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03-25-2014 12:15 PM
gwells67 I would recommend that you go with used equipment for a lot of this. Car audio seems to lose it's value very quickly and items like amps and speaker boxes don't really degrade if taken care of-there are no moving parts. Speakers I would look for discontinued items as there are limited advancements that would make you really need the latest model.

The alarm and head unit would be items I would look for the latest and greatest (lots of new features you may want). The alarm is one item I would have professionally installed. Everything else is an easy DIY
03-20-2014 07:44 AM
Kingcat I would recommend a soundbar and separate subs as opposed to quad pods.

My setup is
kicker 4x6 in dash
Kicker 6.5 in sound bar
kicker 6.5 in half doors (quick connect on dash speakers)
Rockford 10"
Rockford pbr 300x1 and pbr 300x4

Sub is currently on a truck box but that will change when I go to a single rear bucket setup.
03-19-2014 09:48 PM
ChasUGC
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Originally Posted by 4Left View Post
What does everyone think about this setup?


Polk Audio DXi460p 4"x6" Plate Speakers
Select Increments Quad-Pod Jeep 6-1/2" speaker & 8" subwoofer boxe
Polk Audio DXi650 6.5"/6.75" Coaxial Speakers
JL Audio 8W1v24 8" 4-ohm Component Subwoofer
Sony CDX-GT700HD CD Receiver
Sony Marine Amplifier 60x4 Watts at 4 Ohm
Kicker 10ZM3504 Marine Amp. 75W x 4 Marine Amplifier
I think you need to explain your install. Are you using "two" Quad Pods, for your rear speakers and subwoofers? Are you panning to use two 8" subwoofers in two "rear Quad pods", with two 6.5 speakers?

Are you planning to use the Kicker amp for your subwoofer(s), wired at 300Wattsx1@4Ohms, divided by 2 for 150watts 8" subwoofers?
It looks like a very interesting install, I would only question the 50watt RMS speakers, with a 60watt RMS amp. It would probably be okay, if you kept an ear on your speakers at high volumes. Personally though, I would look for higher RMS rated front speakers. 50 watts is not a lot of power with the top off. You might want to crank it up, and you might damage the 50 watt speakers.
03-19-2014 12:18 AM
sweatnblood
some pics

ok so some pics…I'll take some of them installed tomorrow
03-19-2014 12:15 AM
sweatnblood I have a yj and bought the tuffy storage box's with the 6x9 cut outs…then I dyno matted the inside, I bought the sound bar with 6 speaker system and it sounds good together...but I know the stock speakers in the sound bar are the weak point so I'll be upgrading them here shortly…as for the 6x9's I bought JBL on amazon
Amazon.com: JBL GTO938 6 x 9-Inch 3-Way Loudspeaker: Car Electronics
sound bar-http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MIT5VA/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

head unit-http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B7IR39U/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I hooked up 6x9 to a 2 channel amp…just low cost sony xplode and the sound bar has a built in amp so that runs off the deck…over all I'm really happy with the sound…I don't have any bass yet but I drive with no doors or top in socal @ 80MPH and I can hear the music just fine…I"m still thinking I might do some 4x6 plates if I can reach up there without taking the dash apart…the tuffy box are about 300-350 but then you not only get to great spot for speakers but also a secure box for other junk...
02-19-2013 09:20 PM
4Left What does everyone think about this setup?


