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Old 02-14-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Stereo system rebuild!

Hi everyone! First post on WF.

I'm a teenage kid who just got his first TJ! Being as young and dumb as a teenager is, the stock speakers just don't cut it for me.

I have: an aftermarket Pioneer Stereo. A rather nice one I believe. Also, kenwood speakers (In the over-head bar)

I think the Kenwoods are good, but I want to add more speakers around the Jeep.

I'm thinking a skypod, woofers, and speaker wedges.

What should I be looking for? Thanks!

(P.S.) the previous owner had a monster sound system. There is a huge amount of excess cables in the rear, and under the driver side dash. There looks to be an amp of some sort under the hood. It has a really thick red wire that can be traced all the way to the rear.)

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It sounds like he probably had a subwoofer in it. It's really hard to say exactly, since you didn't give the year of your Jeep.

I would look at the front speakers first. If they are 4x6's, remove them and place 5-1/4" speakers with the Nalin adapters. I would get the same 5-1/4" speakers in the soundbar/over-head bar.(Assuming of course the rears are 5-1/4")

Get the model and manufacturer of the amp, and we will know more about it.

As a teenager, with good ears, I think you should be looking for a subwoofer. But, it depends on whether you have an aftermarket amp, and its model number.

Is the amp aftermarket amp; a 5-channel amp; a 4-channel amp, or a mono channel amp?

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I highly doubt there would be an amp under the good. Might be a fuse box that he was using to run power to his system. But it would make your job a whole lot easier if he already has all the wiring run.
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I highly doubt there would be an amp under the good. Might be a fuse box that he was using to run power to his system. But it would make your job a whole lot easier if he already has all the wiring run.
Hood, not good. Damn autocorrect.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:42 AM   #5
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The Jeep is a 2001 Sport SE.

The Amp/fusebox thing is just over the battery. It has a singular red wire running through it. There is a "Tsunami" sticker on it.

The only speakers I was able to locate were the ones in the overhead sound bar. Where should I be looking?

I'm not sure if it matters or not but I have half-doors, with no speakers.

The second picture is of the massive amount of cables I tied up and are under the backseat.
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Since you do not know what is done start by ripping out all the po's wiring and start from new. If you want to use the hu that's fine. Get some new speakers and amp them along with a sub. You have 4 stock locations. 2 in the sound bar and 2 in the dash on the sides. Those are the locations you want to stick to. Stock sound bar is 5.25 and dash is 4x6 stock but you want nalin mfg brackets to make them 5.25 components.
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I highly doubt there would be an amp under the good. Might be a fuse box that he was using to run power to his system. But it would make your job a whole lot easier if he already has all the wiring run.
I agree. I doubt its an amp, if its under the "hood". I assumed the OP meant under the dash and not under the hood. But, if the OP got the specs (model number and manufacturer) from it, we would probably know more about it.

But, I don't think I would use someone else's old wiring. Unless of course it is a "monster cable" for an amp. If you can verify that it is not damaged, you could reuse it to save money. Those "monster cables" can be really expensive, $30-$50 or more. Still, its probably not even the proper length.
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The Jeep is a 2001 Sport SE.

The Amp/fusebox thing is just over the battery. It has a singular red wire running through it. There is a "Tsunami" sticker on it.
That thick red wire was probably used for an amp. I would trace that wire and see where it goes. Maybe the PO left the amp. If not, I would still trace that wire, and see where it goes. Especially, if the wire is connected to the battery, and the other end isn't taped off. You don't want open connections, coming from your battery to ground out and ruin your electrical system. In the very least, I would remove the fuse, which is inside that clear circular cylinder.

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The Jeep is a 2001 Sport SE.

The only speakers I was able to locate were the ones in the overhead sound bar. Where should I be looking?
The front 4x6 speakers are behind the front grill on 1997-2002 Wranglers according to crutchfield. There are two screws on the outside of the grill to release the grill and wiggle it off.



Then, I would replace them with 5-1/4" speakers, using the Nalin Adapter.
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That is a capacitor under the hood, not an amp. It controls the amount of continuous power running to the amp in an attempt to limit voltage spikes. In that case, if all of the correct wiring is still there, which it looks like it is, all you have to do is plug your stuff into the right spots.
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That is a capacitor under the hood, not an amp. It controls the amount of continuous power running to the amp in an attempt to limit voltage spikes. In that case, if all of the correct wiring is still there, which it looks like it is, all you have to do is plug your stuff into the right spots.
That's not a capacitor, it's an inline fuse holder.

I agree with others, pull it out and start from scratch.
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That's not a capacitor, it's an inline fuse holder. I agree with others, pull it out and start from scratch.
You are correct. I was looking at the picture wrong and thought it was much bigger. My apologies.
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My guess on what you have is the electrical power and wiring for a powered subwoofer. The thin blue line is probably a remote accessory power lead (to turn an amp on when you turn the ACC power on), the 2 RCA cables are left & right into an amp, and the fat cable is either ground or power. I just installed something similar in my wrangler. I don't think you need to rip everything out, but I think your next step is to look behind your aftermarket head unit and see how that is wired and what those 2 RCA cables hook to. My guess is that it is using the power from the head unit to drive your front speakers and sound bar.
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That's not a capacitor, it's an inline fuse holder.

I agree with others, pull it out and start from scratch.
I agree with the first sentence. It is probably a power cable for an amp. And, they have inline fuse holders. This is a picture of mine, the cable is very similar in size, and inline fuse holder. Just not as neatly routed as yours.



The second sentence though, I disagree. I would inspect that power cable, and, if it is long enough and undamaged, I would reuse it. Those "monster cables" can cost $30 to $50 dollars. If you can reuse it, might as well save yourself some money. RCA cables and speaker cables are different. They are much cheaper to replace. And, they can be pullled, shorted and compromised, more easily. Because, they are much thinner. You can wrap up the RCA cables, and cut the speaker cables, but they are cheaper to replace than the "Monster Cables". If you find that you have connection problems, I would start by replacing the RCA and/or speaker cables.

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