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Old 11-15-2011, 08:24 PM   #1
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Speakers/Sound System, suggestions

I have a nice system in my everyday car, but I'm looking to update what's in my Jeep. Any suggestions on where to start? speakers, amp, sub... all marine of course. I'm still trying to decide if the amp & sub are going to be worth it considering the soft top and thugs in the hood. I can look at the reviews on the websites, but I'd rather know from Jeepers who have them and have had them exposed to water, etc.. Suggestions?

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Old 11-17-2011, 09:56 AM   #2
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I don't have any experience with marine speakers. BUT I would suggest that if your amp is small, you try to put it under the driver's seat. No one will see it...and even if they do - it'd be hard to not notice a thief unbolting a seat to steal an amp.

Obviously, space is an issue in that location. You might also want to look into mounting the amp on top of a couple of washers or grommets to raise it off of the floor. That'll help keep it dry and cooled down.

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Old 11-17-2011, 10:02 AM   #3
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Sony makes a decent 4 channel amp that is very small. I have one and put it under the steering column under the dash. Cost me 150$ and I can here my music crystal clear with doors off top down.

I wouldn't bother with marine stuff. Marine just mean splash/corrosion resistant because they are typically operated in a sea salt environment.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:06 AM   #4
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I went with Polk db651's for my sound pods, am going with the Polk db 5.25 components for the front and doing the subwoofer inside backseat which you can find the how to doing a google search
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:07 AM   #5
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Oh and I already have 2 rockford fosgate amps and a jl audio sub from my last vehicle
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:10 AM   #6
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I have kicker speakers in my soundbar and dash. I got those from Quadratec. They sound great but have a lack of bass. To compensate for that I threw 2 10" subs and an 800watt amp in the back. I actually have room because I have no back seats. When I was buying the subs, I cheaped out. I cheaped out because they are going in the back of a Jeep, which sees lots of mud and during the summer has no roof, so I wanted something that has available replacement parts, cheap, and sounds good. For 140$ I got my setup from pepboys, and I am satisfied with it. I don't care if people talk shit on them because yes, I could have spend more and gotten a better sound, but this works. It sounds good, and keeps me entertained. Most of all if I destroy the subs, I can get 2 new ones for 30$. Amp, 80$. With that said just shop around and find what suits your personal needs the best, and if you don't like something about it, change it to your likes. Have fun.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:51 PM   #7
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wow... thank you all so much for the words of wisdom, i'm sure it will all be very helpful in my search! i'm going to look on quadratec and see what they have to offer. and thanks for the marine quality information also, its good to know that marine isnt required.. i've had some horrid leakage lately with all the rain here so i'm nervous installing anything. still a couple months new with the jeep ownership so bear with me, thanks yall!
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:15 PM   #8
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Check out Crutchfield and Sonic Electronix, they are going to have a much better selection on equipment.
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I have a system. I do not run marine grade stuff and no issues with the speakers under the door getting wet. I have left to top down a few times and its poured out, and no issues. Two 12" subs behind the seat that are locked down. Amp is under the rear seat which can only be folded forward if the sub box is moved.
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You can definitely put nice stereo stuff in the Jeep and keep it secure. Focus on keeping things looking stock so people don't even know you have anything in there.


When it comes to speakers (soundbar), use the factory speaker covers instead of the aftermarket grilles. It will draw less attention to the whole Jeep. Always take your faceplate off. Get some lockable storage from Tuffy and lock up the faceplate, etc when you get out of the Jeep. I have a Tuffy Conceal Carry Drawer.

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Consider a small amp like the Alpine Power Pack for your speakers. It provides 45w rms/channel x4, can fit under the radio behind the dash, and does not require an amp kit to wire up. It is designed as a plug and play for Alpine units, but the wiring can be adapted to any brand.

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Look to a small amp for your sub(s) and mount it under the steering column either through a DIY setup or the mount from Skinny Pedal





Build a custom sub enclosure that either can't be seen or is locked into place with the rear seat and tailgate.
There are plans for an in-seat, rear-seat enclosure that no one would even know you had.




I just built a rear trunk/sub enclosure that fits behind the rear seat and is locked in place with the tailgate closed.

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You don't need to through a bunch of money at it. I got a in dash head unit that pushes 50w x4, usb connection (MP3), remote, removable face and hands free phone. I also have a self contained sub 100w 8in woofer under the seat by sound ordanice. It works and sounds frikin great. I got everything from Crutchfield (free shipping) and with the 4 speakers, adapters, dash plates and wiring harnesses, I think I'm into it for just under 8 benjies
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I went with Polk db651's for my sound pods, am going with the Polk db 5.25 components for the front

Let me know how your polk setup turns out,im lookin at getting the exact speaker config but hesitant to spend the money.
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A Jeep that is good on the road will frequently have a more difficult time, on the trail. In some ways IMO I think this also translates to the sound system--but would depend on your budget and what you use your Jeep for.

I may have "over done it" but got a total of 17 speakers in my TJ. I did get them from Quadratec because the pods and what not were very easy to install and used "dead space" that was wasted.

Results-- It works for me on the highway at Interstate speeds with the top off. I am not worried about someone stealing my Jeep specific speakers and parts. No Fabbing needed. They have been somewhat muddy with no ill effects.

My weak link is the stock sub--had it rebuilt but think it is blown again--saw the big Q has a replacement---come on Brown Santa.

Good luck however you do it and welcome to the Jeep hobby--that becomes a way of life.
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So far a I have replaced the sound bar speakers (JL's) and front speakers (Infinity) with standard speakers. Also, I have a 12" sub (Bazooka Madi Gras) with a Kenwood amp. I just bolted the amp right to the box with some security screws and since I don't have the back seat in I just put the box in the back. I did bolt 3 metal conduit clamps to the box and ran a bike lock through them and then looped it through one of the back seat anchors. It’s not exactly inconspicuous but it does the job and I haven’t had any issues. I tossed in a new Kenwood unit that has a USB port to I can just have all my music on a 32g cheap-o thumb drive.
I did grab the AMP from a pawn shop for about $75 and it works great and the box I have had for about 8 years and the sub was less than $125 so even if they take everything I'm not that worried about it.
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