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Old 01-14-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Wiring crossover in 2013 w/o amp

I have a 2013 JK, pulled out the 130 radio yesterday and speakers and put in new head unit, but have a few questions about crossover for the dash:
  1. Is there a crossover somewhere buried in the stock harness, or can I take the dash woofer connection and start there as my input for crossover
  2. Where are people mounting the crossover itself? Screwed into the outside of the speaker pod? wire-tie somewhere else out of the way? I have Polk DXi 6500 so need to get to the tweeter cutover switch during setup.
  3. How important is it for the speaker pod to be airtight? Specifically I'm going to drill a small hole and use a grommet for the woofer since I don't think I can use the stock wiring. Should I attempt to make this hole/grommet watertight?

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Old 01-16-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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I went ahead with my guesses - so far it sounds ok. I'm open to corrections.
  1. I just used the stock dash woofer connection as input for my crossover.
  2. I am not super happy with my crossover mount points. Passenger side, I wire-tied to the big bundle of wires above the glove box (the case hits the back lip of the glove box at full open). Driver side, I wire-tied to the lowest metal cross brace above my ankles. Both positions give me (tight, tricky) access to the tweeter level switch.
  3. I re-used the rubber plug that entered the speaker pod originally. To do this, I cut the soft foam with a razor until I got to the inner nub that was much harder plastic/rubber, and then pulled that out of the center. I didn't want to cut the original cable, as the connector inside the pod is the one that I had the match for and since I needed the space at the center of the rubber plug to put my replacement wire (so I couldn't just leave that hard center in place). The first plug I nearly tore in two, the second one I was more careful with - think of it like slicing a fruit open and pulling out the pit - once you know it's possible, you can do it with less damage to the fruit itself than you first attempt.
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