just picked up a '97 TJ. The PO had, what appears to be, a pretty decent system in it (amp, crossovers, eq, head unit, 2.5 miles of wiring running throughout the tub) Unfortunately, none of it worked. The front speakers where missing, the sound bar speakers were blown and the amp was toast (mounted under the driver seat) it had obviously gotten wet down there and fuse was literally corroded so bad it was brittle. I've ripped it all out and at this point all i have is the aftermarket Kenwood head unit and a speakerless soundbar. Here's what I need to know.
1. AMP: i'm picking up a JBL marine amp, where should I mount it? pics would be ideal
2. SOUNDBAR: has anybody widened the standard 5.25" opening in order to make it accept 6x9s
3. BASS: i don't need a lot, but planning to run a Bazooka Tube (i love these things. have owned several over the years) and looking for the best way to secure it so that is doesn't accidently "walk away" when i have my top off
Any pics of current setups would be outstanding. I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to audio
Well it sounds like you have your mind set on the bazooka tube and an aftermarket amp. If you would like info on a more "factory like" system but much more improved then let me know. In 2002 and up TJs there was an option for a subwoofer in the console. I installed one in my 98 and couldnt be happier. Anyways..... if you are not deadset on the 6x9's and bazooka I can help you out.
I would go with 5.25" in the dash with Nalin adapters and 6.5" in the soundbar. Polk speakers are a great choice. Make sure the sensitivity rating is at least 90 db or above and you will not need an amp. Get yourself one of the factory consoles with the subwoofer. Swap out the sub with the kicker. 40CWRT671
I would go with the Nalins too, definitely, there is no better option to bringing out the sound of those front speakers. But, I would use 5.25 all around. Much more balanced sound. Having a 6.5 right above your head, isn't going to really allow you to hear the front speakers, so it defeats the purpose of the Nalin adapter.(Sorry Big Sarge, don't mean to disagree with you on this part, just my opinion.) I like the theatre surround sound environment. Now, if you had powerful 6x9's in the back, this might sound good.
But, a Quadraphonic surround sound system with a sub is enough in my opinion. 4.1 is the way to go. But, 6.1 isn't bad either, if it is balanced. I just haven't seen a 7 Channel amp, but 5-channel amps are readily available.
Either way, you're still only playing stereo sound.. There is a lot of personal preference in it as well.. I only use amped front components in kick panel enclosures and my sub.. standard 2.1 stereo setup with pretty good imaging and staging (considering it's a Jeep).
For a standard replacement, 5.25's in dash, 6.5's in soundbar.. amp, amp, sub.. Should work well!