I have a 2011 Wrangler Sport 2DR with the RES radio and no subwoofer. Last Spring, I took it to a local car audio store and had all of the speakers replaced with JL speakers and a JL amp. I have kept the stock head unit, because I didn't want to further entice potential thieves with a shiny, fancy head unit.
If you have a 2DR Wrangler, you know there is zero storage space. I didn't want to put a sub in the rear and sacrifice what little room I had. I also had problems finding a compact sub that would fit under the passenger seat. I bought a couple and had to return them, because there wasn't enough clearance.
I looked at the JL Audio Stealthbox, but until recently, they only made one for the Unlimited. I just noticed JL has made one for the Wrangler 2DR. You have to give up your trunk to install it, but once installed, it only protrudes five inches from the floor. It's pretty much exactly what I have been looking for.
I'm seriously considering buying this thing - along with a 300W JL mono amp. Has anyone bought one of these? If so, I would love to hear about it.
I called my local audio shop to ask about it. I think I'm just going to take the plunge. JL stuff is top-notch, so I will be surprised if its not good. It is expensive as hell, though...$650! Still, I'm tired of not having any low end.
I just got this installed last week - along with a JL Audio XD300/1 amp to drive it. The thing hits like a sledge, and it's virtually invisible in its fiberglass mold in the trunk. The carpeting on the enclosure perfectly matched the interior.
Trouble is, you give up your trunk space. I thought it would be a non-issue, because I was going to get some tailgate storage to make up for it. But, the sub sits up a little higher than I thought. I'm going to have to measure carefully before I buy a tailgate storage system, because the molle bags might get pinched between the tailgate and the sub when you close the tailgate.
The sound is phenomenal though. I have the whole setup running off my stock RES radio. I'm going to have to go back and get a bass volume knob installed, because the bass can actually be overwhelming at times.
I have been searching for something like this. How secure is it? I know having a soft top keeps me sometimes from installing a system due to how easy they are to break into. Is it bolted down or anything?
im sure it will work fine. i was looking at that one when i was shopping. i decided to go with the infinity basslink 10 inch. got it for 200 bucks and it sounds great. actually beyond great. it has the amp built in and it wasnt that bad to install it. i have 2 tens in my challenger and the basslink in the jeep sounds better. you can check out the pics in my profile.
Here are some pics for you guys. I tried from different perspectives so you could see some better angles. The enclosure has flat bars attached to it. Those bars slide into the slots where your trunk lid goes. My bars are not screwed down or anything, so I can just lift it out of the trunk after disconnecting the speaker cables - but so can someone else...
The top part of the box is a lid that protects the subwoofer cone. It is attached via six or eight allen bolts. Remove them if you need to get to the speaker for some reason. With the lid on, you have a nice flat area for groceries, etc.
The enclosure only contains one 10" woofer. The other half of the enclosure is just flat. Initially, I thought that was JL Audio's way of providing you with a nice spot to mount your sub amp. My installer told me that was a very bad idea, since the enclosure's made of fiberglass. The amp was ultimately mounted under the driver's seat.
I actually did some research last night on this. I am probably going to get the stock pieces, and put a small single channel amp right on top or down the forward side facing the rear seat. I have too many things (Believe it or not) in that little storage area.
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Yeah, I'm having storage remorse now. I was planning on getting one of those MPAC rear gate storage systems, but the steel backing for the molle bags protrudes too far and the sub would be in the way.
I guess that means I will have to go with the Smittybilt G.E.A.R. setup. I only need storage for a couple of towels and my Cloverpatch window roll. I think they'll fit in a couple of large molle bags OK.
I don't think that amp location under the seat is a good spot. What would happen if someone sits in the back during a snowy/rainy day and kicks the amp with their wet shoes?
Shouldn't be a big deal. As long as the amp doesn't get submerged. Mine got wet under the seat from rain and is perfectly fine since the water didn't make it inside the amp. You could mount the amp above the brake pedal (behind dash if small enough) or suspend off the floor under drivers seat.(with some creativity using metal straps)
I'm curious as to why you didn't put the amp in the premade spot within the encloser?
I thought that space was made for an amp, too. But, my installer (I had it installed by a local professional JL installer) would not consider mounting the amp to the enclosure. They told me that it was a very bad idea to drill into the enclosure for mounting - because it was made from fiberglass. I trusted their judgment and didn't press the issue. It does make it very easy to remove the enclosure (when desired) without an amp mounted to it.
I have all JL Audio, it was the first thing i did. Stealth box is the way to go. Lets be honest, the "storage area" in our 2 doors is not enough brag about anyway. It sits about 5.5 inches, and adds really nice clean lows.
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So i put the jl stealth box in my 2011 wrangler sahara. In order for it to fit, i had to take out the oem sub and box assembly built into the cargo panel for it to fit. Now my problem is trying to find a cargo panel from the sport model to replace it. Does anyone know a part number??? I went to my local jeep dealer and they quoted me at 750$ for a peice of plastic. Can anyone give me a lead or help!?
My concern isn't the loss of storage, it's the inevitable loss of the enclosure when I have the top down. Are there provisions to secure it, or is the only option to drill through it and the tub and use some fasteners that way?
Pretty slick... that space is obviously for the Amp. Not sure what the "professional" installers issue was with drilling fiber glass but.....
JlAudio is quality stuff, had an entire system in my last Rubi and really enjoyed it.
Yeah there's no problem drilling fiberglass. You want to wear a mask and avoid breathing the dust, but that's the only concern. If it's painted, it gets a little tricky to drill without damaging the paint but it's the same issue drilling anything that's painted.