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Old 12-21-2011, 01:06 PM   #31
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I finally finished my install of the auxiliary jack, I decided to put them up close to the arm rest instead of down by the shifter. I ran a temp to the different places and found the the little stuff holder at the front of the console was not the best place to have wires coming from. It was really annoying when shifting. (but hey that could be just me)

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I just used a 3/4" hole bit for each socket, and cut another 1" hole in the bottom of the console tub to run each of the wire harnesses out and through the bottom of center console. I then located the fuse able link for the USB port near the shifter so I can access it by simply lifting the shifter boot up.

I also made clips for the USB power, and ran a connector for the audio cables. In case I ever need to pull the center console out. I can just unhook the wiring without having to cut anything.

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the audio jack is over far enough even if I have a huge drink in the cup holder it won't interfere, the USB port can get in the way but... It has not been annoying


I am happy with the location, I even went out and bought some shorty audio and USB cables for my iPod so there aren't a spools of connections lying all about.

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I ran the USB to a constant positive instead of routing into the cigarette lighter or other such ignition controlled power supply simply because... I have several times had my phone or iPod die on me and it really doesn't pull enough to threaten the battery unless you go like a week without driving it. (that would be a rough week)

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Here is the dash pulled apart while I was tracing the headlight switch wiring to diagnose an issue I was having with the running lights


I cut the stock speaker brackets to make room for the new 5.25 MTX brackets,
If you use these make sure the top cut is as close to being straight across as possible, the bracket will require it.
(this is when we noticed the perfect amp spot)


Infinity 5.25" kappa bolted to the MTX bracket with a boom mat speaker baffle.
(imo required for this particular dash, it made a HUGE difference in sound quality)


with the dash still open I bent the bracket for the headlight switch to allow room for the speaker bracket, it does fit with some moving around.


after pulling the metal panel off in pic 1, my kenwood amp fit snuggly right up against the bottom of the steering column without hindering any moving parts.
(these pics are kinda blurry but you get the idea)


I just used zip ties to secure it into place, at this angle it also allows for amp adjusting and whatnot with removing the first main plastic panel (only 2 skrews)


new 14 gauge speaker wire in the soudbar, I left the leads nice and long so i could rest the 6.5's on the top of the seats while attaching them (safety first)


I just followed the stock wiring with the new so once everything is nice and zipped up you can't see it anywhere


Infinity Kappa 6.5" (looks almost stock in the soundbar huh)
i really like your set up also and mite look into these speakers but i have a 2003 tj and judging from the last pic your sound bar looks different from mine is your stock or aftermarket i would like to get as much info as possible before i dive into this project
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i really like your set up also and mite look into these speakers but i have a 2003 tj and judging from the last pic your sound bar looks different from mine is your stock or aftermarket i would like to get as much info as possible before i dive into this project
My sound-bar is stock, my jeep is a '97. let me know if there is any other info you need, I did a lot of research before moving forward on mine.
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do you mind snaping a pic of the whole speaker bar so i could see it a bit better i think instead of a bar i have the pods im still new to the jeep scene just got mine a week ago and she needs a good sound system asap
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Great Stuff in this thread Obidya,

I already have a list started for my build but now you have me thinking.
I will definitely use your front bracket and Boom Mat idea. I will have to research the speakers you used. Since I don't have a Hard Top and plan on talking my top off when I get stationed in San Diego, everything needs to be marine grade and Polk fits the bill. Let me know what yall think of my build list.

My build is as below:
Head Unit: Want a Marine Grade but still looking around
Sony CDX-M60UI ? mixed reviews ($161)

Speakers: Front (2 Options)
If I do an amp, I will run the DB5251 (Seperates)
If no amp, then the DB521

Rear: (3 Options)
If I can cut enough room in Pods, DB6501
If not, then the 2 options above from front

Amp: 3 Options
If I don't run a sub: Polk PA 660 75w x 4
If I do run a sub: (SVC) Polk PA 5000.5 100 x 4, 400 x 1
No plans for a DVC but: PA 660 front & Polk PA 600 Rear

Sub: If I do put on in it but will probably be a custom particle box, resin covered for waterproofing and a Polk DB 1040 single voice coil or Polk DB 1040DBC dual voice coil.
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do you mind snaping a pic of the whole speaker bar so i could see it a bit better i think instead of a bar i have the pods im still new to the jeep scene just got mine a week ago and she needs a good sound system asap

Yeah, I have a 2003 Rubicon and wondering. Now I need to get in that thing and do some measurements Polk has a Slim Mount 6.5 that would be SWEET
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speaker wire - I used 14 gauge
you'll need an RCA cable to go from the head unit to the amp, I used a monster cable.

