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Old 10-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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Looking for decent speakers and stereo at a relatively low price. I was looking at a Kenwood KDC-255U AM/FM and Kicker replacement speakers for the center console because the current one is blown. Should I also get Kicker replacements for the overhead speakers and dash speakers or just keep them stock?? I heard the dash speakers don't really matter but I'm just wondering if I should spend the money on them. Also, I tried getting to the speaker in the center console to look at the blown speaker and I have no idea how to open it up.

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Old 10-28-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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Cruchfield.com is your best bet, they should be able to help you with all these questions. And if you are replacing your stereo they throw in the needed wiring harness for free.

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Old 10-28-2013, 09:49 PM   #3
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Cruchfield.com is your best bet, they should be able to help you with all these questions. And if you are replacing your stereo they throw in the needed wiring harness for free.
I agree. If price is a major consideration, and you aren't looking to really upgrade your stereo system, then Crutchfield is probably your best bet.

You really can't upgrade your stereo system super cheap. I wouldn't put the KickerDS525 in any Jeep vehicle. 35watts RMS speakers is just not enough power for an open vehicle with the acoustic requirements of a Jeep. You'll want at least a 60watt RMS speaker, for any Aftermarket head unit. Granted, the Kicker DS525 is probably an improvement on the stock speakers, but that is not saying much. The stock speakers are crap.
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Defiantly agree with the man above about Crutchfield.com being your go-to place. I have zero knowledge about the console sub, but I do have some recommendations for the roll bar and dash speakers. If you really want to get nice sound the best way to go is to buy a 5.25" adapter ( TJ 5.25 Speaker Adapters ) for the dash because 4x6" speakers are not nearly as good. After that just put in the exact same 5.25" speakers you used in the dash for the sound bar. Here are the speakers I recommend they are Kickers like the ones you are already considering so just buy two sets (4 speakers) for $120. Kicker 40CS54 5-1/4" 2-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:56 PM   #5
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Looking for decent speakers and stereo at a relatively low price. I was looking at a Kenwood KDC-255U AM/FM and Kicker replacement speakers for the center console because the current one is blown. Should I also get Kicker replacements for the overhead speakers and dash speakers or just keep them stock?? I heard the dash speakers don't really matter but I'm just wondering if I should spend the money on them. Also, I tried getting to the speaker in the center console to look at the blown speaker and I have no idea how to open it up.
Please give the year of your Jeep, and details of the stereo system. I assume you have a sub in the console. But, I'm sure you understand that word, "Assume".

Kicker does make some decent subwoofer replacements for the stock subwoofer in the console. But, there are even cheaper replacements which a lot of people have deemed acceptable.
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Defiantly agree with the man above about Crutchfield.com being your go-to place. I have zero knowledge about the console sub, but I do have some recommendations for the roll bar and dash speakers. If you really want to get nice sound the best way to go is to buy a 5.25" adapter ( TJ 5.25 Speaker Adapters ) for the dash because 4x6" speakers are not nearly as good. After that just put in the exact same 5.25" speakers you used in the dash for the sound bar. Here are the speakers I recommend they are Kickers like the ones you are already considering so just buy two sets (4 speakers) for $120. Kicker 40CS54 5-1/4" 2-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com
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Another vote for Crutchfield.com. Drop in your info in this page (make sure you choose "with 7 speakers" since you're looking for a sub). Check out this page for bass options for both 4 speaker and 7 speaker options.
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Please give the year of your Jeep, and details of the stereo system. I assume you have a sub in the console. But, I'm sure you understand that word, "Assume".

Kicker does make some decent subwoofer replacements for the stock subwoofer in the console. But, there are even cheaper replacements which a lot of people have deemed acceptable.
I have a 2005 wrangler x. All the speakers are stock. The previous owner blew the speaker and I don't like the humming sound it makes so I want to replace it. I'm not looking to redo the entire stereo system because I'm not sure how to do all of that. I just want some good replacements that don't need an amp.
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Just make sure when you replace the sub that you use one that's listed as 2ohm dual voice coils. The 4ohm versions will work, but you will not get the same output as the correct 2ohm versions.

The replacement size is 6.75" but they're hard to find. A 6.5" is easier to find and will still fit in the mounting hole.
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I caught my Polk's on sale at Best Buy. I could not match the price anywhere. I bought the dash 4x6 's 1st and then about 4 months later I got the 6 in Polk's for the stereo bar, when the drivers side Kicker blew. ( I got the Kickers from my wife for Christmas)
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:37 PM   #11
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I have a 2005 wrangler x. All the speakers are stock. The previous owner blew the speaker and I don't like the humming sound it makes so I want to replace it. I'm not looking to redo the entire stereo system because I'm not sure how to do all of that. I just want some good replacements that don't need an amp.
Wranglers have all sorts of different stock speaker configurations.
Some of them have 5.25 components in front, some have 6.5 in the sound bar, some Wranglers have 4x6 in front. So, you need to give your current speaker configuration as well. If you don't know, you really need to find out before you buy the wrong speaker type, and size.

As far as the sub goes, you can get a decent replacement for $10.00. I see people using this one although it is a 4ohm speaker.
Pyramid WX65X 6-1/2" White Poly Woofer 290-270

The best 1ohm speaker seems to be the Kicker subwoofer here.
I believe your current setup has a 1ohm speaker.

