Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: New Jersey Begen County
Hey Bryan j, here is what I did as for the sound system in my jeep. I originally had a custom made box that held (2)12 inch JBL-1000'S subs in them. this box replaces the whole back seat, but it used to look really cool cause they also had 2 Rocksford-Fosgate Punch 300's custom built in them along with a cross-over.. It looked like something you see in a magazine. And it had the deepest bass in town, my eyeballs will shake, besides the mirrors... anyway... I grew out of the whole bass thing and I wanted my backseat back.. so I Took out all the amps and subs.
Besides, like everyone is saying, breaking into a jeep is easy, and it has happened to me. So I don't keep anything expensive in there any more, but I still have a great sound with decent bass.
Here is what I did and recommend. Keep the sound bar. purchase a good 4 channel detachable face stereo.
I have the Sony ex-plode. Unless you are running big subs, you don't really need big amps.. my stereo packs 50 watts RMS per chanel. (RMS is true wattage). Then Also get a 6x9 box at your local auto-sound store and mount them ontop of the rear wheel-wells. (bolt them down with 2 1/4" bolts from the inside of the box before putting in the speakers, so no one could take them. This box will also serve as arm rest for the rear passengers. Try to get a box that is design to have the 6x9 speakers face the front and not each other. Then get the POLK-audio 6x9 for boats. I don't know if they still make them, but I got these great water resistant speakers for boats. So You don't have to run out to your car when your top is down and it starts to rain.(also try to mount the speakers with torx screws for safety.. If you don't have torx sets get the tamper proof ones. Since you have the 4 banger, you will need them when you start tinkering under the hood. "4.0L-TBswap") Then power all 4 speakers with your head unit stereo. This will keep you away from a bunch of wires you will need to wire amps. I don't recommend getting anything to replace the dash speakers. I think they hold 3x6's in there I forget, but there is nothing you can buy to get great sound out of them because of the size and design, besides.. its a PITA to install them. I put the POLK's in there as well and was disapointed with the results.
Now, there are many ways to get sound in your car, but that all depends on your bugget and your taste of music. I personally recommend this set up, cause is not too expensive and its pretty loud also. Not to mention a crisp sound. alot of times when you start wiring heavy duty amps, you get some static or altenator noises, unless you have some knowledge on wiring stereos. and I could help you out then too.
sorry for the long post, but hope this helps.
It works for me when I pump some Pride&Glory stuff
I still have the box, if anyone is interested for a good deal.
Diver guy, that's a interesting place to mount your amp!! does the amp ventilate good? does it over heat and shut off?. Cool idea..