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Alpine system speaker upgrade

Discussion in 'Audio & Electronics' started by bigred90gt, Jul 29, 2020.

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    bigred90gt Senior Member

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    So, a couple of months back, I pulled the alpine sub and replaced it with a Kicker shallow mount 8” sub. I covered most of the interior and exterior of the OeM box with dynomat and stuffed some polyfill in it. It was a bit better than stock originally, but as time has gone on, it is now far better. It hits harder without the muddy kind of “blub” sound of the stock sub. I have never heard the pioneer sub, but I would personally recommend the kicker all day. It’s more expensive, but to me well worth it. At some point, I’ll get an LC2i and an amp for it, but for now it’s good.

    that leaves me to the rest of the speakers. The center dash speaker and the ones in the headliner are staying. I just don’t see them as worthwhile to upgrade personally.

    For the other 2 dash speakers, I ordered JBL GX302 and the corresponding metra adapters. I was going to save $15 and try to use the stock plugs as some have done, but at this point, what’s $15 more really?

    for the front and rear doors, I ordered JBL GX963 6x9. I know the front doors only get a mid bass signal, so the tweeters are pretty much useless, but I’m ok with that. I’ve read enough of people saying they helped sound, I’m good with the idea. I was planning to get a set of the Club 9600 components and just not using the tweeter, just to have an uninterrupted 6x9 mid bass speaker, but that pair was nearly double the cost of the 3 ways. If I install the 3 ways and am not happy with the sound, I’ll pull them from the front doors, return them, and go with my original plan. Only concern there is the 9600 are 3ohm, vs the 2.3ohm of the GX. With the oem speakers being 2 ohm, I don’t want a big variance in volume coming from the doors vs everywhere else.

    I also ordered 2 sets of 1/4” spacers and adapters for the door speakers. Not sure if I need the spacers for the back, but I can always return them pretty easily if not.

    everything except the 3.5” should be here this Friday. The 3.5” will be here next Friday (they weren’t available on prime, unfortunately).

    I’m looking forward to getting them in and I’ll come back and give my impressions (and specifically the 3 ways in the front) once they’re in.
     
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    The 6x9s, spacers and adapters showed up today. Unfortunately, I only ordered 1 pair of spacers, instead of the 2 I thought I did. Fortunately, from what I read, it seems the rear doors do not need spacers and have plenty of room to accommodate aftermarket speakers.

    The dash speakers and harness adapters for them are due to arrive next Friday, so I won’t be installing anything till then. I want to do it all at once and just get it done instead of splitting it up.

    I’m already leaning toward just biting the bullet and ordering the amp and LC2i just to go ahead and complete everything at once. Still debating it internally, but it’s looking like that’s going to happen. I reckon I’ll give it a bit and see what happens with my job first (may be having hours cut to 24/week, which is gonna suck hard).
     
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    Good luck on the job front bro - hope that doesn't happen. Ill be following this as I want to upgrade too.
     
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    It’s pretty much happening. I’m working 2 projects now. One has me restricted to 3 days/week, the other is full in as necessary. The fill in work will be finished end of next week.

    thanks for the well wishes. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to look for work. Got a kid starting 3rd year of college in 3 weeks (first year away at university). This is the last thing I need right now.
     
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    Dang - that's rough man. Keep your head up and your feet moving - something will come along. If you don't mind me prying - what is it you do? Maybe take to PM so we're not cluttering up your thread???
     
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    Might wanna try the new kicker key 500-1, you wont need the lc2i as the amp flattens the input signal. Im gonna go this route also but have a custom 12 that fits in same spot.
    I was thinking of modding the stock box also, cutting out the indents and fiber glassing the whole thing, would be nice to keep the fold flat.
     
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    I have considered (and still am considering) that amp, but I have always been one to match power to speakers. The sub is 300w rms. The key amp at 1ohm is 500w rms, and at 4ohm is 150w rms. The Fosgate amp I’m looking at is 300w rms. The fosgate amp and LC2i combined are roughly the same cost as the key amp.

    i’ve never burned up an amp or blown a sub doing this (I’ve owned more sub/amp combos than I have vehicles, and I’ve had 14 vehicles). I’m the kind of person that if something has always worked for me, I see no need to change it, so I’m hesitant to feed the sub with an amp that puts out nearly double the spec’d Power.
     
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    Quality assurance/quality engineer in the manufacturing and installation side of subsea oil and gas. I work for a major oil company, covering the manufacturers that manufacture our subsea distribution systems. Hydraulic controls, chemical injection, electrical power/signal controls, fiber optic signal and communications. We’re basically the lifeline between the platforms and the wells, hence the product name “umbilical”.
     
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    Im guessing the sub you have wont run the amp in 2ohms?
     
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    No, it’s a 2ohm DVC sub. So it’s either 4ohm or 1ohm depending on how I wire it.

    if I could get it to 2ohm, that would be perfect.
     
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