Polk Audio DXi460p 4"x6" Plate Speakers
Select Increments Quad-Pod Jeep 6-1/2" speaker & 8" subwoofer boxe
Polk Audio DXi650 6.5"/6.75" Coaxial Speakers
JL Audio 8W1v24 8" 4-ohm Component Subwoofer
Sony CDX-GT700HD CD Receiver
Sony Marine Amplifier 60x4 Watts at 4 Ohm
Kicker 10ZM3504 Marine Amp. 75W x 4 Marine Amplifier
01-28-2013 09:46 PM
4Left
Quote:
Originally Posted by eboven
Gotcha... if you haven't ever done an alarm install, I wouldn't recommend trying that yourself. The audio stuff shouldn't be a problem for anyone with minimal technical abilities. Check out my audio build thread for my TJ, it may give you some more ideas for the YJ.
I plan on having everything professionally installed. Thanks moor the link. You have a great setup. Love what you did with the tweeters.
01-26-2013 09:21 AM
eboven Gotcha... if you haven't ever done an alarm install, I wouldn't recommend trying that yourself. The audio stuff shouldn't be a problem for anyone with minimal technical abilities. Check out my audio build thread for my TJ, it may give you some more ideas for the YJ.
01-26-2013 06:26 AM
4Left
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Originally Posted by eboven View Post
bump for what? What else did you need to know? If you aren't installing it yourself, you will get good help at your local shop when they find out they are installing it all. Tell them your budget and stay firm on what you want, and they will work with you.

I think you can get a pretty nice setup for 1500 installed depending on how much you spend on the alarm, that could easily eat up 500-700 for a good full featured setup. Personally, the alarm is where I would focus first, so don't be afraid of the big price tags; if you aren't installing it yourself, you will pay for a quality job. Once you get the alarm out of the way, use your remaining budget to pick out the best setup for your money - You should start with the headunit and speakers, and then add in amps and possibly a sub if you can afford it.

That's the direction I would lead you should you walk into my shop tomorrow.
Thanks. No I am not installing it myself. Sorry for the bump. Just looking for some more pictures to give me ideas
01-26-2013 12:13 AM
eboven bump for what? What else did you need to know? If you aren't installing it yourself, you will get good help at your local shop when they find out they are installing it all. Tell them your budget and stay firm on what you want, and they will work with you.

I think you can get a pretty nice setup for 1500 installed depending on how much you spend on the alarm, that could easily eat up 500-700 for a good full featured setup. Personally, the alarm is where I would focus first, so don't be afraid of the big price tags; if you aren't installing it yourself, you will pay for a quality job. Once you get the alarm out of the way, use your remaining budget to pick out the best setup for your money - You should start with the headunit and speakers, and then add in amps and possibly a sub if you can afford it.

That's the direction I would lead you should you walk into my shop tomorrow.
01-25-2013 09:44 PM
4Left
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4Left
I am having the install professionally done. MattK11 - I like the sub box you did
Bump
01-19-2013 06:39 AM
4Left I am having the install professionally done. MattK11 - I like the sub box you did
01-17-2013 02:00 PM
Mattk11
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4Left

Thanks for the info. Do you have pictures of your build?
Sorry didn't see your request, here's some pics for you:

Head unit - wanted non nav. Don't need.



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Tweeters


Attachment 198907

Dash speakers


Attachment 198908

Stacked amps in factory location


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Attachment 198910

Fiberglassed soundbar, filled center section with foam and fiscal speakers


Attachment 198912



Attachment 198913

Sub, used the factory enclosure, cut off the front and put in a 10" and fiberglassed around it. Covered it and the tailgate with linex. Cargo hold opens as normal.


Attachment 198914

Of course used plenty of dynamat, foam, poly fill, etc
01-17-2013 09:35 AM
JD95YJ I completely agree that there's better brands than kicker. My personal favorites are JL and focal but I wouldn't spend that kind of money on speakers or amps for a wrangler. I've seen every brand of speaker "blown" because there's lots of teens/ or people that don't understand the limits of speakers. I know there's differences between waterproof and marine grade. I never mentioned anything about marine grade. He's on a budget. If he wasnt on a budget I'd recommend Alpines marine "stackable" series amps. Good marine grade stuff is always more expensive. Waterproof is good enough. Like I said after at least 7 years of me hosing mud out of my speakers, they're still kicking as good as ever. Not to mention I'm running a kicker 650.4 on the components and they scream. There's a lot of brands that I wouldn't dare put that kind of power to.
01-16-2013 11:13 PM
eboven I guess I would beg to differ... you like Kicker, and that's fine, Kicker is a great brand. In my experience of professional installation, I have dealt with nearly every brand of speaker, and there are far better than Kicker or Polk out there. Polk makes an excellent speaker, and the quality is no worse than Kicker - in fact I would venture to say I have seen more blown Kickers than Polks. Things change over the years, and Polk has certainly improved from their momo series.

