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Upgrading the sound system on your Jeep Wrangler TJ

Discussion in 'TJ Frequently Asked Questions' started by Chris, May 29, 2018.

  1. Rob5589

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    Depends on what kind of soundstage you prefer. If you want music all around you and over your head, then a soundbar or pods will work. If you prefer more of a concert type sound with the music coming from in front of you then you don't need anything in the rear. I personally fade toward the front with just enough to the pods that the kids get some sound. When alone I prefer nothing to the rear.
     
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    All I know is that using the setup I did in the factory location, it will blow your mind.
     
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    Chris any reason you did not go with the db652 in the bar and the db522 in the dash? I have the 522 in the bar and is fine, but want to move them to the dash and maybe get the 652 in the bar?
     
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    I thought about this and may still get the DB522s for the dash. I'd like to buy a set and compare them to the 4x6s in there now and see which one sounds better to my ear.

    The chances that I'll buy the DB522s are high, in which case I intend to do a comparison and post about it here. Part of me thinks I should of went with them in the first place, but did I really need to? It sounds amazing as it is.
     
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    Chances are you won't notice much of a difference based on your jeep's configuration (no doors). One thing I noticed when I went doorless, is the loss of some front sound stage due to the loss of the door panel bouncing the front speaker sound up to your ear.
     
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    That makes sense. I really need to get the sound pods for the front speakers. I'm guessing that will make a difference in sound output.
     
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    I found a set of these on OfferUp for $200. They are on the way. I called select increments and found out they don’t make them anymore. I can’t wait to get them in and see how they fit and sound.

    https://flanelo.com/product/select-increments-quad-pod-with-speakers-60402k/

    http://www.selectincrements.com/quadpod.html


    God Doesn’t Like Ugly!!! That’s Why He Made Me Priddy!!!
     
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    I had somebody with a Toyota offer me those for $150. Could never figure out why he had TJ pods in the back of a yoda. Of course, he couldn’t figure it out either.
     
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    I was lucky enough to get the front speaker pods @Chase_C 3d printed, look real good and solid...I went to install them and forgot I bought kicker 4 x 6 speakers for the front...before I got the DB522 in the bar pods. Kicker was real big in the JKU arena, but the polks are great for the tj. So I was thinking about moving the 522 to the dash and getting the DB652 for the roll bar?? not sure if that is a good move?
     
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    Do the DB652 speakers directly fit in the sound bar, or do they require modification?
     
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    I have read conflicting answers on a 2005, I have read a "little" dremel work or they will fit but get drilled to the bar and need to use the polk grills as the oem wont fit?
     
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    Not sure. My 522s fit just fine with the stock speaker grills, so I'll stick with them! I can't imagine you'd notice much of a difference.
     
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    probably right, the 522 in the roll bar sound/fit great, I might as well put them in the dash pods as well.
     
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    6.5" require either some trimming of the sound pods or just drilling new holes in the plastic and using the new grill covers. the factory 5.25's are recessed in the pods.

    Here you can see the recess where the factory speakers would mount. I mounted these 6.5's in place, but wasn't happy about how well they were secured to the pods. I went back to the DB522's and factory grills. Sounds great!
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    A 6.5 will fit, some need some trimming, others do not. I had to get creative with screw placement with the Kenwoods I run. Honestly, a 6.5 isn't going to give you much more over the stock 5.25. The pod is just to hollow and thin, even when stuffed with polyfil. You want bass, get a sub.
     

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