The owner of this 2018 JL-chassis Jeep Wrangler recently dropped into Audio Designs and Custom Graphics in Jacksonville to talk about upgrading the audio system. It’s rare that a new body style of vehicle would come with a sound system that was seemingly worse than the previous generation’s. In the case of the JL-chassis Jeep, the JK was definitely a better design. No matter; that’s what our team is here for. After inspecting the vehicle and talking with the client about how he listens to his music, our sales team put together an upgrade package that would deliver the sound quality he wanted with an impressive improvement in bass response.
Jeep Wrangler Speaker Upgrades
We started by upgrading the speakers in the Jeep. In the front, we installed a set of our carbon fiber cone midbass drivers on a set of custom adapter plates in the lower dash speaker locations. These compact woofers are designed specifically to produce excellent midbass in applications where a 6.5-inch speaker won’t fit. The drivers use a large ceramic magnet for excellent efficiency, and the rigid carbon cone features a rubber surround to ensure reliability and linear performance. For midrange and high-frequency duties, we installed a set of of 3-inch Sony midrange drivers and 1-inch tweeters in the speaker locations in the corners of the dash.
For rear speakers, we added a set of Hertz Energy-series 4-inch drivers in the overhead sound bar. The original system comes with two small speakers in the soundbar, so we sealed up the opening left by the small factory driver to ensure that the Hertz speakers would perform correctly.
If you are interested in our carbon fiber cone midbass drivers for your Jeep, you can purchase them directly from our online store.
Phantom Fit Subwoofer Solution
With the Jeep using such small speakers, adding a subwoofer is a requirement to get great sound. Our team set to work creating another of our unique Phantom Fit subwoofer solutions specifically for this application. The enclosure you see here is built using our stack-fab process of layering multiple custom-cut sheets of MDF in a way that optimizes the available airspace for the subwoofer. Once the layers of wood are glued together, we treat the interior of the enclosure to a layer of fiberglass resin to add additional rigidity to the assembly and to ensure that it’s airtight. As a finishing touch, we added the Jeep logo to the back edge of this enclosure before having it painted in Rhino-Liner truck bed coating.
For this application, we used an Audiomobile GTS2110 10-inch subwoofer because they work well in compact enclosures like this, and they sound awesome.
If you have a 2018 or newer Jeep and are interested in ordering one of our Phantom Fit enclosures, give our store a call or visit our online store and select the specific year of your vehicle. We offer these enclosures in either a carpeted finish or with the Rhino lining as you see here.
Jeep Car Audio System Amplifier
The new speakers in this Jeep are powered by a Hertz HDP5 five-channel amp. The HDP5 is rated to produce up to 70 watts of power per channel for the front and rear speakers and an impressive 550 watts of power for the subwoofer. We mounted the amp under the passenger seat of the Jeep to keep it out of the way and prevent it from taking up valuable storage space.
The last step in the installation is to tune the amp for the given source unit and chosen speakers. This process differs with every application. Thankfully, our team of installation experts has done this thousands of times. We ensure that the crossovers are set accurately then balance the output of the system using the sensitivity controls on the amp.
Jacksonville’s Jeep Audio Upgrade Experts
With the installation complete, the client returned to Audio Designs and Custom Graphics, excited to hear the audio system we had created. We hopped in and cranked up some tunes, and immediately the client had a big smile on his face. If you’re tired of tinny sound in your Jeep, drop by our store at 10329 Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville, give us a call at 904-333-2322 or send us an e-mail using our online contact page.