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WJ_Jeep 10-11-2009 09:44 PM

Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
Okay, here is my dilemma... I'm contemplating doing the Mopar Kicker upgrade in my 2005 GC.

I'm a little confused on the parts selection. I believe that it has the factory Boston Acoustics system, but not 100% sure...

Here is the parts list from WKJeeps.com:

  • 77KICK18AB 368-watt 8-channel amplifier upgrade
(Note: Amplifier upgrade is only for vehicles that came with the factory premium sound system)
  • 77KICK11 $210.00 Front 6x9 midbass speakers (pair) and front dash 3.5" 2-way tweeters (pair) $165.00 Rear 6.5" 2-way speakers (pair)
  • 77KICK10 $79.00 Kicker Rear 6.5" 2-way Speakers
  • 77KICK12 Single 10" square subwoofer with built-in 200-watt amplifier
OR
  • 77KICK23 Dual 10" square subwoofers with two built-in 200-watt amplifiers $565.00 $885.00

Has anyone done this upgrade, either with the single or dual woofer? Did you go with the 368 watt Kicker amp (77KICK33) http://www.justforjeeps.com/kiamup7.html or just the Kicker Amplifier Upgrade (77KICK18AB) http://www.justforjeeps.com/kiamup8.html ?

Seems like a pricey upgrade over stock, but need to get my tunes on! The truck already has REC Nav, DVD Infotainment, Sirius, etc...

robpp 10-12-2009 06:47 AM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
i have everthing but NO SUB.

this amp: 77KICK18AB 368-watt 8-channel amplifier upgrade

moparsupercenter.com best prices for new.

saleen032 10-12-2009 07:18 AM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
I also did the Kicker upgrade with the single sub....I am happy with the results considering the ease of installation....I didnt want to go the aftermarket route with the Jeep...

robpp 10-12-2009 08:00 AM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
same here. i used all my factory wiring for my complete stereo install.

and happy as well, but still want one sub.........

saleen032 10-12-2009 04:28 PM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
Go for the sub..it will add some punch to the system

blackpepper 10-12-2009 05:06 PM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
Sub is a must.. can't comment on the kicker upgrade but the BA and a 12'' is o-so-nice :)

Matt 10-12-2009 05:21 PM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackPepper (Post 77745)
Sub is a must.. can't comment on the kicker upgrade but the BA and a 12'' is o-so-nice :)

Agreed, a sub bass driver (with some authority/presence) really completes the BA stereo. The 6x9 woofers in the doors just don't cut it for most :p

WJ_Jeep 10-12-2009 07:20 PM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
Is it really worth it to go the dual sub route or just the single? I too like the idea of plug-n-play with no cutting wires and aftermarket hokey looking. It seems a little spendy, but I may be down doing this, just confused on what amp to select and if I should go single or dual subs.

Thanks for input any additional input guys.

WJ_Jeep 10-12-2009 07:50 PM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
Pics, pics and pics of this setup would be nice to see if anyone has some! Thanks!

blackpepper 10-12-2009 07:52 PM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
How much bass can you take?

IMO one 12" sounds leagues better than two 10's... the larger the diameter, the speaker is able to produce a deeper sounding sound. I have 600 watts to one 12" sub but if I did it again, I would get at least 800 watts but then again the bass might overtake the BA or even the Kickers' sound and an upgrade in mid-range speakers might have to compliment that kind of power.

If you want to keep storage go with a single sub and a digital amp. The digi amp is to reduce heat and with that in mind, you can hide it in tighter compartments without the thought of overheating.

Matt 10-12-2009 08:05 PM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackPepper (Post 77868)
IMO one 12" sounds leagues better than two 10's...

ugh, this depends on sooo many other things. What type of sub, enclosure, power...

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackPepper (Post 77868)
the larger the diameter, the speaker is able to produce a deeper sounding sound.

This is incorrect Ryan. People usually mistake louder for deeper and liken it to the size of the driver. It's just not true. A 10" driver can get just as deep (and as loud) as an 18" driver.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackPepper (Post 77868)
I have 600 watts to one 12" sub but if I did it again, I would get at least 800 watts

Honestly, you'd probably not even notice a difference. Every time you double your power you only gain 3db. 200 more watts on top of 600... you'd see no difference.

WJ_Jeep 10-12-2009 08:17 PM

Re: Mopar Kicker Upgrade
 
I'm glad so many of you audiophiles exist, because I know very little about audio other than the basics.

I'm guessing I'd probably go with the dual 10" option offered by Kicker/Mopar... Don't haul much and it seems easy to pull out as well when needed.


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