My point was that waterproof and marine certified are two different things for a reason... there isn't much of a difference, but it's there. Honestly, I run regular car speakers in my Jeep, and it see's plenty of mud/snow/rain where I live. Unless you plan to splash salt water on the backside of the speaker, any decent quality aftermarket speaker will hold up just fine in a Jeep.
01-16-2013 11:24 AM
JD95YJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by eboven

I sell Polk and Kicker at my current shop... the Polk's are marine certified, meaning every aspect of the speaker is approved for use in highly corrosive areas. Kicker's do have a marine certified line of speakers, but their regular speakers are not marine certified. This doesn't mean they aren't "water-proof"; any speaker is technically waterproof if it the cone and surround material don't absorb water, like paper or cheap foam. What makes a speaker marine certified is the non corrosive terminals and hardware, the Polk's have it, and the Kicker's don't; though you could spray water at either for an extended period of time without any ill effects, the terminals on the Kicker's would eventually corrode and loose electrical contact.

The irony here is that not many Jeep owners will also use marine grade wiring and heat-shrink all connections to avoid corrosion else-where... who cares if the speaker terminal doesn't corrode, the wire you connected it to will!
I've dealt with pretty much every brand of speakers and have never seen anything good come from Polk. Except good magnets when I tore them apart. I've ran the same set of kicker components for over 7 years and they've been thorough mud and water from my previous YJ and they are not corroded in the slightest. Polks wouldn't last that long especially with the abuse. Not to mention their sound quality doesnt even compare.
01-16-2013 10:31 AM
GRUMPHF I'm a big fan of Polk Audio speakers and JL amps. Just got my new Jeep a few weeks ago and am in the planning (and saving) stages of my system as of now.

Will you be installing it yourself of paying someone?? If you're doing it yourself you can save a lot on labor costs to put towards your system.
01-16-2013 09:09 AM
eboven
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Originally Posted by 4Left View Post
Hi,

Looking to get a stereo system installed in my YJ. Already have the deck so will only need speakers, amp, sub & alarm. Would like everything to be rather stealth and will even consider components for the speakers. I've searched and haven't found much. Any suggestions or even pictures would be helpful.

Budget is $1500 installed in Virginia. Thank you in advance for your help!
Sorry, no intention of de-railing your thread...

YJ's have 4x6" speakers in the dash with 5.25" in the factory soundbar if equipped. You should be able to fit a 6.5" speaker in place of the 5.25" speakers. The front doesn't have any direct fit option for any other size, but I have seen people get custom and mount a 5.25" woofer and tweeter combo by cutting out the factory grille and fiberglassing in a small enclosure. I would look into the Polk's personally, I prefer their brighter sound to that of the Kickers, stick with the 4x6" speakers for the front unless you want to go crazy, and get a set of the 6.5" components for the soundbar.

The deck has a big impact on the sound in your system, so unless you have a good quality radio with 3 sets of amp pre-outs, get rid of it and buy yourself a nice Alpine or Kenwood. A 5-channel amp is a great way to up the volume and clarity of your new speakers, so don't skimp here either; this will drive your interior speakers as well as a small sub system. If you don't want to give up a lot of space, many manufacturers make slim mount enclosures to fit a single 10 or 12 with minimal room... it really just depends on where you want it to fit.

As far as an alarm system, there is none better than Viper. I have the Viper 5901/5704 system on my TJ along with some additional sensors like a motion sensor mounted in my center console, and a battery back-up system - if the top is down/off, than anyone who gets right next to my Jeep gets warning chirps, if someone reaches into the tub, the whole system is triggered. The Viper's remote also notifies me if I'm within the 1-mile range. The battery back-up is there so that if someone tries to disable the alarm by disconnecting my Jeep's battery, the Viper has it's own and will see the voltage loss and trigger the alarm anyway.

