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Old 08-26-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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hi Guys I had a nice sound system in my last car and was looking to do something in my jeep. I definatly want to upgrade the speakers and head unit, but was curious about subwoofers. Do you guys have any experience with them? if I go with a decent amount of bass do I need to worry about things falling apart in the interior or my suspension rattling apart. I have a 3.5 inch rk lift done by fortec in pompano florida. They did a great job so I think it is all bolted down tight but I don't know if a lot of bass would shake things a part. I was thinking about two 10's down firing in a sealed box, but realistically my hard top will be on most of the time so I was thinking about rear firing and either bandpass or sealed because I have heard that when the hard top is on this way will sound much better than down firing.

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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90% of bandpass enclosures are total crap, they give a huge boost at a very narrow frequency range. If you love hip-hop it might be okay for most songs, but if you listen to most other types of music I would recommend a sealed enclosure or a ported enclosure based on the subwoofer used.

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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90% of bandpass enclosures are total crap, they give a huge boost at a very narrow frequency range. If you love hip-hop it might be okay for most songs, but if you listen to most other types of music I would recommend a sealed enclosure or a ported enclosure based on the subwoofer used.
ok then I may do sealed. I had a custom bandpass box in my last car that sounded great but i don't want to spend the money on that again. I also don't need to because the wrangler is kind of an suv. it was an 87 acura legend and i used bandpass through the rear deck to have no trunk rattle. the shop I used before is telling me that two 12's would be too much for the air space. is that true or would it sound better than two 10's? this would be in a sealed rear facing box probably. and they use mmats subs and rockford fosgate speakers so it is good quality stuff.
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Firing through the ski pass is probably the best use of a band pass. 12's will get lower and louder than 10's, it just depends on how much bass you want. Mmats upper line is really great stuff, I love Rockford Power series amps but was told to stay away from the super compact line, they tend to burn up and probably won't push the power you're looking for.
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:30 AM   #5
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The vibrations your vehicle experiences in everyday driving is far more than speakers can ever do. Your suspension will be fine.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:27 AM   #6
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Well here is my two cents worth, I replaced my stock radio with a JVC after market radio. Then I replaced all the speakers with Kicker KS65 ( my jeep is the 2 door sport and takes 6 1/2s) then after that I got probably one of the best all in one amp/ sub's out there IMHO I've had all kinds of sub enclosures with all my vehicles and I wish I had heard of it before back then because I would have gone with it then. Here is the link http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Bassl.../dp/B000063TJY

Some have problem heard of it but its got the cleanest bass out of any setup I have had, it's very very impressive sounding, you can crank it up for some awesome hard kicking bass and I have yet had any issues with distortion or anything like that, very clean bass. Now for the negatives, it is a awkward size so hiding it may be the biggest issue, there are other sub/amps that are made to fit on the tail gate, but I was worried about more rattling having something like that hanging on the vehicle itself. I wasn't expecting the one I got to sound as good as it does so I sacrificed the bulky ness of it and dealt with that to have the sound.

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:19 AM   #7
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I would go for a single 12" setup with the right amp pushing it over two 10" or two underpowered 12". I don't know your budget but I have all JL and always have. I've messed with a ton of combos in the Jeep before getting back to JL like I should have from the start. Maybe a 12W3 and 300-500 watts, can't remember the rating. I have the JL Stealthbox and it kills two 12" all day. Plus I have room.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:22 AM   #8
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Firing through the ski pass is probably the best use of a band pass. 12's will get lower and louder than 10's, it just depends on how much bass you want. Mmats upper line is really great stuff, I love Rockford Power series amps but was told to stay away from the super compact line, they tend to burn up and probably won't push the power you're looking for.
it was a custom built box that fired through the rear deck and then of course bounced off the rear glass and came forward. and i was looking at using rockford fosgate marine amps are they any good? would it be better to just use normal amps? the price was about the same and i figure it makes sense to be safe but i don't plan on driving around with the top down in the rain so if it sacrifices output or quality than i won't use them
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I would go for a single 12" setup with the right amp pushing it over two 10" or two underpowered 12". I don't know your budget but I have all JL and always have. I've messed with a ton of combos in the Jeep before getting back to JL like I should have from the start. Maybe a 12W3 and 300-500 watts, can't remember the rating. I have the JL Stealthbox and it kills two 12" all day. Plus I have room.
ok thanks for the input. i'm out of town for the holiday, but when i get back home i'll be talking to my audio shop.
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I'd buy the 5 channel JL Audio marine amp, but I don't like a rear stage, so for me its a 4 channel Arc Audio amp, bridge the rear channels and push some nice components up front, deaden the sound bar as much as possible, pollyfill, replace with 6 1/2 Alpine type Es and run with deck power. The sub is a Kenwood Exceleron 10 in a sealed box I will un carpet and coat with bed liner.
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im going outside to strangle a kitten. One must die everytime the "system" in an offroad vehicle is discussed.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:31 PM   #12
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All car audio is a compromise, we have a lot we give up, but it doesn't mean we have to live with 12 watts going to paper cone crap speakers.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:28 AM   #13
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All car audio is a compromise, we have a lot we give up, but it doesn't mean we have to live with 12 watts going to paper cone crap speakers.
exactly... and i have the basic sound package (happy it isn't system? ) because i'm planning on changing it and figured i could spend the money on aftermarket stuff and get more bang for my buck... but in the mean time these factory speakers absolutely blow.

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