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Unread 09-03-2002, 05:12 PM   #1
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86 CJ7 Need Audio ideas

Finnally the jeep is to the point where we can add accessories such as a sound system.

I need some ideas on good ways to mount/install rear speakers. I like the idea of the overhead soundbar on the newer models. The cubes that fit behind the rollbar and the rear wheel seem to be the only option i have. Please keep in mind I want something that will not be easily stolen.

That brings me to another point, has anyone installed a cdplayer into there Cj? I do not really want to cut the dash (to keep the original integrety of the dash) to accomidate DIN units so has anyone installed a player in thier console?

All ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 09-03-2002, 05:25 PM   #2
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On your CD player you might check in to using an older Kenwood head unit that will fit in the dash without cutting it. Then go with a CD changer. You can usually find the Kenwood head unit on ebay, just make sure that it has the inputs for a changer. They are older head units, but at least you don't have to cut the dash. Hope this helps.
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Unread 09-03-2002, 05:27 PM   #3
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Great idea on the changer, that had never crossed my mind.
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Unread 09-03-2002, 09:05 PM   #4
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You might check other brands of head units. I am not sure who all makes them that will fit in the CJ without cutting. It is not too often that you find new head units that still have the knobs and that don't require cutting on older vehicles. Good Luck with it.
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Unread 09-03-2002, 09:22 PM   #5
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The other reason I really want a radio w/ the 2 knobs is that it looks less appealing to a thief.
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Unread 09-03-2002, 10:18 PM   #6
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I built triangular speaker boxes to fit between the inside fender and the rollcage to speciefic dimensions for a 6x9 and a tweeter.
You can bolt them to the wheel well too. Sounds good, and sometimes they prevent the mud from hitting the rear passanger too.
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Unread 09-03-2002, 10:26 PM   #7
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Do you have any pics that I could look at? Or possibly some plans and a material list.
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Unread 09-04-2002, 12:09 AM   #8
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I felt the same way about cutting the dash. I was torn between keeping it original and the joys of quality CD sound. Well, after a long pro and con session, I made the cut myself and couldn't be happier with the results. Every DIN hole that I saw cut from a shop, looked like crap. They cut them out of square, rough, and with a large reciprocating saw that vibrates the instruments to death. I used a Dremel and lot's of time. I wanted it in the dash for a clean, stock location look, and a lot of C players don't like to be mounted past 30 degrees ( such as facing up in the console). I have the factory plastic console and mounting it in there wasn't an option. I even tried to figure a way to mount in the glove box, but no luck with the computer behind it. Anyway, I lov it right where it is. Theft? Not in the 10 years it has been there. It has detachable face and a blinking red light to look as if it is coded. Also, the Viper alarm helps too. Here's a cool tip I learned while working for an electronics store. Make a false front from that old shaft mount and place it where the new face popped out. I even removed one of the knobs and had part of a cassette sticking out.
Under seat (out of sight) , One 4 channel amp for the front 2 way 5 1/4 and rear 6x9 in Thor boxes at bottom of rollbar. One 12 inc behind the seat on it's own amp. Simple, powerful, and sounds great. I made the box where it "locks" in when the seat is up and has a matching carpet top to keep the 12 out of sight. It can be removed if extra room is needed.
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Unread 09-04-2002, 12:25 AM   #9
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Tuffy overhead console . no radio hole in the dash is th route I went

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Unread 09-04-2002, 05:50 AM   #10
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These are all great ideas, thanks! The glove box is an avenue i could look into considerin the computer is GONE!!!

NOt into the overhead option.

I also forgot about the detachable face.
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Unread 09-04-2002, 04:04 PM   #11
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I have the speaker boxes that mount in between roll cage and wheel well. They really do the job. I bought Jensen speakers because they sound good enough and they are cheap enough to replace seeing as how I rarely have a top on. Suprisingly they have lasted me 3 years and going strong. They lock up well because you have to use an alan wrench to get them out.

You might want to consider getting one of the center consols with the steal locks that accomidate stereos and leave a novel looking decoy in the dash.
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Unread 09-05-2002, 02:19 PM   #12
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I keep the factory AM radio in the dash(with only one factory speaker) and mounted the cassette player in a "pod" that mounts under the dash. It is out of the way and you cannot notice it unless you look directly at it. The dash looks the same as it did in '77.
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Unread 09-09-2002, 12:42 PM   #13
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Tuffy makes a security console that has an open spot for a stereo or cb. it looks good and has has a cover and lock for when you are away. also if you have a hard top about 5 years ago i put two tens in a custom bosx behind the rear seat and it hit so hard that nobody would ride in by back seat when i wanted to jam. also seel horse has the speaker boxes for 6x9 that fit behind the roll bar and the also have a built in cup holder as well
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