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Old 03-21-2011, 03:13 AM   #1
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Before I order this tomorrow...

I need some advice.

Tomorrow, I'm ordering my audio and the headlight bezels for my 01 TJ.
What I have planned:
-Pioneer 3200UB Headunit
-Polk DXi525 speakers 5.25" for the roll bar
-Polk DXi400 speakers 4" w/ adapter plates for the dash
-I already have a 400 Watt Jensen Amp to power my Rockford Fosgate P2 10"

Few questions:
is this a good list?
will the headunit power my speakers?
Anything better I can get for only $250

Also, I'm ordering a Rugged Ridge Black headlight bezel kit from amazon.

Pictures will be up as soon as I finish installing them.

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I don't know much about the speakers and such...... but you should go out and buy some krylon fusion black spray for the bezels. Sand them down a little bit with fine sandpaper, and spray a couple coats. You could probably save $30, plus you get the satisfaction of doing it yourself.

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Just sprayed my bezels today. Scuffed, primed, painted, clear coated looks damn good and cost around eh nothing I had everything lying around
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:14 AM   #4
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Yeah but eventually I'm going to paint them enough times that I could have just bought them
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Polks are a good choice for a stock head unit because with the higher Sensitivity rating they have. they work very well with the lower power that head units put out.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:45 AM   #6
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Yeah but eventually I'm going to paint them enough times that I could have just bought them
NEGATIVE, ghost rider.... you paint the Krylon Fusion paint with about 3-4 coats... they will last you a LONG, LONG time
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If you're replacing your speakers anyway, I'd recommend upgrading to 6 1/2's in the sound bar and I think it's a 5.25" speaker in the front (they make an adapter plate to upgrade the fronts from the stock size and there's just a small metal bar that needs to be removed to fit them). Upgrading your speaker size will make a huge difference.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:33 PM   #8
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Jenson amps are horrible!!!!!!!! Polls are ok, cerwin Vega is a bit better even Kenwood
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Jenson amps are horrible!!!!!!!! Polls are ok, cerwin Vega is a bit better even Kenwood
What's wrong with a Jensen Amp for just one 10" sub?
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If you're replacing your speakers anyway, I'd recommend upgrading to 6 1/2's in the sound bar and I think it's a 5.25" speaker in the front (they make an adapter plate to upgrade the fronts from the stock size and there's just a small metal bar that needs to be removed to fit them). Upgrading your speaker size will make a huge difference.
How much a difference would it really make to upgrade?
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Jenson amps are horrible!!!!!!!! Polls are ok, cerwin Vega is a bit better even Kenwood
Jensen anything sucks. I install jensen heavy duty and on one bus in six months I replaced 4 DVD head units 3 radios and a monitor in SIX MONTHS.
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If you didn't already have the Jensan Amp, I would have suggested going with another. However, since you already have it, you msy not need to buy another.

Jensan is a cheaper brand. I used to have a set of prebuilt/installed dual 10" Jensan subs in a box, and they sounded fine. Of course with cheaper brands you may get cheaper quality.

If you see something start to malfunction, I wouldn't bother going through 2-3 head units/speakers before changing the Jensan out.

I will be needing to change out some of my speakers at some point. I have at least one blown speaker. It was interesting to hear that Polk audio speakers handle stock head units well. My head unit isn't stock, but I don't think it's particularly powerful either. I'll have to look into speakers that handle stock head units better than others.
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What's wrong with a Jensen Amp for just one 10" sub?
Not a thing. It may not be up to the level of some brands in all specifications but Jensen has been around MANY years and many people are doing just fine with their amps. Especially for a subwoofer which is not exactly a very demanding application for an amplifier. There are some audio snobs around that swear they can hear the difference in anything, even speaker wiring which is ridiculous, so I wouldn't worry about it at all. I've been an audiophile since the 60's when I literally made my first transistor stereo amplifier (when most gear was vacuum tube) and acoustic suspension speakers and half of the advice on audio equipment is based on nothing more than rumor and what a buddy's friend's cousin swears is the best stuff.
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There are some audio snobs around that swear they can hear the difference in anything, even speaker wiring which is ridiculous, so I wouldn't worry about it at all.
I definately agree. With a Jeeps engine running, windows out/top off, doors off, doing 60 down the highway with more aggressive offroad tires... Noone's going to be able to tell a difference unless you have to crank it so loud that something is blown. I have a couple blown speakers and I can only pick them out when I'm at a stop light.
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If you're replacing your speakers anyway, I'd recommend upgrading to 6 1/2's in the sound bar and I think it's a 5.25" speaker in the front (they make an adapter plate to upgrade the fronts from the stock size and there's just a small metal bar that needs to be removed to fit them). Upgrading your speaker size will make a huge difference.
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How much a difference would it really make to upgrade?
Night and day...
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Night and day...
Awww damn. Is there a good set I can get for $250 including the headunit, 2 roll bar speakers, 2 dash speakers and adapters?
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I haven't bought speakers in a long time...so I'm not the best person to ask for advice on what speakers to buy, but I wouldn't think you'd spend much more for larger speakers and a set of adapter plates than you would for stock size replacements. I bought adapter plates a while back to upgrade my front speakers to 5.25" speakers... cost around $15 I think. Speakers, you're prolly looking at around $100-140 total for decent speakers and I'd say $150+ for a good headunit.
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Yeah but eventually I'm going to paint them enough times that I could have just bought them
I painted mine in June, a few coats of flat black, and a few coats of clear enamel (that's what I had laying around). They still look brand new. And I had bugs I was literally scraping off of the bezels all summer!
I used a scuffer pad to prep them. I did all this on a camping trip, lol.
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How much would everything be from sandpaper, primer, paint, clear coat, etc? The bezels i found were only $36 shipped. But painting them myself would be a lot funner and get me started the right way im building my jeep
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How much would everything be from sandpaper, primer, paint, clear coat, etc? The bezels i found were only $36 shipped. But painting them myself would be a lot funner and get me started the right way im building my jeep

All I used was some 220 sand paper which I had, and some Krylon Fusion black that I got at walmart for $6. Just remove and lightly sand the bezels, and wipe clean with acetone or nail polish remover. Then spray 3-4 coats on. I didn't use a primer, or sealer. Type "bezels" into the search, and you will find lots of posts about what other people did.



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