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Big Fran 06-26-2013 05:02 PM

2013 JKU stereo upgrade questions.
 
I think I got a little over my head. I went and ordered some stereo components and hope everything I ordered will work together. I have never done anything like this before. I had changed out the head unit but I'm not happy with the cheap one I put in. I got a good deal on a new HU and that got the ball rolling. Here is what I've ordered...

Kenwood DNX6190HD Head Unit

Kenwood KSC-SW11 Powered Enclosed Subwoofer

Alpine MPR-F300 4-Channel Amplifier

2 sets of Infinity Reference 6032si speakers

I'd like to know if all this stuff will work well together before I go through the trouble of hooking it all up and if not what I would have to replace. I have never in my life hooked up an amp but I think I can do it.

Thanks for any feedback, Fran

CoreyZ 06-27-2013 12:05 PM

Looks good... I would probably say that the speakers could stand to be a pair of components up front and coax in the rear. The 2 ways wont be all that great.

Also the sub/amp combo is pretty weak... so it may be a limitation....

The alpine amp is a good one, I use it.
The head unit is good too.. no personal experience with it but im sure it will work as long as it has the features you want.

woansleftpeg 06-27-2013 05:04 PM

I'm not a fan of Kenwood amps. Run hot and unreliable, in my experience.

I'd echo Corey's suggestion of components if possible. You'll notice the difference.

On top of your list, you'll also need a bunch of smaller things - dash mounting kit, wiring harness, amp wiring kit, speaker harnesses and/or speaker wire, RCA cables, zip ties and crimp connectors. You'll probably also want some electrical tape. Installation is really straightforward.

Big Fran 06-27-2013 05:47 PM

Thanks for the feedback. :)

Since I have already have the Infinity speakers I'll wire it up with them and if I feel it's lacking I'll go with some component speakers for the front. It looks like all I'd have to do to swap out these fronts for component speakers would be to just hook my speaker wires to the crossovers that comes with the component speakers. I bought a 50 ft. roll of 14 gauge speaker wire and an 8 gauge 4 ch. amp install wire kit. I have a XSVI-6522-NAV wire harness and the ASWC steering wheel control thing that plugs into the harness. I have lots of wire ties, butt lugs and electric tape. I do a lot of wiring with my job and try to use shrink tube instead of electric tape. I'm also going to be installing my spod, CB and backup camera while I have everything apart.

I'm looking forward to having a "System" in my Jeep. The only car I've ever owned with an amp was a used 1992 Jeep Cherokee that came with it. All my other cars or trucks had the stock radio in them.

Can the amp and sub/amp combo just be mounted to the floor?

Thanks for the help.

woansleftpeg 06-27-2013 06:12 PM

If I'm not careful I'm going to start looking like a shill for him, but if you're going to install the amp under a seat then I recommend looking up a WF member called jeepedjeep and look at the aluminium brackets he makes for that very purpose. As well as making the install neater and a lot more secure, it also lifts it clear of any water, mud, snow or other beastly oomshka that might interfere with a floor mounted unit.

Heat shrink is good. I usually recommend people have tape on hand to isolate the inevitable unused wires in the harness, but you obviously know what you're doing with wiring.

You are correct in what you assume about replacing coaxials with components and connecting the speaker wire to the crossovers.

Don't forget the dash kit. You'll need that to mount the head unit to the dash frame, and to fill the gaps at the side of it.

Big Fran 06-27-2013 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by woansleftpeg (Post 3906117)
If I'm not careful I'm going to start looking like a shill for him, but if you're going to install the amp under a seat then I recommend looking up a WF member called jeepedjeep and look at the aluminium brackets he makes for that very purpose. As well as making the install neater and a lot more secure, it also lifts it clear of any water, mud, snow or other beastly oomshka that might interfere with a floor mounted unit.

Heat shrink is good. I usually recommend people have tape on hand to isolate the inevitable unused wires in the harness, but you obviously know what you're doing with wiring.

You are correct in what you assume about replacing coaxials with components and connecting the speaker wire to the crossovers.

Don't forget the dash kit. You'll need that to mount the head unit to the dash frame, and to fill the gaps at the side of it.

I forgot to mention, I do have the dash kit ready to go.

I was thinking about jeepedjeep's under seat shelf but I was not sure if the sub/amp combo would rattle the shelf.

Do you think the sub/amp combo would be OK on his shelf?

Thanks for the info. :)

woansleftpeg 06-27-2013 07:49 PM

The bracket won't rattle - it's extremely tightly fixed to the seat braces - but I doubt there'd be room for a powered sub to fit on it. I was thinking more for the Alpine amp.

Big Fran 06-27-2013 07:54 PM

Here are the dimensions of the sub/amp combo (WxHxD): 11" x 2-3/4" x 7-1/2".

I think it will fit. I sent
jeepedjeep a PM to get 2 of his brackets.

woansleftpeg 06-27-2013 08:03 PM

I guess it probably will at that size. That's actually smaller than my amp, which comfortably fits.

Big Fran 06-27-2013 08:06 PM

Thanks for all your help. I'm sure I'll be back with some questions once everything gets here and I go to install it all.

Big Fran 07-01-2013 02:50 PM

Everything has showed up but my Alpine amp. The brackets from jeepedjeep showed up today. My sub/amp combo fits great. If this rain ever stops this week I'm going to start my install.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psfc3d4d42.jpg

Olsen185 07-01-2013 10:50 PM

All the cool kids have iPad minis as their head units! Wow a sub that fits under the seat, need a report back on how that sounds.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s...ps82d23bc9.jpg


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