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Unread 11-04-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Jeep Stereo Set up

Hey everyone, Im building a 1983 cj5 and doing a complete frame off resto. Im just planning for the future and how i want to do my stereo set up when i get to that point and how much do I want to put in it and how I want to hide it and protect it from the elements. So i would love to see some of the options and things everyone else did on theirs. thanks

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Unread 11-05-2013, 01:59 AM   #2
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I just did my 86 CJ. Free, Sony, Polk Audio marine 5 1/4" in dash and 6x9's in boxes by rollbar. Easily usable on freeway with no top. Total cost......about 210.00. For speakers and boxes.

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Unread 11-05-2013, 04:14 AM   #3
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I used the RetroSound head unit for the vintage look with modern features.

I combined it with Infinity 6x9s in Sound Wedges in the rear, Bazooka 5-1/4"s in front, and Rockford Fosgate 300W amp in the console.

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Unread 11-05-2013, 04:38 AM   #4
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I put my head unit in the tuffy console. And run dash speakers and 6x9's in roll bar box's just like Matt's setup.

Matt I still can't get over how small that amp is in your console. Back in the late 80's and early 90's when I had to have a stereo in everything I owned a small amp was the size of a laptop computer.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 05:00 AM   #5
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I kept my original Jeep AM/FM Stereo radio and modified the volume control circuit so I can hook up a iPod, iPhone, MP player or any other device that has a mini jack. The front 5-1/4" speakers came out of a Jeep TJ sound bar from a junk yard find, complete with speaker connector, for $10. Total cost with wiring, modification of radio, speakers was under $20. If you don't have an OEM radio, that will cost some big bucks today on eBay.

How it was done can be found here on a restoration of my original dash: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cj...-look-1150715/



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I put my head unit in the tuffy console. And run dash speakers and 6x9's in roll bar box's just like Matt's setup.

Matt I still can't get over how small that amp is in your console. Back in the late 80's and early 90's when I had to have a stereo in everything I owned a small amp was the size of a laptop computer.
Think about how big the cell phones were back then....

Everything has gotten smaller...electronics, meals, women's hairdos, my paycheck...everything but the Federal debt has shrunk.

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Unread 11-05-2013, 10:21 AM   #7
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I tried something different and built a box / rear seat that holds 1 down facing 10" sub and 2 4x6 mids. I then ran 2 tweeters up front and power it with a 400watt 4 channel amp under the driver seat. It has no stereo head unit i run all my music off my ipod that has a stereo tuner and 3000 of my favorite songs.

With the top on it sounds great and with it off you lose some of the sound to engine and road noise but everybody else hears it lol
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Unread 11-05-2013, 02:43 PM   #8
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Matt I still can't get over how small that amp is in your console. Back in the late 80's and early 90's when I had to have a stereo in everything I owned a small amp was the size of a laptop computer.
Same here. Back in the day I had a coustic AMP560. I swear it was 3 foot long and you defenatly wanted to keep the car running if you listened to the radio.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 09:29 PM   #9
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I tried something different and built a box / rear seat that holds 1 down facing 10" sub and 2 4x6 mids. I then ran 2 tweeters up front and power it with a 400watt 4 channel amp under the driver seat. It has no stereo head unit i run all my music off my ipod that has a stereo tuner and 3000 of my favorite songs.

With the top on it sounds great and with it off you lose some of the sound to engine and road noise but everybody else hears it lol
How'd you hook the ipod into the amp?
Do you just use the ipod's control for volume control?
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Unread 11-05-2013, 10:01 PM   #10
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Buy a center console that accepts a standard single din receiver. Many are totally water resistant when closed. Any receiver you buy in this era will/should have an ipod/phone connection. Dont settle for an aux connection, aux connections are old school and you will lose sound quality. Not to mention, no charging with an aux. Also, its very rare on this forum, but i highly suggest wakeboard tower speakers mounted to the rollbar. They never get in the way, waterproof, and easy to hear when driving with the top off.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 10:09 AM   #11
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How'd you hook the ipod into the amp?
Do you just use the ipod's control for volume control?

You just need a audio adapter that goes from the left/right audio output then adapts to a 3.5mm http://www.rakuten.com/prod/monster-...l?listingId=-1
I can show pics but yes you set your max volume with i pod all the way up and adjust the amp till you reach the max volume you want.

After that all volume is right off the i pod .
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Unread 11-06-2013, 05:12 PM   #12
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Anyone have suggestions for a simple base speaker? I have been looking at
a Bazooka 6" and 8" powered subwoofer with 50 to100 watts just for some base, don't need to shake any windows.
What about these slim or compact suwoofers from Pyle, Kenwood or Boss?
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Unread 11-06-2013, 06:13 PM   #13
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... So i would love to see some of the options and things everyone else did on theirs. thanks
I mounted a 4 channel amplifier under the passenger's seat. The wiring is done in such a way that the seat can still be swung forward and back without binding up the wiring. This makes for a 99.9% stealth amplifier, although I can't say it would be totally protected from the elements especially if a lot of mud was flying up from the front wheels.

The trick is to find an amplifier that physically fits under there, which isn't too difficult especially with modern amplifiers that are more efficient and come in smaller enclosures.

I used Mod Pods for the 5.25" speaker enclosures, a custom built sub cabinet, and the stock location for the head unit. I have actually changed some elements of my original work (changed the amplifier, removed the Epicenter, added an equalizer, moved the tweeters onto the dash panel) but the basic layout is the same.

Here's the first post of the stereo install, and there are 3 other posts after that.
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Unread 11-27-2013, 01:22 AM   #14
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my set up

I was able to pick up a Tuffy for 50 bucks. the PO even threw in the old amp. Still worked.


I left the old school deck in the dash, kind of as a decoy to deter thieves since it doesn't look like a high end stereo. Sanded and repainted the tuffy and put a brand new kenwood in the Tuffy.


I mounted the amp under the drivers seat. And I have it wired to two 6.5" marine speakers in the rear. I made ammo can speaker boxes which actually put out a good amount of bass for 2-ways, with the help of the amp. I stuffed the speaker boxes with memory foam to deaden any echo.





The new stereo deck has a bluetooth feature that connects to your phone when you get a phone call. I got the idea of wiring the mic along with the CB mic. So heres the bluetooth mic mounted on the CB hand set.
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Unread 11-27-2013, 01:25 AM   #15
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*correction on my last post- its a Pioneer deck, not a kenwood.

Also- those marine speakers are Pyles. Awesome speakers. Best part about them is- got them free (brand new) from my cousin who wires cop cars.
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