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Old 10-11-2019, 09:49 PM
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Jeep Audio Upgrade

Hey, I’m new to the forum so not sure if this is a good spot to post. Anyways, I’m looking to upgrade my jeep audio. I’m thinking adding a subwoofer would get me satisfied enough. I’m not an audiophile and just looking for a little more bass than what the stock speakers provide. However, a few issues. I know nothing about car audio, my jeep is a soft top (worried about theft), and I’m trying to stay on a somewhat low budget. I was wondering if I could manage to get by fitting a subwoofer under the front passenger seat but I also wanted to hear what people on a jeep forum have to say that may have been in a similar situation. Thanks for any help provided!

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I installed a Kenwood powered sub under my passenger seat. Not sure how well it'd work with stock radio and you'll need to fab some brackets but it works great. I think it's the Kenwood SWC11 or something similar. Bought it on Amazon.
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I was wondering if I could manage to get by fitting a subwoofer under the front passenger seat
Welcome! Two door or four door Jeep? What year? Do you still run the stock head unit? What’s your budget?

If you have a four door JK and reasonable expectations for an 8” or 10” powered sub then Alpine has some options for under front passenger seat mounting that might work for you. Two door and you need to get creative.
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I installed a Kenwood powered sub under my passenger seat. Not sure how well it'd work with stock radio and you'll need to fab some brackets but it works great. I think it's the Kenwood SWC11 or something similar. Bought it on Amazon.
I installed a Kenwood KSC-SW11 under the driver seat of my 2 door. It fits but you'll have to bend a bracket slightly up. Didn't make any kind of bracket to mount, it just sits there on the carpet, raised up slightly by some velcro pads.
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I bought a used system plug and play for the jku for 1/4 of the price , PO used it for less than a year and then sold the jeep. Includes a 1 pwe-s8(sub that goes under the drivers seat), two pairs of Alpine SPV-65X-WRA, and an Alpine KTA-30FW Tough Power Pack. I will let you know how it sounds when i get a chance to install.
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I have a kicker hideaway. Had it in my Jeep for a number of months and was super happy with it. Eventually my method of securing it down failed and I bought the $60 underseat tray sold by someone on eBay. Wrapped the tray with dynamat and the sound quality was even better! Louder and crisper, had to recalibrate my settings. Def recommend the tray/sub combo
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Welcome! Two door or four door Jeep? What year? Do you still run the stock head unit? What’s your budget?

If you have a four door JK and reasonable expectations for an 8” or 10” powered sub then Alpine has some options for under front passenger seat mounting that might work for you. Two door and you need to get creative.
It's a 2007 four door and I still have the stock head unit. I was hoping to have a low budget (around $300-400 if that's possible). I really have not looked much into this as far as pricing goes. Also, how would I go about mounting it under? I see everyone mentioning trays and such but not sure what I'd be looking for to purchase.
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I have a kicker hideaway. Had it in my Jeep for a number of months and was super happy with it. Eventually my method of securing it down failed and I bought the $60 underseat tray sold by someone on eBay. Wrapped the tray with dynamat and the sound quality was even better! Louder and crisper, had to recalibrate my settings. Def recommend the tray/sub combo
This sounds like a possible option for me. I'm not looking for anything too extreme but I have people saying it wont be too much of an improvement with it being a jeep AND being a soft top. What exactly is dynamat and did you wrap the whole tray with it?
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Duna May is a sound deadened,material usually used to reduce the external noise and isolate what ever may rattle
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Give me some time and I can post up a set up similar to what I have
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I upgraded the head unit first and that made a 300 % difference alone because of quality and output. Then I added a kicker hideaway under the passenger seat and the extra bass was awesome. The factory head unit is so restricted that no after market speaker or sub will have any effect or work to moderate or full capacity. I had my local Best Buy install everything for me.
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I upgraded the head unit first and that made a 300 % difference alone because of quality and output. Then I added a kicker hideaway under the passenger seat and the extra bass was awesome. The factory head unit is so restricted that no after market speaker or sub will have any effect or work to moderate or full capacity. I had my local Best Buy install everything for me.
remember with the stock HU FIAT likes to play more conservative on things so us audiophiles don't destroy the sound system and give them tones of warranty claims....


now as far as waking up the stock system, grab a set of upgraded infinity tweeters, and do the tweeter mod (link in signature), then add an after market HU of your choosing, I personally went with a droid unit as that fit the bill I wanted to fit, then get the upgraded mopar Kicker speakers and done, as an optional extra get the rear alpine sub and pop in a Pioneer sub "TS-SW2002D2" and get the adapter for the connector so you don't have to splice wires in, makes for a clean set up, looks factory (depending on how you go HU wise) and sounds better, I just need to find a take off sub unit box from a damaged/parted out JK/JKU.....uuug....
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Never understood why car manufactures use such crap when it comes to audio and head units. I guess for them it’s a huge markup like the alpine system that still comes with the Uconnect and out dated units.
Just slap a pioneer, Sony or kenwood with CarPlay and be done with it.
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A mastro to use steering wheel controls, a mastro to work with the canbus, a installation kit, new sat tuner and attachment for sat stock antenna.

I just put a 4 new speakers and a pioneer deck in my bronco and the sound difference is remarkable.
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This sounds like a possible option for me. I'm not looking for anything too extreme but I have people saying it wont be too much of an improvement with it being a jeep AND being a soft top. What exactly is dynamat and did you wrap the whole tray with it?
Dynamat is like a tar/rubber with adhesive backing, it converts vibrational energy into thermal energy (don’t worry it won’t fry anything). I covered one side almost in its entirety. Doesn’t need to be perfect, one big slab on the bottom and pieces on the side where you’d have metal to metal contact without it. With the sub solidly mounted and dynamatted it sounds soooo much better.
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Dynamat is like a tar/rubber with adhesive backing, it converts vibrational energy into thermal energy (don’t worry it won’t fry anything). I covered one side almost in its entirety. Doesn’t need to be perfect, one big slab on the bottom and pieces on the side where you’d have metal to metal contact without it. With the sub solidly mounted and dynamatted it sounds soooo much better.
Is the subwoofer added the only audio upgrade you did to the jeep? This might be my best option price wise. I'm not looking for a huge upgrade and I think everything stock right now sounds rather fine, it's just missing a bit of that bass.
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Is the subwoofer added the only audio upgrade you did to the jeep? This might be my best option price wise. I'm not looking for a huge upgrade and I think everything stock right now sounds rather fine, it's just missing a bit of that bass.
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JL Audio Stealth Box is the way I went for more bass. I liked the sound better than the under seat option by Alpine.
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Need to look it up - but pax makes a cool device that lets you connect the remote power on from a powered sub to the speakers wires also- similar to how you hook it up for audio.
Just makes it easier so you don’t have to connect to a keyed power source
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Audio Upgrade/Pioneer

Help...Just purchased an audio upgrade. Need help with installation? anyone in Maryland area...DMV area rather that could help? I am thinking it may be better to just spend the money with a professional.

Thanks for any leads you can provide...

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