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Unread 03-10-2011, 09:16 AM   #106
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I already posted these in the ZJ Section a while back... but was just reading through this thread and thought I'd share with all of you here as well...

Where I live we only get 3-4 radio stations, and after a few years I decided XM was needed! But, I'm not a fan of just tossing things on the Dash and cluttering things up, I never look at the VIC, so I decided that would be a good place for it...

The original design:

Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the build process, but I started off by creating a complete cardboard mock-up, then drawing out the sheet metal plans based off of that.

After some bending and riveting + some paint I had this: (Upside down, sorry)
the top (Bottom of pic) has extra space so the radio can be slid Up, then in/out
Mounting points are the same as the VIC

Before and After

The XM Dock can be removed if needed, but I leave that much installed, simply pull the radio and take that inside for indoor use... Power is hardwired to an accessories fuse, Audio line heads up to the headunit... (you can see the Aux cable plugged in to it, lower right of the headunit). Antenna line is also hidden away in the dash, then run out and onto the roof.

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Unread 04-08-2011, 12:47 PM   #107
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Nice clean install Akrobtiks. Wish they sold the sub enclosure for my 04 WJ. Did you do the install yourself?
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Unread 04-08-2011, 09:29 PM   #108
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Originally Posted by ZB_WJ
Nice clean install Akrobtiks. Wish they sold the sub enclosure for my 04 WJ. Did you do the install yourself?
I had it professionally done at Showtime audio in Chicago... It's the best sounding system I have heard in any truck and I'm definitely glad I did because I fried a few woofers and got them all replaced for free...
2001 WJ Limited 4.7L Black on Black --- [B]Interior Modifications...[/B] Alpine INA-w900 navigation unit, 2 9-inch headrest LCD's, Alpine PDX-F4 125w x 4 Multi-channel Digital amplifier, Alpine Type - X Component Interior Speakers, Alpine PDX-M12 1200w x 1 Digital Mono Sub Amplifier, 2 MTX - 9510's, Custom built subwoofer enclosure, Sirrius Satellite Radio, Backup Camera, Viper 5901 Remote start/alarm, Passport Escort 9500ci Radar Detector/Laser Shifter, Optima Yellow Top Battery, Cobra 29 LTD BT CB Radio --- [B]Exterior Modifications...[/B] 6" Clayton Long arms, Bilstein 5100's, Addco Front and Rear Sway bars, IRO extended rear sway bar links, JKS Trackbar, JKS quicker front disconnects, IRO front upper and lower coil retainers, Rough Country Dual Steering Stabilizers, 17" Fuel Hostage Wheels, 285/70 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, Westin Safari bar, PIAA 525 dual beam off road lights, CCFL Halo Projector Headlights w/ Super Vision 6000k HID bulb kit, 100w PIAA 4000k halogen high beams, LED 360 Amber LED signal bulbs, LED Tail Lights, Jet Accu-Speed Computer chip, Flashpaq jeep power programmer, AVS rain gaurds, Yakima 4 Snowboard rack, Curt tow strap receiver mount, Hornblasters Shocker 240 Train Horn Kit, Rigid E-Series 40" LED light bar, Mean Green H.O. Alternator, JCR Stage 3 Sliders, Blue Torch d30/d44a diff covers, KOR Steath rear tire carrier/bumper. LSR winch mount front bumper, Warn xd9000, KOR under Belly skid...
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Unread 06-13-2011, 02:17 PM   #109
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This is probably considered an old-school system by now, but I haven't ever posted in here before. So...

In 2007, I installed a Kenwood EZ-500 headunit into my '96 XJ. It's still serving its purpose well today:

Installed Infinity Reference 505cs component speakers in the front, which have since been replaced with Reference 5020cs after the 505cs woofers went out. Woofers were installed in doors; tweeters were installed in dash kick panel where the old OEM Jensen tweeters used to mount. The crossovers were installed right beside them, and I installed a Sirius Connect module on the driver's side of the kick panel.

And in 2010, I installed a full set of Infinity Reference 5020cs component speakers in the rear sound bar, with the tweeters in custom positions.

No amps, no subs currently. Future plans for an old Infinity Kappa 10.1 Perfect sub to be mounted in the cubby hole with one of the amps out of my old Grand Cherokee.
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Unread 07-24-2011, 11:27 AM   #110
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I'm in the middle of installing all my audio stuff, but here's what I have right now
2 Kicker S15L5's
2 Crunch P1 2000.1's
not pictured
Sony CDX GT650ui
4 Polk DXI650's
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Unread 10-09-2011, 06:39 PM   #111
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This is my sons 97 ZJ. It is his first Jeep and our first go round with a system. We did all the installation. Nothing super fancy but it pounds.

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Unread 11-03-2011, 12:30 PM   #112
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Nothing super duper but, for sound quality it really sounds great.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 12:36 PM   #113
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More pics.
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Unread 01-10-2012, 10:39 AM   #114
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There are some very nice interiors and stereo setups in this thread. I have already posted my setup for some to see in their personal threads but have yet to find a thread dedicated to custom setups and interiors.

