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Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System

Upgrade the factory sound system in select 2011-up Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models (without Infinity)

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Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System

Overview

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You've got a great set of wheels, but something's missing: the sound of the Jeep factory radio leaves a lot to be desired. Low power, less-then-ideal speaker placement, and dialed-back bass all contribute to the unhappy situation. This VSS Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your Wrangler's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your Wrangler's interior or dash.

Transform your Wrangler's factory sound system

You've got a great set of wheels, but something's missing: the sound of the Jeep factory radio leaves a lot to be desired. Low power, less-then-ideal speaker placement, and dialed-back bass all contribute to the unhappy situation. This VSS Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your Wrangler's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your Wrangler's interior or dash.

processor/amp with wiring

The digital processor/amp and the wiring
are custom-fit for your vehicle.

It plugs into your factory wiring with no cutting

The heart of the system is the Powerstage processor/amp module that plugs in between your car's stock receiver and speakers with the help of a Wrangler-specific wiring harness. Kicker's technicians measured the acoustics of the Wrangler's interior, then developed a program to get the strongest and cleanest audio performance possible from the stock speakers. The Powerstage module breathes new life into your vehicle's factory system, automatically correcting for the limitations of the factory speakers, then adding plenty of power so the speakers can sound their best.

Of course, there's a subwoofer with it

It wouldn't be a sonic upgrade without a subwoofer to bring bass magic to the mix. Kicker includes a custom-fit, powered subwoofer that mounts on the back of the left rear seat. A 200-watt amplifier provides the power you need to feel the bass from the 10" sub in the front seat.

Substage for 2011-up 4-door Wrangler

Substage™ for the Wrangler mounts
on the back of the rear seat.

Do it yourself and save

This VSS upgrade package comes with all the hardware and brackets you'll need, and all the wiring is pre-cut and terminated to help make the installation easier. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions make this sonic upgrade a fun and rewarding project.

Important Note: This upgrade package will only work with the 2011-up Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with the basic, 6-speaker system. It will not work in the 2-door model, or in a Wrangler with the premium (Infinity) sound system.

Install is nothing much; the subwoofer is fantastic but the 4 channel amplifier should be more powerful for the price-tag

Anonymous, New Jersey

What's in the Box:

  • Subwoofer assembly (enclosure/ 10" square subwoofer)
  • Subwoofer amplifier with custom mounting bracket
  • Multi-channel amplifier/DSP with custom mounting bracket
  • 10' Subwoofer body harness
  • 7.5' Subwoofer power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • One M6 x 25mm Bolt
  • Two 30 amp ATO blade fuses
  • Twelve 6" Zip ties
  • 40" Amplifier body harness
  • 7.5' Amplifier power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • Two M6 Bolts with flat washers attached
  • Installation instructions
  • Warranty information
  • Instruction correction note (about fuse values)

Product Highlights:

  • audio upgrade system
  • fits 2011-up 4-door Jeep Wrangler with basic, 4-speaker factory system
  • package includes:
    • digital signal processor with built-in 4-channel amplifier
    • processor features pre-set high-pass filters, EQs, and speaker time alignment
    • amplifier: 50 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms
    • vehicle-specific harness connects processor to factory stereo
    • VSS Substage SWRA411 custom-fit powered subwoofer
    • molded plastic enclosure fits on back of rear seat
    • 10" square subwoofer
    • 200 watts RMS sub amp
  • all power and signal wiring pre-cut and terminated, ready for installation
  • custom-engineered processor/amp mounting bracket
  • illustrated installation and setup instructions
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System Reviews

Average Customer Review:

2 Reviews

Definitely an upgrade

Written by: DaveT from Texas on August 11, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Interesting system... Definitely upgraded the base system in my Jeep Wrangler. Since it's still the same head unit, you have to live with its shortcomings: no gps, no eq other than 3 band etc. it still utilizes the poor quality stock speakers and really does a spectacular job of getting the most out of them. If I had to do it again, I would have replaced the head unit and speakers.. For the money, it would have given a lot more options that way.

Pros: Excellent instructions, moderate difficulty for DIY. Really enhances the stock system

Cons: Still maintains poor quality stock speakers and a limited feature head unit.

Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System

Written by: Anonymous from New Jersey on October 22, 2013

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Install is nothing much; the subwoofer is fantastic but the 4 channel amplifier should be more powerful for the price-tag

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What's in the box?

Download the Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System manual

  • Subwoofer assembly (enclosure/ 10" square subwoofer)
  • Subwoofer amplifier with custom mounting bracket
  • Multi-channel amplifier/DSP with custom mounting bracket
  • 10' Subwoofer body harness
  • 7.5' Subwoofer power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • One M6 x 25mm Bolt
  • Two 30 amp ATO blade fuses
  • Twelve 6" Zip ties
  • 40" Amplifier body harness
  • 7.5' Amplifier power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • Two M6 Bolts with flat washers attached
  • Installation instructions
  • Warranty information
  • Instruction correction note (about fuse values)

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Features

Overview: Kicker's SoundGate PowerStage factory audio upgrade kits are designed to fit in specific year/make/model vehicles. The PWRA411 is compatible with select 2011 and later 4-door Jeep Wranglers (please confirm fit with the Crutchfield vehicle selector, not compatible with the factory Infinity system). Included with the system are a square 10" subwoofer in a custom enclosure, subwoofer amp, multi-channel amp with custom mounting brackets, all the necessary cables to power both amplifiers, and adapter plugs to connect to the factory radio and speakers without cutting into any of the factory wiring.

Multi-Channel Amplifier: The multi-channel amplifier is rated at 50 watts RMS x 4 channels and powers the front and rear factory speakers. The amp also has a built-in computer-optimized, 32-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor) programmed specifically for the Jeep's interior and factory audio system. Custom brackets are bolted to the amp to mount it out of sight. The included wiring harness has adapter plugs that connect between the factory radio and factory harness, so cutting/splicing/testing the existing wires is not necessary. The included power harness is connected to an accessory lug in the engine compartment, and specific wire routing instructions are included.

Subwoofer: The single 10" square Kicker subwoofer is loaded in a custom enclosure and powered by the included 200-watt amplifier. The included wiring harness has adapter plugs that connect to the multi-channel amp's harness (for subwoofer signal input) and the power cable is connected to the accessory lug in the engine compartment. Specific wire routing instructions are included. The subwoofer is mounted behind the rear seat.

Electrical System: Both amplifiers are designed to have minimum impact on the Jeep's charging system.

Dimensions: The listed dimensions do not include the mounting brackets (regardless of these measurements, the amplifier mounting brackets and subwoofer enclosure are custom built to fit in the vehicle):

  • Multi-Channel Amplifier:
    • Width: 8-1/4"
    • Height: 1-3/8"
    • Depth: 6"
  • Subwoofer Amplifier:
    • Width: 7-5/8"
    • Height: 1-1/2"
    • Depth: 3-5/8"
  • Subwoofer Enclosure:
    • Width: 22-1/8"
    • Height: 13"
    • Depth: 10-3/4"

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