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Car audio for dummies
« on: April 15, 2020, 05:08:36 PM »
We bought a cheap toy Jeep for ice cream and beach duty.  I’m sure the boy is going to want to upgrade the stereo.

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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2020, 05:11:30 PM »
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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2020, 06:00:21 PM »
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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2020, 08:03:01 PM »
Ragtop jeep?  don't put anything expensive in it
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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2020, 01:00:25 AM »
Ragtop jeep?  don't put anything expensive in it

And you may want to consider marine head units and speakers.    That way if someone forgets to put the top up and you have a downpour your system still works.   They don't need to be expensive.

https://www.crutchfield.com/c_20/Marine-Audio-GPS.html

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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2020, 05:29:54 AM »
There are also security consoles which have provisions for stereo also. Better weather protection and can lock it when topless.
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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2020, 05:45:21 AM »
Ragtop jeep?  don't put anything expensive in it

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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2020, 05:52:45 AM »
It's a Jeep, you won't be able to hear the radio when driving anyway unless you put a huge ghetto blaster box in the back. 

If you can't figure out 10 colored wires then a plug and play harness from Crutchfield is the way to go.  Otherwise, know you'll be paying msrp for all that great service. 


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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2020, 10:14:55 AM »

If you can't figure out 10 colored wires then a plug and play harness from Crutchfield is the way to go.  Otherwise, know you'll be paying msrp for all that great service. 


This is one of those perks to paying a bit more at Crutchfield. Freebies like vehicle mounting kits and the wiring harness adapters. I'll never, NEVER cut up a vehicles wiring harness again as long as I live when it's under $20 (or free) to make all the connections at the workbench and just plug it in to the factory lines.

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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2020, 10:17:59 AM »

If you can't figure out 10 colored wires then a plug and play harness from Crutchfield is the way to go.  Otherwise, know you'll be paying msrp for all that great service. 


This is one of those perks to paying a bit more at Crutchfield. Freebies like vehicle mounting kits and the wiring harness adapters. I'll never, NEVER cut up a vehicles wiring harness again as long as I live when it's under $20 (or free) to make all the connections at the workbench and just plug it in to the factory lines.

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Precisely.

When you sell or change vehicles, simply unplug the deck and take it with you to the next one.

If you were smart enough to store the stock radio, plug it back in and sell it stock.
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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2020, 10:19:29 AM »
or... if your car came with a Bang & Olufsun system, you leave it the f alone.

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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2020, 10:32:24 AM »
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Bingo. It's hard to check out and pay your bill without having a clear understanding of how hard your job is going to be without the things they nudged you about along the way.
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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2020, 02:53:48 PM »
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Bingo. It's hard to check out and pay your bill without having a clear understanding of how hard your job is going to be without the things they nudged you about along the way.

And realistically, I've run into a few things where they were TOTALLY clear about making sure the consumer knew that 'installing this into your vehicle means irreparably altering the structure of your vehicle'. Not that they won't sell it to you if that's what you want, but they make sure to inform you up front if you'll have to cut chunks out of your dashboard substructure to make it fit. And remind you at POS, and every step along the way.

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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2020, 02:58:46 PM »
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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2020, 10:18:15 PM »
 Gotta give props to Crutchfield too. Their daily emails are kinda annoying, but I understand.

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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2020, 03:58:19 AM »
I’ve been debating replacing the speakers in my B3000 pickup.  I hardly drive it, but I really miss the difference in sound quality...it used to be better.
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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2020, 04:08:22 AM »
I think thats the same as a Ranger, right? The Crutchfield dude recommended these.

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_20646CC684/Kicker-46CSC684.html?tp=105

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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2020, 05:41:09 AM »
What year is the Jeep? I upgraded the speaker pods on the roll bar, you could hear it with soft top. Always left it unlocked, so no need to cut the top.
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Re: Car audio for dummies
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2020, 07:38:46 AM »
It's a 2001, so the speaker pod upgrade would be an easy step.

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Re: Car audio for dummies
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Re: Car audio for dummies
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