Hey guy, what is the best way for me to do this. If everything goes as I hope, I will be using my Jeep for a daily 13 mile drive and loosing my company car. I will be installing my Sirius radio (add on style) to the Jeep mounted in the center console. Down the road I plan to switch to a CJ7 style dash and remove the radio altogether. I never use the AM/FM and CD's are getting dated now, plus I love my Sirius! What I want to do is to run an amp that will give me decent sound from a pair of dash speakers, and have a remote volume on, or mounted under the dash.
If I can get just enough to hear the radio at about 40mph while the top, doors, and windshield are all off and folded, I am good. There seems to be many in the motorcycle range, but I am not sure if the amps are decent enough for a Jeep. Some of those have waterproof remote controls that would be a big plus. But the small amp size has me thinking they are kinda weak.
That is a really good idea. I have no experience with amps but I have a cheap dual stereo(no cd player. Just aux, usb, and sd card slot) that works well with my two polk dash speakers without the top and doors. Personally I am going to get another pair and maybe install them on the fender wells or something else as I don't want to put to much stress on just the front two. So i'd suggest looking into that as well.
I really have no problems with the Sony in there now, but all I use is the CD's because there is little to no selection here. Combine that with the bliss that is Satellite Radio, and I will never use the radio other than a pass through to the speakers. With a well placed amp, I can keep it water tight and hidden somewhere. I plan to either build a "tuffy-like" box, or buy the real one so that the satellite radio is well protected and water-tight. I would like to use the amp to give it a little more sound because I do drive most all summer with the windshield folded.
Right now, I drive all day long and in the last 20k miles since I got the Satellite radio, I have NEVER even used the AM/FM and only a couple times the CD. (Only because it play's MP3's) So I will not miss the real radio a bit.
When I convert over to the CJ dash, I am still debating if I will retain the YJ heater controls and place them in the radio hole, of try to rig them up with the CJ ones. Either way, I just want to use the Sirius radio (or MP3 player like an i-pod) as the main audio input. I just need to figure out the best way to control the audio off the dash or other easy to reach and use spot.
You can mount the amplifier under the drivers seat and just have a 3.5mm to RCA cable connecting the mp3 player or sirius radio to the amp which powers the speakers. There was a big thread on this not too long ago about deleting the head unit from the equation.
Thanks for digging up that thread, I will go look through it.
The problem with leaving it out, other than the theft angle, is that my Jeep stays topless all spring, summer, and fall. (Although, I may have to buy more of a soft top if I drive it daily. The chance that rain will get in the jeep is pretty high. (another reason to loose the dash radio in fact) On top of that, it is very hard to adjust the volume on my satellite head unit. You have to go into the settings to do this, and that is really not an option in the Jeep.
Depending on your amp setup, there are gain adjusting knobs that you can add to adjust the volume via your ergonomic choice in mounting options. It may work for you, it may not. You bring up a good point, not having a head unit means there isn't one to steal. The PO of my jeep zipped the amp down under the drivers seat and stripped the self rappers in the process. If you're worried about it getting wet, mount it to the underside of the cushion out of sight and out of the way of puddling water.
I had posted this in a new post, but what I think I will go with is this unit mounted in my console with the head mounted to a shelf at the very top and angled for the best viewing. The radio is AM/FM, 1gb of on-board memory for MP3's, and it is even ready for Sirius Radio! This seems like it will be the perfect choice for me and is all waterproof too!
And install this waterproof remote control in the CJ style dash. This will mount through the dash in the same hole as a clock or tach. I think I will drop the clock, and use this along with the stock style tach in the dash. The remote will mount on the RT side of the column.