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Old 05-26-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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Hello! I'm completely new to these forums but as I've been looking around everyone seems pretty cool. I was wondering you guys opinions on this. I recently sold my 2004 TJ and last week bought a 2012 JK. Its the Unlimited sport S I was wondering if anyone else dislikes the quality of the tweeters and head unit. it seems to me the start breaking up and distorting my old TJ was noisy as hell going down the highway with the soft top and the Jk is much quieter but it seems like the speakers are lower and harder to hear unless you turn them the whole way up then they sound bad. Btw I totally suck at paragraphs and correct punctuation!

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Stock stereo and speakers are rubbish and should be replaced. I did a system recently I installed myself for around $500.

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I was quite surprised at the improvement from stuffing the stock tj speaker bar pods with polyfill. Learned about it in another thread here on the wrangler forum. Fixed the blown sub with liquid tape, another trick learned on the forum. Welcome to the wrangler forum
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Lolpete what did you replace yours with? And jeepster that's pretty cool I'm sure I'll find some neat tricks out from here! Thanks for the welcome!
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Mopar part number 77KICK10. They are basically 2-way Kicker 6.5"s that have a standard Jeep connector built in, so no soldering. Amazon has them cheapest I believe. They will fit the soundbar and the fronts. I made this album on Facebook of my install:


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=435d552817
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Mopar part number 77KICK10. They are basically 2-way Kicker 6.5"s that have a standard Jeep connector built in, so no soldering. Amazon has them cheapest I believe. They will fit the soundbar and the fronts. I made this album on Facebook of my install:


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=435d552817
Thanks for the photos. They made excellent sense and I know we appreciate the time you took posting those.

I would like to ask you a question. I got my JKU Sport with the connectivity group. Sirius as well.

I'm guessing (because I really don't know) that the head unit is ok and perhaps I should change out the speakers and add a sub? I don't know much about this but would love your input.

Thanks!
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I think imma throw the kickers in my head unit. I'm still alil scared ripping apart my dash since my wrangler exactly one week old today.
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Ripping the dash apart is simple. I'll post a link when I get to my computer. Super easy!
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The 77KICK10's are an inexpensive upgrade that makes an improvement in sound quality. Front's a bit of a PITA, but not really hard. Soundbar is easy.
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Guess I can't edit my last post? Anyway, you don't need to rip the dash apart to get to the speakers. Follow this write up:

2011 Wrangler Speaker Replacement - Easy!

This is what I followed when I did my fronts. You should upgrade your head unit, as the stock one puts out such lower power. I got a Clarion CX501, built in mic and bluetooth (everyone says they can hear me fine). Much better than the factory unit!
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Kicker

Hello everyone.
If you could see my face you'd see a big a$$ grin. The hubby Just finished installing my Kicker Stage iii system. It absolutely obliterates the stock system. I'll be posting a new thread with pics in the next day or so. It includes 2 amps, replacement speakers and a sub. Ah....the sub. Let me put it this way- I video recorded the sound in stages. But once I got to the finish the bass totally distorted the recording on the crappy camera mike. I'll have to re -record without the sub so you can hear the speakers. Obviously you don't have to crank the bass but we wanted to test distortion.
This is a pricey system- but I am happy to report that just replacing the factory amp with the Kicker amp makes a big difference. kicker tested the factory head unit/amp at 4 watts per channel. Pathetic. The Kicker amp is 40. So even the standard jeep speakers sound much better with the amp alone. I was really surprised by that. I'd get distortion at volume 20 stock. With just replacing the amp you could turn up to 25 or 28 with none and the sound was much better. I'd actually invest in an amp before speakers.
With the entire system I was cranked at volume 30 with clear sound, a ton of bass- and no distortion, clipping or chirping. Probably overkill for a Jeep (unless i want to park it in a bar or club.) Really, really pleased. Can you tell?
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Guess I can't edit my last post? Anyway, you don't need to rip the dash apart to get to the speakers. Follow this write up:

2011 Wrangler Speaker Replacement - Easy!

This is what I followed when I did my fronts. You should upgrade your head unit, as the stock one puts out such lower power. I got a Clarion CX501, built in mic and bluetooth (everyone says they can hear me fine). Much better than the factory unit!
I think imma buy a new head unit and possibly a new amp! I ordered the kickers Saturday so hopefully they are in sometime this week
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Enough with the imma! I'm sure you're somewhat educated.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:31 PM   #15
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Enough with the imma! I'm sure you're somewhat educated.
So were you able to tell a difference with just the speakers? There is another speaker thread on here and a couple people complained that the Kicker speakers didn't sound much better than stock ones- I assumed because of the head unit/amp & lack of power.
Here are the part #s for the amps only:
Mopar 77Kick33- for 07-10
Mopar 77kick053- for 2011 & 2012
I have an entire chart from Kicker but its on my PC at the office. I'll post in the next few days.
The speakers are a lot cheaper than the amp- so they'd be a good place to start!
There are also less expensive amps out there as well. All the kicker components have factory wiring harnesses so they are plug and play so-to-speak. But if you're handy and can sodder somes wires together...
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Sorry :x I blame Pittsburgh!
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Short answer, stock head unit is pretty bad, stock speakers are pretty bad. Tons of options for replacing speakers, but if volume is a concern, stick with 2 ohm speakers (alpine has some people like). Replacing the soundbar speakers with 2 way speakers and using poly fil (search and ye shall find) will help tons.
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Short answer, stock head unit is pretty bad, stock speakers are pretty bad. Tons of options for replacing speakers, but if volume is a concern, stick with 2 ohm speakers (alpine has some people like). Replacing the soundbar speakers with 2 way speakers and using poly fil (search and ye shall find) will help tons.

I am looking at putting a Kicker 8"comp vr sub in the existing box. I have the Infinity amp now (may go to the Kicker later). Should I get the 2ohm or 4ohm sub?
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I just replaced all four speakers; looking to replace the amp. I have the infinity amp currently.
Why does mopar offer two different amps (77KICK33 & 77KICK46)? Kick33 is $200 more than Kick46. 33 is four channel, 184 watts. 46 is eight channel, 368 watts.

What is the difference? I'm clueless when it comes to amplifiers.
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In a normal world: more channels + more wattage= more expensive.
I am not sure why the Kicker pricing is reversed but I have a feeling it involves supply and demand. Us poor souls with the stock audio set-up are probably willing to pay more to get rid of it. Whereas if you have an Infinity- which you already paid to upgrade- you're less likely to spend the $$$.
Just make sure you order the Infinity amp if you want the correct harnesses. Assuming your new speakers are Kicker.
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Thanks, there's a little bit of clarity there.

New speakers are Polk, DXi 650s; friend of mine passed them on to me.
I'm assuming if I purchased an amp from a retailer (say, crutchfield) I would have to solder some wires? Is there an amp upgrade I can purchase that is plug & play that outperforms the infinity amp?

Sorry I'm so needy, thanks for any help.
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You'll have to solder most likely. There are better amps- but they'll have generic wiring harnesses. Crutchfield will guide you though it- they're pretty good. A good amp will make a difference. Even my stock speakers sounded better with just the amp.

NOTE: Crutchfield is now carrying Kicker- look under Soundgate. Only certain components though.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:17 PM   #23
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Thanks JeepHerz, big help.

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