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Old 10-18-2011, 07:53 AM   #1
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Hi people,

I have a 2012 wrangler unlimited sport - no infinity addon.

I'm considering upgrading the factor speakers (eventually the deck, once PAC can confirm that their wiring harness will work with 2012)

I'm looking at these two packages (or something similar priced)
Component: (install in front or soundbar?) Kicker DS6.2
Kicker 11DS62 6.5" Component Speakers

separate: (for either front or soundbar) Kicker DS60
Kicker 11DS60 6.5" 2-way Car Speakers

some advice I'm looking for:
- any install guides (pictures are nice for 2011 or 2012) specifically the front dash Assembly (I have a written guide with no pics)
- comments on Kicker speakers or alternate suggestions
- I'm also debating about if I should pick up an amp for these speakers as well? I'm thinking about waiting until I replace the deck (since I'd have the dash apart at that point)

Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance

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Old 10-19-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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How much you looking to spend...

I just tog the same jeep as you and the stock(non infinity) fails, it is decent for high's if you want thump...

Add a mono amp and sub, control the bass on the amp and lower bass on head unit to at least -3, and adjust mid and treb accordingly....will sound like totally differnet system...

but if not into thump check out Car Audio Stereo - Car Subwoofers - Car Amplifiers and Speakers
For combos of amp/6.5 for not so $$$

As for pics of "how to" will follow this thread in case u find them...

But the kickers would be an upgrade but factor in they are 6-50 watt head unit is about 12? So they will sound better but adding a 4x50 amp would def rock..

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Old 10-20-2011, 11:53 AM   #3
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the kickers are not that great. check out the infinity kappa components, or the boston acoustics se50.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:36 PM   #4
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Bump. Did you ever decide on a setup? I'm picking up my 2012 JKU in a couple weeks (hopefully) and this is my first planned mod. Of course, I'm completely new to aftermarket audio so I'm looking for advice as well.

Not looking to rattle the cars next to me in the hood, would prefer excellent audio quality for rock / metal.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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got any kind of price range for all of this? are you looking for just speakers? amp? sub? headunit?
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:57 AM   #6
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Hi ealive. I ended up changing everything in the Jeep that pertains to audio. Quite the project for a car audio newb like me. But now I'm a pro at removing my Jeep center console.

So I bought the speakers above. They are decent, cheap and get the job done. They lack low end, but that's what the sub is for

Here's a list of what I installed:
- alpine x303 single din + mount kit
- BT adapter for alpine
- PAC harnesses (see below)
- speakers with mount kits
- amp kit
- sub and amp

Here's where I'd start:
- First: buy a new deck! My factory one was garbage and didn't benefit new speakers at all - I didn't even notice a difference until I added a new deck. You'll also need a mounting kit (amazon 10$ use crutchfield for p/n)
- with the new deck you will need some PAC harnesses (pac c2r-chy4) and optional steering wheel (SW) controller (to keep audio buttons on wheel) NOTE your new deck must have an input for this SW (it's a 3.5mm input) I bought both harnesses off of amazon.ca for 200$ CND shipped
- buy speakers (components for front) use crutchfield to find ones that fit. I bought mine from them and they came with mounting kits and wire harnesses (too easy)
- installing amps, subs, (?) I had an extra sub in storage that I used. Just had to buy an amp wiring kit (45$ at bestbuy for a small 600w max package)

- Google some install guides (found plenty with nice pictures for the whole process) Hint 2011's are identical and have tons of guides.

Final Notes:
- get everything together first and install the whole package in one shot. It'll take you a good day of work
- Get a solder iron, shrink tubing or electrical tape and do all the work in doors
- Polyfil speaker boxes (walmart or craft store 7$)
- install speakers in this order (guides will say this too) Rear sound bar, passenger then driver. The front speakers were a PITA.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:18 AM   #7
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Thanks for sharing. I got some suggestions from crutchfield on speakers and amp! Just waiting to hear what they have to say on sub. Will posh their ideas here to get your thoughts.

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i installed kickers in my 2004 tj. 2 4x6s in the front and 2 6.5s in the sound bar. i absolutely love them ! for the price (got them on black friday, paid $80 for everything. including new brackets) they rock. i also installed a new head unit with a 4x50 watts built in amp to make them sound wayy better than stock. my next project is a kicker sub box to fit in the back somewhere....

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