|04-08-2013 01:07 AM|
|04-07-2013 04:14 PM|
This is the sub I have in the back just for reference. The amp is bolted to the back of the sub enclosure to save space.
|04-07-2013 03:38 PM|
|04-07-2013 01:37 PM|
Just completed changing over to the Kicker speakers (standard HU). Made sure to polyfil fore and aft. The improvement is definitely amazing. As posted previously, it's not an audiofile system by any stretch but definitely a solid improvement.
The rears were easy, the passenger front also. The drivers was a little harder, owing not to being able to remove the entire speaker box from behind the dash. But nothing broke and no parts were left over when complete.
Here's a thread I used to help get me through it... http://www.wranglerforum.com/f40/201...asy-92376.html
|04-07-2013 10:52 AM|
|Salticon||Alittle dynomat goes along way in the sound at and front speaker pods, also speakers only soy d as good as their source|
|04-07-2013 10:39 AM|
|bigkevj||I did it backwards and started with replacing the head unit, so I cant help out much. But the factory head units suck big time. I now have replaced the head unit and 3 speakers (2 in soundbar and passenger side dash). I have not gotten to the driver side dash yet, but plan to soon. Then comes an amp and a new sub....just trying to figure out how to do the sub in the back but be able to keep the storage as well.|
|04-07-2013 08:24 AM|
Due to a shipping error I only received 2 speakers yesterday. I was NOT happy. Called the vendor and told them their mistake, but the speakers won't be here till Tuesday at the soonest.
This morning I installed the two speakers in the sound bar because they were the quickest to install. I have NO POLYFILL in the bar at this time. I fired the stock stereo up (Base Radio in a Sport S) and dialed it all in towards the rear so I could hear those great speakers. Sounded like total crap and almost no difference than the stock speakers.
I'm beginning to think I made a huge mistake going for these speakers. I will wait in total judgement when I get the front two installed later this week.
Anyone else have problems with these? It's probably the head unit me thinks....
|04-05-2013 11:49 AM|
|04-05-2013 10:56 AM|
Yeah, my kicker sub fits perfectly in the back and I'm going to throw an instatrunk on the back for a little protection. I dont live in a high crime area but rather be safe than sorry.
My setup was also super loud at first but I turned the gain waaaay down on the amp and turned down the bass from the hu and now it sounds about perfect.
|04-05-2013 07:11 AM|
|lolpetewtf||Yes do the front boxes too. Upgrade the head unit since it is so pitiful. I did mine in steps too with the same Kicker speakers. Big difference with my Clarion cx501. Then I added an Alpine amp now it just gets stupid loud.|
|04-05-2013 06:31 AM|
Thanks for this post.
I just bought on-line 4 of the Kicker speakers and will install them ASAP after they get here. I've tried everything from balance to fade and I just can't get this stock setup to sound well at all. I am spoiled because my other vehicle has such a well balanced system in it that sounds nearly perfect for my ears.
I am going to do the speakers FIRST and see what happens. I MAY upgrade the head unit, but I don't want a lot of extra wiring, amps, or subs in this rig due to the open top and off-road use that it will have.
One quick question? Why Polyfill in any of the speaker enclosures? I guess I can understand the sound bar to help baffle the sound from the left and right speakers but the fronts also?
|03-26-2013 01:42 PM|
I had tried infinity reference first, which sounded like garbage. I then switched to Polk DB651 slim mount and they sounded worlds better.
I was getting a weird rattle sound coming from the speaker box so I filled them with polyfill and drilled a hole or two to help them vent (don't ask me for a technical reason why I drilled the holes... I had a few drinks in me)
It made it sound quite a bit better and cut down on vibrations.
|03-26-2013 12:56 PM|
So, after a lot of headache I got the amp and sub installed and everything is now working no problem. The Clarion VX401 head unit is horrible, I told them to take it out, put the stock one back in, and give me a refund (which they did). I wouldn't recommend that thing to anyone but everything else is perfect!
If anyone else decides to wire this setup to the stock head unit just be sure to turn the gain on the amp way down other wise the bass complete over shadows any of the highs or mids. But after some mild tweaking it sounds perfect.
|03-20-2013 02:03 PM|
Update: Appointment for the amp and sub kept getting pushed back (missing parts...). On the bright side they aren't charging me for a them the amp and sub should be put it tomorrow for sure.
After talking to them I decided to also go ahead and put in a new Clarion VX401 head unit since he was going to cut me a deal because they had to keep pushing back my appointment. I was going to do it any way so figured might as well do it now!
Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some pictures to show off my new system!
|03-18-2013 02:26 PM|
|Getyourwings383||Absolutely, going from the base to this is a huge improvement over the factory setup.|
|03-18-2013 02:16 PM|
Glad you like them.
The front speakers look a lot harder than they really are. The key...remove the entire pod first..it makes removing the speakers cake.
I was not all that impressed, but I had the factory Alpine speakers. I actually loss volume and bass (probably due to them being 4 ohms instead of 2 ohms), but I was very happy to get more tweeters. However ,the speakers have broken in a bit...so I've gotten some bass back.
From what I've read, if you have the base system, the Kickers are a huge improvement.
|03-18-2013 02:13 PM|
New Kicker Speakers
So I just replaced my front and rear speakers with kickers this week and I LOVE the sound I am getting from them so I figured id just throw in my $0.02. The rear speakers were easy enough to install but after looking at the front dash I decided to take it to a local shop (Sound Decesion in Roanoke, VA if anyone is interested, great work) to get them to deal with it. There is a drastic difference between the new speakers and the old stock ones. I can get a loud crisp sound or deep bass with these speakers without an amp or sub after messing with the stock head unit's audio settings just a little. I am putting a 10" kicker sub and 250 watt mono amp in tomorrow and will give another update after that but for now I'll have to agree with a lot of guys on here that the kicker upgrade for the JK's sound system is on point!