Originally Posted by VarMitt
Hello to all. I also have a blown factory subwoofer in a 2002 Sport. I would like to replace it with a CVT654 Kicker (as Fish mentioned in an earlier post-May 2010). Fish said this Kicker will fit in the factory speaker box and it performed well. I want to do the same as Fish and I found a CVT654 on Amazon. My problem is the factory wiring numbers and colors are different than Fish or others have mentioned in their posts. I have 6 colored wires going to the factory console subwoofer;they talk about only 4 wires! My 6 wires comming out of the Radio/Subwoofer connector to the speaker itself are solid colors; White,Purple,Blue,Green,Yellow and Orange. I assume the differance in wire colors&numbers have to do with Wrangler years/models. Right now my sub is disconnected but I want to fix it. So can anyone help the proper wiring hookup for this new speaker?
I've got a 2001, so your's and mine should be the same. I'm trying to go from memory here and the wiring diagram I have.
First, check the wiring again. There should only be four physical wires going to the speaker itself. yes, there is 6 wires coming from the radio, and it does go into a connector, and six wires come out, but keep in mind you have a small OEM amp inside the assembly.
So, two wires are for power and ground (the amp that runs the sub)
two wires are for left channel (+ and -)
two wires are for right channel (+ and -)
the reason for left and right channels is because the original OEM speaker is a Dual Voice coil, it uses both channels of the radio.
The Kicker CVT654 is not a dual voice coil, but it will work, and work very well. You only need to attach one channel to it, left or right, not
first thing, make sure your internal amp is working correctly, check to make sure you have voltage on connector at the correct locations (I'll attach the wiring diagram for you so you will know the correct colors.)
You can use any speaker to hook up to the output channels to see if you get sound. don't blast it, turn it down. you only want to hear sound coming from the speaker. This should verify that the internal amp is working and you are indeed getting audio to the speaker.
the reason this is important is because people report having all kinds of problems and weird ways of wiring up speakers to get them to work. this is because either they did not wire their head unit up correctly or the factory amp is damaged.
you do not
have to use the factory amp. you can get ANY cheap, low powered amp to run the kicker CVT654. I got a broken amp from someone, repaired it for $5, and use it to drive my CVT. The only reason for this was because my internal OEM amp was blown.
If you do it this way, you can removed the internal amp (or leave it, just disconnect the plug and wrap up the wires so they are no flopping everywhere).
There are two versions of the kicker you are looking at, one is a 2 Ohm (Impedance) and the other is a 4 Ohm (Impedance). I think the 2 Ohm is rated at 300 watts and the other is rated at 150 Watts. don't quote me, again, this is from memory. If you do decide to run the kicker (or anything else, for that matter) with a separate amp, then you need to make sure the impedance match up and your not getting something that's gonna push more power to the speaker than it is rated for. It'll sound like crap and probably blow it.
mounting the speaker is easy. I had to take a drimel tool and but out some pastic fins inside the case, and not a lot either. hell, a pocket knife could do if your'e careful. The mounting screw holes do not align but several simple self tapping screws work great.
One more thing. Many people around here suggest getting marine speakers, mounting the amp under the back seat, etc...
waste of time and money. they focus so much on making the speaker "water proof" and totally miss the fact that the electronics is not "water proof". Mounting the amp under the rear seat works, but in the summer if you are driving the amp pretty hard, like a lot of bass, then it will probably overheat and shut off.
I found a small one that mounts under the front seats and it works perfectly.
I tried two small amps under the rear seat and they tended to shut off on the hottest days. no air flow under there.
The kicker CVT654 works great, sounds great, and is an easy install. It's not good for listening to rap, or hiphop, or whatever the hell that music is called these days. Anything with heavy bass. It just sounds like crap in that plastic box. Typical rock, country, etc..... It works good for. Bass, the box needs a little more modding.
Links to color wires, wiring diagrams:
Trying to install new stereo in 01 tj, need help now!
Also, here is the wiring diagram in PDF format.
One more thing. ALL speakers of this nature require a proper "break in" period. you can do some "googling" to learn a little more about that.
Make sure you get the speaker from an authorized distributor so in the event it stops working, Kicker will honor the warranty. anyone can sell them, but if kicker doesn't approve, then the warranty it comes with is pretty much useless.