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Old 10-20-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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99 TJ: in dash speakers

I have a completely stock stero which includes the two in dash speakers and the two speakers on the bar. One of the in dash speakers is bad, so I'm looking to replace it. Has anyone used the kicker in dash instead of the oem model? if I don't change out the stereo, will it help to have a higher quality speaker in there? Or if i took the jeep in for a complete stereo system installation, would the kicker speakers still have a place?

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I would say that anything is better than what the stock speakers in there are. You wouldn't even need to change out the stereo if you don't want to, put in some rockford fosgate, polk audio, kicker, anything really. I'm not a fan of pioneer's that's just my opinion though...

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Old 10-20-2010, 12:17 PM   #3
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Yes better speakers will help. Lots of us replace the dash 4x6's with an adapter plate and 5.25" speakers, and the sound bar speakers with 6.5". Of course a new head unit will improve the sound further. Don't pay someone to do it, it's easy to do yourself...
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Yeah get the bigger adapter plate and add 5 1/4 speakers then change the overhead pods to 6 1/2! They will sound good but if you get a good head unit with the built in amplifier it will make the sound GREAT!! Get one that has at least 50watts or more by 4 channel with equalizers!! I installed all new infinity sound system in mine and when I crank it up it sounds like your in a luxury car, love them!!
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Front Speaker: 5.25" conversion

^^^from barely a week ago...I did a SEARCH And there's tons more where that came from.

I just bought a set, adaptor and speakers from a guy...picking them up at jeeptoberfest!
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When selecting replacement speakers with the a standard head unit without an external auxiliary, make sure the speaker's Sensitivity rating is 90 dB or higher. Otherwise the amplifier won't be powerful enough to drive them properly. Lower sensitivity speakers, like 84-86 dB, require more power to drive them to adequate listening levels. Pay no attention to the big power ratings some speaker boxes brag about. A speaker rated 250 watts with an 84 dB Sensitivity rating won't sound as good or as loud with a stock head unit driving it as a 50 watt speaker with a 91 dB Sensitivity rating will.

Polk is one brand of speaker that tends to have 90 dB or better Sensitivity ratings.
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I replaced my 4x6 dash speakers with new 4x6's... I didn't bother with checking to make sure the new speaker mounts lined up the old ones. they didn't. I cut the old speaker out of its molded bracket and bolted the new speaker in its place. then bolted the bracket back in.
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Quadratec has Kicker factory replacement speakers. No splicing necessary, just plug in and mount.
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Thanks all. If I buy the 5 1/4 bracket for the larger speakers, do I just go with the speaker of choice and cut the factory connector off and splice? that is, if the speaker I decide on doesn't come with it? I would imagine that choices are limited for speakers that have that factory connector.
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Every speaker is gonna have universal wires that you have to tie in! Unless you order a speaker that says for your jeep and it's plug an play like the ones they sell in quadratech. So you can use any brand speaker you want your just gonna have to tie the wires in manually with connectors, if your gonna put all new speakers you might as well replace the factory head unit while your at it cause it's not gonna be able to push the the new speakers to there full capacity! Also another thing to add to Jerrys comment, what ever speakers your looking at don't be fooled by the these 6 1/2 put out 300watts or those 5 1/4 put out 280 watts! The wattage you see real big on the boxes that's the max wattage the speaker is rated and it means that's there blowing out watts! If you push those speakers anywhere near that wattage it says your gonna blow them! That's why I got my infinitys because the watts wasn't as high as most the speakers I saw at cartoys, but after demoing them they sounded way better when you cranked em up or keep em low! The decibel level is what you wanna look at like Jerry said in his previous post!!
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I found the 5.25" adapter on eBay for like $14. Then, I was able to get the speakers from Sony with my credit card points. Sound is better and if you have to buy the speakers you'll likely do better and have more options with the 5.25". Highly suggested by me....the experts may say different.
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thanks for this thread. looks like I can get a great whole new system from QT for under 400 bones w/ no splicing.
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thanks for this thread. looks like I can get a great whole new system from QT for under 400 bones w/ no splicing.
If you piece it together yourself, you'll get better quality components and save money, no splicing required. There are adapters and harnesses available at most car audio stores to prevent any cutting, except for the bracket in the dash to mount larger dash speakers. Those metal mounts have to be cut, but it's not hard if your a little old lady and you ask some big burly guys to do it for you
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im running the 4x6 in mine and love them sound great,, little steep in price tho
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Man I need to upgrade my audio too...add this to the list plzzz...
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for the sound bar speakers what you do to get the 6 1/2s to fit in there
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This always cracks me up.


