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Hey guys here is the situation. I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that I have done moderate customization to. I want to add big time bass to my truck. Somewhere around 1500 to 2k watts. I love the way Kicker's DS12L7 subs and box combo (2 ohm or 4 ohm, not sure which I should get. Please help...) looks and I think I will go that way. But my question is about everything else. Should I add an alternator to my truck or will simply adding a capacitor do the job? Should I add an extra battery for the power? What kind of amp should I go for? Any suggestions there? And should I go for 1 ohm 2 ohm or 4 ohm and why/how? I don't really want to upgrade my head unit but should I/do I have to? I am young and I am really going for loudness over purity but I really don't want a distorted sound either. I plan on upgrading the current speakers throughout the truck too. But thats another topic. Please help guys. I'm young, bored, with a great job, and too much money. (well not too much so don't go overboard, I'm still a college student). Your help is much appreciated.
I would highly recommend getting a High Output alternator. A capacitor is a band-aid solution and can end up being a waste of money. The alternator will provide sufficient power for your setup and keep your battery in a good state.
As for the amp, I would recommend a Sundown SAZ-1500D. They are great amps and it would match up very well with those.
mario06ct:I'm young, bored, with a great job, and too much money.
Hmmm... I'm two of those, and wish I was the last two as well. But seriously, PM me with info on this job of yours
Just wanted to add, if you are going to be playing the stereo without the engine running, then you should definitley look into getting a battery as well. A stock batter with 1k+RMS on it won't last more than a few minutes!
mario06ct:I love the way Kicker's DS12L7 subs and box combo (2 ohm or 4 ohm, not sure which I should get. Please help...)
With the SAZ-1500D (or other amps - Hifonics has good power for those also), you will get the best bang for the buck with 1-ohm wiring (which would be DVC-4-ohm subs. You supposedly get better amp control and SQ with 2-ohms or 4-ohms amps, but you are going to pay a LOT more for an amp that is true 1500-2000W RMS at 2-ohms or 4-ohms.
Agree on the HO alternator and battery. Also, if you will be playing it without the engine running, you want all the audio gear on the separate battery with an isolator (diode type) so you know you can drive the truck away when you are done.
I don't really want to upgrade my head unit but should I/do I have to?
Should you - yes. You don't need to spend $500 on one. Do you have to - Not necessarily, but it's harder to tune the system without it. To me, I can't see how it makes sense to spend $1500 on subs and amps (plus the electrical mods) and not spend $130-$200 on a HU.
2002 Ford Focus JVC KD-A815 Sony CDX-GT410u Sony XT-100HD HD Tuner Stock
speakers, no amp, no subs
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