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I know this is very popular here and I might collect pieces from posts here and there, but i will be thankful to have a summary or a link to say what specification of front and rear 2 way components are fit with minimum adapters and modifications needed (e.g Morel, Focal). what 5 Channels amp could fit 2 pairs of components and the most flat subwoofer that could be fit in a space saving acoustic box.
Will any canvas modifications are needed for aftermarket audio in a GC LaredoX (9 speakers) ?
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Where are you planning on mounting the amp? Are you keeping the factory head unit?

Moose compiled a good list of audio upgrades here ....
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Trying to do that upgrade as modular as possible to save cost.
Was thinking to start with upgrading the front and rear speakers first and hear the new sound.
If still no good, will continue to a Subwoofer in the original compartment or in a seperate slim acoustic box + and a 5 ch amp. (Believe to be placed under the second row seats)
The last stage will be a new head unit. (a massive cost invovled)
Is my logic correct ?
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I don't have my WK2 yet, but I have been researching this for a while now.

For an amp, I particularly like how this guy mounted his amps:
Do Not Try This at Home
My plan is you mount a JL XD700/5 on one side and an AudioControl LC8i on the other side. The JL class D amp is super small so there should be plenty of room. The LC8i will be fed from the factory amp and will sum the front door and front tweeters, then will feed the 5 channel amp.

The front 6x9's can be replaced with 6.5 components and tweeters with a custom bracket. Or u can buy one from crutchfield or some place: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_142SA69...s.html?tp=2824
I don't have any specific info on what models will or won't fit, but I suspect u can make any one fit as long as it isn't super deep. The Focal Access 165 moose used is pretty deep and that fit so I imagine you should be able to find some components that fit.

For the rears I would use 6.5 coaxial instead of components since there is no good place to mount a tweeter, unless you custom mount it and cut a hole in the door.

The easiest thing to do for a sub would be the JL stealth box. But you can have a custom enclosure built to fit in the factory sub spot. Or if you don't mind the non-stock look u can throw any sub box back in the cargo area.
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Trying to do that upgrade as modular as possible to save cost.
Was thinking to start with upgrading the front and rear speakers first and hear the new sound.
If still no good, will continue to a Subwoofer in the original compartment or in a seperate slim acoustic box + and a 5 ch amp. (Believe to be placed under the second row seats)
The last stage will be a new head unit. (a massive cost invovled)
Is my logic correct ?
I am not familiar with the Laredo x audio package, is that the same as the alpine package in the overland? That is what my post assumes.

The only problem with adding an amp before a head unit is that an amp will need a line converter to be used with the stock head unit, which is about $130 - $180 depending on how many channels u want to convert. In my example above I used the LC8i which is $180. An after market head unit will not need one of those so it will be wasted money once you ditch the factory HU. But I guess you can always eBay out the LC when you no longer need it.

Starting with new speakers is good, but keep in mind the factory amp outputs discrete channels for the door woofers and the tweeters. That means if you use components up front, the input will be from the door woofers which is most likely already filtered so the new tweeters may not get all the high signals. This is why I plan on summing those two channels with an LC8i. The rear doors should be fine to replace though since there is no separate high tweeter channel.

All indications about the factory sub is that it sucks. The enclosure is plastic. Adding a higher powered subwoofer in there will result in rattles and muffled sound. Best bet is a $600 stealth box or the slim box you were talking about.

If you want to continue using all the non-standard surround speakers with the aftermarket head unit, like the center and rear pillar surrounds, I believe you will need some kind of DSP or something. I am not up on the new head units out there since my plan is to keep the 730n. I also don't think the factory amp would work with an aftermarket HU, if it did then that would make a modular upgrade easier: start with new HU, then you can add front components, amp, rears, and sub at any time. But unfortunately I don't think you can.
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Re: Speakers and Amp. for GC LaredoX 2011

Thank you for the help.
As I delve in, I realize how much is yet unclear to me.
I will probably have no choice but to take the car to an audio shop, to let them quote me for the needed parts.
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Re: Speakers and Amp. for GC LaredoX 2011

If it helps here is the list of stuff i was looking to get and approximate budget (exact prices vary depending on when and where you buy the stuff) ...
  • JL XD700/5 about $350 second hand
  • JL Stealth Box ... about $600 new
  • AudioControl LC8i ... about $180
  • 6.5" comonents, .. about $200 -$300
  • Rear coax 2/way ... about $100 - $150
  • Various wires / cables / fuse / etc ... about $100

Looking around $1500 - $1700 when all said and done, and that's if you do the work yourself and don't get a head unit. I am going to start small and get the Amp, LC8i, and use some old front components i had laying around. An initial investment of around $600. Then i will eventually upgrade the sub and replace the rear speakers.

A more budget friendly option would be to get a 3 channel or 4 channel amp for the fronts and sub, then run the rear speakers off the factory amp (or aftermarket head unit if you go that route). A friend of mine just got a used XD400/4 of craigslist for $100, he is going to bridge 2 channels to his 4 ohm sub and use the other 2 channels for his fronts. The JL Stealth box is wired for 2ohm though, so the XD400 wont work for that, you will need an XD500/3 or something similar. I am looking at the JL XD line because it is so small and has a good reputation, but you can really use any amp that will fit. I am also looking at the stealthbox, because i want it to have a stock look, but a much cheaper options would be to get the slim box you were referring to, or even cheaper may be do what another member did and spray the stock enclosure with dynomat and add a new 8" sub.
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Thank you for the informative summary.
I will follow this in my steps for a better sound quality.
Good luck yourself with your plans!
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