A speaker without a box is going to sound like crap. The sound waves off the rear need to be isolated from the sound waves off the front or they cancel out. You will hear the treble from the tweeter, but the bass will be gone. If you don't believe me then take a subwoofer out of the box while its on and you will see a 10x drop in bass levels and sound quality. A 4" speaker in a box will sound better than an 8" speaker outside of a box. I did this for the fronts on mine.

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A speaker without a box is going to sound like crap. The sound waves off the rear need to be isolated from the sound waves off the front or they cancel out. You will hear the treble from the tweeter, but the bass will be gone. If you don't believe me then take a subwoofer out of the box while its on and you will see a 10x drop in bass levels and sound quality. A 4" speaker in a box will sound better than an 8" speaker outside of a box. I did this for the fronts on mine.

What exactly did you do here? Is this a speaker box that came with the speaker or is this something you modified. I totally agree with you about the necessity of having some type of box for the speaker and the front lacks this.
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True but that is the industry standard....and most people won't pay for you to build an enclosure for every speaker....and its not needed for bass if you have a sub
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Yeah get the bigger adapter plate and add 5 1/4 speakers then change the overhead pods to 6 1/2! They will sound good but if you get a good head unit with the built in amplifier it will make the sound GREAT!! Get one that has at least 50watts or more by 4 channel with equalizers!! I installed all new infinity sound system in mine and when I crank it up it sounds like your in a luxury car, love them!!
Have the Infinity speakers in my front dash and some Sony speakers in the sound bar, that I just had installed. I didn't go with the bigger sizes/adapter plate though.

Awesome sound coming out powered by a Pioneer Supertuner III and XM satellite radio!!
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Just don't forget guys that some speakers only work well with high powered auxiliary amplifiers. If you don't have that, you need to make sure any speakers you buy have that 90 dB or higher Sensitivity rating or you're going to be really disappointed with your new speakers.
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I put some 5 1/4" in the front of my '04 as well as 6 1/2" in the roll bar and it sounds great. also I wanted to note that you DO NOT need to cut the support brace in the dash as shown in the link above to install the 5 1/4" speakers (at least I didn't in my '04).
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I'm a bit confused. So in order to put 5 1/4" speakers in the front do you need to buy an adapter plate or is this something you guys are making? If you have an adapter plate why are you cutting? Where can I find this adapter plate?
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The adapter plate is widely sold all over the internet as well as by retailers like Crutchfield. There is no need to cut anything to install a 5.25" speaker with the adapter plate.
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Or you could save time and bs and go to your local retailer and pick some up
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What exactly did you do here? Is this a speaker box that came with the speaker or is this something you modified. I totally agree with you about the necessity of having some type of box for the speaker and the front lacks this.
I cut a chunk out of the stock enclosure to fit the polks.

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True but that is the industry standard....and most people won't pay for you to build an enclosure for every speaker....and its not needed for bass if you have a sub
But why install a bigger more expensive speaker if it will sound worse than a smaller cheaper speaker in a proper enclosure?
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I cut a chunk out of the stock enclosure to fit the polks.
Could you be more specific on what you did? I would like to do that as well.
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Could you be more specific on what you did? I would like to do that as well.
Not really. I cut the chunk out so the polks would fit in. The tweeter is normally surface mounted so you need to cut out the plastic so the polks fit into the box. Just place the polk speakers on the box and cut out whatever is in the way.
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Oh ok, I was thinking you made the box but i'm guessing now the speaker came with the box?
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yup, that is the stock speaker box.

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