My kenwood has an aux out on the back so I ordered these:
kenwood to aux adapter:
Amazon.com: PAC AAI-KENW Auxiliary Audio Input RCA Cable: Automotive
female mp3 Jack
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00144I3ZK/
USB charging socket:
Amazon.com: PAC IS43 Pannel Mount USB with Charging: Car Electronics

I am planning on mounting these in the center console above the cup holder so I can plug my iPod in and go.
awesome setup. the guy i bought my jeep from had already changed the soundbar speakers havnt checked the front ones yet. prob gonna do something similar to your setup with the amp. u have any idea of where to put a 10" sub? or if you can even hide a 10" sub in a jeep?
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do you mind snaping a pic of the whole speaker bar so i could see it a bit better i think instead of a bar i have the pods im still new to the jeep scene just got mine a week ago and she needs a good sound system asap
I will snap a few pics on my lunch break and get them up today.
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awesome setup. the guy i bought my jeep from had already changed the soundbar speakers havnt checked the front ones yet. prob gonna do something similar to your setup with the amp. u have any idea of where to put a 10" sub? or if you can even hide a 10" sub in a jeep?
Ive seen a couple different setups that involve putting the sub in the center console, but this one is the coolest locations Ive seen, in my opinion.
Woofer in rear seat
I have no idea what kind of sound you can expect from that and it looks like a ton of work but I am against the box behind the back seat idea. I use the storage space a lot.

I currently don't have a sub, but if I were to install one I would either go the center console route or with the "inside the back seat".

If your not against losing all your storage space behind the back seat you can put a box back there pretty easily, my previous owner had a set of rockford fosgates in a custom box stuffed in the back, they didn't sound too bad.
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yeah i use the storage too much to put a sub back there. not much room as it is and you put a sub in there you have nothing LOL. that is a cool idea to put the sub inside the seat, wonder how riding back there is lol.
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Wish I would've done a writeup on my center console sub install. It was fairly easy, and the results were good. If you have a center console, use the storage compartment as the sub enclosure. With the proper dampening, you can produce a good tight bass enclosue. Apply Dynamat to the outside of the compartment and polyfill on the inside. You will need to make a lid for the top of the compartment to seal it off. I used 3/4" MDF and carpeted it. Two part epoxy works well for this. I installed an 8" slimline Earthquake sub. Hits hard and no rattles or vibrations. Just good, tight bass. I'm running 150W amp to it with no probs.
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that looks really nicely done, You could even go one step further and have ports for an aux in, usb power, and maybe even an EQ and level adjustments mounted on the cap under the console lid. I like that
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how did you cut the speaker grill?
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For some reason, mine had the grill already there. All I had to do is cut the hole on the inner storage compartment for the sub. I too got tired of loosing my storage in the back. I had an enclosure behind the rear seat with two 10's. Sold it in place of my current setup. With a proper amp for the sub, and good quality dash speakers, you can really dial it in. Use your sound bar for rear fill, since they aren't much good for anything else(too close to your ear for much benefit). My old sub setup........
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I like the amp being mounted under the steering column... Great idea! As far as mounting ANY amp on the floor anywhere in the jeep always remember these things go topless at times, get rained in, sometimes mud puddles become jeep consuming black holes, you get my point, water or muck will fry nice amps. Keep the amp elevated to keep this from happening. Ask me how I know about frying amps.
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I like the amp being mounted under the steering column... Great idea! As far as mounting ANY amp on the floor anywhere in the jeep always remember these things go topless at times, get rained in, sometimes mud puddles become jeep consuming black holes, you get my point, water or muck will fry nice amps. Keep the amp elevated to keep this from happening. Ask me how I know about frying amps.
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here are a few pics of the dash with the amp inside, you can't see it even when you know its there.

you can't see it through the opening for the steering column even when its on and glowing blue, which was a slight concern of mine.


you can just barely tell there are some non-stock wires going on if you look up from the floor.


