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Unread 11-28-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Upgrading Wrangler Sound System

I have a 13' two door wrangler and am looking to upgrade the sound system. Im not knowledgeable about this process at all. Can someone give me a quick rundown on the process I should be taking? Do I go to best buy or an audio specific store? Do I order everything online or buy it At the store?

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Unread 11-28-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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if you want it now, get it at the store. If you want to save a bit, buy online.

Help us help you by narrowing down what you are wanting to do. New head unit? New Speakers? Add subwoofer?
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Unread 11-28-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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if you want it now, get it at the store. If you want to save a bit, buy online.

Help us help you by narrowing down what you are wanting to do. New head unit? New Speakers? Add subwoofer?
Is there any benefit to getting a new head unit? Yes im looking to get new speakers, add a sub (all this means I need an amp too?) and have someone install it for me
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Unread 11-28-2013, 05:27 PM   #4
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Do you have the factory infinity sound system, or just the standard system? Car Toys & Mobile One are two car audio specific retailers (not sure where you live). Buying the equipment from them will be much more expensive than purchasing off of eBay, etc. Best Buy, Fry's, etc. are fine as well, but will also be more expensive than reasearching the purchases online.

Here are the basics you need to know. You don't have to buy a new head unit, but you will need a LOC (line output converter) if you want to run an amplifier. Or get a new head unit and a LOC is not necessary if it has pre-amp outputs. If you want to run a sub, then you will need an amp. Depending on how powerful the sub is, you may power the other speakers through an amplifier as well... But it's not mandatory.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 07:50 PM   #5
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Do you have the factory infinity sound system, or just the standard system? Car Toys & Mobile One are two car audio specific retailers (not sure where you live). Buying the equipment from them will be much more expensive than purchasing off of eBay, etc. Best Buy, Fry's, etc. are fine as well, but will also be more expensive than reasearching the purchases online.

Here are the basics you need to know. You don't have to buy a new head unit, but you will need a LOC (line output converter) if you want to run an amplifier. Or get a new head unit and a LOC is not necessary if it has pre-amp outputs. If you want to run a sub, then you will need an amp. Depending on how powerful the sub is, you may power the other speakers through an amplifier as well... But it's not mandatory.
So what it comes down to is I need (want) a new head unit, sub, replacement speakers, and an amp? And have it all installed by best buy or an audio store?
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Unread 11-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #6
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Yes. And just so you know, a few other items will be needed that you may not have thought of but can/will be supplied by the shop doing the installation (dash kit, wire harness, amp wiring kit, speaker adapter plates, sub enclosure, etc.). Next you will need to determine what type & size sub you want to run, this will determine the wattage (RMS wattage, not Peak) amp you need to run. Good luck.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 09:33 PM   #7
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you got it. You could save some money by doing it yourself. Bestbuy or any audio store will install it and walk you through what you need. If you want to keep your stock unit, you can by adding the LOC. I've done it once, and it was fine, but I like the control an aftermarket stereo gives you.
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Unread 11-29-2013, 04:07 PM   #8
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Just replaced the entire system in my 2013 jk. I replaced speakers first and it sounded better but not great. Then i put a new pioneer deck in to replace the factory head unit. Sounds much better. Added a 10" sub and the whole system sounds fantastic now. I would definitely replace factory head unit.
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Unread 11-29-2013, 04:13 PM   #9
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Here's a link to the sub enclosure. Its kind of pricey, but doesn't take up much room and sounds good with a quality subwoofer. http://www.hifisoundconnection.com/M...eels-MS-R-MS-R

I am using an Energy Hertz dual voice coil sub powered by a jl audio xd300/1. The enclosure is super durable and water wont hurt it.
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Unread 11-30-2013, 12:06 PM   #10
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Just replaced the entire system in my 2013 jk. I replaced speakers first and it sounded better but not great. Then i put a new pioneer deck in to replace the factory head unit. Sounds much better. Added a 10" sub and the whole system sounds fantastic now. I would definitely replace factory head unit.
This is very similar to what I am looking it do. Thanks for this and i am heavily considering that enclosure.
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Unread 12-07-2013, 11:50 AM   #11
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Benefits to an aftermarket head unit are sound quality and control over eq...many factory head units have internal crossovers to protect OEM speakers. That enclosure looks very jeep friendly but keep in mind plastic doesn't resonate well, enclosures made of mdf will sound better. Cheaper too if you make it yourself, just need a sheet of 3/8" mdf, screws, some silicon to seal the seams, and if you want fiberglass resin on the outside or bed liner will give if some weather resistance.
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Unread 12-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #12
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That particular enclosure is made of polyurethane. Very thick and rigid. That being said, MDF would be much cheaper and possibly sound better.
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Unread 12-08-2013, 12:51 PM   #13
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Jason ... Do the aftermarket head units integrate with the steering wheel controls? Or do you lose that feature when you replace?
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Unread 12-08-2013, 04:53 PM   #14
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Jason ... Do the aftermarket head units integrate with the steering wheel controls? Or do you lose that feature when you replace?
Separate module to retain steering controls.
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