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Old 10-01-2011, 12:08 AM   #1
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Soundbar replacement advice needed

Just bought a 2004 Rubicon. The only real problem we can find is the speakers in the factory sound bar are shot. We are not audiophiles, don't need to have crystal clear sound playing real loud. Not going to replace the factory head unit. No need to spend a fortune, but as long as we are replacing it, we might as well upgrade somewhat. Looking for recommendations on a semi-decent plug-n-play sound bar for no more than 2-3 bills.

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Old 10-01-2011, 01:34 AM   #2
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Why not just replace and upgrade the speakers IN the factory unit????

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i agree just upgrade the stock bar it'll save money and time.
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Post a pic of what your sound bar looks like. Is it the pods or the full bar?
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Old 10-01-2011, 01:02 PM   #5
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keep the factory soundbar, and save yourself some money in this one. you say that you want to keep it under $200? you can get a nice set of speakers for that price.

here are 2 sets that are a good deal for their price range without going with components.

Boston Acoustics SE55 5-1/4" 2-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com

Infinity Kappa 52.9i 5-1/4" 2-way car speakers at Crutchfield Signature
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:25 PM   #6
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I agree, replace the factory speakers! I made the mistake of purchasing a sound bar and it's horrible. It was a disaster trying to install it, and now after only a few short months one of my speakers sounds blown, and the interior lights don't work. So I'm just going to replace the factory pods and replace the speakers in those and send the sound bar back. Save yourself time and money and just replace the speakers!
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:49 PM   #7
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hey i got a question im replacing the speakers in my sound bar im not sure to go with 2 or 3 way speakers?
whats the difference, which would be better for the sound bar?
im no car audio wiz
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I run 3 way and enjoy them
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:10 PM   #9
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i run a set of components in the sound bar.

a 2 way speaker has the woofer and one tweeter, the 3 way has one woofer an low range tweeter and a high range tweeter. the 3 way will have the better sound quality.
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how come most 3 ways are cheaper then 2 ways? the two sets on looking at the 3 way is 2 dollars cheaper then the 2 way.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:33 PM   #11
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well i am in the same boat. i bought a 05 Wrangler X and it had a system in it and the guy took it out and put the factory unit back in less speakers so i have none was wondering do i buy factory ones or replacements? Thought factory ones for sound while top is off am i wrong?
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go after market all the way! take a look at the 2 links i posted, there is one for a bigger budget and a set for a lower budget.
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I looked at your links. Are you suggesting 4 to replace both the ones on the dash and in the sound bar?

What about the dash tweeters? Guessing I'll just disconnect them at some point. I hate where they are mounted anyways.
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with dash tweeters you need to get a set of components
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go after market all the way! take a look at the 2 links i posted, there is one for a bigger budget and a set for a lower budget.
Which set up do you have?
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Sorry forgot to ask did you keep your factory radio? I was worried about the speakers getting wet or damp thought the factory would be better for that i guess not .
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Which set up do you have?
i don't have either of them, i have a set of infinity kappa perfect components in my sound bar and 2 way kappa's up front.
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Sorry forgot to ask did you keep your factory radio? I was worried about the speakers getting wet or damp thought the factory would be better for that i guess not .
get a new unit, the factory headunit is not going to do much to make your new speakers live up to their potential.
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THANKS Jma20a!!

Also SORRY Davet63 didn't mean to hijack your thread so much.
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Installed new head unit today. Can already tell I'm gonna need new speakers.
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Installed new head unit today. Can already tell I'm gonna need new speakers.

What you getting ?
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Thanks for the replies! I'm going to just replace the speakers in the factory sound bar. Also, any suggestions on what to replace the front speakers with? Might as well replace those while I am at it.

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Thanks for the replies! I'm going to just replace the speakers in the factory sound bar. Also, any suggestions on what to replace the front speakers with? Might as well replace those while I am at it.

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do you have the 4 speaker system or the 7? if its the 7 then there are 2 speakers in each side of the dash, a 4" and a tweeter. super easy to check it out, only 3 screws hold the dash piece on
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Thanks for the replies! I'm going to just replace the speakers in the factory sound bar. Also, any suggestions on what to replace the front speakers with? Might as well replace those while I am at it.

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Crutchfield is saying that 4x6 won't fit in the dash....???. I thought that was factory size for 97-06. According to them, only four inch will fit. All of the stickies and previous posts say 4x6.

Not trying to hi-jack, but I'm replacing the dash speakers as well. Are the 97s different than later models?
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Should just need the adapter plates, or make your own. I made mine out of metal straps
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My stocks are 4" and a 1" tweeter in the dash...to put in a 4x6 I'd need an adapter
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My stocks are 4" and a 1" tweeter in the dash...to put in a 4x6 I'd need an adapter
That's what I thought, but Crutchfield says they won't fit period, even with an adaptor....somebody over there must be drinking the Drano.

Or maybe I am.
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That's what I thought, but Crutchfield says they won't fit period, even with an adaptor....somebody over there must be drinking the Drano.

Or maybe I am.
The factory TJ/LJ speakers are 4"x6". In order to install aftermarket 4"x6"s you need an adapter becasuse the factory speakers do not have the same mounting hole locations as aftermarket. Most people step up to 5.25"s when they upgrade dash speakers because:
1) have to buy an adapter anyway
2) 5.25"s have a much wider selection to choose from
3) 5.25"s are round and produce better quality sound
4) the same amount of work/cost is required for a replacement, why not upgrade?

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Crutchfield is saying that 4x6 won't fit in the dash....???. I thought that was factory size for 97-06. According to them, only four inch will fit. All of the stickies and previous posts say 4x6.

Not trying to hi-jack, but I'm replacing the dash speakers as well. Are the 97s different than later models?
Jeep uses this HUGE plate to attach the 4x6 speakers think like almost the size of a dinner plate, but skinny. I cut the old speakers out of the plate until the new speakers could sit flush against the plate. Then I drilled and attached the speakers to the plate.
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I called Crutchfield last night,(been trying to figure it out via the site) and the guy told me that "The 4x6 will fit, but since we don't carry that adapter, we list them as not fitting." They recommend the 4s for the dash, then supply the adapter plate and pigtails free of charge.

Figure I'll try that, oughtta be good enough for me.

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