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Old 04-09-2009, 05:26 AM
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Just bought my 97 TJ, it's got everything i need on it....except the stereo which is something to be desired....
What's the best option for this, i have got the existing from speakers in and thats it...they are rubbish!

Sound bar? yes i will put on of these in but where else can i add speakers without them taking too much space? I currently have the back seats out and have a dust cover and a wind breaker on the jeep..
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:17 AM   #2
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Simon - As far as stereo and aftermarket speakers, that is a personal preference and you will get many good opinions from everyone here. I personally replaced my factory headunit with an Alpine with a detachable faceplate. As far as speakers, I added a factory sound bar and replaced all of the speakers with ones from Kenwood.

My advise to you would be to definetly add a soundbar and replace the factory headunit and factory speakers with some good aftermarket ones. If that is not enough sound for you, you can always add more speakers, an amp, subwoofer, etc...

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Old 04-09-2009, 08:06 AM   #3
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I put 6 1/2" speakers in my sound bar and 5 1/4's in the dash along with a new head unit. A small amp will follow soon.
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Just bought my 04 and what a crappy sound sysytem. My sub in the console pops so it is blown. This might be my first upgrade.
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this is what i am going to do this summer Chris' Homepage this guy puts subs in the back seat way cool and this is a write up of a guy that did it Subwoofer inside of a Jeep Wrangler rear seat - Jeepz.com it looks pretty intense but well wort it
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new headunit is the first thing you should think of. i have a pioneer headunit, infinity kappa perfect components in the soundbar, kappa 3-ways in the dash, 10" audiobahn immortal sub with a hifonics hercules amp.

i suggest looking around crutchfield for something you like that is a little over your price range and then go to ebay and you should be able to save a good deal of money. i saved over $600 by getting almost everything from ebay.

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I have just one suggestion that if your Jeep's top is off enough that speakers might ever be exposed to dampness, make sure the speakers you buy have a polyurethane cone and a rubber suspension around the cone. These aren't hard to find, they're actually pretty common where automotive speakers are concerned. Paper cone speakers will fall apart if they get wet or damp much.
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It's all up to you, and we all hear things differently.
My suggestion is to go to a good audio shop, (not Best Buy)
and listen to a bunch of different stuff to find out what really sounds good to you. Also make sure to explain what type of vehicle that you're putting the stuff in to the tech. He can then help you build a good system.
Remember, you get what you pay for. Do it right the first time so you won't be disappointed later on down the road, and have to do it again.

If you're confident in building your own, here's what I would recommend.
Not that it's the best or that other equipment is bad, this is just what I have.

For head units, I would recommend Pioneer or Alpine.
For Subs, I would recommend Rockford Fosgate's P2's or P3'3
For Amps, Rockford Fosgate Power Series all the way.
They drastically underrate their amps, so you ALWAYS get more for your money. I bought a T500-1BD to power my subs, and it actually puts out 800watts, opposed to the rated 500watts. I have an Alpine powering my other 4 speakers @ 300watts.

As far as where to buy:
There is a place called Cartronixplus.com. Check them out first. They have amazing prices. That's where I bought my Rockford amp. I only paid $260 for an amp the costs over $500 elsewhere. It sounds to good to be true, I know. But it's not. The thing came to me new in the box and sealed. I've had ZERO problems with it. The only thing about that site, is that alot of the stuff is always "sold out", because of how cheap they are selling it, not alot stays on the shelves very long. But you can still find great stuff there.

Here's a link to my stereo upgrade. It's kinda long, but it may give you some ideas. Hope this this helps.

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