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Old 07-19-2012, 08:16 AM   #31
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The wrangler is an acoustic nightmare for bass. You'll need a sub with more power running to it than a standard car to get the volume you want over it. The rest of it can probably be fixed with better speakers though. The dash speakers in the little pedestals ar like 2.5" in diameter.

And if you're doing anything where the interior may get wet, you might have to work on designing something to make weak points like amplifier and capacitor connections a bit more weather resistant.

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:45 AM   #32
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The wrangler is an acoustic nightmare for bass. You'll need a sub with more power running to it than a standard car to get the volume you want over it. The rest of it can probably be fixed with better speakers though. The dash speakers in the little pedestals ar like 2.5" in diameter.

And if you're doing anything where the interior may get wet, you might have to work on designing something to make weak points like amplifier and capacitor connections a bit more weather resistant.
Not sure what year you are driving, but my 1" component tweeters fit snug in the pedestal after I trimmed it out a little with a blade.

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:07 AM   #33
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wow .... you guys are dammm fussy. I didn't blast the stereo when I took my demo ride just over 2 months ago. It was my 1st time riding in a Wrangler ( Unlimited model ) and I was more concerned about the ride. Plus I didn't want the Salesman to think I was crazy maxing out the volume.
I like my music LOUD as you can tell from this video .....



My bike now has EIGHT speakers, I added 2 tweeters on the dash up by the windshield. The radio is a stock Harley radio and all the speakers are made by Hogtunes. There is also a 40 watt Hogtune amp added to the front speakers. I can't believe you all want quailty music with the tops and or doors off with all that wind NOISE ..... LOL .....
I can't wait for when mine comes in 3 weeks so I can do the same experiment in my driveway like I did with the bike ;-)
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Volume and sound quality go hand in hand for me. I dont see the point in building a loud ass system that has ultra muddy bass and super tinny highs just for the sake of db level. However I will probably go that route and supplement additional speakers. As far as making things more weather proof, theres really only two options. False floor as stated about or fit it under the seats, realistically thats all that can be done for mounting soloutions. Yes yes, I know - wind noise. Youll get that in any vehicle with the windows or top down. Our '06 Caddy XLR sounds good with the top back so it gives me hope. Wind doesnt effect quality, just how you hear it. Top and doors wont always be off, especially for me in the midwest a good amount of my time in a jeep will be with it sealed up for cold season. On another note, i think a top mounted sub with a front facing low port would be the best option as far as boxes go so youll end up hitting the trunk (not sure if thsts the proper term for a wrangler, i dont own one yet sorry guys) door.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:32 AM   #34
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Audiophiles will instantly replace the HU and everything thereafter. Plain and simple.

That is what I did. I actually had my new HU, speakers, amp and all of the other items ordered and on the way to my house before I even picked up my 2012 JK. I purposely bought a Jeep with the base 130 HU and 7 speaker Infinity system as I knew I wanted the sub tub in the back and that a JL W3 8" would drop in easy. My first weekend of ownership I had the dash, panels speaker pods, rollbar padding and everything under the sun ripped off and started wiring up the new items.

The Infinity speakers are OK for the average person. However when you pull them out you see paper cones and miniscule magnets. That's fine as they are stock and more than half of the people out there would be happy with that. Add in the 430 or the 730 HU and most people would be satisfied.

For those of us that know our tastes know that the stocker won't cut it. You have to go a new HU if you want adjustability in setting up amps and aftermarket speakers. RCA outs? Nope. Built in cross over capabilities? Nada. And you need power. The stock amp is useless.

I specifically wanted the sub tub in back for keeping as much room as I could and still keeping it stealth. Now I will classify myself as a mid-audiophile. I ran my system passive as opposed to active. For me the distance between my ears and the tweeters, front mids and the soundbar was minimal - so I could do my system with passive component crossovers and amp cross overs/filters.

I went with a simple 5-channel amp to drive everything. Ran totally new wiring and used a harness for powering the HU.Plus I left all stock wiring in case I ever (unlikely) sell the Jeep - all Infinity stuff can go back in as stock. It was a pain to do but 100% worth it.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:32 PM   #35
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Took off the front doors today and was surprised at how much bass I lost.
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Took off the front doors today and was surprised at how much bass I lost.
Well then the next time you go fishing bring a closed container and that won't happen

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Took me a second to get that!
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:09 PM   #38
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Ugh, been down and out with the flu for the past few days. Terrible. Never had it in summer before...perhaps im getting old. Anyway. So Im kind of steering away from the whole subwoofer idea and just thinking about going the amplified higher quality speaker/tweeter route. Its worked well in past vehicles for me, and as of now i dont have any audio upgrades in my wrx and i can still manage to hear it over my exhaust so i cant see the wrangler being that bad...

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