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Old 04-01-2016, 10:09 AM
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Looking at subwoofer options in '04 TJ

Previous owner had installed a cheap 12" sub in a cheap walmart box, ran off of a decent amp. Speaker gave it up Sunday. I have three options, none of which involve that box, which ate up way too much room.

Current layout is a Kenwood head unit with 4x60w output, along with both F and R low level outs along with a subwoofer low level out. All the channels have built in programmable electronic crossovers. I am using the front built in power to drive the dash speakers (stock). The amp is a 4 channel, 2 of which are running the rear overhead speakers (Infinity I think) and 2 are bridged for the sub.

1. Build a box for a couple of 10's or 8's to mount in the bottom of the rear seat. All wiring remains the same.

2. Mount a powered sub in the rear seat, wiring will need to be modified obviously. If I go that route then the existing 4 channel amp will be used for the four non-subs.

3. Mount a powered sub under one or both of the front seats. I am going to add a 2" riser to both front seat anyway, so I will get a little extra room there. Wiring will change as for option 2.

What are the best bang for the buck powered subs out there, and can they compete with the lone 12" sub I had previously?

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Old 04-01-2016, 10:52 AM   #2
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My opinion, our Jeeps are so noisy, that it's not worth going for the gusto on sound options.
If I was in your shoes, I'd work with what I already have as much as possible, so I'd go with #1 probably.

Building a good, properly sized box for the 10's or 8's will most definitely be better than any 12 in a crappy box.

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I'm debating this right now for myself. Agree with RuDawg that it's noisy and probably won't help much but kind of just want to something to say I tried. The options I'm looking at are as follows:

1. JBL BassPro SL Subwoofer with integrated amp underneath the drivers seat
2. Mono amp with a 12 inch subwoofer in a truck size enclosure in the small "trunk" space (Metra 12" Single Ported Subwoofer Enclosure for Most Trucks and SUVs TCTSP-112 - Best Buy)
3. Multi channel amp for speakers with mod pods on the floor plus the 12 inch subwoofer (Select Increments Mod-Pods Unloaded speaker enclosures (pair) designed for select 1955-06 Jeep CJ, YJ, and Wrangler models at Crutchfield.com)


Currently have a Sony MEX-XB100BT headunit, 5.25 Kicker 40CS5 in dash, and 6.5 Kicker 40CS654 in sound pods.


So pretty much I'm in the same boat as you and interested in what you end up doing.
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I ended up going with a Multi Channel amp under the passenger seat and 10 inch already built in the enclosure. Going to look at making my own set of "mod-pods" for the either the front floor or rear.
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