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Old 11-03-2010, 05:07 AM
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Yeah, the dash speakers will run off the HU and the 6X9's off the 4 channel, the 2 10's off the mono. A friend of mine has a 68 impala and he outfit it with power acoustik, I was very impressed. For the money the speakers are very clear sounding. Oh, I think I put the wrong link for the box, I meant the one without the kickers as I will be using the Power Acoustiks.
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The dremel would work good. I used a jigsaw on the front doors of my 2008 with good success. Just make sure to wear safety glasses, them little bits of metal fly everywhere!

Have you thought about a spacer though? Just a simple 1/2" piece of MDF might give you enough clearance to avoid cutting the metal.
Thanks! I will be using an adapter that came with the speakers that is already a 1/2". I test fit the panel on and I don't think I can go much thicker.

What attachment did you use on the dremel?
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Thanks! I will be using an adapter that came with the speakers that is already a 1/2". I test fit the panel on and I don't think I can go much thicker.

What attachment did you use on the dremel?
I would think the cutoff wheel would work ok. They also have a diamond bit specifically for cutting metal.
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I am just going to speak strictly from opinion here, and it's based off of the simple routes I've tried with my Ram. Swapping out the speakers actually made the system sound worse... The factory amp is tweaked and tuned to extract the best performance from those cheap speakers, and basically sounds like ass with a quality speaker. The boosts and cuts with the factory eq really add a lot of unwanted timbre and sibilance.

You could start first with upgrading the subwoofer, the JL Stealthbox is a great choice. I believe one of our good members here have one for sale in the classifieds. I've also read of a few installs where other Ram owners swapped out the factory 8" subwoofer for a 10", but it would need to be a ten that likes small enclosures.

Thanks for the response. I will consider the Stealthbox. Do I need to run a new line if I replace the sub? Is the sub signal filtered from the factory amp to compensate for that crappy "Alpine" 8"?

The thing that concerns me is that I had 2 8"s in my last truck and it sounded pretty great compared to the single 8" in this truck.
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You could try using the output from the factory amp, but I am not sure what the impedence is of that stock sub.
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Hey everyone,

I'm hoping someone can answer my question as my local dealer has not been able to....

I have a 2004 Dodge RAM Quad Laramie AWD truck with the stock Infinity stereo. I am wanting to upgrade the stereo to a newer model year stock stereo unit with Bluetooth capability.

Does anyone know if this is possible?
Will the Bluetooth work? Does it need anything special (computer?) or is it entirely controlled within the deck?

Has anyone done this already????

Any insight is appreciated. I have a 2010 model that is reasonably priced and available to me now.

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Hey everyone,

I'm hoping someone can answer my question as my local dealer has not been able to....

I have a 2004 Dodge RAM Quad Laramie AWD truck with the stock Infinity stereo. I am wanting to upgrade the stereo to a newer model year stock stereo unit with Bluetooth capability.

Does anyone know if this is possible?
Will the Bluetooth work? Does it need anything special (computer?) or is it entirely controlled within the deck?

Has anyone done this already????

Any insight is appreciated. I have a 2010 model that is reasonably priced and available to me now.

Thanks,
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The newer style decks (REN, RER, RBZ, etc) are Can-Bus style decks which run off a 5v system. Some are high speed bus and some are low speed bus. I would suggest going aftermarket before anything...
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[QUOTE=Siouxper Trucker;349476]First of all I would like to thank you guys for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us. I just purchased a new 2010 Dodge Ram Big Horn Crew Cab Long Box with the 6 factory speakers in it. Although it sounds decent for a factory radio, I would like to put something better in. I have picked out the components and would like to get your thoughts on the system.

