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Old 06-30-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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Cool ideas for yj sound system

I'm looking to spend about $600 on some sound for my yj. I like to listen to all kinds of music. Any ideas on what to buy? I want a sub or maybe even two. I don't know what types of speakers to buy or what an ohm is or anything. Any help is welcome. I'd like to put speakers on my wheel wells in the back or maybe one of those wedges with the cupholder. And I'd want my sub(s) behind the rear seat. I can build my own box if necessary. Not looking to replace my dash speakers. Unless thats necessary to play loud music with my other speakers. I just want to hear my music loud, no matter what genre I'm listening to.

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I have a kenwood exelon head unit and Boston acoustic speakers in the dash and a VDP sound bar and then a kicker comp 12 sub behind the rear seat in a ported truck box with a 760 watt pioneer amp not bridged and sounds really nice and when I turn my amp up it really hits nice gets a lot of bass

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Old 06-30-2013, 02:32 AM   #3
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how difficult was it to install the sound bar and how much would that cost?
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:15 AM   #4
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I believe it was 350 and it was super easy the wireing was the hardest part but I took that to a car stereo guy all I did was drill 4 counter sink holes then I used self tapping bolts and it was done its super loud too!
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:19 AM   #5
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A sound bar is an absolute must for a Wrangler. I personally like the newer TJ sound pods, my buddy gave me his and I fitted 6.5" speakers into them. Could get them as loud as I wanted.



They don't fit perfectly, but they fit close enough to look good. Had to drill a couple holes in my rollbar, one of them I tapped and inserted a helicoil.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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I went to lowe an got some 6 inch pvc pipe and 2 tee fittings put the 6 inch pvc pipe in the fittings an screwed in some 6.5 inch speakers and mounted them on my wheel wells. Found that setup on a wakeboard and atv forum.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:41 AM   #7
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My jeep when I bought it was a bit overkill for me and this is coming from an audiophile who has a 15 speaker system on his volvo and a 13 speaker system in his g37 coupe... the previous owner had a sub box over the drivers side wheel well, 6x9 speaker pods behind passenger and driver seats, bestop sound bar, and 4x6 speakers behind the dash. It was just too much and tuned improperly... here is my new setup:

Using factory wiring harness
6x9 infinity marine speakers in speaker pods
4x6 marine kickers behind the dash
All runs off internal headunit 4 channel amp

Gets the job done for sure! You wont get great bass out of a jeep especially if you ride around topless, you would need a very large sub box for that. Always remember - bass equals space. You are better off going with larger speakers like 6x9's that can simulate and hit lower frequencies.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #8
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I got a 700Watt 4ch and a 1000 Watt 2ch amp. The 1000 Watt amp is hooked up to two 10" pioneer comp subs behind the rear seat. The 700 Watt is hooked u pto a 6"X9" box on top of each wheel well, and also the dask speakers which I swapped out for Pioneer 4Way speakers that can handle the power. The sound I have is extremely crisp even at louder volumes. I drive highway a lot with no top or doors and it sounds great. When I put my hardtop on in the winter I have to adjust it though for the closed in space.

I also used a Pioneer headunit with bluetooth and USB. I stuck about 2000 or more songs on a 16GB usb and set the stereo to random. When the phone rings it goes through my stereo so I dont miss calls, and I can answer it from the remote. It is awesome.

I also used a 2Farat CAP for the subs. I need to do a dual battery setup though since I have a slight flicker with the system way up and the bass kicking in. Although it is not just because of my system, but also winch, and other things I run at the same time.

I should also mention this system is in there because I live in the city and am tired of hearing every one and there brother blasting Little Wayne next to me at stop lights. What I stuck in my Jeep drowns out most systems, most importantly I dont hear them myself anymore. I mostly blast Metallica, Pantera, and other metal while covered in mud.
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I bought my Jeep with a head unit, some Pioneer dash speakers and those pods that mount right by the B pilar which were stuffed with some nice 3way Boston Acoustic 6x9 powered by an amp under the seat. It sounded great but lacked bass.

I too listen to all types of music so I decided to complete the system by adding a sub. I purchased a 12" MTX sub, box, Kenwood amp and the install kit from these guys for super cheap.

Car Audio Stereo - Car Subwoofers - Car Amplifiers and Speakers

I called and they made some great recommendations and so I placed my order and they shipped it all out on the spot. I had a great experience all around.

