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Old 10-13-2010
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JL is overpriced and just not worth the money
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Its well worth it if you get awesome deals. I got a like new 1000/1 for $300 and a slightly used 300/4 for $200. Its hard to find better amps for that kind of money.
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for 250 u can get a new AudioQue 1200d, for 375 Sundown SAX 1200. and with sundown u get more than u pay for. so 300 for a 1000 watt JL amp IMHO is not a great deal.
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The Sundown SAX 1200 looks like a good amp, but you have to wire it 1 ohm to get a 1000w rms. Looks to be the same with the AudioQue1200d. Not too good in my application.
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how about the Zed Kronos 1000w at 4 ohms. much more powerful. basically same price it would sound better too.

(actually its underrated its tests more like 1200w, thing is a beast.)
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how about the Zed Kronos 1000w at 4 ohms. much more powerful. basically same price it would sound better too.

(actually its underrated its tests more like 1200w, thing is a beast.)
what does that put out at 1 ohm? 1k and 4 ohms is not seen very often.
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It won't do 1 ohm. it likes 4 ohms. or 2 ohms per channel.

the six channel leviathan has even more power.
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looks sweet, but Im thinking of a JL sub so I kinda want to keep it the same, 3ohms is funky to deal with too. Does anybody know how much 1/0 ga wire is needed to do the big three upgrade?
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If you want to upgrade your grounds.. thats usually a good idea. they get corroded on the rangers. clean them up and use what ever gauge wire you will be using for the amp to upgrade them with. the alternator wire (unless corroded) does not need to be done. it wont increase voltage like many people believe. 1/0 is not needed. 4 guage is plenty for short grounds.
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Just thought I would let everyone know I got it all done. Used fatmat rattle trap for doors back wall and floor. Installed the 6.5'' and the 6x8'' speakers, powering them by a jl audio 300/4. Also a friend help me build a box and mounted a JL Audio 12w7, powered by a JL Audio 1000/1. Thanks eveyone for the help sounds amazing, I'll try and put up some pics soon.
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Nice! W7 has to sound awesome in there!

I've always been a JL fan but everyone bashes me haha. Like a few have said here it sounds best to my ears!

This is giving me motivation to actually finish off my system haha. My Focals need some more juice than what the HU is giving them!
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Great to hear you got it all together and installed, sounds like you did your homework and put together a great system. Lets see the pictures. Have you dial in the amps to get the best performance out of them? What is the pre-out voltage of your head unit? Did you match it to your input voltage of your amp?
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Here's the pics







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Thanks guys, I did get them all dialed in. JL has specs on where to set the amp for the sub I got. I also set the voltage for the headunit. It all sounds awesome, but I need a bigger alternator now. I can't turn it up above half without stuff dimming (not that I would want to though).
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Go find a Explorer alternator out of a junk yard. Check on line and find a capacitor size it to your total amp output generally 1 Fd per 1000 watts. you can go bigger if you find a deal as it is just a quick discharge battery. I run a a lot bigger than I need but the price was right 3.5 Fd cap I picked up for 35 dollars, keeps my system running with no problems.
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Ok awesome, I found a 200a for $200. I might snage it up. I want to add some lights later, so the extra amps might be nice. I'll take a look at some capacitors.
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Ok awesome, I found a 200a for $200. I might snage it up. I want to add some lights later, so the extra amps might be nice. I'll take a look at some capacitors.
Search around like I said my cap at Crutchfields was almost 200 dollars found it at a on line surplus for 35 it pays to shop around.
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It's better to just upgrade your whole electrical system rather than get a capacitor.
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