As noted in My Jeep, I originally had the 430N head unit, and the base audio 8 speaker system.  I was thoroughly underwhelmed by all pieces of the system.  The sound quality was poor, and it didn’t get very loud at all.  The head unit itself was clunky, and I didn’t care for the screen quality or the user interface. 

At first I wasn’t sure I wanted to replace the head unit, I thought I would give it a shot at keeping it looking stock.  So I decided to just replace the speakers first.   As mentioned previously I added a few items as part of my initial purchase:

  • Remote Start
  • Hard Top Headliners
  • Kicker Subwoofer

I will go into more detail for each of these later in other posts.  Hopefully, I will remember to come back and update that list with links to the articles.

It is worth noting that prior to purchasing this Jeep, I had never do any audio upgrades on my own.  I always paid shops to do it, and more often than not, I was not satisfied with price or quality.  So with my Jeep, I was going to make a real effort to do things myself.

So at first, I was looking for good quality, good price, and an easy install.  After reading tons of threads various Jeep forums, there seemed to be a consensus that the Mopar 77KICK10 speakers were pretty good.  I bought the Kicker speakers on my own from Quadratec.

I bought 2 pair to replace all 4 speakers in the Jeep. Amazon had them cheaper, but it was not Prime and it was from some random Auto Wholesale or something. However I called Quadratec and they matched the price and had free shipping. So all four are on their way for $138.

The specs on the speakers are kind of hard to find, other than they are 6.5 inch two-way replacement speakers.  They are made by Kicker, but sold as a Mopar part.   And ashamedly I must admit I bought into some of the marketing mumbo jumbo that Kicker/Mopar put out about how it is specifically tuned for the Wrangler.  From the Quadratec page:

Thanks to Mopar’s association with Kicker, you can now upgrade your vehicle’s factory speakers with high-quality two-way replacements. And best of all, Kicker speakers, Subwoofers, and Amplifiers have all been designed specifically for Jeep vehicles, so you get automotive sound the way it was intended. Because Kicker speakers and upgrade packages have been designed specifically for your vehicle, they install quickly and easily

I had already added the Kicker sub as part of my purchase, and it was quite pricey.  I figured I might as well go all in on Kicker.  Most Jeep forums seem pretty decided that the 77KICK10’s are a great upgrade. $138 was a relatively cheap price, and although the front install looked a bit complicated, the soundbar seemed like it would be super easy.

When I got my speakers came in I was impressed with Quadratec and Mopar packaging:

Very secure, not much chance of getting damaged. Shipping was pretty fast, but I was dying for them to get here and of course we had a mini-monsoon as soon as they arrived.

So I didn’t get to start working on it until I was running low on daylight.  I only replaced the Soundbar at first.

Old Speakers:
New Speakers:
Side by side pic:

At this point it was getting dark, and I already had an appointment with the dealer to install my backup camera, remote start, and kicker subwoofer.  So I knew they would have to take the dash apart.  I asked and they said they would go ahead an install the front two 77KICK10 speakers for me.