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Old 09-18-2011, 07:33 AM   #1
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Hey Everyone - Any ideas and/or pics of how how you all improved on the lack of bass in these toys? Subwoofers, etc?

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I just added a new system with Polk Audio speakers. Although not a TON of bass, was definitely a MAJOR improvement...

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I added one of these to a Sony head unit with Polk marine speakers. I'm really happy with it and it fits nice in the Bestop InstaTrunk. I went with a powered sub because I wanted the option of taking it out and I added an electrical quick disconnect so I can do it easily.

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Old 09-18-2011, 08:01 AM   #4
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I added a 8 inch sub and new speakers all the way around. With a 600 watt amp. Sounds really good. The bass hits harder if you have the top on it. I put the bass and amp in the "trunk". With one of them trunk
Savers. Nobody can get it. If its locked. But that was so i can keep the seat in. A guy at my school has 2 12's with the back seat out. Puts mine to shame.
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Do they make waterproof subs and amps?
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:26 AM   #6
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Do they make waterproof subs and amps?
Not sure they are "waterproof" to where they could function submerged but marine electronics can get rained on without issue.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:43 AM   #7
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This is my 10" sub. Comes with everything you need for installation. Its water resistent, and with the back door closed, you wont see it unless you walk up to the jeep. It hits pretty hard. I have it along with a sony xplod head unit, new kickers in the dash, and the vdp 6 speaker sound bar

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Old 09-18-2011, 12:41 PM   #8
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So... if the VDP gets wet, it's fine?
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take out back seat, add 2 15"s.-what i did.
if thats not enough bass... remove driver and passenger seat and add 4 for 15"s.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:52 PM   #10
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So... if the VDP gets wet, it's fine?
I havent gotten it wet, but the sub is advertised as water resistent. Id assume the amp may not be?
A little sprinkling probably wouldnt do harm, who knows what heavy rain or submerging it might do...i dont wanna find out with my equipment haha

It comes with a shelf that goes overtop, so its not totally out in the open to get wet
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:49 PM   #11
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Rockford Fosgate makes a good amp that is super small that can be mounted behind the glove box (stays out of the elements) and any sub bed line the box and hard wire it (no wire connecter in box) then seal it up good
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:19 PM   #12
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Hey Guys,
Quick question. MY system was factory or dealer installed. Dealer i think. Anyways recently i just went off roaring and the subwoofer goes out occasionally.

Today, i cleaned my jeep and just left the subwoofer on to see if it goes out from playing it. It wasn't on full blast, just a decent sound to hear over the vacuum. It went out after awhile and so i decided to change the sub fuse. Didn't work. SO, once i slammed the tailgate, where the sub is, it starts working.

Any ideas?
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Rockford Fosgate makes a good amp that is super small that can be mounted behind the glove box (stays out of the elements) and any sub bed line the box and hard wire it (no wire connecter in box) then seal it up good
If waterproofing is your concern, i would do this. Sounds alot more waterproof than the VDP sub i shared above
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Quick question. MY system was factory or dealer installed. Dealer i think. Anyways recently i just went off roaring and the subwoofer goes out occasionally.

Today, i cleaned my jeep and just left the subwoofer on to see if it goes out from playing it. It wasn't on full blast, just a decent sound to hear over the vacuum. It went out after awhile and so i decided to change the sub fuse. Didn't work. SO, once i slammed the tailgate, where the sub is, it starts working.

