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Unread 01-18-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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One for One Audio Amp Upgrade?

So I've been reading about possible one for one swaps for my stock audio amp. My reading has turned up some candidates but no words like "direct replacement." So has anybody done an upgrade to a higher output amp by simply replacing the factory amp? If so, what product did you use and how do you like the results?

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Unread 01-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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curious on this aswell

there is a kicker upgraded amp, dont know about anything else tho
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Unread 01-18-2013, 03:47 PM   #3
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There is a kicker upgrade. Direct replacement, higher output. Check it out on justforjeeps.com
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Unread 01-19-2013, 05:35 AM   #4
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I went to the Mopar website. The Kicker upgrade for the GC produces 28W x 8 channels (speakers) for 4 ohm impedence and 46W x 8 channels for 2 ohm impedence. That's RMS or "working" watts per channel, 368W overall. The Boston Acoustics premium sound system we have is overall rated at 285W x 6 channels (speakers). At $185 the Kicker is cheap enough. The Edmund's writeup for the 2005 GC panned the whole Jeep interior and rated the Boston premium sound system at 6 of 10. Has anyone done this upgrade? What do you think?
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Unread 01-19-2013, 08:04 AM   #5
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Jeep Grand Cherokee amp upgrade (8 ch./ 368W) (2005 - up) - PREMIUM AUDIO ONLY



http://www.mopar.com/part/77KICK18AB



"Kicker® Audio Systems Your need for power goes beyond what's under the hood. You not only want to hear the power, you want it to reverberate through your entire body. Kicker Audio brings you the only package that can match the power generated by your other Mopar upgrades. Anyone who’s really into music knows one simple formula: More power = better performance. So if you’re ready to upgrade your automotive sound system, you need Kicker amplifiers from Mopar! Kicker is the world’s premier high-performance car stereo manufacturer, which is why you can depend on Kicker for all your automotive sound system needs. Kicker 8 channel amps are great for powering an entire sound system.

77KICK18AB:
368 Watt 8 Channel Amp.
Premium Amp upgrade offers vibrant stereo image, bigger bass, and clean highs.

KMS-1® or Kicker® Mobile Surround
While DSS is exciting even more so is the other capability of your amplifier. If your vehicle is equipped with factory VES® (Video Entertainment System) you can enjoy the benefits of KMS-1® (Kicker Mobile Surround).
KMS-1 is enabled automatically when the Radio is put into the VES® mode. This feature offers the ultimate listening experience by providing surround sound uniquely equalized for your interior space.
Note: while in KMS mode the system automatically sets balance and fade to provide the optimal surround experience.
KMS® is available only if when a DVD is in the player and the radio mode is set to VES®."
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Unread 01-19-2013, 10:30 AM   #6
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Thanks Tom that's where I ended up.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 12:49 AM   #7
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I upgraded all my speakers to the kicker replacements, but not the amp. I think there are a few different kicker amps, one being a 6 channel replacement.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 02:03 PM   #8
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I've also been debating about upgrading to the kicker setup. But I have a set of jl xr speakers and a 500.1 jl amp sitting in my closet that I think I should use first.
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