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Old 11-10-2011, 07:47 AM   #1
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FINALLY replaced my 1997 TJ Speakers w/ Kickers!

So, after much contemplation on what to do (purchase the Kickers from Quadratec, add a sub, go to 6.5 inch, etc), I went to Best Buy and purchased the Kicker KS-series 5.25 speakers. The KS's are a step above the Kicker DS versions that Quadratec sells. I also purchased the Polk 4x6 Plate speakers for the front, but after hearing how darn good the Kicker KS's sound in my sound bar, I purchased the Nalin MFG 5.25 adapters and returned the Polks for the Kicker KS 5.25 for the front. I will be installing the fronts as soon as I get the adapters.

I have a Sony head unit, and the simple upgrade to the Kicker KS is AMAZING! They have a sensitivity of 90, and sound even better as you crank the volume. I actually 'felt' the bass, despite these only being 5.25 rounds. I can't wait to get the fronts installed!

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Old 11-10-2011, 08:17 AM   #2
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very nice,
When you install the drivers side 5.25" plate take the plastic dash piece off under the steering wheel too. you may need to help them fit along side the headlight pull switch.
I had to bend the bracket out on mine slightly.

I have some pics here Amp Placement

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very nice,
When you install the drivers side 5.25" plate take the plastic dash piece off under the steering wheel too. you may need to help them fit along side the headlight pull switch.
I had to bend the bracket out on mine slightly.

I have some pics here Amp Placement
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OOHH boom mats, I highly recommend them for the dash, with the awkward amount of open space and whatnot the 5.25" up front can sound pitchy and strained without some kind of padding, I used some sound insulation my buddy had lying around and it helped some, but switching to a boom mat cleared it up completely.
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glad to hear you are happy with the new speakers you installed, now all you need to do is get rid of that paper weight in your dash and get a real headunit, than you will be amazed at the added quality in your speakers.
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glad to hear you are happy with the new speakers you installed, now all you need to do is get rid of that paper weight in your dash and get a real headunit, than you will be amazed at the added quality in your speakers.
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OOHH boom mats, I highly recommend them for the dash, with the awkward amount of open space and whatnot the 5.25" up front can sound pitchy and strained without some kind of padding, I used some sound insulation my buddy had lying around and it helped some, but switching to a boom mat cleared it up completely.
Already on that! Looking at XTC and possibly making my own contraption/baffle.

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i'll be nice and not bash you about going with kicker.
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glad to hear you are happy with the new speakers you installed, now all you need to do is get rid of that paper weight in your dash and get a real headunit, than you will be amazed at the added quality in your speakers.
I never mentioned what I have for a headunit...
What headunit do you have that puts out 350w RMS with compensation for 14 gauge speaker wire?
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Sorry quoted the wrong person
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Sorry quoted the wrong person
aahh, I thought you meant the amp was a paperweight and i was totally confused to why you were against amping the audio
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Me too (LOL)!
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i meant to quote bobbav on the sony unit.
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Was searching for speaker info and found this thread.I have always had good luck with kickers and looked at best buy web site for some prices.What i'm wondering is why you did'nt go with the 6 inch for your sound bar?I was gonna go 6.5 in mine but all they show in this series of kickers is 6inch.
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:47 PM   #15
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/\ /\ Actually, I was considering it, but didn't feel like having to deal with any potential mods, as I have read in SOME cases, you may need to drill new holes, etc. The 5.25 Kickers ( I used them in the front and rear, with the Nalin MFG 5.25 brackets for the fronts) are a DRAMATIC improvement. Very happy, considering I have no sub, etc.
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don't bother with kicker or bestbuy. go to crutchfield. what are you looking to spend?
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Thanks for the info bobbav,probably go that way myself.I was just looking at crutchfield and man are they ever proud of the stuff they have.Not looking to spend much,my son races and plays select baseball so you know where my extra income is spent!!
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crutchfield has more info on their products than some of the manufacturers. its just a good site to find what you want, once you have a product you like go to ebay, amazon, sonicelectronix.

just trying to help.

FYI, kicker is way to hyped up for what it is.
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glad to hear you are happy with the new speakers you installed, now all you need to do is get rid of that paper weight in your dash and get a real headunit, than you will be amazed at the added quality in your speakers.
And a "real" head unit would be?
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sony car audio is all garbage. home audio and home theater sony is near the top of the list, great products.

a real headunit would be a pioneer, alpine, clarion, kenwood.
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sony car audio is all garbage. home audio and home theater sony is near the top of the list, great products.

a real headunit would be a pioneer, alpine, clarion, kenwood.
Thanks for the clarification. Also nice to hear I don't have a paperweight in my dash.
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Thanks for the info bobbav,probably go that way myself.I was just looking at crutchfield and man are they ever proud of the stuff they have.Not looking to spend much,my son races and plays select baseball so you know where my extra income is spent!!


I actually got the KS525s (step up from the DS series) on sale for like $62 per pair at Best Buy three weeks ago.
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crutchfield has more info on their products than some of the manufacturers. its just a good site to find what you want, once you have a product you like go to ebay, amazon, sonicelectronix.

just trying to help.

FYI, kicker is way to hyped up for what it is.
Actually, I am quite impressed with the Kickers I bought. They sound amazing, even when I drive them hard. No distortion.

For what it's worth, it's just my Jeep stereo. Now for my home theater set-up, I have an amazing Onkyo 1,000 watt 7.1 set-up with 350 powered sub. All connected with Monster HDMIs, Opticals, and Monster Power command / surge center...
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I have the kickers in my jeep with a jvc head and a powered sub. I first started with the kickers and then added the head unit. Yhe sub went in last.

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