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Old 06-07-2012, 08:06 AM   #1
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Need help with new sound system???

Hey everyone
I am new to this jeep forum, my first 1 so be kind.
I have a jeep wrangler 05
I wanted to upgrade my sound system but have NO CLUE on what I should be buying or getting? The sound system in the 05 now is crap, I would like a pretty nice new sounding system.
I'm not knowledgable in sound systems at all.
I do NOT want to go to a place and say I have no idea what to get for my car and for them to take advantage of me and tell me things I should be getting, because i would have no idea if i needed what they we're telling me.
If anyone could possible help with maybe sizes of speakers and or any advice on any of the sound system would be such a great help
THANX so much

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Old 06-07-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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To be short, it's going to cost you a bundle to do it. Just a decent low end single din head unit and 4 decent speakers installed by a shop will be close to a grand, particularly if you add any kind of addon modules like XM. A nicer double din non-gps unit and 4 good speakers will be well over a grand installed. That does not include an amp or a sub either. The system I want would be about $1500 installed with all adapters, brackets, etc and wouldn't even give me all of the same functionality that my stock system offers. It would sound a lot better granted, but the voice activation features would be gone. I have become frustrated with the entire process.

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Old 06-07-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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Sounds about right if you get a shop to do it. But really depends on what features you want/need (as J0nx mentioned)

A good place to start: crutchfield (.com or .ca) and run through the "what fits my vehicle" which will tell you what size speakers you need. They also include adapter mounts, instructions, harnesses to make your life really easy. You can narrow down what you need/want from there and then do some price shopping

I'd start by looking at a deck that suits your needs (ie BT, usb, video, gps ... etc) and see what wiring harness you'll need (ask an you shall receive). Get that installed and then move up to replacing speakers.

There are tons of guides and walkthroughs to do this yourself. I installed a complete package: deck, amps, sub, 4 speakers, 2 tweeters, crossovers, BT, ... All with very little experience. Just had to match up similar color wires and solder them together.

Budget out what you want and post it. You'll get opinions from the WF.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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Thanx so much for all this info,..much appriciated and it helped
I will def check out crutchfield!! And see what happens
Thanx again
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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Thanx for the info it helped,..I heard that crutchfield is a good place to start looking, so I will start there...Thanx much
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Crutchfield is good to find out speaker sizes, HU capabilities and a starting point to look over options. But definately come back to WF for more input.

Basically you want to look at:
  1. HU. Probably a Single DIN unit. Figure $100-250
  2. Speakers - These will vary depending on size, make, model etc.
  3. Sub - Decide if you want a sub or not. Sort of depends on music choice and what speakers your going with. Me personally I run a sub. But I also run a passive cross-over component system with High Pass/Low Pass frequency cut-offs.
  4. Power (Amp) - Need to decide if your going to power the speakers and/or sub.
If your not in need of powered speakers or a sub, then just a nice HU and speakers will suffice.
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:01 PM   #7
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Im starting from square 1
So what HU would you recommend??
I would def like sub woofer nothing to crazy
I def want to change the speakers out for better ones,..could you recommend those too??
I was on qudratec and found this sub woofer-----
(Custom Rear Subwoofer Kit with 8" Kicker Comp Subwoofer
For 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ & Unlimited)

Double stitching on the surround, coil-cooling perimeter venting, and a super rigged inverted structural dome. The rigid cone's back bracing completely eliminates distortion, allowing the best bass to be delivered. The large voice coils are highly engineered for immense power handling and still deliver the best bass from any subwoofer in its class. Powering the Sub Woofer is a 400 Watt Sound Storm Laboratories Mosfet Power Amplifier. The remote subwoofer level control allows precise bass adjustments between music. Amp features variable low pass and fixed high pass crossovers and line and speaker level inputs. The custom built subwoofer enclosure has a sleek profile that neatly sits behind the rear seat. Subwoofer box is constructed from ¾” MDF board and is fully carpeted. Custom mounting brackets securely fasten the Subwoofer Box to the floor to enhance bass performance by transferring the sound through the entire vehicle.
AND THESE FOR SPEAKERS--(Kicker Factory Replacement Front Dash Speaker Kits)
For 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited
These exclusive kits are pre-wired with factory connectors and custom speaker mounting plates. There's no required cutting, drilling or splicing and installation takes only minutes with a single screwdriver. Kits include two 4x6" Kicker DS speakers with weather resistant polypropylene woofers, polyfoam surrounds and 1/2" PEN balanced domed tweeters.
AND THIS FOR HU
Quadratec® IVault® with Sony CDX-GT260MP Stereo
Introducing the ultimate in security for your iPod ready in-dash stereo. We custom engineered the iVault as a steel enclosure with a locking die cast metal face plate that’s removable. Mount and secure all single din stereos along with your connected mp3 player or smart phone. The integrated pull out storage drawer provides safe keeping for digital devices up to 18mm thick. All iVault components feature an agate gray powder coat finish that compliments the TJ dash surround. Kits are easy to install using with detailed instructions. Get the theft deterrence you need and the quality you want with our value priced Sony combo deal with true plug and play wiring and no splicing.
WONDERING if this is a good place to start...I KNOW its a lot of info but like i said i have no idea where to start
Thanx for all your help!!!!!!!!

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