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So I've been working off and on, on my sound system. Just finished up the final touches. Thought I'd share some pics:whistling:

I'm not going to go into great detail. I'll try to explain the pictures though.

My first plan was to keep the stock radio(head unit), and just hook into the wire to an amp, then to new component speakers... :nonono: Don't ever do that. The stock head unit(HU) has a preset eq that kills good sound from quality speakers.

So After fussing around for quite a while trying to use the stock HU I finally got a new HU, after I got a new HU I realized that the amp that I had did not produce good sound quality, so I returned it and bought a JL XD700-5 amp. It sounds great with my polk mm6051 component speakers, and JL Audio 8w3v3-4 subwoofer.



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In the first one you can see my torn apart dash. That was quite the experience for a newbie like me.

#2&3 Next you can see my handy dremel was used to enlarge the tweeter mount for my new component setup.

#4 I had to cut off the top of the metal radio mounting bracket to allow my gps head unit to fit.

#5 Testing the head unit fit.
 

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...Continued

Here are a few pics of my Amp placement.

#1 Amp to battery hookup.

#2 In my first "round" at building the sound system I placed the bigger, cheaper MTX Jackhammer amp in the back "secret compartment".

#3 After returning the big amp, I got the JL xd700-5 Amp. Much smaller and better quality. Also much more $. Here's a pic of when it's almost completed being mounted under the passenger seat.

#4 All mounted and the seat back in place. Notice that the seat is as far forward as possible. No one can even see it's there when the seat is in it's normal position. Also notice the metal protection bars I put on the seat frame to protect it from backseat passengers feet.
 

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Holy crap is that an airbag? Why did you dig that deep into the dash? I have done 2 JK sound systems and never have I had to rip it apart that much.

How are those Polk tweeters? I need to upgrade mine, last thing left to do.
 

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more...

Here's a picture of the mic from the aftermarket head unit for hands free calling. I took apart the mic that came with my Jeep and fitted the aftermarket mic in it's place. It looks good in the jeep, but like any hands free phone calling in a jeep, you can't use it when there's much wind noise (like freeway driving, even with a hardtop).

Here's a picture of the front speaker pods all dynamated so they won't resonate at certain frequencies.:dance:
 

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Love it. Nice work. I have the same amp and sub. It really does the job for powering all speakers and amp. I went the easy route and put the amp in the rear on the driver side rear quarter panel between the seat and the tailgate. I was going to go under the seat but didn't want to pull the seat and map all the wiring under there.

Also you didn't have to pull the right side of the dash off to get to the speakers under the dash. Just remove the glove box, undo the 3 bolts and the whole speaker/box assembly slides out (as you probably know). I don't mess with airbags. You are brave!
 

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Holy crap is that an airbag? Why did you dig that deep into the dash? I have done 2 JK sound systems and never have I had to rip it apart that much.

How are those Polk tweeters? I need to upgrade mine, last thing left to do.
Like I said, I was definatly a newbie getting into this:D I'm sure I did some thngs the hard way, but I did get it done:punk:

But in the end taking it all apart as much as I did allowed me to get all the wires taken care of nicely, and I didn't want to stress the plastic by holding it out as much as neeeded to get to the speakers...

Did you do your upgrades on the new interior? 11'-12' ? Mines a 12" and I think that it's a lot harder working on the the previous dash.
 

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2012 and 2013. But ya, those speaker boxes are a pain, you just have to figure out how to turn them so they slide out of the glovebox area. Not bad.
 

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Love it. Nice work. I have the same amp and sub. It really does the job for powering all speakers and amp. I went the easy route and put the amp in the rear on the driver side rear quarter panel between the seat and the tailgate. I was going to go under the seat but didn't want to pull the seat and map all the wiring under there.

