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Old 01-27-2014, 02:13 PM   #1
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Soundbar speaker relplacement

Will replacing the stock speakers in my soundbar make that much of a difference?
What's the best kind I can get without spending a fortune? What will it run me?

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Old 01-27-2014, 02:28 PM   #2
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It did in mine! I replaced the front speakers with Polk Audio db461 and the Soundbar with db521s (both sets are marine grade) and the sub is a Kicker 40CWRT672. All with the stock head unit (for now).

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Old 01-27-2014, 02:32 PM   #3
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It just kind of gets hard to hear on those days with the top down! I'm hoping I can replace the 2 in the soundbar and that will be enough that I can hear it clearly when I'm cruising!
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Im getting ready to buy some rockford fosgate punch and run those, a friend has them in their car and i love them!
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Top down is why I replaced all four corners! It is plenty loud with the stock HU but should get very clear and loud with the new Kenwood when I get it!
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:22 PM   #6
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If you want to be able to hear your speakers better with the top down I would highly suggest a 4 channel amp to power your speakers. I also put the marine grade Polk DB 6.5" in the sound bar and they're excellent as well as water resistant. The amp gives them the extra juice to make them excel.
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Would just like to remind everyone that "marine grade" does not constitute water proof. It simply means that the metals used in the construction are non corrosive (at least less corrosive) thus the marine grade term is applied as they are better suited for "marine" usage such as boats and not a bad choice for jeeps either.
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I'd like subs but they're not as budget friendly as the 2 replacement. What's a good kind to get that will be loud enough by just replacing them alone?
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I'll be replacing my soundbar speakers with a set of 6.5s as well...wouldn't put subs in a jeep. Too easy to steal, not offroad friendly, and better things to s
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I suggest checking the front speakers while you're at it. I replaced all my speakers last year and was really glad I did when I discovered the front speakers were trashed. The cones had deteriorated. Or was it the sound bar speakers that were eaten up? Crap, now I can't remember but what I DO know is the stock speakers aren't made to last for years. Replace all of them. I got mine from the Crutchfield Outlet store on sale for a good price, plus they came with all the hook-up stuff. Same for the head unit - got a good deal on a JVC and can crank it up as loud as needed. I also added an Infinity Basslink sub. I got it because it fits behind the back seat and comes with mounts that allow securing it with nuts and bolts. It's solid, sounds great and would be pretty hard to steal since I have a hard top. Plus it's out of sight.
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I also did install new speakers front and rear. In the sound bar I think its pretty easy to install 6.5s (I put 6.5s in my sound pods but I had to modify the pods and the speakers themselves.) And putting 5.25s up front is very easy. I used Nalin Brackets (Nalin Mfg.) to convert to the 5.25 in the front where the 4x6 live from factory. I also used the Polk DB speakers (Polk DB651 are the 6.5 and Polk DB521 are the 5.25 for the front) They were reasonably priced I thought.

Also, the marine application pertains also to the cone material of these speakes, they are coated and very resistant to water/moisture. (I wouldnt take them swimming)

"...made from a polymer/mica composite and durable rubber surrounds that won't fall apart under stress from heat, moisture, or time"

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I just recently installed a sub into my jeep, mine had a factory sub in the center console but it sucked. I removed the console, ripped out the factory enclosure/Amp, built a new enclosure that would fit inside the console (Have to remove the catch-all tub but stuff fits on top of the sub enclosure) I put in an 8" pioneer slim line sub in the console and a 150watt amp underneath the steering column/above pedals. It sounds amazing. I doubt I will ever own a vehicle without adding a small sub-woofer in the future. It by no means rattles building windows, but the sub gets loud enough to rattle stuff around in the jeep (I dont have it turned up that loud)

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in the soundbar would the 5.25 or 6.5 sound better? more clear
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in the soundbar would the 5.25 or 6.5 sound better? more clear
From what i understand, the bigger you can get the better, Im gonna run 5.25s in the dash and 6.5s in the soundbar. The PO put in a aftermarket sound bar, so im also gonna cut holes for some 4x6 speakers in it too and a kenwood reciever. I would suggest going to the crutchfield website and doing a chat with a product advisor for free, they helped me pick what im going to do, and theyll send you everything you need with it,
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i have a 2006. would the 6.5s be hard to fit? would the 5.25s sound better enough to not fool with drilling new holes if i have to?
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i have a 2006. would the 6.5s be hard to fit? would the 5.25s sound better enough to not fool with drilling new holes if i have to?
I have an 05. I installed Kenwood 6.5s in my sound pods. I bought longer screws and was able to mount the speakers and grills without having to drill new holes. And the sound is noticeably better with the 6.5s.
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thank you all probably going with a marine grade 6.5 set in the soundbar. thank you all
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has anybody used BOSS marine speakers?
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I also did install new speakers front and rear. In the sound bar I think its pretty easy to install 6.5s (I put 6.5s in my sound pods but I had to modify the pods and the speakers themselves.) And putting 5.25s up front is very easy. I used Nalin Brackets (Nalin Mfg.) to convert to the 5.25 in the front where the 4x6 live from factory. I also used the Polk DB speakers (Polk DB651 are the 6.5 and Polk DB521 are the 5.25 for the front) They were reasonably priced I thought. Also, the marine application pertains also to the cone material of these speakes, they are coated and very resistant to water/moisture. (I wouldnt take them swimming) "...made from a polymer/mica composite and durable rubber surrounds that won't fall apart under stress from heat, moisture, or time" ALSO I just recently installed a sub into my jeep, mine had a factory sub in the center console but it sucked. I removed the console, ripped out the factory enclosure/Amp, built a new enclosure that would fit inside the console (Have to remove the catch-all tub but stuff fits on top of the sub enclosure) I put in an 8" pioneer slim line sub in the console and a 150watt amp underneath the steering column/above pedals. It sounds amazing. I doubt I will ever own a vehicle without adding a small sub-woofer in the future. It by no means rattles building windows, but the sub gets loud enough to rattle stuff around in the jeep (I dont have it turned up that loud) Cheers.
did you have to cut anything in the dash? Or did they fit without cutting
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did you have to cut anything in the dash? Or did they fit without cutting
In your 06 you will not have to cut anything. The adapters will fit right in. I believe you do have to cut a small piece out of the dash on the 97-02 TJs, but the 03-06 do not have that piece to worry about.

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