jeep, so I have no enclosure for a sub... Let me know if you wanna get rid of it
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Any of you guys wanna sell your sub enclosure? My console was made for a sub, but the po didn't buy the good stereo with the Jeep, so I have no enclosure for a sub... Let me know if you wanna get rid of it
I was in the same boat! Just so you know, it seems like the center consoles that came with a sub were made differently, because when I bought the sub enclosure from a guy on here and when i put it in, there was a big gap between the new enclosure and the top of my center console. The problem is that stuff can easily slide down in the console to where I can't get them. I will probably Make a simple wood bottom in the future, but overall I used the speaker for mids and lows, so it rounds out system well. I used pyramid 6.5" with an amp in my insta-trunk. It might be easier to make an enclosure out of wood for your center console. I saw a write up on here where a guy made a box for a 10" in the center console
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Searched and found several threads about my question, but nothing specific to what I need to do. What is the easiest way to remove/disconnect the sub speaker in the center console? After upgrading my stereo, I could notice a speaker that was lacking and sounding horrible. Traced it to the sub, which I didn't even know was in there (just bought the Jeep). I don't need to remove it I guess as much as I just want it to stop pushing a distorted bass. If I do disconnect it, any problems that this can cause? Didn't think so, but better safe when treading into unfamiliar territory.
you should be able to pull the fuse out. Much easier than getting into the console.
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just in case anyone is interested. I had the same issue when I bought a console used. got the wiring working but the speaker was blown. Saw the posts about using a pyramid speaker, but found a speaker box at Wal-Mart that had two 6.5 inch subs and two tweeters $29. pulled one of the subs. replaced my existing one, and now I have a sub. Works about as well as can be expected for a 100w base. Oh Yeah. I still have one sub left. $10.00 plus shipping.
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I was in the same boat! Just so you know, it seems like the center consoles that came with a sub were made differently, because when I bought the sub enclosure from a guy on here and when i put it in, there was a big gap between the new enclosure and the top of my center console. The problem is that stuff can easily slide down in the console to where I can't get them. I will probably Make a simple wood bottom in the future, but overall I used the speaker for mids and lows, so it rounds out system well. I used pyramid 6.5" with an amp in my insta-trunk. It might be easier to make an enclosure out of wood for your center console. I saw a write up on here where a guy made a box for a 10" in the center console
I am looking at replacing my stock sub with a pyramid 6.5" ( just ordered the sub), and I was wondering what amp that you have running the pyramid? Also did you have to modify the console at all to make it fit, or could i run this sub off of the low end stock amplifier that is built in?
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My stock sub went out this week, after researching these sites I had decided to order the pyramid 6.5 to replace it. Before I placed the order I decided to put a bead of glue, using a hot glue gun, around the factory sub where the speaker had pulled away from the frame. It worked great, sounds just like it did before. I've only had this fix for 2 days so we will see if it holds up, but I'm not out anything if it does not.
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I am looking at replacing my stock sub with a pyramid 6.5" ( just ordered the sub), and I was wondering what amp that you have running the pyramid? Also did you have to modify the console at all to make it fit, or could i run this sub off of the low end stock amplifier that is built in?
The stock amp will work, but will sound much better and louder with an amp that is meant to put out the power that the pyramid sub requires. All you need to do to make it fit is file/pry/snap/ grind down a few little plastic tabs that held the stock one in place on the bottom. Takes 30 sec
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I fixed my blown sub with liquid electrical tape. It's been fine now for 2-3 months. Then Stuffed the overhead speaker pods with polyfill and can't believe how much better they sound.
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Ok, Thnx

I replaced the stick sub with the 6.5" pyramid and am just running it off the stock amplifier. After about a week of breaking it in it sounds great, and dont plan on spending more money to run it off of another amp. I highly recomend the cheap pyramid though, sounds great for a bargain!
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I dont know if anyone still follows this thread, but I replaced my stock center sub with a 6.5" pyramid about 6 months ago. It ran great for a while, but wher I live in MN it gets very cold in the winter. My sub has started to blow out in the cold. So if anyone is planning on doing the same thing be ware if you live in the cold. I will probly just replace it with another pyramid since they are so cheap. Just order a few of em!
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Coming back to this thread as an update:

A couple months after putting in my pyramid sub, I blew it at medium volume with country music (Not bass heavy). I put in a Kicker 6.5 (cost me about $50) and it sounds wayyy better and have been able to crank up anything I want, no matter how much bass there is, and havent had a problem since (6 Months or so). For the long term, I believe kicker is a better option.
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Sounds like the way to go, ill have to replace my blown pyramid with a kicker!

Yah stay away from the pyramids unless you like to take your console out a lot


One question though, wayoflife, what kicker did you buy was it the 1, 2, or 4 ohm? and was it a shallow mount?
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What is the specific model number of the kicker. I'm due for a new sub since I just wasted mine while testing out the new 6.5" components I put in my sound bar.
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Note that I'm not sure the stock amp will fit when you use the kicker because it is deeper than the stock one or kicker. This is the one I got, unfortunately it looks like Amazon no longer has it in stock and is now selling it from other companies for a higher price. Amazon.com: Kicker 6.5Inch Shallow Mount Subwoofer 4 Ohm: Electronics
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My stock one sounds like crap too. Sounds like a job for the weekend. I think I'll try the glue around the edges trick first. If it still sounds bad I'm just gonna unplug it.
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Note that I'm not sure the stock amp will fit when you use the kicker because it is deeper than the stock one or kicker. This is the one I got, unfortunately it looks like Amazon no longer has it in stock and is now selling it from other companies for a higher price. Amazon.com: Kicker 6.5Inch Shallow Mount Subwoofer 4 Ohm: Electronics
Thanks for the link. If it doesn't fit it just gives me an excuse to throw in my big a$$ 5 channel amp.
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I picked up a factory sub from my local salvage yard for $40. Installed it with an aftermarket radio and it sounds good to me. They had another one there when I was there last week. As far as what Jeepwayoflife said about the gap between subhousing and console, there should be a piece between the two to put little stuff in. It also had a screw hole to screw into the subhousing.
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One question though, wayoflife, what kicker did you buy was it the 1, 2, or 4 ohm? and was it a shallow mount?

I bought the 2 ohm and it is shallow mount but you'll still have to dremel/cut out a little bit of plastic for clearance.


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For anyone needing any stereo stuff you can check out crutchfield.com. You can do a search to see what will fit your Jeep. Also read reviews about the products.
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For anyone needing any stereo stuff you can check out crutchfield.com. You can do a search to see what will fit your Jeep. Also read reviews about the products.
Its great for reading reviews on speakers and stereos, but unfortunately the website doesn't know that certain speakers like the Polk Audio 6.5" speakers actually fit in the stock 5.25" cutouts in the soundbar without trimming or that you can get mounting plates to fit 5.25" speakers in the front dash instead of the 4x6" ones. I believe they do show 4" speakers work though. Don't get me wrong, its a great site and I have bought almost all my speakers and my Kenwood head unit from them, but I just wouldn't use the site to find speakers for a jeep unless you are happy with a simple stock size speaker.

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