JVC KW-XR810
http://mobile.jvc.com/product.jsp?mo...hId=148&page=1

(4) 6X9 Power Acoustik XP-694K
http://www.poweracoustik.com/pa2006/...IO_SPK_xp.html

(2) 3.5" Polk Audio db351
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107DB35...51.html?tp=105

(2) 10" Power Acoustik P3-12W
http://www.poweracoustik.com/pa2006/...IO_wof_p3.html

1 Power Acoustik ONV1-2000D and ONV4-1200
http://www.poweracoustik.com/pa2006/...amp_gothic.htm

2002-2010 Dodge Quad cab jumbo poly with Kicker speakers
http://caraudiofactory.com/20022010-...64e843487d17dc

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METRA 95 2009 DOUBLE DIN RADIO DASH INSTALL KIT

Is there anything that I am missing or any suggestions you have? I would greatly appreciate any thoughts you might have.[/QU

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First of all I would like to thank you guys for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us. I just purchased a new 2010 Dodge Ram Big Horn Crew Cab Long Box with the 6 factory speakers in it. Although it sounds decent for a factory radio, I would like to put something better in. I have picked out the components and would like to get your thoughts on the system.

JVC KW-XR810
http://mobile.jvc.com/product.jsp?mo...hId=148&page=1

(4) 6X9 Power Acoustik XP-694K
http://www.poweracoustik.com/pa2006/...IO_SPK_xp.html

(2) 3.5" Polk Audio db351
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107DB35...51.html?tp=105

(2) 10" Power Acoustik P3-12W
http://www.poweracoustik.com/pa2006/...IO_wof_p3.html

1 Power Acoustik ONV1-2000D and ONV4-1200
http://www.poweracoustik.com/pa2006/...amp_gothic.htm

2002-2010 Dodge Quad cab jumbo poly with Kicker speakers
http://caraudiofactory.com/20022010-...64e843487d17dc

PAC Chrysler Radio Replacement Interface
METRA 95 2009 DOUBLE DIN RADIO DASH INSTALL KIT

Is there anything that I am missing or any suggestions you have? I would greatly appreciate any thoughts you might have.


I ordered the Fox Box from Foxacoustic for the dodge ram quad cab. I have two JL 12w3v3-2 in it with an Alpine 1000x1 and it's more than enough. In fact my amp is only half way up and it's crazy. I paid 200 for the box, and for a couple hundred more you can have the JL subs which are far better than those kickers in the box your link had or the power acoustic stuff.

Keep in mind that this is just my opinion, but spend a little extra and get the mid level JL 2-way or Infinity Kappa 6.5's those are nice and not too expensive and forget the polk audio stuff. Just make sure you get the adapters to save you time on the door speaker install. I'd think you would also want an amp to power all your door speakers to keep up with the sub's. 50 watts each speaker. Then hush mat or something like it. Again, this is just my opinion and I'm sure there is 100 different ways to look at it but I think that's a good balance between quality and volume.
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Thanks! I will be using an adapter that came with the speakers that is already a 1/2". I test fit the panel on and I don't think I can go much thicker.

What attachment did you use on the dremel?
Thanks again for the input on this minor issue. It turns out the Alpine SPR-17C speakers come with a ring that I missed when I first opened the box. So the speakers fit well and all I had to do was drill a couple of holes for the adapter bracket. I can't wait to be done.

I have just a couple of additional questions and I will hopefully leave everyone alone.

1) I am putting an Alpine PDX-5 and Imprint under the driver's front seat. Of course, both need to be grounded. I've heard some say they have had problems attaching to the seat mount hardware and some swear by it. What are your thoughts? Should I grind off paint. Is there a better bolt closer that I am missing? Should I put in a bolt?

2) I am running Ai-Net cable from the H/U to the Imprint and RCA's from the Imprint to the amplifier. I have run new speaker wire to the rear doors already and I will be doing the front next. I received a Chrysler harness to attach to the Alpine H/U when I bought it from Crutchfield. I was thinking that I would not bother with connecting the speaker wires from the H/U to the factory harness and instead tape them off. Is this a good idea?

3) It looks like I have managed to keep the speaker wires away from the amp power except for the front speaker. It looks like I will cross the power cable but I am trying to do it at a right angle. Do you think this will be an issue? Anyway I can shield or protect it? I really want to avoid noise.

4) If you have mounted a bluetooth box in your ram, where did you put it? I'm not talking about the mic but the actual box.

Sorry for all the questions. I think this should get me through the remainder of the install. It's been great so far though I am really not looking forward to running the speaker wire for the front doors. The back were hard enough and the front look harder.
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