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Unread 05-19-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Has anyone else noticed how the radio seems under powered once the hardtop is taken off? I have a 2012 Sahara JKU with nav

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Unread 05-19-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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This is pretty much every factory radio ever.
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Unread 05-19-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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This is pretty much every factory radio ever.
I read somewhere that when you disconnect the the hardtop power. Somehow the power is cut in half to the amp.When the hardtop is on,somehow the system is looped telling the system to send full power back to the amp. Something the engineers came up with. Anyone else heard this?
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Unread 05-20-2013, 09:34 AM   #4
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I have heard of this but I seem to remember it only cuts some power to the rear speakers.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 10:40 AM   #5
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lol I drove the TJ before the JKU. That was bad.

If you don't like the speaker outputs you might try upgrading the speakers. We went to marine grade speakers in the TJ but we also changed the head unit. Way easier to do that on the TJ than the JK of course, esp since you have Navi. I don't know how much power gets put out to the speakers, just a thought.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 11:04 AM   #6
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I usually donít take my hardtop off but I did last night. I was thinking that it would be hard to hear the radio while on the freeway but I was wrong. I just cranked up the sound like I do when all the windows were down and it was business as usual.

As far as the rear speakers go I canít really comment on them as I have the speaker bar off pending the install of wires for a roof rack Iíll be building.
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Has anyone else noticed how the radio seems under powered once the hardtop is taken off? I have a 2012 Sahara JKU with nav
Nope.

Unless your goal is of course to force everyone in a 20' radius from you to listen to whatever you are playing.
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hard to say when the tires are howling. the wind is blowing. the Jeep has a song of its own.
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