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Old 02-14-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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Crazy system in a TJ $1500 budget

I have a 2001 TJ and I want to put a crazy system in my car something that stands out but not like the craziest system you know i want subs, amps, speakers but i dont know a thing about systems, what would be the best way to do everything?? Lets say my budget varies from $1000-$1500 and as of right now everything is stock, and im not sure if the soundbar is stock but it has 2 speakers in it only... Please Help me

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Old 02-15-2011, 12:30 AM   #2
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First off... one thing.

Do you have a hard top? If you have a soft top, I wouldn't even THINK about investing a ton of money into the sound system...not in a Jeep anyway. Too easy to steal it. If you decide to go that route anyway, I would highly recommend dropping a good bit of cash into making it downright impossible to remove without the right tools. That means box mounting, subwoofer and amp mounting...wiring kits are relatively cheap so let them cut that if they want to.

Honestly though...hard top or not, I'd set aside like $500 (give or take a few hundred) into a decent system that sounds good to you. Don't try to impress everyone with your system...there's always going to be somebody who builds a better system than you so why blow your cash trying to compete. Just set something up that YOU will be happy with...for me, a single 10" will be plenty. You might want something a little bigger. Usually I listen to rock and I think rock music sounds cleaner with a 10" compared to say a 12 or 15"...if you like rap, you may want to go with a 12 or 15" sub though. Or even two. You want to get high quality subs, look at reviews and pick out a good name...JL Audio, Alpine, higher end Kickers, etc are good. There's lots more...those are just off the top of my head...then you'll want to match your sub choice(s) up to a good quality amp. You get what you pay for with amps so don't skimp out. The bigger the sub, the bigger and more expensive of an amp you're going to need to power it...more subs? Bigger amp yet.

You'll want a good headunit... I like one that has a good built in equalizer. Makes things much more convenient for fine tuning.

You need to get a box that will work well with the sub(s) you'll be using... a box too big for the subs will make them sound like crap. A box too small will cause issues as well...crappy sound plus I think it's hard on the subs & amp.

You'll want an appropriately sized wiring kit... I prefer KnuKonceptz.com for my wiring needs. Good quality kits at affordable prices. Sizing will depend on the power going through the wiring. If you go real big...you may need to make some upgrades to the electrical system in the Jeep. I've been told capacitors are used as a mask to cover up larger problems....I've never used one so I can't speak from personal experience on that.

For your other speakers...upgrade your sound bar to 6.5" speakers. The stockers are 5.25" I believe. The 6.5" will fit with little modifications...mainly just drilling new mounting holes. They make brackets (or you can make your own) so you can put larger front speakers in as well..I think the stock size is 4x6" or something like that and the brackets allow you to fit 5.25" speakers in there. They require cutting a piece of metal out of the dash, but it's a very simple job with the right tools (I'm assuming a reciprocating saw, hack saw, or dremel/grinder would all work...I have the brackets, but I haven't installed them yet).

Component speakers will sound even better yet... but then you'll have to find spots to mount the crossovers and tweeters.

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Old 02-15-2011, 07:56 AM   #3
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x2. Besides, nothing sounds fantastic in a drop top..... especially once it's been "liberated".
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:13 AM   #4
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thats a lot of $$$ to spend on a sound system. I've redone my system completely from stock for $550 and it sounds amazing to me. Its not going to win competitions but it really gets the job done
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IMO, Wranglers are the worst vehicle to put a sound system in. you can put in a cheap system and it will sound good. I have $200 worth of audio in my jeep, quality speakers, which you cant see because of the dash and they are in the sound bar so you have to look for them, and a decent head unit. Anything loud and flashy such a bumping subs or excessive amounts of off-road lights with KC on them will make you a target for theives sooner or later (I found out the hard way...)

You can get a sub, amp, speakers, and head unit for around $600 ish that could rattle your jeep to pieces. Do yourself a favor and think of all the cars you've seen drive by that go thump-rattle-rattle-thump... That would be your jeep, but it will be worse...
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:42 PM   #6
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It is possible. I live in the L.A. area. Where ya live? Try to get some local help. Don't forget a decent security system, so at least you will know when you are being ripped off. J/k Really depends on where you live.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:02 PM   #7
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try putting the amps underneath the rear seats makes it little harder to steal and hides it better too. i bought mine with the system already in it. make sure with the top off and you pull the faceplate and lock it up could turn away a few theives thinking you may not have anything. 2nd on bolting in down also it makes it not bounce around may even try put ok speakers in sound bar.
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I would be careful of the amp overheating underneath the backseat.
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try putting the amps underneath the rear seats makes it little harder to steal and hides it better too. i bought mine with the system already in it. make sure with the top off and you pull the faceplate and lock it up could turn away a few theives thinking you may not have anything. 2nd on bolting in down also it makes it not bounce around may even try put ok speakers in sound bar.
You actually kept your rear seat?
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i didnt put them there i bought it like that. the previous owner worked at a audio shop i beleive what he said. there are actually 2 of them there. the whole set up is pretty sick. 2 jl audios in the doors with own crossover network. apline head unit i dunno what kind and 2 jl w3s 8inch behind the backseats. with kenwoods in the sound bar. you think its bad to put amps there?
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i built a custom box down firing to house a jl audio 10 inch w7. The speaker is expensive but the box is impossible to get out without ripping the back seat out or picking the back door lock because of the angle of the seat and how it can't fold down w/out removing the box through the back door. the amp can be mounted below the seat or under the box next to the speaker. the w7 hits like a 12 but fits much easier. its 10inches wide and 9 3/4 deep. I'm pushin it with a mtx 600 xd amp so its running 635 rms (factory tested) to a speaker that can handle 750rms.check out their website for more precise stats. But for the speaker on amazon it was $473 plus the mdf for $35 and wiring/ wire terminals etc. i love the way it sounds and think its about as loud as a wrangler needs to be lol ( in my cherokee i was running three 12's so it of corse not going to be that loud but sounds much better) the down firing box not only hides the speaker but still lets the sound travel under the back seat and into the tub so it can be heard with the top off as well. I used bedliner in the box so it matches the paint better and covered the screws up so ppl aren't sure what the box is anyway. I'll try and post some pics of it so you see what i'm talkin about but best of luck to you hope yours sounds good and hope to see pics when your done.
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u can get power system no need like subwoofer orboom box , cuz nowday u can get speaker i see it most of them have 300 to650 watt speaker and depend of size u can go online check out i found some of them i am planning to sound system in my 97 jeep wrangler . so i hope it help for ur idea ..
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are you looking for a headunit, front and rear speakers and an amp and sub?

what features in a headunit are you looking for? one sub or two, what size sub, how much space do you have for a sub and amp? all these things would be good to know
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I'm thinking of upgrading my stock speakers too. The guys at crutchfield suggested the 5 1/4" Polk Audio speakers. I was curious would I need an amp if i just put two of those in my rollbar? & would it be too much if i put a 10" sub box in the trunk?
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I'm thinking of upgrading my stock speakers too. The guys at crutchfield suggested the 5 1/4" Polk Audio speakers. I was curious would I need an amp if i just put two of those in my rollbar? & would it be too much if i put a 10" sub box in the trunk?
If you put just the 5 1/4's in with no sub...you won't need an amp. They may sound a little better with an amp depending on their power requirements, but they'll probably sound fine as well. If you have the stock headunit, I would recommend upgrading that to something that puts out a little more. I don't know the ratings of the stock headunit, but I don't think it puts out much at all.

I have a 10" sub in my Jeep now...it thumps when I want it to. I like it a lot better than the 6 1/2" sub I had in my console.

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