I have a 06 Wrangler X with the 4 speaker stereo system(Really bad).Has anyone added the six speaker sound bar?Is it an easy install?
Like others said... just upgrade your front and sound bar speakers and you will be pleased.... I just did that some time ago...
I did Install Infinity 6412cfp in the front and 6012i in the sound bar (yes... they fit)... they have a really good sound quality...
and if you want to go crazy like me know... add an amplifier and run your 4 speakers from there and add other subwoofer amplifier giving juice to 2 Infinity subwoofers and all your neighbors are going to finish crazy... or you will have to run :-))
Now this is my kinda thread! I worked at Circuit City Roadshop for 4.5 years first sales, then install then manager. the factrory speakrs that come in the jeep suck. all paper and no range to them, the set up that mikosiko has is really nice, I have the same 4x6s in the front of my TJ. as for my 'pods' I had a pair of Polk Momo 6 3/4" seperates that I had to custom in there. the pods come off easy enough and I had to cut out to allow for the larger speakers but after I amped it with my Momo 4 channel it sounds great. the pods act like a speaker enclosure. I mounted the tweeters where the lights were by making little round plates and gluing them in, then I bought some LED light strips and mounted them along the top of the pods, the lights come on and off with the door, I just wish they were either yellow or white instead of blue. I'll post some pics some day, maybe this weekend.
Anyway what I'm getting at is by replacing the speakers you'll get greater range of sound, and it will be cleaner and louder. Just remember that in order to get louder sound, you'll need more power so the speakers don't distort. A new head unit or an amp will go a long way to overcome the road noise that is inherant with a jeep. the Infinitys are nice I personally like Polk, the DB series is very good stuff and its Marine ready so if it gets wet (like when the top is down) thats ok.
I replaced the speakers in my 2 speaker sound bar, Disconnected the ones in my dash, and center console, and added a 6" bass tube that disconnects quickly for easy removal (which after the last break in I take out every night). I dont rattle doors but the sound is full and clean.
I recently upgraded my dash speakers to the 5-1/4's with the 33 engineering adapters and man what a difference. also went with polk 6-1/2" in the sound bar and found something interesting out. The soundbar is open all the way thru so I took the dome light out and put a piece of acoustic foam on each side of the light to seperate both ends from working against each other and so far I was able to notice a sizeable difference in both sound quality and speaker travel. I am now thinking I may go back and port each end like a sub box to see if i can tweak a small amount more bass out of it??? anyone else tried this before or am I venturing into unknown territory??
I went sorta cheap with the speakers and got 4 pioneers to replace the factory ones. I also got an amp and subwoofer and a new alpine head unit. Overall it sounds great and as loud as I want it to be. One day I'll upgrade de speakers to maybe infinitys or polks. I shopped at crutchfield.com and called them up before ordering stuff. I had a great experience with them. Very knowledgeable staff and there is alway someone that works there that owns a Jeep like us.
I may try the foam inside the soundbar...but I think that's as far as I may go..lol..I'll get better speakers soon.
The foam does make a difference. For my sound bar i used 3/4" thick pool filter foam that fit good inside the bar. It does make the bass a bit softer and louder.
The 06 overhead speakers are a different design then the older TJs. the newer ones are enclosed in a 'pod' design so you can remove them if you wanted too. That design is basicly what you're talking about doing by blocking the chamber that runs the lenght between the older overhead speakers.
as for blocking up the holes in the other overhead system the foam will help a little with the mid-bass, not to be confused with the low-bass or the sound you would get from a subwoofer such as the bass tube. You can't get the frequencies you need for really low bass out of a 6 1/2" speaker. And when you can get that freq you need alot of power to push it, thats why you need a seperate amp just to run your subs and a little tiny radio can run 4 speakers and sound decent. I can't tell you how much I miss my subs, but alas they take up too much room and I need my backseat. But with a 400 watt RMS amp to run my 6 1/2" speakers I get decent mid-bass out of it.
Another great tip is to stuff the speaker chamber with polyester fiber, the stuff thats in most pillows, you can find it at wal-mart by the arts and crafts. What the polyester does is slow down the air that moves and make the chamber act like its bigger than it is, its a great trick that car audio designers use when they don't have alot of space
cant you fit 1 of these under each back seat? http://www.aceelectronics.org/Ace%20...%20box_6x9.jpg I personally have a custom box that fits 2x 6x9 speakers instead of my stock sound bar and i do not regret it at all.. just i think ill make another one using 1/2 or 5/8" wood instead of 1/4"