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Old 06-22-2014, 12:37 PM   #1
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This may sound dumb...Speakers

This may sound dumb, but what speakers fit in the stock locations on a 97 Wrangler?? I pulled 4x6's from the dash, in mounting bracket kits, and 6 1/2 from the sound bar. Problem is, Crutchfield tells me that 6 1/2's won't fit and 5x7's won't fit either. Does anyone know whats supposed to be there??

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Old 06-22-2014, 12:40 PM   #2
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4x6 in front or 5.25 with a bracket. 5.25 were stock in the sound bar I believe.

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Old 06-22-2014, 12:57 PM   #3
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Yeah, you can get adapters off amazon or a lot of people like to support Nalins adapters. 5.25 was standard in the soundbar. Quadratec and other places have pods to add tweeters if you want to run a component set up front, as well as pods for other locations.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:21 PM   #4
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If you are sure the speakers from the sound bar were 6.5 inch, then it seems likely that the PO modded the soundbar. I would double check the speaker size, as 5.25 inch were standard.

As for the front, I recommend the adapter and 5.25 inch combo.
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Aftermarket 4x6 speakers will not fit in the non-standard (odd mounting requirements) front 4x6 opening of early TJs like the '97. You're better off by converting to a round 5.25" coaxial speaker with an adapter plate from http://www.nalinmfg.com/TJ-525-Speak...pters_p_8.html which will sound better than an oval speaker will.

While the factory soundbar came stock with 5.25" speakers, 6.5" speakers can be mounted into the same openings without modification. All you do is drive the new wood screws that come with the speakers into the internal pressboard (wood) frame that surrounds the speaker opening.

A good speaker line that sounds good and has the right power requirements for a standard size head unit is the Polk DB series. They come in all the required sizes. Some speakers that boast big power ratings do so misleadingly... they won't magically make a small head unit more powerful, high-wattage speakers can just take a lot of power without distorting. You actually want a speaker that doesn't require a lot of power to drive to good clean listening levels. There are a number of speakers that are good in this application but the Polk DB series is one that is easily found and inexpensive.
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x2 on the Polk DBs. Put a pair of the 6.5s in my son's 97 with a little power behind them and they scream. Very reasonble price also.
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I put Polks in my '97; DXi 4x6 in the dash; DXi 6.5 in the bar (they fit; you just need to drill new holes). If you get them from Crutchfield, they include mounting & wiring adapters (others may too, but I know they do).

As previously noted, a little power really helps (in my case, the little Alpine amp, tucked in the dash behind the receiver, performs nicely, and was an easy install). I also tucked a bit of poly fill in the sound bar, between the speakers and in the ends... Seemed to make them project a bit better.
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Hey, what the heck is Poly Fill ? I hear that mentioned a lot.
You talking those little peanut things or foam stuff ?
It makes sense to fill the gaps in there for better sound.
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Poly fill is basically the stuff inside cheap pillows. In fact, after pricing it in the craft section, I chose to buy a cheap pillow, and cut it open. The smallest I found had more than enough to do the bar and dash. Don't pack it tightly, or let it touch the speakers.
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I put Polks in my '97; DXi 4x6 in the dash; DXi 6.5 in the bar (they fit; you just need to drill new holes). If you get them from Crutchfield, they include mounting & wiring adapters (others may too, but I know they do). As previously noted, a little power really helps (in my case, the little Alpine amp, tucked in the dash behind the receiver, performs nicely, and was an easy install). I also tucked a bit of poly fill in the sound bar, between the speakers and in the ends... Seemed to make them project a bit better.
What alpine amp do you have?
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Cool, thanks and good thinking !
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Hey, what the heck is Poly Fill ? I hear that mentioned a lot.
You talking those little peanut things or foam stuff ?
It makes sense to fill the gaps in there for better sound.
It's kind of like cotton filling instead of styrofoam. In a subwoofer application it will make a smaller enclosure seem larger to the speaker.

As far as amps go I am looking at the Precision Power Phantom series, the P900.4 specifically to bridge one side for my sub and then run the other side to my front speakers. It's very small and should be easy to fit in the dash, and runs cool.
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motomick,

KTP-445U. If you have an Alpine receiver, the "A" model works great, is even easier to install, and is $20 cheaper.

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