Any ideas?
Loose wire/bad connection on the sub.
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i have not done this yet but am planning on adding a Pioneer TS-SWX251 10" sub in the back. the dimensions are: 14.4 H X 20.4 L X 8.4 W. It is 800 watt max and 200 watts nominal or RMS, and a Pioneer GM-D7500M this is an 800 watts max and 200 RMS watts under the seat. The sub faces down and you can place stuff on top of it and not mess it up. I am also looking at adding an Alpine KTP-445 amp under the dash to add 4 ch at 45 RMS amps each to the stock dash spekers and the two over head spekers in the roll bar pod. The small bass speker in the console will still be stock. i am plannig to keep the stock radio. This may be all i need. sub is about 120.00 KTP-445 amp is about 125.00 and the sub amp is 125.00.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:00 AM   #16
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WOW!!!!! EXCELLENT suggestions! Thanks for all the URLs and references! I have a Sony Xplod head, but think the speakers are factory. Sounds like am AM radio. I need to do something about this quick, otherwise I might as well just listen to books on tape!!!!
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Another option you can look at is a pair of speaker boxes that hold 6x9" speakers. I replaced all my stock speakers (4" and 4x6") but still didn't have quite the bass i was looking for so i picked up the 6x9" boxes on the local classifieds and added a pair of Polk Audio 6x9" and hooked a MTX amp up to it and i might as well have a sub, they hit HARD! So hard that i unhooked and sold my 12" Sony Xplode Slim series sub I had in my "trunk" and sold it. The difference in the sub and the bigger speakers wasn't big enough for me to justify having no cargo room in my trunk. And another point on the Polk Audio units, they are marine certified so water is not a problem. I went offroading with my top off about 6 months ago and managed to pool water in one of the woofers and they still work like a charm.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:51 PM   #18
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Thanks Everyone. And PEI_YJ answered my NEXT question, which is what size are the speakers in a 1997 TJ anyway! So, 4" rounds on the soundbar, and 4x6 in the dash. I suppose no matter WHAT brand you choose, getting bass out os those small sizes is next to impossible....
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I might be wrong but the TJ might have 5.25" in the dash and soundbar, I don't really remember. But your right regardless a woofer that small is going to have a hard time putting out alot of bass
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When I swapped all my stuff out, I have a 98, the dash speakers were 4x6 and the bar was 6" I believe I also added the "sky pod" that mounts above your rear view mirror put two more 4" closer and more directional with the top off. Then went and put a 400w 12 in a slim box behind the rear seat. The sub is powered by a 500 w alpine mono and the rest is on a rockford 400w 4way I still plan on putting a set of 6"9's in the back when I have time. Oh I went with all kicker with speakers and with the amps on low and the stereo at 30 of 50 your ears hurt....even with the top off doing 70. If anyone wants pics lemme know
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I've got a 10" in a custom built box I made (so the dang thing would fit in the back) and a 1200 watt amp to power it. Unfortunately after spending $$$ on the rest I got a cheapie head unit from Wally World that is starting to go south on me. Added just enough bass to vibrate the mirrors when I have it cranked and adds just enough thump to slightly feel it at regular levels without taking up too much trunk space. I still have enough room for two ammo cans, mapbook, netting and box o' bungee cords in the back. Don't be too impressed by the ammo cans though, one of them is a tiny one but the other is full sized.
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Sub enclosures can be had at:

Their products are fantastic, although a bit pricey.
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Sorry it took so long its nothing impressive but a work in progress. Here are the pics.
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Sorry it took so long its nothing impressive but a work in progress. Here are the pics.
How does that sub sound firing directly into the tailgate?

You'll be better off with it facing forward or down firing.
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Damn jlstearn! IMPRESSIVE!
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Actually it sounds amazing! For one it bounces off the tailgate so it amplifies it a bit and two I wanted to be able to back up to a campfire or at the beach and still enjoy the bass. I'll be adding two 6x9s on pivots off of the rear vertical roll bar to help with the mids and highs when parked. But when I had the sub flipped the seat sucked up all the sound and I didnt like it rubbing on the dust guard.
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Actually it sounds amazing! For one it bounces off the tailgate so it amplifies it a bit and two I wanted to be able to back up to a campfire or at the beach and still enjoy the bass. I'll be adding two 6x9s on pivots off of the rear vertical roll bar to help with the mids and highs when parked. But when I had the sub flipped the seat sucked up all the sound and I didnt like it rubbing on the dust guard.
I used to experiment with sub placement in my older vehicles and noticed that the closer they are to the back the worse they sounded. The bass was always louder and cleaner when there was a decent gap between the sub and the back to allow the sound waves to expand. I was curious as I haven't seen any Jeeps with the box built like that, most are downfiring unless they remove their seats for larger subs.
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I was thinking about getting one of those. How do you have it installed in the Jeep? Is the speaker facing the side or back of the Jeep? Also, can you hear it with the top off while you are driving?

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I added one of these to a Sony head unit with Polk marine speakers. I'm really happy with it and it fits nice in the Bestop InstaTrunk. I went with a powered sub because I wanted the option of taking it out and I added an electrical quick disconnect so I can do it easily.

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IMHO, the sub must be down firing to get bass with the top off, it certainly seems to be the most efficient way while topless.

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