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post #1 of 27 Old 06-16-2021, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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Dash speaker upgrade

Has anyone found a better sounding replacement than the JGCParts dash speakers?

I installed the JGCParts speakers in the dash.. They JGCParts dash speakers sound decent but don't sound like an upgrade over the OEM dash speaker.

I have a 2003 Laredo. I installed a Pioneer receiver and also installed Pioneer speakers in the front and rear doors.

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post #2 of 27 Old 06-16-2021, 08:34 AM
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I cut the brackets in my dash and put some larger speakers in there. In forget the brand. It's temporary until I redesign the entire system
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post #3 of 27 Old 06-16-2021, 10:02 PM
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post #4 of 27 Old 06-16-2021, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know the impedance in ohms of the JGCParts dash speaker? Seems to be a mystery spec.

In terms of something that would fit, would this Kenwood be better for the dash?

Kenwood Excelon KFC-X2C 2-3/4" Custom Fit Mid-range Speaker

https://www.amazon.com/Kenwood-Excelon-KFC-X2C-Toyata-Chevrolet/dp/B07XYCDWZV
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By the way, I'm looking for dash speakers that are not shrill. The JGCParts speaker seems a wee bit congested and shrill.
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post #6 of 27 Old 06-17-2021, 06:04 AM
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B ... The JGCParts speaker seems a wee bit congested and shrill.
Agreed. They seem to be a very inefficient design as well. Mine seem to just disappear at low volumes. However, when cranked up, they sound far better than the rattling, sun-baked originals. They were turning to dust.
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post #7 of 27 Old 06-17-2021, 08:17 AM
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The jgcparts ones seemed to have a ton of ratings saying they blew pretty quick. That's why I chose to cut up the dash and use a 2.5". I think when I redo the system I may just get it if the dash speaker. Probably do a component in the doors.
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post #8 of 27 Old 06-17-2021, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Why did you need to cut up the dash? I thought the original OEM size was 2.5". Even though thr JGCParts speaker doesn't sound all that great, it was a direct size replacement. I think it was 2.5".
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post #9 of 27 Old 06-17-2021, 08:57 AM
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Sorry these were 3.5" not 2.5
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post #10 of 27 Old 06-17-2021, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks - how did you install a 3.5 inch speaker in the OEM 2.5 inch space? What kind of mods were required?

I'm wondering if the Kenwood KFC-X2C might be a good 2.5 inch choice to upgrade the JGCParts speaker. Looks like Kenwood also offers a 3,5 inch with same performance specs.
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I had to do a ton of cutting with a rotary tool, then I had to cut some of the sound deadening mat under the dash. The magnet on the new speakers are pretty damn big.
The speakers I used was the kenwood kfc-835c
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post #12 of 27 Old 06-17-2021, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Observation: the OEM Mopar dash speaker I removed had a crossover or blocking capacitor on one of the wires.

I didn't see a similar bulge on one of the JGCParts' leads. Not sure what the RMS rating is for the JGCParts speaker is. Seems to be a mystery spec. I think peak 40 or 45 watts was printed in the back. I'm guessing this has a RMS ratting in the 12 to 15 WPC range. The JGCParts seems to be a marginal part. I will say they did do a nice job on making it a precise fit though.

The photos of the Kenwood X2C show a crossover on one of the wires.
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It's a bass blocker. Supposed to stop too low a frequency to preserve the speaker.
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Makes sense. The JGCParts speaker is missing the online bass blocking capacitor. That explains why folks are reporting the JGCParts speakers got blown.
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post #15 of 27 Old 06-17-2021, 12:33 PM
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Whats up? I put the JGC speakers in my 2000 6 years ago and they sound great. As good as the stock version.
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