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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2002, 11:01 AM
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Questions about Soundbars....

Hey,
I have a '90 YJ Wrangler hardtop. I'm looking to get a soundbar (one that attaches to the roll cage), but I was wondering, do they work with hardtops? All the pictures I've seen of them are on the Wranglers with roll bars that, after the middle vertical section, go straight back for 2-3 feet, then down, whereas mine goes stright to the back at an angle (I assumed this was the difference between the cage on a hardtop vs. softtop.... correct?). Do soundbars work with my type of Wrangler?
Also, what is involved in installing a typical soundbar? Would I need an aftermarket amp? Does it wire straight into my headunit (aftermarket Kenwood)?
Recommendations for the best brand of soundbar? I'm looking for <$200....
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Re: Questions about Soundbars....

Hard top soft top makes no diff. the bars are the same for both. the diff is the bar change from old like yours to new that covers the rear seat. the front half of the bar is the same. That is where the sound bar mounts. at least that is where mine is, and I have a hard top.
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Just why do you want a soundbar? IMHO they:
a. Take up room.
b. Turn up the volume and you get a ticket, or go deaf.
c. Can't hear yourself think under 'em.
d. Over priced.
e. Usually poor quality.
f. They can get ripped off easily.
g. Interfear with other roll bar mounted stuff, like a console, etc.

IMHO a sound bar ain't a (pardon the pun) sound investment. I've said it before and I'll say it again... Fiero Seats with speakers built into the headrests are the way to go. Besides those OEM YJ seats are just gonna break on you anyway! So now's the time to upgrade at a price less than a "quality" soundbar! It's like killing two birds with one stone.

Benefits:

1. They fully recline.
2. Speakers have great sound quality.
3. The seat is more comfortable than OEM stock seats.
4. The speakers are very unobtrusive, it is very hard to steal the speakers.
5. Extra Dash/tub/roll bar area for mounting other, more fun, stuff.
6. Less cost than after-market Seats, sound-bars, speaker wedges, etc.
7. Rear passengers can hear the speakers.
8. You save total cabin area!
9. You can hear your tunes at 70mph with the hard top off!
10. When you roll to a stop you won't attract police by exceeding db/Feet laws. That is always a plus.

Drawbacks:

1. Finding a pair at a reasonable cost.
2. Modification is needed to the seat and CJ floor mount.
3. They sit 2" higher than stock seats (though I like this!)
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Re: Questions about Soundbars....

Larry,,,,,,, come on tell us how you really feel [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Well my sound bar IS a console with CB and lighting controls built in. also a head set to hear on the highway,(if I so desire) [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] This also works on the CB. Plus a storage area for small items. Oh yeah, it looks factory and is home made.

The Fiero seats out here are slim and none. Fieros burn up out here in the summers and the seats are usualy in very sad shape when you find them. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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I don't care for those sound bars either....I wouldn't feel real safe wheeling with that thing hovering over my head for one........plus they're kinda fugly lookin. I'm not sure you really get great sound out of them anyway.......they only use 5 1/4" speakers I think. I like the Fiero Seat Idea......Or get those Tuffy boxes that go on the back fender wells...they hold 6X9 speakers......that would sound much better!! Just My Opinion
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LEVE...
My Jeep's a daily driver for another car, NOT an all out offroad vehicle, and it never will be. Gets me from point A to point B through the Michigan snow; that's why I bought it. I may do a few mods to it, but nothing that a soundbar would interfere with.
Basically, I want some better sound coming from my Jeep, I'm sick of these 2 speakers. A $150 soundbar w/ two 6X9's doesn't sound like a rip off to me - it sounds like a relatively good alternative to, well, anything else I can think of.
I don't know about you, but I can have music coming out of speakers and think at the same time. And I would find a domelight quite useful.
Thanks for the Fiero seat suggestion, but I don't feel like putting that much time/effort/money into a daily driver.
Does a soundbar require an aftermarket amp? That's all I need to know.
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Re: Questions about Soundbars....

Nope, soundbars do not require amps... but often the speakes can handle the additional power.
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