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Old 10-12-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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Quick subs and amp question.

Hey guys I'm new to the forum and also a new Jeep owner. I use to have an 05 mustang and had this sound system hooked up in it, anyways long story short I work with the Coast Guard and got stationed in Michigan and sold my mustang for a Jeep Wrangler for the snow. When I sold my mustang the people cut the wires on my subs and unhooked the amp and subs and gave them back to me but with no wires. I would really like to hook this sound system up in my wrangler with the stock radio head. I've attached pictures can anyone point me in the right direction if wires and other things I might need to successfully get this hooked up? Thanks in advance.




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What year Jeep? Is it a 2013 Jeep, or a new-to-you Jeep? It looks like it is a mono channel amp, just for a subwoofer. I would suggest mounting the amp under the seat, and Down face the Subwoofer box in the trunk. It looks like the bar in the center for downfacing was removed. It might be better to put rubber cushions on the speaker side on all four corners and just down face it. The actual installation depends on the Year of the Jeep and the type of stock radio that you have.

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What year Jeep? Is it a 2013 Jeep, or a new-to-you Jeep? It looks like it is a mono channel amp, just for a subwoofer. I would suggest mounting the amp under the seat, and Down face the Subwoofer box in the trunk. It looks like the bar in the center for downfacing was removed. It might be better to put rubber cushions on the speaker side on all four corners and just down face it. The actual installation depends on the Year of the Jeep and the type of stock radio that you have.
I have a 2011. Down face the Subwoofer box? For what reason? In my mustang they just attached the amp to the back of the back seat and set the subwoofer in the trunk just normal not down faced.
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It looks like the bar in the center for downfacing was removed. .
thats the slot port for the enclosure
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I have a 2011. Down face the Subwoofer box? For what reason? In my mustang they just attached the amp to the back of the back seat and set the subwoofer in the trunk just normal not down faced.
Well, by 2011, the stock stereo's became more sophisticated. I don't think my 1997 Wrangler with the stock AM/FM cassette would accommodate a sub woofer, but yours might. This is why I asked.
It might also help if you have the premium stereo. I couldn't really tell you how to install it, but I would recommend that you take it to a professional installer. Or maybe someone with more knowledge about your particular stock sound system setup could give you more information.

It's better to down face it, because you don't loose all the sound in the air. A subwoofer is meant to be felt, and you really can't feel it if most of the sound is lost in the air. Imagine what an up facing subwoofer would sound like..Ugh. A side facing is okay, because the sound somewhat vibrates off the back seat, or the back of the car. But, down facing is best. Mine is a normal facing down firing sub, and it sounds/feels awesome.

In most theatres you feel the rumble, you don't mainly hear it. Therefore, you don't need to drive it as hard if it is down facing, to get the same effect, as if it is side facing, or worst, up facing.

You can try it as an experiment. Just up face the sub, and then down face it. You will immediately recognize the difference.

I also think that for the size, at least in my 1997, your subwoofer box wouldn't fit in my trunk, unless it was down firing, but maybe it will in your 2011 Jeep.
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Well, by 2011, the stock stereo's became more sophisticated. I don't think my 1997 Wrangler with the stock AM/FM cassette would accommodate a sub woofer, but yours might. This is why I asked.
It might also help if you have the premium stereo. I couldn't really tell you how to install it, but I would recommend that you take it to a professional installer. Or maybe someone with more knowledge about your particular stock sound system setup could give you more information.

It's better to down face it, because you don't loose all the sound in the air. A subwoofer is meant to be felt, and you really can't feel it if most of the sound is lost in the air. Imagine what an up facing subwoofer would sound like..Ugh. A side facing is okay, because the sound somewhat vibrates off the back seat, or the back of the car. But, down facing is best. Mine is a normal facing down firing sub, and it sounds/feels awesome.

In most theatres you feel the rumble, you don't mainly hear it. Therefore, you don't need to drive it as hard if it is down facing, to get the same effect, as if it is side facing, or worst, up facing.

You can try it as an experiment. Just up face the sub, and then down face it. You will immediately recognize the difference.

I also think that for the size, at least in my 1997, your subwoofer box wouldn't fit in my trunk, unless it was down firing, but maybe it will in your 2011 Jeep.
I see what you're saying. Well I figured I would get a HU later on, thanks to this government shut down us Military are on the line of not getting paid haha. But I figured I'd get a HU maybe in the next couple months. For now I would like to set up this subwoofer and amp. I thought maybe I can just tap into the rear speaker. Has anyone done this? How does it sound?
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Get a good line output converter and an amp install kit and you should be able to put that on any stock setup. As for placement, you just need to try different arrangements.. My sub is downfiring simply because that's the only way it would fit in a ported enclosure..
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Get a good line output converter and an amp install kit and you should be able to put that on any stock setup. As for placement, you just need to try different arrangements.. My sub is downfiring simply because that's the only way it would fit in a ported enclosure..
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A great place for factory install stuff and advice is Crutchfield: Car Stereo, Speakers, Home Theater, LED LCD TV, Cameras . Prices are decent and they are very helpful IMO.

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