Also you didn't have to pull the right side of the dash off to get to the speakers under the dash. Just remove the glove box, undo the 3 bolts and the whole speaker/box assembly slides out (as you probably know). I don't mess with airbags. You are brave!
Well, newbie as I was the first round I didn't take out the speaker pods. That's when I used the MTX amp, and stock HU.

The next round I put in the Polk MM6501's in place of the DB6501's. I think that my biggest problem was my stock HU, not the speakers. That's when I discovered that I could take the pods out easily. I took them out to dynamat them because they resonated pretty badly at certain frequencies with the db6501's.

I was very careful with the airbag, believe you me.
 

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Oh, and I love the polk mm6501 tweeters. The tweeter in the pic is the DB6501. They were a little harsh/brash. and the mid-woofers didn't have much depth. The MM's don't have as much depth as I'd like either. I probably shouldn't have them in the sealed pod, that would probably help them move more air, and have more depth.
 

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Lol...live and learn. What did you pay for those tweeters? Like them?

Edit...you just answer my ?s lol
 

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Wow, you really tore into it! Way to go...


At first, I thought it looked the vehicle had been been stolen and stripped....and some hobo's had a "soup kitchen" in it.

Thanks for the F shack
Dirty Mike and the boyz...
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Which 6.5's did you go with?
Edit...you just answered....
 

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Pic of the sub?

This is mine:



Works great since I can move it around. Amp is under the seat.
 

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It is all good. Now you know how it comes apart!

Although fishing 3 sets of RCA, Sitius antenna and tuner runs without removing that dash piece was a PIA! Even more of a bitch are the floor surrounds. Those plastic push buttons are TOUGH to get out cleanly.

I love audio upgrades and love when real upgrades are done - HU on back. I can't say enough times that the stock stuff just does not provide a clean starting point. You gotta go new HU, sub, components up front and and a new amp to power it all. Then you can decide if you want rear fill (sound bar). I did as I like a bit of rear fill.

Nice call on the deadening of the front pods. I noticed resonating at a particular frequency and did the same thing.

If interested, here is my build: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f40/2012-hu-speaker-amp-build-log-155755.html
 

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The Sub

Here are some pics of my custom sub enclosure.

I wanted to build a sub that would sit up out of the way, yet have great sound.

These pics show some of my planning(for angles, air volume, and fitment), and as I'm building the sub. Testing the fit before I carpeted it. On the work bench with carpet. and a final test fit in place in my JKU.


Speaking of the sub, I just finished the enclosure, and I need the money, and it's the only thing not bolted down, so I'll be selling it. I've actually got it listed on ebay. check it out. I built it for my own use. it's quality work. and it sounds incredible. It's worth whatever it goes for. It's a custom, 1 of a kind box that fits the unlimited perfectly.

I've got the plans still, so I'll some day be building another one, once money allows. Please pass the word along. Check it out, I wrote more about it on ebay. The sub is new, and has only been tested at low power(it still needs broken in).

JL Audio 8" 8W3V3 4 Custom Jeep Wrangler 4DR Sub Enclosure w Sub | eBay

Check out ebay for more pics and a better description.
 

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That's a great place for the sub. I wish I thought of it when I did my system. Mine is not bolted down either. I have a bike lock going through one of the seat brackets in the floor that is attached to a foot of the sub. I spend lots of time with the top off. Works fine. Has not been stolen yet!
 

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Nice pics!

And thanks, I thought about the sub placement for a long time before I finally built it. It was tons of work to get the exact angles, size, air space air space etc...

I glued, screwed, and siliconed my enclosure so that it'll be the best it can be. I chose sealed rather then ported because it gives tighter, better quality bass.

Like I said before, it's for sale on ebay now. Check it out for more pics. some day I'll make one that I can keep:thumb:
 

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I'll get some pics later today of my component speakers(tweeters & Mid-woofer with a passive frequency crossover) in the soundbar. I stuffed my soundbar completely full of polyfill before installing them. It sounds really good, and my back seat passengers have good sound even with the top off.
 
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