Kicker 10CVT651 CompVT 6-3/4" shallow-mount 1-ohm subwoofer at Crutchfield.com

When Big Sarge chimes in you will get definitive information regarding the sub, and maybe the speaker configuration as well.


There are threads below in the meantime regarding the 4ohm subwoofer replacement.

How To Replace The Factory Subwoofer - JeepForum.com
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From my experience the kicker 40CWRT671 is an awesome replacement for that center console subwoofer. Yes it is a dual voice coil 1 ohm speaker. They make the same one in a 2 ohm if you so choose to go with what most people have heard. The truth is that test have been done and show 1.4 Ohms of resistance by the stock sub and 1.2 ohms from the afore mentioned subwoofer. As far as soundbar and dash speakers go the Polk DB series are a very good choice. One because they are marine grade (for what it's worth) and they have a sensitivity level of 91db+. This allows for better sound without an amplifier. I run that sub and a stock head unit. I have not upgraded the soundbar speakers or the in mine yet because my funds are tight. I did upgrade the dash speakers in my 98 to the stock pods from a 2002+ model. If you would like any more specifics from my point of view shoot me a PM and let me know. Bottom line up front, to even get a decent sound in our beloved TJs it's not cheap.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:19 PM   #13
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From my experience the kicker 40CWRT671 is an awesome replacement for that center console subwoofer. Yes it is a dual voice coil 1 ohm speaker. They make the same one in a 2 ohm if you so choose to go with what most people have heard. The truth is that test have been done and show 1.4 Ohms of resistance by the stock sub and 1.2 ohms from the afore mentioned subwoofer. As far as soundbar and dash speakers go the Polk DB series are a very good choice. One because they are marine grade (for what it's worth) and they have a sensitivity level of 91db+. This allows for better sound without an amplifier. I run that sub and a stock head unit. I have not upgraded the soundbar speakers or the in mine yet because my funds are tight. I did upgrade the dash speakers in my 98 to the stock pods from a 2002+ model. If you would like any more specifics from my point of view shoot me a PM and let me know. Bottom line up front, to even get a decent sound in our beloved TJs it's not cheap.
It's actually really funny because i was looking at that same console sub!!! I've pretty much made my mind up with a Kicker 40CWRT672 center console sub, 2 Kicker 40CS54's for the overhead sound bar, and a Pioneer DEH-X6500BT stereo.

These are the links so ya'll can see everything.

Kicker 40CWRT672 CompRT shallow-mount 6-3/4" subwoofer with dual 2-ohm voice coils at Crutchfield.com

Kicker 40CS54 5-1/4" 2-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com

Pioneer DEH-X6500BT CD/MP3/USB Receiver w/ A2DP Bluetooth

If i get everything, the final price tag will be around 340$ but it's something I need to do, so I don't mind spending the money for it. I'll leave out the dash speakers for now until I do some more research and make up my mind on what I want.
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I was told I would need an amp for replacing the stock sub with the Kicker 40CWRT671, is this true? I'm also a newbie and do not know much in the realm of speakers. I have a 2005 with a stock system.

What I was looking at for the dash:
Rockford Fosgate Punch P1462 4"x6" 2-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com
for the roll bar
Rockford Fosgate Prime R1525X2 5-1/4" 2-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com

Still shopping around for the head unit...Would love recommendations especially if it means I don't need a separate amp!!
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I was told I would need an amp for replacing the stock sub with the Kicker 40CWRT671, is this true?
I'm curious about this as well..
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:20 PM   #16
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I installed the center sub a couple of weeks ago and it sounds great!! You don't necessarily NEED an amp but it would definitely sound a whole lot better with one. But I'm gonna hold out on buying one until I upgrade the audio some more. Plus I have no idea how to hook it up so I'll have to recruit a friend that knows how.
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I installed the center sub a couple of weeks ago and it sounds great!! You don't necessarily NEED an amp but it would definitely sound a whole lot better with one. But I'm gonna hold out on buying one until I upgrade the audio some more. Plus I have no idea how to hook it up so I'll have to recruit a friend that knows how.
The center console sub has a built in amp. You can't run a subwoofer without an amp because the power requirements are much greater than regular speakers. Subs require a lot more power. For example the Alpine PDX-V9 has 100watts per speaker while the sub channel is 500watts.

Before you consider buying speakers, make sure you know the proper sizes of your stock speakers, depending on the year of your Jeep.

Some Jeeps use 4x6, 5.25 or 6.5 stock speaker sizes. You can mod or adapt for slightly larger than stock, but it is important to know your stock base.

For example, my stock base was 4x6 in the front. So, I used the Nalin adapter to place 5.25 in the front to match my sound bar speakers which were 5.25.
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Oh yeah I found that it did have a stock amp once I took out the original sub, but since I don't know a lot about audio systems, I just hooked up the wires the same way they were before. But for a stock amp that kicker has some bass!! Even on normal settings, it shakes the jeep a good bit for such a small sub!!
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I would go with 6.5's in the around bar...just because Chas says 5.25s.
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I have an o4 TJ Sport and was able to install Blaupunkt 6.5's in the soundbars. Big improvement over stock but they still lack decent bass. Thinking about a powered bass tube...
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Oh yeah I found that it did have a stock amp once I took out the original sub,
Perfect, thanks for the confirmation. I figured there was one there but wanted someone to validate.

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