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Old 10-10-2016, 04:54 PM
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Sound System Questions

I've been reading several of the threads on speakers and sound systems and folks are way more knowledgeable than I am on car audio. I thought I'd ask some basic questions to get me started.

I have a 2016 2dr Willy's with stock 430 and speakers.

- Where can I find information on the stock speakers?
- What wattage can the 430 support to speakers?
- I was looking at replacing the 2 dash and 2 soundbar speakers, but need to know what the 430 can support.

I see a lot of people adding AMPs and subwoofers, I have a 2dr that doesn't have much room for anything as you all know. Not sure I want to add more stuff to the limited space. Maybe I'll need the amp, not sure about the other.

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I don't have specs in front of me, but as a rule of thumb - factory speakers don't ever really require more than 15-20 watts RMS or so. When I pulled my factory speakers out of my 2014 with "Alpine premium audio", this was still true -- as the sound-bar and dash speakers were all Chrysler OEM speakers made to handle wattage in that range.

Most of the time, speakers get damage from people trying to turn them up loudly when there's not ENOUGH wattage though. Blowing speakers due to too much wattage is less of an issue. (Can obviously still happen but would usually be the cause of leaving it turned up high enough so the sound was distorting. I don't get how people can keep listening to a system that's doing that to begin with. It would immediately cause me to turn it back down until it sounded right again, thereby saving the speakers from damage.)

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Check out the 5.25 tang band thread. All the info to all your questions is there.
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re speakers

Look at the kicker jeep replacement speakers, nice upgrade from stock.
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Dont forget to use polyfil to fill the soundbar and front under dash speakers
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I read on here once that when someone measured the max wattage, the OEM radio put out between 8-10 Watts RMS. An aftermarket radio will put out 14-20 Watts RMS. You can almost double your power from the radio, increasing the sound by 3dB (30% more loud) if my math is correct. Changing out the stock speakers for more sensitive/efficient speakers rated at >90dB can also increase volume significantly as well.
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I've been reading several of the threads on speakers and sound systems and folks are way more knowledgeable than I am on car audio. I thought I'd ask some basic questions to get me started.

I have a 2016 2dr Willy's with stock 430 and speakers.

- Where can I find information on the stock speakers?
- What wattage can the 430 support to speakers?
- I was looking at replacing the 2 dash and 2 soundbar speakers, but need to know what the 430 can support.

I see a lot of people adding AMPs and subwoofers, I have a 2dr that doesn't have much room for anything as you all know. Not sure I want to add more stuff to the limited space. Maybe I'll need the amp, not sure about the other.

Thanks,
Marcy
Hi, if you want to keep the stock 430, you will get an improvement in sound by just replacing your speakers. I installed four 6.5" "77kick10" Kicker upgrade speakers, which are a Mopar official product, and are totally plug and play (just plug them in to the factory wiring). On Amazon you can get four for about $120. There is a number of threads on this forum showing how to install them. Installing them in the sound bar is quick and easy. Installing them in the dash is a bit more of a chore, but doable.

The next step in a sound system upgrade is probably an after-market head unit. I installed a Kenwood double DIN touch screen head unit with 4 channels of 22 watts RMS output -- plenty of power to drive the Kickers, and no amp is needed. That head unit also supports a rear view camera, which I added. The head unit upgrade is more complicated than the speaker upgrade if you wish to maintain your steering wheel sound system controls, etc. There are numerous posts on this forum discussing this topic.

Lots of people say when you replace your speakers, you should polyfill the enclosures. I'm not sure how important that is for the 2015's and newer, because those have a new sound bar that is better-designed. It has individual enclosures for each speaker, whereas the older Wranglers had a sound bar with passages between the speakers, so packing those passages with polyfill was beneficial. If you do use polyfill, pack it in very loosely.

I also replaced the four 2.5" speakers with hard dome tweeters.

Here is a comparison of the factory speakers to the Kickers:

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/ch...s-1194825.html

Good luck to you.

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