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Old 01-19-2014, 09:30 AM   #1
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Sound Upgrade

Alrighty, so I'm new here and I happen to have a lapis blue TJ. Forgive me as I know that there is already a lot of threads about upgrading sound systems. Basically, my TJ is a bit of a clunker and is lacking some parts, which I am on the hunt for. I'm looking to upgrade my stereo/sound system, because it is a complete piece of crap. I have a JVC head unit (KD-HDR71BT), and the only thing missing are some quality speakers. I am currently debating whether or not to use 4x6's for the dash. I have a soundbar as well, but I am somehow missing the wiring harness for it. I'm looking at the POLK DXi461p's for the dash. Your help is appreciated!

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:03 AM   #2
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I am currently debating whether or not to use 4x6's for the dash
Go with the 5¼'s in the front.
Use MTX JTJ514B Bracket Pair for Jeep TJ / Wrangler 1997-UP
or TJ 5.25 Speaker Adapters
Minor mod if your TJ is 2001 or older (need to cut a bracket in the dash)

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:11 AM   #3
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Go with the 5¼'s in the front.
Use MTX JTJ514B Bracket Pair for Jeep TJ / Wrangler 1997-UP or TJ 5.25 Speaker Adapters
Minor mod if your TJ is 2001 or older (need to cut a bracket in the dash)
Are there any certain brands you recommend?
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:17 AM   #4
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is there a certain brand you recommend?
I used the MTX JTJ514B Bracket as I like that it points the speaker straight forward:
(see also 4x6 to 5-1/4 speakers)
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I used the MTX JTJ514B Bracket as I liked that it points the speaker straight forward.
Okay What about speakers?
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Okay What about speakers?
A lot of folks here like the Polks.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:23 AM   #7
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A lot of folks here like the Polks.
Oh lol. I was looking based on the reviews, but I'm open to others as well.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:28 AM   #8
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Oh lol. I was looking based on the reviews, but I'm open to others as well.
Crutchfield has a 60 day return policy. If you don't like the sound, you only have to pay $10 shipping to exchange (I had originally purchased 4x6 and returned for 5¼'s when I learned about these adaptors — huge improvement)
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I now have a dilemma between the Polk DXI521's and the Kicker 40CS54's.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:59 PM   #10
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Here is my complete stereo build list, sounds awesome!

1 Alpine Stereo Receiver W/Bluetooth (CDE-HD137BT)
1 Alpine Mono Sub Amplifier - 300 Watts @ 4 Ohms (MRV-M500)
1 Alpine 4 Channel Amplifier - 45 Watts Per Channel (KTP-445U)
1 Polk Audio 5 1/4-inch Mobile Audio Coaxial Loudspeaker - 45 Watts - Sound Bar (DB-521)
1 Polk Audio 4-Inch Mobile Audio Coaxial Loudspeaker - 40 Watts - Front Dash (DB-461)
1 SSV Works 97-06 Jeep TJ Center Console Sub Box With 550W 10" Woofer (TJ-CCSB10)
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:35 PM   #11
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Memphis audio. What what!
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:58 PM   #12
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Here is my complete stereo build list, sounds awesome!

1 Alpine Stereo Receiver W/Bluetooth (CDE-HD137BT)
1 Alpine Mono Sub Amplifier - 300 Watts @ 4 Ohms (MRV-M500)
1 Alpine 4 Channel Amplifier - 45 Watts Per Channel (KTP-445U)
1 Polk Audio 5 1/4-inch Mobile Audio Coaxial Loudspeaker - 45 Watts - Sound Bar (DB-521)
1 Polk Audio 4-Inch Mobile Audio Coaxial Loudspeaker - 40 Watts - Front Dash (DB-461)
1 SSV Works 97-06 Jeep TJ Center Console Sub Box With 550W 10" Woofer (TJ-CCSB10)
where did you mount your amps?
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:45 PM   #13
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where did you mount your amps?
The KTP-445U is very small and mounted behind the glove box. The MRV-M500 is mounted beneath the drivers seat with no loss in seat functionality.
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I've seen Kicker speakers made to replace the factory front speakers just plug and play, anyone tried them?
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The KTP-445U is very small and mounted behind the glove box. The MRV-M500 is mounted beneath the drivers seat with no loss in seat functionality.
cool. by chance do you have the driver seat that rocks forward like the passenger side (but not as much) or just slide back and forth?
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Go with the 5¼'s in the front. Use MTX JTJ514B Bracket Pair for Jeep TJ / Wrangler 1997-UP or TJ 5.25 Speaker Adapters Minor mod if your TJ is 2001 or older (need to cut a bracket in the dash)
I see you mentioned cutting a bracket, can you elaborate on that? how much cutting of the bracket an how much is cut off an all that? thanks
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cool. by chance do you have the driver seat that rocks forward like the passenger side (but not as much) or just slide back and forth?
Yes, it rocks forward just like the passenger side.
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what's this rocking you guys speak of? mines just slides back an forth
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Hit the tilt lever on the back of the seat. When the seat back tips up, continue pushing it forward and it should tumble like the other side. Mine needs some help, but it does work. Has the slit for the finger pull like the passenger side seat, but no cable or pull strap. May add that someday.
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I now have a dilemma between the Polk DXI521's and the Kicker 40CS54's.
I used the Polk 4X6 speakers up front and the 5.25" db521s up in the soundbar because the Polks are marine grade and I don't believe the Kicker's are. Up front I put the 4X6s in the same speaker enclosure that the original speakers were in to allow for a bit more bass versus leaving the wide open space behind the speakers, it worked out well.
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I've seen Kicker speakers made to replace the factory front speakers just plug and play, anyone tried them?
I'm looking into these...anybody with thoughts?
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I'm looking into these...anybody with thoughts?
The Polk speakers that I provided part numbers were just plug and play direct replacements for stock and when amplified sound amazing.
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I'm looking into these...anybody with thoughts?
I replaced my dash and sound bar speakers with the Kickers. IMO they sound great. They are plug and play, used the stock holes to mount them. I ordered them from Quadratec.
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I see you mentioned cutting a bracket, can you elaborate on that? how much cutting of the bracket an how much is cut off an all that? thanks
Can't help on that — I have an `04, so fit w/o mod on mine.
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Can't help on that — I have an `04, so fit w/o mod on mine.
dang, well I have an 01 an tried looking it up but came up with nothing so far. I wanna find out first before I order them
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okay, so for dash speakers… 4 x 6's or 5-1/4's? That's what is stopping me from ordering.
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okay, so for dash speakers… 4 x 6's or 5-1/4's? That's what is stopping me from ordering.
Go with the 5.25, definitely a worthwhile upgrade
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Go with the 5.25, definitely a worthwhile upgrade
is there a noticeable difference?
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is there a noticeable difference?
I found there to be. I just upgraded to 5.25 in the front and 6.5 in the sound pods. To me, it is a noticeable difference. Still not very bass-y, but that's for the sub woofer to address.
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is there a noticeable difference?
Yes. Bigger speakers = better sound

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