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post #21 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-21-2016, 10:09 PM
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I have the six speaker arrangement and I have never been happy with the stock system. After reading several threads about this and learning more about the actual speaker replacement, I decided to give it a try.

Wanting to keep costs relatively low, I was looking for fitment and good quality. First, I replaced the dash speakers and chose the Pioneer TS-A878 and they really made an improvement. I then decided to change out the rear door speakers and knowing that the new dash speakers really brought out the highs, I went for a two-way 6X9 to get some improved treble, but solid bass and I installed the Rockford Fosgate R169X2, which sound great. Next, I decided to get two more of the RF's for the front doors and they arrived today. With the temps really dropping, I'll have to wait for some better weather to get them in, but I'm optimistic that the overall system sound will be like night and day when compared to the stock system.

The only down side is that I waited this long to actually do this.
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This topic has been covered at least 10 different times on the forums , No idea why the admin or moderator hasn't made a sticky thread .

First off , for the $400.00 price on the (Upgraded) sound system it's worth it in some ways but not what you would think.

#1 The upgraded sound system is supposed to be the Alpine system, sadly its 100% TRASH .. ( Ask my garbage can )
#2 Only the front and read door speakers are alpine , but they have a Mopar / made in China stamp on them. - Very LAME speakers.
#3 Dash and all other speakers are trash as well ( Made in China )

I think it's worth it in a small way as the wiring is there so you can change all of the speakers like I did, Just don't plan on getting the 10 speaker Upgrade system and being happy. OH and even the 8" sub-woofer in the rear is trash.

Like I said , this topic has been covered so many times , I suggest the admins / moderators make a sticky of some old threads.

OH and Arsenal_man , Infinity sadly will not fit in the doors :-( I tried . Also the upgraded system has a 300mhz cutoff so you wont get a boost of treble in the front. This upgraded system really is limited to say the least.
I have recently purchased a 2017 CHEROKEE LATITUDE 4X4 with the 9 speakers in it and to my surprise the sound is not really high quality. Can you or anybody give some information on the spec of the original speakers so that I can find an proper upgrade?
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The best part of the 9 speaker system is "surround sound". I never heard it until I replaced my speakers.

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The best part of the 9 speaker system is "surround sound". I never heard it until I replaced my speakers.
Replaced them with what?
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His signature says Mopar/Kicker.
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Thumbs up Mopar/Kicker sets

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Replaced them with what?
I replaced all 9 speakers with Mopar/Kicker sets. One set is for the 9 speaker front which consists of 2 6x9 one way mid bass speakers for the doors, and 3 2-way speakers for the dash. The other set is the 6 speaker front which consists of the sames 6x9 one way mid bass for the doors, but a set of super tweeters for the dash. I installed one 2-way in the center of the dash, and the other 2 ways in the rear pillars, and the super tweeters in the corners of the dash. I purchased an 8" kicker sub with dual voice coils hooked up parallel which gives me 300w RMS, 600w max @ 2 ohms and matched it to a mono Kicker bass sub, 300w RMS, 600w max. The amp fit in the spare tire well along with my full size spare. The sound is awesome, and the surround sound really stands out. Now I can "feel" the bass as well as hear it. Awesome. I'm not sure if I can add another system amp, because I do not know how the 9 system amp is wired for surround sound.

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I have the six speaker arrangement and I have never been happy with the stock system. After reading several threads about this and learning more about the actual speaker replacement, I decided to give it a try.

Wanting to keep costs relatively low, I was looking for fitment and good quality. First, I replaced the dash speakers and chose the Pioneer TS-A878 and they really made an improvement. I then decided to change out the rear door speakers and knowing that the new dash speakers really brought out the highs, I went for a two-way 6X9 to get some improved treble, but solid bass and I installed the Rockford Fosgate R169X2, which sound great. Next, I decided to get two more of the RF's for the front doors and they arrived today. With the temps really dropping, I'll have to wait for some better weather to get them in, but I'm optimistic that the overall system sound will be like night and day when compared to the stock system.

The only down side is that I waited this long to actually do this.


Came across this and now see that I neglected to return to complete the commentary.

As previously explained, I installed the Pioneer dash speakers and the Rockford's in the rear doors and have since installed the same RF's in the front doors as well.

The overall sound is dramatically improved and all for a rather modest cost and much less time than anticipated. I purchased the Pioneer speakers through Jet.com for under $50 and both pair of the Rockford's from Crutchfield for under $150, including the adapter harnesses for free (along with free shipping). The actual swap-out took about two hours total and required no modifications, following the instructions from Crutchfield.

If you like serious bass, connect and install a subwoofer, otherwise the overall sound using the factory 8.4 system and the speakers mentioned perform remarkably well, even at highway speeds. Note: with my wife, we listen at volume level 15, but alone, I like it around 22 or 23. Depth is good and distortion very low. The $200 price tag and two hours of labor are well beyond worth it considering the virtual trash that came stock with the vehicle.

Note: Having the CD player gets better sonic results than listening to the frequency limited FM or Sirius/XM radio.
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I replaced all 9 speakers with Mopar/Kicker sets. One set is for the 9 speaker front which consists of 2 6x9 one way mid bass speakers for the doors, and 3 2-way speakers for the dash. The other set is the 6 speaker front which consists of the sames 6x9 one way mid bass for the doors, but a set of super tweeters for the dash. I installed one 2-way in the center of the dash, and the other 2 ways in the rear pillars, and the super tweeters in the corners of the dash. I purchased an 8" kicker sub with dual voice coils hooked up parallel which gives me 300w RMS, 600w max @ 2 ohms and matched it to a mono Kicker bass sub, 300w RMS, 600w max. The amp fit in the spare tire well along with my full size spare. The sound is awesome, and the surround sound really stands out. Now I can "feel" the bass as well as hear it. Awesome. I'm not sure if I can add another system amp, because I do not know how the 9 system amp is wired for surround sound.

Excellent idea! I just purchased a Latitude with the 9 speaker system. Will be ordering the Mopar/Kicker upgrade speakers.
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The best part of the 9 speaker system is "surround sound". I never heard it until I replaced my speakers.
For some reason I put the kicker 1" tweeters in the rear pillars.

I finally switched them to the front and out the 2 ways in the back. What a difference. I know what you mean about finally hearing the surround sound now.
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Finished putting in the Kicker upgrade speakers today to my 9 speaker system. Much better high end with an over all smoothness to the sound. You can really hear the difference when you turn on the surround sound. Much more engaging than it was with the original oem speakers. Well worth the time and money!

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