Originally Posted by 2016Firecrackerjk
I'm new to the Jeep community and this forum. Purchased my 2016 Sahara Unlimited a month ago and among my list of upgrades to do in the future my focus and priority is on the factory audio system.
I've used the search function to read through numerous threads on this very subject and i apologise in advance for posting this thread if it has already been covered.
My plan is to keep my factory HU. Its the touchscreen unit with nav, xm, built in HD unit, Bluetooth and steering wheel controls.
I'm purchasing four 6.5" component speakers and a 4 channel amp. The amp has both RCA and high level inputs. Should i purchase a decent 4 channel LOC, or something like an LCI7 unit?
Also where do I tap into for the speaker inputs? Do I tap into the factory HU speaker outputs or the factory sound processor unit? I don't have the upgraded audio system with the sub.
Any help would be apreciate. I'm not upgrading my factory HU at this time.
Hey, I'm new here too and I just bought my 2016 JKU 75 Ed a few months ago and yes, the system sucks BIG TIME. I too have the same radio as you (Head Unit) with the screen, NAV, SAT Radio etc...
In my previous truck (GMC Sierra) I had a big system in it too so now it's going into the Jeep. My Sierra came with a Bose Stereo System. I removed everything besides the Bose speakers because they sound AMAZING and proceeded to install a new head unit, 2 amps and two 10' subs.
I plugged my 2 600W/rms subs to a Rockford Fosgate Power Amp 1300W/rms (with 2 - 1.2 Farad Capacitors).
Front had a Rockford Fosgate 300W X4
Now, for the front, 4 speakers, 2 were 6.5's in the doors and 2 tweeter in the pillars. So I plugged both a left tweeter and a left speaker together and did the same for the other side to the 2 channels in the front and the two 6.5' in the rear doors to the 2 other channels for the rear in the Punch Amp from Rockford Fosgate. No some of you are probably saying that's wrong, but on the Amp there is a HI and Low Pass filter. I selected high just for voice and split that 300W X 4 channels and ran this with extremely high success. The sound was crystal clear, more than loud enough, no distortion and didn't blow any speakers for years and I was pushing 131 DBs.
For my Jeep....
I will be replacing the 6.5' crap speakers I have in my Jeep to GM's Bose speakers I had in my 2004 Sierra ($70 each) and I will replace the 3.5' with the Bose Corvette speakers (a little cheaper than the 6.5's) and all this will be plugged to my 4 channel amp.
Now you can choose the speakers and amps that you want, I'm just explaining my setup.
The one MAJOR problem is this.... factory systems sound like shit because they roll off the bass as you move the volume higher and the system then sounds like crap. Well AudioControl makes this unit called the LC7i that corrects all that. You plug all your speakers coming out of your radio into it and then plug that to your amps.
I always make a diagram of what I do on paper before actually doing it. I use it as some kind of map as I work when I do my installs. I used MS Paint to put it up here quickly for you and who ever wants it. Now this is just the speaker wire setup, the power setup is another diagram all together but you get the feel of what I'm talking about. I already have all this equipment from my last truck besides the LC7i was the only piece I had to buy besides new wiring and fuses.
Hope this helps you or anyone...