2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk w/ Nine Amplified Speakers With Subwoofer
As I had aftermarket sound systems in almost all my previous vehicules (I'm now 40 years old), I purchased my Cherokee TH with the Premium "Alpine" system. Why ? Because from that point, I thought it could be enough and would not (for once) require an upgrade... again...
Don't get me wrong here, the Cherokee's amplified system is not that bad. To be honest, it's one of the best factory sound system I have experienced. However, after three months of tests and listening, I have to admit the "Alpine" system isn't up to my expectations.
Ok now what ?
First, don't even think about replacing the head unit, period. Now, do I feel like the amplified system is playing the music loud enough, yes. That said, to me the obvious upgrade option to enhance sound quality was to change the factory speakers for better products.
NOTE: This is what I would call a "Stage 1" upgrade. Therefore, all 9 speakers will be replaced but for now I will keep the subwoofer as it is. With the new speakers in place, a Subwoofer upgrade might be considered, or not.
NOTE: I had to split my project in THREE different THREADS... 1-DASH... 2-DOORS... 3-REAR PILLARS
Before We Begin:
Please understand that I'm NOT and I DON'T CLAIM TO BE a car audio expert. I do have some experience installing aftermarket radios and speakers in my previous vehicules but that's it. Chances are I may be wrong and/or do some mistakes along the project. Your comments are always welcome but please be gentle as I do this with good faith and to help. :-)
Front left speaker grill
Gently use a plastic tool to lift the grill up
Front center speaker location
First lift the storage door
Just UNCLIP the speaker grill but DON'T REMOVE IT yet...
Now close the storage door and gently pull the uncliped grill up
To remove the speakers I recommend to use a ratchet with a 7mm socket instead of a screwdriver
All three dash speakers are IDENTICAL, same part number. I see NO ALPINE LOGO here...
Front dash speakers are 2.5 Ohm... Yes it DOES matter... important to consider to choose your replacement speakers.
Replacement dash speakers, JBL GX302
Metra 71-039C Adapters... Useful to connect the new speakers WITHOUT cutting or skinning anything
New speakers are 2.7 Ohm ... Excellent choice to replace the factory units !
New front left corner speaker installed
New center dash speaker installed
TEST YOUR SPEAKERS BEFORE YOU REPLACE THE GRILLS !
Next step is DOOR SPEAKERS replacement, see my other post ! :-)