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Unread 02-27-2009, 03:02 PM   #31
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Nice, wish I'd seen this writeup before now! I've had something rolling around inside the center console since my LJ was new, but I couldn't figure out how to get the sub or amp out to try and find it... got a project for when it warms up now!

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Unread 03-02-2009, 04:31 PM   #32
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Thanks for the post, this is great information - especially since I was led to believe that I couldn't get to that subwoofer without a licensed mechanic. *snort*

Does anyone out there know how to hook up the stock SW and amp to an after-market stereo? The guys who installed my new system didn't bother, and when I pushed the issue, they told me that this stereo wouldn't run "a stock subwoofer like that." (please imagine the sneering, and condescending tones of voice)

Wiring is not my forte, so I'm at a bit of a loss on how to solve this.

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Unread 03-02-2009, 04:40 PM   #33
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If they had simply wired up the remote-turn-on wire (and the speakers) from the new deck to the stock harness, it would be working already. As for them being so stupid to say something like that, I would never go back to that store again. It will, quite easily run the stock sub. For them to even think it wouldn't just shows how ignorant they are.

The stock harness wire in the TJ is the power antenna wire. Often they wire that up from the aftermarket head unit so your sub only works on AM/FM. Other half of the time they don't even wire that up. Wire the remote-turn-on wire to that wire and all will work (unless they blue the sub's fuse or something installing it).
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Unread 03-04-2009, 11:00 PM   #34
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Wiring at head unit

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Yup. Like I said, I'm not really into car audio. I just didn't like the idea of have a sub that didn't work.



That's beyond me.
Ace, great write up thanks.

Do you or anyone know how this is wired at the head unit. Picked up a 2003 TJ two weeks ago and it has the factory sub but did not appear to be working. Tonight I replaced the factory stereo with a JVC unit I had in my YJ. It has RCA jacks for connecting a subwoofer so I'm trying to figure out how to connect up the factory amp and sub and once I get it working I'll probably follow your write up to replace the sub.
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Unread 03-06-2009, 10:36 PM   #35
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I got my sub woofer working, sort of, the sub itself is blown. So this might help some people in the same boat. The previous owner had completely disconnected the sub and the 12 pin connector. They went into the enclosure and wired up their own speaker wire to the factory sub and who knows what they had it connected to, probably an external amp and that's what blew the sub.

So at first I figured just connect the connector and I'm good to go, no such luck. Because I had replaced the factory radio with a JVC head unit I had not conected a switched power lead. I used a Crutchfield harness, great product by the way, and on their diagram it has a blue wire labelled power antena (in a wrangler), so I had not hooked that up. Well that wire goes directly to pin 5 (lime green wire) on the sub woofer connector. Just hooked it up to a remote turn on lead coming from the JVC unit and the amp was working again, yeah!!!

Unfortunately that is what allowed me to find out the sub was blown but based on the other write-ups I would have replaced it anyway so my pyramid sub is on the way for less than $18 including shipping. A few hours of research and testing and $18 is not bad to get some decent low end sound.

I also picked up a set of VR3 Elite 3-way 5.25in speakers for the roll bar speaker pods, $40 at Walmart. I was going to buy a set of Infiniti Reference speakers from Crutchfield but but they were twice the price and the specs on these, while not as good at the Infinitis, was still pretty good. I may still spring for the 5.25in Infinitis for in the dash with a set of adapter brackets to switch from the 4x6 speakers.

I have the full wiring diagram for the sub woofer connector and when I pull it apart again to put the Pyramid Sub in I'll try and take a picture and post the diagram for everyone.
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Unread 03-09-2009, 08:58 AM   #36
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Excellent write up, needed to find these recently to replace the sub in my Rubi, and I went ahead and ordered me a tuffy center console, this will allow me to install a new 8" sub in it, I only wonder how will it sound not loud enough or maybe better than the 6.5" after market sub??
I'll try it, and once I get it done and I'll post pictures too.
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Unread 03-15-2009, 05:42 PM   #37
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I did everything as written but no sound to the sub. Any ideas?
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Unread 03-15-2009, 07:08 PM   #38
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stock sub? Is there sound on AM/FM, just not CD? If so, you used the wrong remote-turn-on wire for the trigger. Use the deticated one, not the power antenna. No sound at all? check the fuses for the sub's amp.
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Unread 03-16-2009, 07:24 AM   #39
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I'll check on that. Here's what I did in case that helps: 1 removed the box and took out the old sub (factory) which had pretty much no cone left. this had 4 wires attached to it (a gray and brown on one connector and a black and red on the other) and I cut all 4. After grinding down the inside of the box to get the new JL 6 to fit, I attached the gray wire and the black per the write up but did not attach the red and brown wires. I didn't put the box back into the console tho since I wanted to test it before doing all that work. I'm assuming that it has something to do with the wiring so should I attach the red and brown wires too?
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Unread 03-18-2009, 08:00 AM   #40
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anyone know if this is the same wiring for an 05 unlimited?
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Unread 03-24-2009, 09:12 PM   #41
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i just recieved my console sub today and i don't know yet if i have the wiring to plug it in to under the cup holders or wherever it is from the factory, i'm almost positive i do not. so saying i don't what do i need to do to get the power from my head unit to the amp/sub.

any advice would be greatly appreciated and pictures would be awesome aswell
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Unread 03-25-2009, 09:53 AM   #42
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anyone know if this is the same wiring for an 05 unlimited?
98-2000 same wiring
2001-2002 same
2003-2006 same

If you want the diagrams PM me your email and I will email the diagrams for all 3 set-ups. They are best understood when you are looking at the wiring.
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Unread 05-02-2009, 11:28 AM   #43
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I tried replacing my factory woofer with the Pyramid WX-65X described in the write-up and followed the gray to + and black to - instructions, but no sound. The factory woofer worked (although blown), before the replacement. Anyone have any advice?
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Unread 05-02-2009, 05:09 PM   #44
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I tried replacing my factory woofer with the Pyramid WX-65X described in the write-up and followed the gray to + and black to - instructions, but no sound. The factory woofer worked (although blown), before the replacement. Anyone have any advice?
Same here, Only difference I was using an after market head unit which I installed before the WX-65X,,I hooked up the Power Ant. Blue to the wiring harness blue and it made noise,,,,I installed the Pyramid Sub,as in archers instructions wiring Gray to + black to -and NO sounddoes anyone know what I should do?...Besides trading my 2003 sport for a rubi??[my wife hates that idea] Thanks
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Unread 05-03-2009, 09:34 AM   #45
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I'm using an aftermarket head unit too (Sony CDX GT330), but the factory woofer was working with it, so I know that it was wired properly to begin with. I guess I'll try red to + and black to - and see what happens, but I'm not looking forward to taking this thing out for the third time.
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