Stereo components and wiring:

Currently running an Alpine CDA 9855 w/iPod interface
Orion Wired MBR 70 (multiple battery regulator)
Dual Yellow top Optimas
Stinger wiring
Focal Polyglass CVX 165 speakers in the JeePods
Sierra Mountain Enterprises JeePods
Focal Polyglass CVX 100 speakers in the modified stock dash pods
Alpine SWR T-10 Subwoofer in the Slimline Console
Sierra Mountain Enterprises Slimline Sub Console
Apline PDX 5 for the highs (mono channel currently not in use), 75w RMS x4
JL HD 750/1 Marine Amplifier powers the T-10 Alpine sub
Sierra Mountain Enterprises amplifier bracket

*edited Jan 2012, I will continue to update as I upgrade.

I have only started my interior build. I will be doing Line X in the tub this summer as well as taking the rig apart and painting the frame, undercarriage and body. I have been looking at the Mastercraft Baja RS seats w/heat and lumbar support but recently have been thinking about going big with Recaro XLs in a leather/suede combo... we shall see.

Anyway here are more than a few interior shots:

Sierra Mountain Enterprises Slimline Sub Console w/Alpine SWR T-10, locking lid still under construction.

SME JeePods w/Focal CVX 165 Polyglass coaxial speakers, mix matched painted set for demos.

Don't have a good photo handy but there are LED lights in the pods as well that turn on via dash stock twist switch.

Dash Pods modified to accept 4" Focal CVX 100 Polyglass Speakers

Rock Hard Accessories bracket w/Ram mounts for the iPhone, Garmin Nuvi and soon the iPad (will locate it on dash bar above air bag impact zone).

Alpine CDA 9855 receiver, plug ins on dash plate, OBA guage and Swayloc switch

Alpine PDX 5 located in the glovebox. SME is currently working on a custom glovebox buildout with a Tuffy locking gb door to protect Amplifiers from theft that can fit in the small compartment.

JL Audio HD 750/1 marine amplifier mounted inside the Slimline console.

Wired MBR 70 (multiple battery regulator) located under the steering column

Rock Hard Roll Cage, trim cut to spec (all in the details)

Temperature/Compass auto dimming mirror w/LED lights

HID headlights

All those goodies require a strong power source and quality wiring, Stinger wiring throughout the rig as well as an in cab power block station. When I get the Premier Power Welder installed I will have a 195 amp alt. to boot!

And finally an under hood shot... enjoy!

Also a Tuffy underseat locking drawer will be added for my firearm & ammo, I want to keep the small console compartment for the iPod and CD faceplate.

Here is a link to those amazing Recaro seats, I remember seeing them years ago but recently looked them up. Glad I had not already purchased the Mastercrafts.

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Unread 02-16-2012, 08:42 PM   #115
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I dont have anything nearly as nice (or as clean) as that or anyone else in this thread. But I figured I'd add the YJ element to it. I've got:
-2 12" RF 4ohm P2's (wired for 2 ohm) downward firing, ported box
-1x alpine 500w amp
-.5F cap
-2x 6" sony xplod's in ported sound bar
-2x 140w pioneer 4x7's in the dash
-Pioneer DEH-3200UB in tuffy center console
-136A alt (lol)

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Unread 03-23-2012, 02:45 PM   #116
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Sweet speaker pods!
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Unread 07-02-2012, 01:02 AM   #117
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Pioneer Avic z2, backup cam, diamond audio tweets, pioneer component 6 1/2s, pioneer 6x9s (not the walmart ones) alpine amps, and i nuked the last subs
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Unread 08-31-2012, 12:35 AM   #118
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2 RF 6x9
2 RF 6 1/2
RF Dual Amp wiring kit 0 gauge
2 12" P3 in RF spec box
Kendwood DDX616 In-Dash 7" Touch Screen
T1000/1 for subs
T400/2 for interiors

and blue LED interior
3" OME HD springs, Bilstein 5100, JKS adjustable trackbar, Moog SS, IRO UCA'S & LCA'S, 3/4" front and rear spacers, BFG M/T km LT255/75R17, JK Rubicon takeoffs, 8K HIDS Hi's & Lo's. full Rockford Fosgate set-up, blue l.e.d. interior, clumsy driver
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Unread 11-07-2012, 09:35 AM   #119
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I took the easy way out and built an 1/8" aluminum tonneau cover to house the goodies.....unfortunately i can't post images yet but ill write specs and can e-mail photos if wanted..

kenwood 595 deck
JL 500/1 amp
JL 350x4 amp
Diamond D6 5.25 components in Dash
Diamond D6 6.5 Components in Sound Bar
JL 8W7 in Downfiring Ported Box.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 04:27 PM   #120
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Custom built box fits inside the rear seat in my 05 Rubicon Unlimited.
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