After tuning it all in I was floured by how incredible it sounds all together. Good luck!
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I have a Kenwood KDC-X395 with a USB input on the front for my phone, thumb drives, and i-pod. That is running the Pioneer 4x6's in the dash and Kicker 6x9's in boxes on the rear fenders. For bass, I have an Alpine 500 watt amp (I think) running 2 JL Audio 10"s in a store bought box. Its a downward facing sealed box made by XKote which came with some sort of Rhino Lining on it which is behind the rear seat. Sounds great with the hard top on and OK top less. Decent system for the price.
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I have a Kenwood KDC-X395 with a USB input on the front for my phone, thumb drives, and i-pod. That is running the Pioneer 4x6's in the dash and Kicker 6x9's in boxes on the rear fenders. For bass, I have an Alpine 500 watt amp (I think) running 2 JL Audio 10"s in a store bought box. Its a downward facing sealed box made by XKote which came with some sort of Rhino Lining on it which is behind the rear seat. Sounds great with the hard top on and OK top less. Decent system for the price.
Finally someone who lives near me. What's good man? Do you know of any Jeep clubs around?
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I have 4X6 Planet Audio dash speakers I paid $20, Infinity sound bar $90 and two under seat bass speakers that I forgot the name of but feel weird having the bass go up your... um... back. For around $120 I have a damn good topless sound system and is amazing with a top on.
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:09 PM   #13
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You wont get great bass out of a jeep especially if you ride around topless, you would need a very large sub box for that. Always remember - bass equals space. You are better off going with larger speakers like 6x9's that can simulate and hit lower frequencies.
Most 6x9's won't realistically go below 70-80hz too well...they might give a response down to 50-60hz, but certainly not with any kind of clarity or with the authority that a subwoofer would. The issue with subs is the space as you mentioned, and then the direction they're firing. If you're driving around topless, any direction other than down-firing, or firing right into the back of your seat is pretty inefficient. I'd think a good down-firing setup with something like two Sundown Audio 8" SD-2's (Amazon.com: SD-2 8 D4 - Sundown Audio 8" 300W RMS Dual 4-Ohms Subwoofer: Car Electronics) would do enough to fill in the low end, even with the top down. I'm going to try to do a center console enclosure to do just that... saves the space and keeps the bass in front right next to you.

How do those marine speakers sound? I am a car audio guy (rainbow, focal, etc gear in our other family vehicles) but can't bring myself to throw anything expensive into the jeep. Those marine speakers seem like a good way to go...
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:38 PM   #14
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I have a big amp, 2 12" subs,
I have a pair of 6x9" in the back, and upgraded speakers in the dash, all running off my Sony, adn with the top off I have no issues hearing it at 75, along with half the block hearing it in town.

I think Ill install a sound bar sometime in the future, but its plenty loud for now for me.

I rather spend my money on performance upgrades, like Ford 8.8 upgrade parts, and a AX5 upgrade (NV3550).... As long ans my current system works.......
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Infinity Basslink subwoofer with 200 watt amp - $167
Dual 6.5 inch rear speakers (100 watt set) - $21
Boss 4X6 inch front speakers (250 watt set) - $18
Amp wiring kit - $12
Sony Receiver - $100 +/-

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Total: $318 = nice sound and money left over to buy other mods!

It's still loud on the highway with the top off!

I made my own boxes for my rear speakers (scrap wood equals free)
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I got a 1000watt 2ch amp, a 700 watt 4ch amp, 2 10" pioneers, 2 6x9's, and of course 2 6x4's in the dash. Sounds great. Cost me about $500 or so.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:54 PM   #17
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I went to lowe an got some 6 inch pvc pipe and 2 tee fittings put the 6 inch pvc pipe in the fittings an screwed in some 6.5 inch speakers and mounted them on my wheel wells. Found that setup on a wakeboard and atv forum.
Do you have pics of the pvc speaker box?
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I figured that I wasn't going to get audiophile sound in the jeep, in any case. The head unit that the PO left in there wouldn't turn off, and it drives a pair of speakers in the stock dash location that may or may not be stock. So I had to do something, anyway.
(D'Oh. Computer fart. To continue: )

I got a Sony 45 watt x 4 head unit (so that the buttons and phone app would match my other car) and a VDP sound bar. I wired the sound bar as the "rear" speakers and the ones in the stock location as "front."

Ah, glorious mid-range mush! I can tweak the equalizer and get somewhat acceptable sound for an open car. The head unit sort of drives the speakers sort of well enough, as long as you lean back so that your ear is directly beneath the tweeter. There are no really crisp highs and forget much in the low range.

I don't plan on adding an amp or subwoofer to this package because.
1) I'm not planning to assault the neighbors
2) All of the wiring, including all of the wiring in the VDP unit is small-gauge crap. Easy to install, but it would all have to be replaced if one contemplated a better system. Better to start from scratch.
3) 90% of the time in the jeep, I'm just playing MP3s off the phone over bluetooth.
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since my jeep leaks an I don't want to encourage anyone to break into it I have a $20 Dual head unit I got off craigslist for $20. 2 5.25" HK speakers from a BMW I got used for $25. I trimmed the stock sound bar with tin snips to fit the 5.25's, they don't sit flush but look ok an it sounds good for $45 to me!

To save space you can look into a center console that has a sub/amp combo.

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