The possibilities are endless, but if you need more direction and don't plan on installing it yourself, why not stop by a car audio shop or Best Buy and see what they can work out for you? I make systems pretty similar all the time for customers so I'm sure they can help you get the most out of your $1500.
01-16-2013 08:53 AM
eboven
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Originally Posted by JD95YJ View Post
If you plan on wheeling a lot then go with kicker brand. You get true power and great clarity and a little secret that they don't tell the general public... ALL of their speakers are water proof! Another great feature is their component speakers allow the option of mounting the tweeter to the midrange speaker which is great so they can go in the sound bar. I ran all kicker stuff in my last YJ and never had an issue. I mounted the amps under the pass seat with little 1/2 inch spacers under it so any water would run under the amp and not corrode it. I do NOT work for kicker, but I did stereo/alarm/accessory installs for 4 years at a high end local shop. Never had any issues with kicker and they have a good warranty if you do.
I sell Polk and Kicker at my current shop... the Polk's are marine certified, meaning every aspect of the speaker is approved for use in highly corrosive areas. Kicker's do have a marine certified line of speakers, but their regular speakers are not marine certified. This doesn't mean they aren't "water-proof"; any speaker is technically waterproof if it the cone and surround material don't absorb water, like paper or cheap foam. What makes a speaker marine certified is the non corrosive terminals and hardware, the Polk's have it, and the Kicker's don't; though you could spray water at either for an extended period of time without any ill effects, the terminals on the Kicker's would eventually corrode and loose electrical contact.

The irony here is that not many Jeep owners will also use marine grade wiring and heat-shrink all connections to avoid corrosion else-where... who cares if the speaker terminal doesn't corrode, the wire you connected it to will!
01-16-2013 05:54 AM
JD95YJ If you plan on wheeling a lot then go with kicker brand. You get true power and great clarity and a little secret that they don't tell the general public... ALL of their speakers are water proof! Another great feature is their component speakers allow the option of mounting the tweeter to the midrange speaker which is great so they can go in the sound bar. I ran all kicker stuff in my last YJ and never had an issue. I mounted the amps under the pass seat with little 1/2 inch spacers under it so any water would run under the amp and not corrode it. I do NOT work for kicker, but I did stereo/alarm/accessory installs for 4 years at a high end local shop. Never had any issues with kicker and they have a good warranty if you do.
01-16-2013 05:33 AM
4Left
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Originally Posted by Mattk11 View Post
Did my whole audio replace in my JK for just just under $1000 but did the install myself including a bunch of fiberglass work:

*Head Unit - Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996
*Sub Amp - Fostgate PBR300x1
*4 Channel Amp - Fosgate PBR300x4
*Sub - Fosgate P3SD210
*Front component Speakers - Focal Access SG165A1
*Back Speakers - Focal Access 165CA1
*Steering Wheel controls - PAC - RP4 - CH11
Thanks for the info. Do you have pictures of your build?
01-15-2013 11:32 PM
Mattk11 Did my whole audio replace in my JK for just just under $1000 but did the install myself including a bunch of fiberglass work:

*Head Unit - Kenwood Excelon KDC-X996
*Sub Amp - Fostgate PBR300x1
*4 Channel Amp - Fosgate PBR300x4
*Sub - Fosgate P3SD210
*Front component Speakers - Focal Access SG165A1
*Back Speakers - Focal Access 165CA1
*Steering Wheel controls - PAC - RP4 - CH11
01-15-2013 06:06 AM
4Left
YJ - System setup advice - $1500 budget

Hi,

Looking to get a stereo system installed in my YJ. Already have the deck so will only need speakers, amp, sub & alarm. Would like everything to be rather stealth and will even consider components for the speakers. I've searched and haven't found much. Any suggestions or even pictures would be helpful.

Budget is $1500 installed in Virginia. Thank you in advance for your help!

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