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Old 07-19-2019, 10:39 PM
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Marine speakers

I desperately need to replace the ORIGINAL speakers in my 90 Islander and I spend 75% of my time with the doors off and just the bikini on (I live in a South Carolina beach town= high humidity).
I was wondering if anyone ever replaced there factory cans with marine speakers and how the sound was?
I spend half the day running around in my Jeep for my business and music is of utmost importance to me.
The stereo is original and I’d like to keep it that way but I’d like some upgraded speakers so I can really crank it without blowing them.
I do all work myself and I’m the original owner.
Whatever I get needs to either fit in the dash or install without permanently affecting the original look (I.e. no drilling). TIA

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Marine speakers in an islander theres no question they go hand in hand Haha had to but really in your climate they should be good
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Polk makes some decent marine speakers, however your original radio won’t put out enough power to get them to sound adequate, they will however sound better than blown speakers

Decent single dins are becoming less and less common every year, I would suggest getting one now as they pickings will be even slimmer if down the road you decide the stock radio just won’t cut it... I went down the same path.

While I think most modern single dins look like garbage I finally gave in and bought one, after that I bought a mini amp, and then a slim subwoofer, however you would never know though by looking in my Jeep that the sound system has been vastly upgraded as I used stock grilles, speaker locations, and hid the rest.
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Don't they make speakers that mount to the roll bar. Like the ones on wakeboard boats. You're going to really want to upgrade the radio though. If you do that, then you may as well Bluetooth to ear buds cuz we really don't want to hear your music.
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Don't they make speakers that mount to the roll bar. Like the ones on wakeboard boats. You're going to really want to upgrade the radio though. If you do that, then you may as well Bluetooth to earbuds cuz we really don't want to hear your music.
And in a lot of states, it's illegal for the driver to wear earbuds... not to mention the poor sound quaility of those earbuds.
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Polk makes some decent marine speakers, however your original radio won’t put out enough power to get them to sound adequate, they will however sound better than blown speakers [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.wranglerforum.com/../images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]

Decent single dins are becoming less and less common every year, I would suggest getting one now as they pickings will be even slimmer if down the road you decide the stock radio just won’t cut it... I went down the same path.

While I think most modern single dins look like garbage I finally gave in and bought one, after that I bought a mini amp, and then a slim subwoofer, however you would never know though by looking in my Jeep that the sound system has been vastly upgraded as I used stock grilles, speaker locations, and hid the rest.
Do you have a hard or soft top?
I’ve thought about getting an amp mounted under my seat and maybe a small sub for the backseat (my backseat is rarely installed) but I never have my doors or top on and I don’t have an alarm system so I haven’t seriously considered the plunge because it just seems like an ever-growing list of expenses. My Jeep has been paid off for 27 years and I just survived one of the most expensive kinds of cancer so I’m already cancer-poor and can’t really afford to be Jeep-poor at the moment.
What’s the ballpark cost of your system? If you could give me some brand names to research that would be greatly appreciated 👍🏻
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Do you have a hard or soft top?
I’ve thought about getting an amp mounted under my seat and maybe a small sub for the backseat (my backseat is rarely installed) but I never have my doors or top on and I don’t have an alarm system so I haven’t seriously considered the plunge because it just seems like an ever-growing list of expenses. My Jeep has been paid off for 27 years and I just survived one of the most expensive kinds of cancer so I’m already cancer-poor and can’t really afford to be Jeep-poor at the moment.
What’s the ballpark cost of your system? If you could give me some brand names to research that would be greatly appreciated 👍🏻
I have a bestop replace a top, the posts below are pretty detailed, the prices of the components I used are most likely lower now.

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f290/w...l#post33845777

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f290/w...l#post33903087

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ds1oxcwuj...REUJ2lk9a?dl=0
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I've had good luck with these in the dash: Polk Audio DB461P 4" X 6" plate-style two-way loudspeaker. They are very sensitive (~91 db) which means even a low-power head unit will power them well, an After market even moreso. They make a matching Polk DB 5.25" and 6.5" model too. They are marketed as "marine grade."
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Welcome to the Forum Heepo,

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YJJeepJen,

Do you have a console? I have an inexpensive (around $125.00) Smittybilt console that has a DIN slot for my radio.

If you're worried about someone stealing a nice radio, you can install a similar console, put the good radio in the console and remove the stock radio. Then just leave the wires from the stock radio dangling out the opening.
Mr. wannabe thief will think that another crook got there ahead of him and leave your Jeep alone.

Some Wrangler owners put an amp under one of the front seats. If you're worried about the radio having enough power for the marine speakers, the underseat amp is something to consider. For securitys sake, I suggest hiding all wiring under you carpets. If you don't have carpets, you might consider a cheap set.

You'll have to buy an extension for your antenna cable and make a wire harness to reach from the console to the dash speakers, plus power from the fusebox to the console. You should end up with a more secure setup.
Nothing is totally thief proof. All we can do is make the criminals go elsewhere.

Let us know what you do.

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