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Old 04-20-2009, 07:28 PM   #1
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need help with speakers

I;m looking into upgrading the sound of my 1997 tj. I already have a sweet 12" subwoofer but as we all know its not all about the base. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what kind of speakers I should to replace the sound bar, and front speaker? i was thinking of maybe using an adapter to be able to put in a 5 1/4" speakers instead of the stock 4x6'' in the front dash. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 04-20-2009, 08:01 PM   #2
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I normally say that good sound is all about the speakers, which is true, but with the stock amplifier which is underpowered, installing great speakers won't help much unless you also install a more powerful auxilliary power amplifier. I installed upgraded f/r speakers but I still can't get enough volume out of them at highway speeds (Jeeps are noisy but you knew that) without the amplifier starting to distort so the better speakers don't really sound any better. I have a new 80 RMS watt per channel aux amp sitting in my garage waiting for me to get around to installing it which should do the trick so I can get decent audio at highway speeds.

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first get a new headunit, from there go with new speakers in front, the adapters work great to fit 5 1/4". as for what brand speakers i like the infinity kappa's and kappa perfect components. you can find them cheap on ebay, around $120 for kappa perfect components. when going with all new speakers you might as well upgrade the speaker wires to a larger gauge.

what is this "sweet 12" sub" you have? do you know its power ratings, what is the rms wattage?
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The sub is a kicker comp-vt its a shallow mount sub that puts out about 400 rms and peaks at about 800rms at 4ohms. I already replaced the head unit with a pioneer cd player, and the speakers i am looking at are 5 1/4 alpine sps-500s with about 55 rms and a peak of 130
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:04 AM   #5
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i say to for that price range for speakers to go with these

Infinity Reference 5020cs 5-1/4" component speaker system at Crutchfield.com

and here is a link to ebay, much cheaper and still in your price range

Reference 5020cs, Electronics, Component System items on eBay.com
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Here's a trick... are you having trouble getting an aftermarket speaker to line up with the hole pattern of stocks? Or is it deeper then the factory? Just take your stock speaker and cut out the speaker with utility knife. Use a jigsaw to cut the back off and that will leave just the plastic ring. Mount your aftermarket speaker to that piece and then it all drops back into the factory slot nice and flush. This works great for aftermarket speakers with large magnets as you will gain an extra inch depth if you mount the speaker to the outside of the ring. If you want pics of the process I have it documented.

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