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My son recently blew out a front door speaker on our family Sequoia 4WD Limited. The dealer list for one speaker is about $250. No direct aftermarket replacements are available according to one local audio sales and installation shop. Furthermore, they suggest replacing all 4 speakers and adding an 8" sub-woofer with a 5-channel amp.
Time to take a breath.
The car is old, 123k miles, but I expect to keep it for at least 2-3 years. It is immacualtely taken care of and we may spend an additional $1,200 on some minor exterior cosmetic paint issues. The interior looks barely 1-2 years old. It is the vehicle of choice when travelling or going out. And yes, I enjoy great sound quality.
The sound, prior to my sons discovery of the decible as a weapon, was quite good, or so it seemed to me. I am told, however, that I can get exceptional sound with a speaker/amp upgrade. An additional advantage could be had from the replacement of the reciever - bluetooth, iPod, etc. - which may or may not interest me.
I intend to do the work myself. I would like to know if there are any suggestions for 3 options:
Option 1: Replacement of BOTH forward speakers, only.
Option 2: Replacement of all 4 speakers, and a sub-woofer add with amplification.
Option 3: What would be a reasonable receiver replacement, considering the condition.
My budget would be in the $100-$150 rage for a speaker set, $800 for a package, and $200-$250 for a receiver. I would rather pay less than more unless I would gain a monumental change in performance. I am mechanically inclined, have most tools that might be needed, but have never taken the door off of a late model vehicle (my last foray was a '68 VW Bug - piece of cake).
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I have done a few of the Toyota/JBL systems and option 1 would be a waist of time because the factory amp does not work well with aftermarket speakers. I believe I would get a new headunit and 4 speakers. They (metra and scoshe) make adapters for the JBL systems to add a head unit, but they sound bad and usually you will get alternator noise. The solution is to use the harness to power the new headunit and run speaker wire to each speaker. Depending on your needs for a sub you can add it on to this system easily. In that vehicle a 10" sub in a sealed box with a 300 watt mono amp would do nicely. Let me know if you need any more info.
05 Silverado xtra cab, Eclipse 3200 HU, MTX 150/2 bluethunder frt., MTX 75/2 bluethunder rear, MTX 800/1 subs, Alpine SPX 6.5 seperates frt& rear, 2-12" Infinity reference subs in down firing sealed box, 2 farad cap, copius dynamat.
The sound, prior to my sons discovery of the decibel as a weapon, was quite good
The sound, prior to my sons discovery of the decibel as a weapon, was quite good
I just wanted to comment about the "is it worth it?" debate that you seemed to be alluding to.
i installed a whopper of a stereo, with some reservation, into my old jeep with 135k miles on it. 100k miles later, my only regret was that i didn't do it sooner. Aftermarket car audio these days can easily outlast the car, even a brand new one. Don't feel as if you're spending money on the car- you're spending money on a stereo. If you're a DIY'er, the only thing you've invested into the vehicle is your time. Amps can be easily moved from one vehicle to another. HU's are usually a snap to swap in and out as well. I have a pair of amps from the 90's in my newest car, and it's the 4th vehicle they've been in. If it were my ride, i'd bypass every stock stereo component (with the possible exception of the rear speakers) and do a HU, front speakers, and an amp/sub. Now that's a weapon.
hehehe.. insteresting that your son seems to like the concept of decibals as a weapon! sounds like hes missing out on the SQ part of it!!! .. i hope he gets into that soon too! :D replacing the HU and speakers along with an amp would be a good idea.. also due to his craving make sure you have a HPF- high pass filter on the speakers so he doesnt go through another set of speakers... and add a small sub if you dont need much.. the sub would be a good idea due to his cravings! .. :D
JVC KD-AVX44, 2 Massive Audio Hippo 8's , Hifonics Colossus going back in soon, MB Quart ONX216, Fli audio FL450S-F2, Energy ENC693x2 in rear deck, 6 gauge kit plus a huge 3 gauge kit. Custom built box for my 8's :)
I have the same problem with my 01' Sequoia. The front two speakers are blown. I am honestly gritting my teeth the whole time in it.
Like most of the replies the sound system will ultimately improve your driving experience. Right now I average about 45 minutes one way to work. With research I discovered that the best bet is to invest in a whole new sound system. The one thing I will tell you is that if you replace any component of the JBL system, you will be spending money to bypass the system.
Orginally I was going the route of replacing all the door speakers, head unit and an amp to power the speakers. 6.5" speakers are quite common and you will need to get a set of 6.5" components for the front doors, and coaxial for the rear. (Components have tweeters, the little speakers on the door near the mirrors). Instead, I went the route of replacing the head unit with a double din 7" touch screen dvd, and got a four channel amp to power everything (this would be the cheapest route). I wanted to install a subwoofer but with a baby on the way I was concerned about there being to much bass.
I knew that by replacing the speakers, there was not going to be enough "boom" in the vehicle. For a Limited Edition Sequoia, a 10" or 12" subwoofer would be ideal. For my situation, I decided to install a subwoofer, but purchase an amp separately for it. The head unit allows me to just cut the power to the subwoofer all together for when the baby is riding with Doug-E-Fresh.(Dadda haha)
Every audio store, in the southern california area, with everything I mentioned above was going to run me about $1800 - $2100 with install.
I was able to get all the amps and door speakers new off amazon, the sub and head unit used off of craigslist. Total cost was $550. I got a Kenwood ddx6019 ($200 used) , Kenwood digital 1000watt mono amp ($149 new), infinity 12" sub with box ($40 used), Alpine type-r 17S ($129 new) Alpine type-r 17C ($88 new) Alpine pdx 4.100 digital amp ($149 new) if you look up all these off the factory website you will see that I saved over 500 dollars taking the time to buy each item piece by piece. Lastly I got the ipod video cable so I can watch videos from my ipod.
I have a scheduled appointment to get everything installed this next week. I promise I will let you know how it sounds. Good luck if you haven't decided what to do yet. Thanks!!!!!
J Ro100k miles later, my only regret was that i didn't do it sooner.
I missed this thread when it first came out - but I'll second what J Ro said - I upgraded the head unit in my 2002 Focus a couple of years ago and should have done it sooner.
If it were my vehicle, I would spend $150-$200 on a head unit, and maybe $150 on four speakers and then see if you wanted to add an amp or a subwoofer and amp.
Hope This Helps!!!
2002 Ford Focus JVC KD-A815 Sony CDX-GT410u Sony XT-100HD HD Tuner Stock
speakers, no amp, no subs
i just bought 6.5 speakers for my 2001 sequoia and they dont fit in the mount. the factory speakers are bigger than 6.5
They are 6.75". Did you get them from Crutchfield ?
J RoIf you're a DIY'er, the only thing you've invested into the vehicle is your time. Amps can be easily moved from one vehicle to another. HU's are usually a snap to swap in and out as well.
Agreed with some caveats ...
A new HU typically provides enough power for main speakers and outputs for a subwoofer, along with many more control and source options.
OTOH many new cars - (Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, most any GM, somewhat Hyundai), either run the climate controls through the head unit, or do not have dash kits available yet, to the point that a main amplifier might be a better upgrade.
However, $200-$250 for a head unit isn't much in the overall scheme of things and you will probably find some other vehicle that you can use it in.
Anyone else have suggestions?
If you search online for "Sequoia Foam Speaker Repair Kit", you can find speaker-surround replacement kits for the front speakers relatively inexpensively vs. replacement speakers. Each door takes about 30 minutes including glue dry-time and reassembly to complete the repairs. Sounds as good as new and only requires a screwdriver and a flat working surface.
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