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Old 03-26-2016, 01:02 AM
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Upgrades to 2011 2 door JK Soft Top (Audio)

Spent the past week re-doing my stock audio in the 2011 JK 2 door I recently bought. New to jeeps and pleasantly surprised at the ease of working on them. Having driven late model Yukon SLT's for a number of years there was nothing easy to do to them at all. This is kinda fun.

Getting this Jeep and after owning it for 24 hours I immediately knew that the speakers needed replaced. My friend gave me a pair of Kickers he had in his wrangler. I changed out the soundbar speakers and did the "stuffing" of the speaker area with polyfill material. I had high hopes going from stock cardboard and refrigerator magnets to these (free to me Kickers). I honestly found little change in the awful sound...

I knew then that this was going to turn into a full blown project so I ended up buying a JVC KDX-330BTS head unit (single Din) for 80 bucks online. The vehicle adaptor cost as much as the head unit, but I wanted to retain the steering wheel controls.

I took out the Kickers and gave them back to my friend and installed JBL's I picked up from Crutchfield in both front and back, including new tweeters. While I was at it, I connected up a XM radio kit to the Head Unit as it was XM ready- and I am old and like to listen to my new stations 24/7- and classic vinyl.... This JVC unit has bluetooth, pandora and Iheart Radio all built in. The only real challenge was mounting the mic for the speaker phone option built into the head unit. That was mounted in top of the "small" cubby below the radio/din area. *shockingly the sound quality on speaker phone is acceptable to okay (not great) for folks conversing with me at 65 MPH with top up.

It still sounded weak- I have been driving around a few weeks like this. Miserable at the money spent for such little improvement. Today I went to a local stereo store and looked / listened to three separate Mini/under seat subwoofers. One was Kicker, another JBL and the third was a Rockford Fosgate P8 (8 inch) powered sub... I liked the JBL and Rockford- the rockford is now installed in my jeep in the back seat. As IN THE seat. I ran all the power wires on the drivers side and the remote control adjustment and RCA's down the passenger side and hooked them all up just a while ago. It's not gonna rattle windows, but damn if it didn't round out the tone and sound quality of the other items I have installed.

I saw another thread on my searches for Sub's/2011 jeeps and someone had mounted a small kicker inside their rear seat. I have it firmly mounted to a thin board under the read seat cover and it's solidly in position with thee wires ran and positioned to allow folding, or flipping forward with no issues to the set up-

I could not be happier with the results of adding this 8" sub... Pictures tomorrow

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Old 03-26-2016, 06:27 AM   #2
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Pics of sub install please....
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