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Old 08-21-2013, 03:50 PM
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Default Woke-up the Alpine sound system!!!

Well I just finished my audio upgrade and boy did it make a difference.

2013 CC / 8.4an head unit and Alpine 9 speaker and 1 subwoofer system.

I started off with the front dash speakers. I installed Infinity Reference 3032cf speakers (front sound stage) and disconnect the center dash speaker for better separation. The front stage sound is more crisp and defined. I was able to change my center fade control closer to center with the much improved sound. Disabling the center speaker removed the muddy sound that I didn't like. I can hear the front door speakers now with the change in the center balance. The dash speakers are plug & play if ordered from http://www.crutchfield.com/p_1083032...032cf&skipvs=T with free wire harness. Picture #1.

Second I installed behind the back seat the JBL GTO-501EZ Amp (500 watts rms @ 2 ohm's) and the JBL GTO-RBC Wired Remote Control along with a 4 gauge wire kit. I wired the amp to the OEM subwoofer (8" DVC 2 ohm subwoofer). I wired it in series so that made it 4 ohm's impedance @ 350 watts rms output. This is more than enough power (350 watts rms) for the OEM subwoofer. The JBL Amp woke-up the subwoofer and now I can shake the cab of the truck with rich deep bass and sharp thump. Picture #3.

If you get the JBL GTO-501EZ Amp make sure you get the wired remote control (JBL GTO-RBC) so you can adjust the amount of bass from the dash. See picture #2.

I spent less than $280 to get the sound that should have been there from Alpine and Dodge to start with. Now I have premium sound.

Subwoofer wiring harness color: Picture #4
Gray / White Stripe (+) Dark Green / White Stripe (-)
Gray / Brown Stripe (+) Dark Green / Brown Stripe (-)

Subwoofer wire colors:
Coil 1-- White (+) Black (-)
Coil 2-- White (+) Black (-)
Wired in series 4 ohm impedance: Amp output (+) to White (+), Black (-) to White (+), Black (-) to Amp return (-)

Install note: With the 8.4an head unit you need to use the remote turn-on wire with the JBL GTO-501EZ Amp. The auto sensing when used will not turn the amplifier off after 5 minutes. You need to run the wire to a switched 12 volt source and turn the switch on the back of the Amp. to off. This was the only problem I had with the install.

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Old 08-23-2013, 03:39 PM
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Good job. Now add a real sub. For the cheap, you can beef up the OE enclosure, and add a somewhat shallow 8". I'm still liking my EZ amp. I wish I would have gone with the 5-channel though. My next major purchase is going to be the MS-8 -- to get-r-done right!
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Good job. Now add a real sub. For the cheap, you can beef up the OE enclosure, and add a somewhat shallow 8". I'm still liking my EZ amp. I wish I would have gone with the 5-channel though. My next major purchase is going to be the MS-8 -- to get-r-done right!
That MS-8 is way to much $$$ for me.

I'm liken the OEM subwoofer for now. I can shake the whole truck if I want too. Still doing some fine adjustments, but real happy with the upgrade. The best part is the dash remote control for the amp. by not needing to go behind the seat to adjust the amp. volume to the subwoofer.

I'm running my OEM 8.4an head unit at volume 20-25 and everything is sounding nice and clear with the upgrade.

If the OEM subwoofer blows I will replace it with a Sundown Audio SD-2 subwoofer and box.

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Nice job! I have already replaced the front two speakers and disconnected the center. It is unbelievable, the difference that it makes in the sound stage! I was looking at the sub replacement next. I think I will get the amp first and do as you did and see how it sounds. I am trying to build my system a little at a time and if the amp is best bang for the buck, then that is what I will do next. I will look at replacing door speakers and then sub after that and a MS-8 or something like it down the road (with another amp) after I have the quality speakers I need first. Thanks for the info and showing me the next step in my (ongoing) Alpine upgrade.
Questons: Where and how did you tap into your power?
How hard was it to (and how did you) run the wire for the remote.

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Power to an aftermarket amp must come straight from the battery. I have so many wires run up and down the both sides -- that it's difficult to snap the sills back on.

OP, If you are shaking your truck with the OE sub, it won't last long. But this would be a blessing.
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it would be nice if you could see that wiring picture... it's too small
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Thanks for the info gcscott.On the Crutchfield site it says"
True Four Ohm Impedance technology: speaker's 2-ohm impedance combines with speaker wire impedance for a 4-ohm load".Did you notice a drop in volume?I dont really understand the OHM thing.
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Nice job! I have already replaced the front two speakers and disconnected the center. It is unbelievable, the difference that it makes in the sound stage! I was looking at the sub replacement next. I think I will get the amp first and do as you did and see how it sounds. I am trying to build my system a little at a time and if the amp is best bang for the buck, then that is what I will do next. I will look at replacing door speakers and then sub after that and a MS-8 or something like it down the road (with another amp) after I have the quality speakers I need first. Thanks for the info and showing me the next step in my (ongoing) Alpine upgrade.
Questons: Where and how did you tap into your power?
How hard was it to (and how did you) run the wire for the remote.

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(1) Power for the amp comes from the battery using a wiring kit.

(2) The wire for the remote runs under the door sills (along with the amp wiring) and behind the dash and out a hole in the dash as shown in the picture.
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Thanks for the info gcscott.On the Crutchfield site it says"
True Four Ohm Impedance technology: speaker's 2-ohm impedance combines with speaker wire impedance for a 4-ohm load".Did you notice a drop in volume?I dont really understand the OHM thing.

Hard to understand your question:

Front speakers, I had no noticeable loss of volume.

Subwoofer, (single OEM 8" speaker) wired at 4 ohm has more than enough volume @ 350 watts. If I ran at full volume the subwoofer would blow.

Hope this helps.
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Yeah,I kinda screwed up there but your reply helped.Cheers.
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