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Old 08-30-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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Question Upgrade Audio for Small Bucks?

I've been recently looking into upgrading the Audio in my 2007 Wrangler X 2 door (Wishing I had gotten a for door now, but that's just me). I have been searching online and Quadratec what looks to be really great options, but has had a horrible track record from what I have seen. The main thing I want to upgrade is the Bass quality, it really doesn't sound great in my car. I have no room in the trunk to put a box, and I believe if I am correct there is 1 or 2 subs in the console(?). I Don't really want to change my Headunit, but I can.. I also don't want to have to buy an amp if possible.

I have been looking at upgrading all around at christmas time.
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As well as other parts that have nothing to do with audio, but I will include anyway.
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Any Input?

Edit: There are these...
http://www.justforjeeps.com/kisi1020sub7.html
http://www.justforjeeps.com/kire62sp.html

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Old 08-30-2013, 04:37 PM   #2
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If the main thing you want to do is improve your bass, then you need to add a subwoofer. And you certainly don't need to spend the thick end of $600 on one.

Given the lack of space to put a big enclosure in the trunk, I'd suggest a small powered sub which is effectively a sub, amp and enclosure in one - a number of manufacturers make versions small enough to fit under a seat in a Jeep. You can get them for around $150 on Amazon. Your bigger problem will be getting a signal to it, as there is no pre-out on the back of the stock HU. If you're not planning to replace the head unit, you'll have to split one of the rear channels and connect a line output converter to it, and then connect the LOC to the sub.

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If the main thing you want to do is improve your bass, then you need to add a subwoofer. And you certainly don't need to spend the thick end of $600 on one.

Given the lack of space to put a big enclosure in the trunk, I'd suggest a small powered sub which is effectively a sub, amp and enclosure in one - a number of manufacturers make versions small enough to fit under a seat in a Jeep. You can get them for around $150 on Amazon. Your bigger problem will be getting a signal to it, as there is no pre-out on the back of the stock HU. If you're not planning to replace the head unit, you'll have to split one of the rear channels and connect a line output converter to it, and then connect the LOC to the sub.
Am I wrong to think their is a factory sub in the dash? Would it be just the speakers handling the bass at this point?
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If the main thing you want to do is improve your bass, then you need to add a subwoofer. And you certainly don't need to spend the thick end of $600 on one.

Given the lack of space to put a big enclosure in the trunk, I'd suggest a small powered sub which is effectively a sub, amp and enclosure in one - a number of manufacturers make versions small enough to fit under a seat in a Jeep. You can get them for around $150 on Amazon. Your bigger problem will be getting a signal to it, as there is no pre-out on the back of the stock HU. If you're not planning to replace the head unit, you'll have to split one of the rear channels and connect a line output converter to it, and then connect the LOC to the sub.
Like 6 months ago I was looking to do this and this is the headunit I chose:
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...H-X2500BT.html
Of course now it is like $350 cheaper than it was.
Been searching around for a little while and I found 2 items that caught my interest.

800W Pioneer Shallow Loaded Enclosure + Kenwood KAC-1502S Amp + Kit
As it is all in one, and would almost certainly fit under a seat.

Rockford Fosgate P3S-1X12 Sealed Truck-Style Enclosure With One 12" Punch Stage 3 Shallow Subwoofer
Which as far as I can tell without measuring will fit in my limited trunk space if I take the soft top out.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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IIRC, the only way you would have a factory sub is if it were in your rear storage area.. Either of the sub/amp setups look like they would work as long as the dimensions are right to fit where you want it to.
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A powered sub is your best option. I always suggest the infinity basslink. It takes up little room and is a great "bang for your buck" IMO
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Not sure how far along you might be in your audio upgrade process at this time, but I can vouch as can anyone who's been in my rig that the JL PowerWedge is something to give consideration. It's small enough to fit in the "trunk" of the 2door JK and sounds superb. Like night and day! See link below-

PWM110-JXWXv2 - Car Audio - Subwoofer Systems - PowerWedge MAX
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I do not understand how someone sees a thread entitled "Upgrade Audio for Small Bucks" and thinks, "I know, I'll tell them all about a piece of JL kit".
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Bit of an update for you guys. I have kind of done a 180 on the topic. I am going for more of an asthetic change as the previous owners put a few large (2") holes in my bumpers, as well as having the Original rims, which I don't particularly like.
This is what I am doing:

17" Rims $512 for 4 + Tire
http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Brand

Aries 3" Tubular Rear Bumper - $225.99
Aries Offroad Part 15501 - 3" Tubular Rear Bumper

Aries 3" Tubular Front Bumber - $208.99
Aries Offroad Part 15500 - 3" Tubular Bumper

Component Set - $150
Kicker 40CSS654 6-1/2" component speaker system at Crutchfield.com

Car Head Unit $210
Pioneer DEH-X8500BH CD receiver at Crutchfield.com
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I would add a 4 channel amp to that so you can run 2 channels to the comp set and bridge the other 2 channels to a sub when you're ready.. those components won't be operating at their potential without an amp..
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I would add a 4 channel amp to that so you can run 2 channels to the comp set and bridge the other 2 channels to a sub when you're ready.. those components won't be operating at their potential without an amp..
Something I will look into once I pay off my Jeep. I have a pretty limited budget right now.
Edit: with the 4 Channel Amp, what would I run the Speakers in the Sound Bar off of?
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Something I will look into once I pay off my Jeep. I have a pretty limited budget right now.
Edit: with the 4 Channel Amp, what would I run the Speakers in the Sound Bar off of?
Well if they were chosen carefully you could run left front and rear off one channel and right f and r off other channel... you would lose your fade but that shouldn't be a big deal.. or you could do like I prefer and not even use the soundbar speakers.. Actually attempt to get a front soundstage going...

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