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MercuryFlint

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Hello, all, 

I'm working on a 1999 Jeep Wrangler build.  Currently hand-me-down parts and cheap accessories, beginning to bring in my own.  I have questions, lots of questions, that I will post soon.  

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I guess I'll post my questions here.  

I have a 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport in need of an audio overhaul.  I'm sitting currently with a Pioneer DEH-P7000BT (great HU), two Pioneer 4x6s in the front, two Sony 3 way 5.25"s in the sound bar, a single MTX sub in a small, sealed box I bought off Amazon.  The sub is being driven by a Sony XM-1652Z 1000w amp.  

Goals:

-Sound deaden the entire Jeep.  There's currently no carpet, so I'm riding around surrounded by bare steel.  I'm looking at getting a used OEM carpet once I'm ready to deaden the interior.  I'm looking at the Noico stuff since it's fairly inexpensive and has great reviews on Amazon.  I'm not sure if I should just use this or if there's another layer I need to use on top.  

-Replace sub amp and get a 4 channel amp to drive the front speakers.  I want micro amps for this so I can install them behind the dash on each side.  I'm enamored with the NVX micro amps (400w.1 and 400w.4) as they have some fairly impressive Dyno tests and they appear to be the perfect size.  

-Determine how much air my sub needs, either build my own box or find a new sub that fits the box I have.  I'm not sure if it's better to have two smaller boxes or one large box for the subs.  There are a few online that I can get that will fit the limited space behind the rear seat of the Jeep.  Though with the amp I want maybe I should just stick with one sub.  I'm not sure how much benefit two will give me. 

-Replace the wiring with OFC.  Run a 0 or 2 gauge from the battery to a power distribution block.  I have 6 gauge running to the current amp, but the NVX amps appear to take 8 gauge or smaller.  

-Big 3 Upgrade with 0 gauge OFC.  

-Replace the front 4x6s with 5.25" rounds using aftermarket speaker brackets.  Replace the speaker bar 5.25" rounds with 6" rounds with the little hack.  I've always liked the Memphis Audio line of speakers, so I'll likely use those.  

-Replace the HU with a Pioneer that offers auto timing adjustment.  

I want a stereo with enough bass that I can feel it in my chest on the interstate.  However, I'm not chasing bass.  I just want to feel it a bit but have amazing sound clarity.  Right now the music is a bit muddy from the sub and with all of the road noise I lose just about all of my midrange, so at speed I feel bass, hear some tinny sounded highs, and miss the whole middle range of the music.  

If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.  This is a budget build, so it's going slowly and I can't buy the higher end stuff.  I'm also trying to make changes that will have a big impact as that might be the only step I can take for a while.  I should be able to start the deadening in a few weeks depending on cost.  The 4 channel amp is the next purchase.  

Thank you.  

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Welcome to SSA!! 

Sounds like you have a pretty solid plan. Do the most important (to you) things first, and adjust the future steps accordingly. Should fall together beautifully! 

Don't forget to post pics!!

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On 7/27/2018 at 1:17 PM, MercuryFlint said:

I guess I'll post my questions here.  

I have a 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport in need of an audio overhaul.  I'm sitting currently with a Pioneer DEH-P7000BT (great HU), two Pioneer 4x6s in the front, two Sony 3 way 5.25"s in the sound bar, a single MTX sub in a small, sealed box I bought off Amazon.  The sub is being driven by a Sony XM-1652Z 1000w amp.  

Goals:

-Sound deaden the entire Jeep.  There's currently no carpet, so I'm riding around surrounded by bare steel.  I'm looking at getting a used OEM carpet once I'm ready to deaden the interior.  I'm looking at the Noico stuff since it's fairly inexpensive and has great reviews on Amazon.  I'm not sure if I should just use this or if there's another layer I need to use on top.  

 

First layer you want to use is a vibration barrier (CLD), stick to a brand that uses high quality American made butyl. Products on a roll are usually low end re-branded roofing materials that contain asphalt and tar, stay clear of those. Our American made butyl Damplifier and Damplifier Pro have one of the highest heat ratings in the industry at (-75  to 450 degrees F), it will not melt, fall off, or fail. 

Your next layer is a barrier layer, to block out the air borne noises like exhaust, engine, road, tire, and turbo noises. For this you want a high quality virgin vinyl mass loaded vinyl product and use a closed cell foam to decouple the two hard surfaces of the vinyl and the foil on top of the CLD. We have a product that already has the Closed Cell Foam infused onto the Mass Loaded Vinyl called Luxury Liner Pro which will save you time and headache of getting the foam to attach to the vinyl. This barrier layer does a lot of the noise reduction and gives your vehicle a luxury style quietness.

The first layer can be spread out in a checker board fashion to cover 40-50% and still get 95% effectiveness. The barrier layer needs to be as close to 100% coverage as possible so you ca block out the noise and get great thermal insulation. 

We also offer a nice Jeep Kit that has all the right products for your specific vehicle. Our Jeep Kits include Spectrum liquid sound deadening as the Jeep customers prefer that over the peel and stick usually. If you want to stick with the peel and stick, the Corvette Package has the same amount of product as the Jeep Kit covers.  

We are available for support Mon-Fri 9 am to 4 pm Arizona time 1-800-679-8511 or by email at service@secondskinaudio.com 

Here is a link to our Customer Gallery to give you an idea on what to use and where to use it.

Good luck on your build and have fun. 

Team Second Skin 

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