I have a Jeep Wrangler 98' that I recently put in a new stereo and speakers into the roll cage bar, the sound is much better then it was, but I want more, since there isn't really much room to put a large sub or places to put multiple small ones, could I get any ideas from those who have experimented and know what would give me a better sound output for a reasonable price? I'm not expecting top of the line or to have my Jeep vibrating the entire road, I just want to be able to put some bass into my music, thanks
You'll get better responses if you post this in the electronics section. Or the TJ section since your Jeep is a TJ.
I run a 12" wal mart pioneer in a simple sub box behind the rear seat. Works great for me. I leave it in when I'm daily driving it, & unhook it when I go wheeling. My go pack fits behind the rear seat, so the sub has to go when I'm out wheeling. I mounted the amp under the rear seat. The only downside to a Jeep is the limited space for amenities.
1. When you say roll bar cage, I assume you mean the soundbar speakers. What model did you put in there, and what size? This is important to determine the proper upgrade.
2. Do you want an average audio system, or a powerful one that will provide good volume with the top off and driving down the highway in a really noisy environment?
3. Have you considered putting in 5-1/4" speakers in the front, instead of the stock 4x6 speakers? This upgrade will greatly improve your sound stage, assuming that you haven't put 6-1/2" in the rear.
4. For the subwoofer, the least modifying setup would be a trunk box, which you can easily remove. I would recommend 2-10" subs.
5. How much are you willing to spend?
6. Depending on previous answers, you could just add a mono channel sub, or a five channel sub. Multiple subs are going to take up more space, and increase the load on the electrical system. If you have air conditioning, then the electrical system is upgraded. So, I would ask if you have air conditioning? If not, I would seriously reccomend only one amp.
7. Yes, you need an amp, if you want to add a sub. The HU alone will not provide enough power for a sub.
8. The sub that I think is best for the TJ is the molded MTX Thunderform which comes loaded with 2-10" subwoofers. It can be easily removed by disconnecting two wires, in about two minutes. The quality is great. I know because I have it. There is also a pioneer box which has one sub, which might be average, but not good with top off.
Like I said, there are a lot of factors to consider.
This is just my opinion, and it isn't written in stone.
oh thanks, i wasn't sure where to post this, i haven't used this forum much. Now that's my other question, if I buy a sub, do I also have to buy an amp? and what else?
My system has plenty of power. Who needs an amp?
You might think you don't need an amp because you have a 400-watt system in your car, or because your new stereo puts out 50 watts a channel. But those are peak wattage ratings, which may boil down to 15 or 20 watts per channel, using the more realistic RMS rating. An amp sends your speakers the power they need to deliver your music with clarity and impact, whether you're using factory speakers or high-performance components. And low-frequency reproduction requires lots of power, so an amp is an absolute must if you're adding a sub to your system.
You could add a powered subwoofer, and then you wouldn't need an amp for the subwoofer, as it is included.
I'm using a cheap Wal-Mart Dual brand amp. I think it was $70. It's rated at 400 watts, (yeah right). RMS is 150 watts. I have it bridged to the single sub & it works great. I was actually quite surprised at how well it does. It's no bass monster, but it does sound good. My days of spending thousands on Fosgate amps & subs are long gone.
This is mine in my '97 TJ Sport. 400watts powered by Alpine PDX-V9.
MTX Thunderform loaded with 2-10" MTX subwoofers. Removes in one minute,
and very lightweight. Of course you have to open the locked rear cargo. You could bolt it in, or use wingnuts.