From directly below looking up you can't really can't really tell its an amp, just looks like one of the jeeps metal brackets. minus the amps wires sticking out.


I am getting ready to pull off my dash cluster and clean the contacts, when I do I will take some more specific pictures on how i mounted it and how it sits.
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here is a pic of my soundbar, its just the stock jeep soundbar
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do you mind snaping a pic of the whole speaker bar so i could see it a bit better i think instead of a bar i have the pods im still new to the jeep scene just got mine a week ago and she needs a good sound system asap
is that pic good enough? or would you like to see more of it?
let me know I can get more if you need.
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Thanks to obidya and his post, I installed my Infiniti Kappas last weekend. Went with 6.5" in the rear/soundbar and 5.25" rounds in the front (with baffles and adapter brackets). Recycled my Pioneer headunit that's only a few years old.

It sounds amazing compared to what was installed stock previously!!!

I had all intention of adding the Kenwood amp (4 or 2 channel) but have just decided to wait. I have no doubt the Kappas would sound even better with the amp but I'm so happy and is...think I'll save the $100 for now and get some other misc jeep parts instead!

Thanks again for all your input, obidya!
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Nice job obidya.
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Mounting 4 channel amp under steering wheel

Does anyone have a link that shows how to mount an aftermarket amp underneath the steering wheel?

I've seen a few thread for it out there, but they're a few years old and the pics are no longer linked

I've taken off the panel and the black metal shield, but I don't see how it can be mounted

I'm trying to fit a Rockford Fosgate PBR300x4
Size is 1.53 x 4.25 x 6.75 inches

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Does anyone have a link that shows how to mount an aftermarket amp underneath the steering wheel? I've seen a few thread for it out there, but they're a few years old and the pics are no longer linked I've taken off the panel and the black metal shield, but I don't see how it can be mounted I'm trying to fit a Rockford Fosgate PBR300x4 Size is 1.53 x 4.25 x 6.75 inches FYI 2012 JKU non-infinity, non amp, non base, stock system except for new kenwood HU
It fits easily because I have a PBR500 in that location but the forum is saying I have exceeded my photo limit so I can't attach a pic. I just made a metal bracket the width of the amp and a little bit longer and drilled two holes that line up with the screws that are there.
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Heres how I did it:

I just used zip ties to hold the amp up away from the plate that bolts on. Its been on there for almost 2 years with no issues.



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Here is this post again with working links to the pics:

Here is the dash pulled apart while I was tracing the headlight switch wiring to diagnose an issue I was having with the running lights


I cut the stock speaker brackets to make room for the new 5.25 MTX brackets,
If you use these make sure the top cut is as close to being straight across as possible, the bracket will require it.
(this is when we noticed the perfect amp spot)


Infinity 5.25" kappa bolted to the MTX bracket with a boom mat speaker baffle.
(imo required for this particular dash, it made a HUGE difference in sound quality)


with the dash still open I bent the bracket for the headlight switch to allow room for the speaker bracket, it does fit with some moving around.


after pulling the metal panel off in pic 1, my kenwood amp fit snuggly right up against the bottom of the steering column without hindering any moving parts.
(these pics are kinda blurry but you get the idea)


I just used zip ties to secure it into place, at this angle it also allows for amp adjusting and whatnot with removing the first main plastic panel (only 2 skrews)


new 14 gauge speaker wire in the soudbar, I left the leads nice and long so i could rest the 6.5's on the top of the seats while attaching them (safety first)


I just followed the stock wiring with the new so once everything is nice and zipped up you can't see it anywhere


Infinity Kappa 6.5" (looks almost stock in the soundbar huh)
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re-post of my AUX jack:

install pic:

I just used a 3/4" hole bit for each socket, and cut another 1" hole in the bottom of the console tub to run each of the wire harnesses out and through the bottom of center console. I then located the fuse able link for the USB port near the shifter so I can access it by simply lifting the shifter boot up.

I also made clips for the USB power, and ran a connector for the audio cables. In case I ever need to pull the center console out. I can just unhook the wiring without having to cut anything.

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the audio jack is over far enough even if I have a huge drink in the cup holder it won't interfere, the USB port can get in the way but... It has not been annoying


I am happy with the location, I even went out and bought some shorty audio and USB cables for my iPod so there aren't a spools of connections lying all about.
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Nicely done!

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