Select Increments XJ-Pod
1998 Jeep Cherokee
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Good overall sound. Little bit of ratttke
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Item #: 663XJPOD
Select Increments brings you the XJ-Pod, a great-looking way to add some kick to your 1984-01 Jeep Cherokee. This textured plastic subwoofer enclosure fits neatly in the passenger-side rear panel of your Cherokee without taking up any crucial cargo space.
The sealed enclosure will accomodate an 8" sub, and has an internal volume of .40 cubic feet. The enclosure comes with metal mesh speaker grille and installation hardware.
Please enter your vehicle information or call a Sales Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this model is compatible with your vehicle.
Good overall sound. Little bit of ratttke
I installed this box in my nephew's Jeep Cherokee along with some additional speaker upgrades and a Kenwood head unit. He is now a hit among his friends with the best sounding stereo system. Definitely buy some Dynamat and install generously to avoid any rattling. As always, Crutchfield's customer service was A+++!!
Pros: Doesn't take up much room and allows you to maintain your cargo space.
Cons: Speaker grill isn't universal. Some modifications may be necessary.
Good box for the $$. Didnt want to build a custom box for my daughters car, this was a good low cost solution. Bass output from a punch 8" is good for us!
Pros: easy to install, fit well
Cons: speaker grill did not fit with my punch sub
I got this box thinking it would be great to add some necessary bass to my xj while maintaining hatch storage space, I installed the box with a 250rms infinity sub and it rattles and vibrates like crazy. After dynamatting and adding several additional screws it helped a little but still not impressed, ended up buying a normal 8inch sealed enclosure for a third of the price
This hard plastic pod fits perfectly in the cargo area crevice. Mounting it was a little difficult. You get 6 sheet metal screws to attach it to the interior panel. It only secures the suboofer area of the pod. The pointy front of the pod just sits there. It might rattle when I put my sub in it. Idk yet. Other than that it is exactly what you think it is when you open the box.
Pros: Perfect fit, nice accessories
Cons: Mounting a little difficult, might rattle when sub is installed.
If you install it per the instructions, you won't have any rattles (I don't). I went one step further and installed dynamat behind the interior panel. I installed the dynamat everywhere I could see metal after I removed the panel that the enclosure mounts to. The one issue/complaint I have is the foam dampening material (looks like egg crate foam) that comes with the enclosure doesn't allow the enclosure to fit quite right into the interior panel. I may have to do some cutting of the visible dampening material. I would suggest cutting the dampening material that comes with the enclosure into smaller pieces. Other than that, it is working great and doesn't take up any room. I have a Sound Ordanance 8" 4 ohm sub with a sound Ordanance 1350 mono-block amp (210x1 @ 4 ohms) and it sounds lovely! I have an Alpine CDE-153BT CD Receiver providing the smarts. To fit the sub, I had to clearance the opening of this enclosure a little bit. I used a deburring tool (looks like a pencil), which has a sharp curved edge. I went around the opening until the sub fit just right.
Pros: Does the job
Cons: Fit using dampening material that comes with the box isn't perfect (user error?).
I read all the reveiws before installing to see some of the downsides to this box. most of the complaints were not that the speaker sound was bad but the rattling from flimsy install directions and the vibration thru the entior panels was the issues. i first removed the factory interior pannel and taped plastic to the inside fender wall. i took the xj pod and used a whole tube of cylicone to cover the whole back side of the pod then screwed the xj pod into the enterior panel and let it dry. i cyliconed the out side edge of the pod to the panel as well, i used four cans of expanding foam and sprayed the plastic i put on the inside fender and allowed the foam to expand and dry between layers before i put the enterior panel back in with xj pod attatched. i did have to cut some of the foam back for a snug fit. i am using a infinity 8" referance with a 200 watt rms infinity amp and it sounds great. the only vibration i get is from the front enterior dome light above my head.. it was all worth the few hrs in a weekend total for the cylicone and multiple layers of foam to set. i can tell you i have plenty of bass as my out side and inside mirrors shake and it sounds clear.....i would only recomend this box if you are willing to put in the extra work to avoid the issues of vibration and rattling.....i would recomend to use the corect speaker for the sealed enclosure size as well. as i stated earlier it is a good box and i am very pleased with it.
Pros: good sounding box overall with the right speaker, components and a little extra work to ensure quality bass.
Cons: installation for good sound takes more work than what people may be willing do.
Difficult install with additional padding. Poor quality sound.
After reading the other reviews about rattles from this box, I decided to go overboard on the sound dampening. I used Dynamat on the inside of the box, as well as on the hidden side of the plastic panel, and the inside of the sheet metal in the back corner. I also used weatherstrip on the backside of all plastic parts in that corner of the vehicle, then put polyester fiberfill in the cavity behind the panel. I installed a JBL GTO804 and hooked it up to an Infinity Kappa Five amp. I have clean, loud bass with all types of music from rap to classical, and rock to techno. Beautiful sound.
Lets face it the basic concept is: lets mount a single sub expected to fill a medium sized suv cabin with sound to a thin piece of plastic in the back corner. It is IMPOSSIBLE to put a powerful sub into something like this without getting rattling. that being said, the box is .40 cubes, which means that aside from the rattle its a near perfect match to my 8" polk momo sub as far as size goes, and the bass is tight and clean(if occasionally dirtied by plastic rattling), it only rattles on extremely strong, low notes, especially sudden ones like strong kickdrums. All in all, its at a major acoustic disadvantage compared to a traditional box, but mount it carefully and securely, and dont expect to run more than 250 watts to the sub in it, and it'll do exactly what it claims, fill in the bass (which the tiny 5 1/4 factory speaker mounts assure you dont have) without filling your trunk. side note: the polk momo 8" sub has performed beautifully as has the profile 65Wx2 amp bridged to power it.
I purchased this box with relatively low expectations given the review that was previously made for this product. I have to say that it more than exceeded my expectations and was the right product for my needs. I compared this product to the Infinity Basslink II, which is a fantastic unit, but found this box (with an Infinity reference 8" sub and rockford amp) to be the perfect compliment to my infinity system (6020cs & 5022i). It does not produce bone shattering bass but adds a kick to my sound system. I did not want to be heard a block away. The sound is contained within the vehicle and the box is barely noticeable in the trunk. I would rate this box a 5, but the instructions included with the unit were less than helpful, the manner in which it attaches to the panel is awkward and flimsy, and it does have a tendancy to rattle the panel on certain notes at higher volumes (it is very minor and would probably be remedied by applying dynamat, which I plan to do when it warms up outside). Besides those minor problems, I am very pleased with this unit. If I could do it all over, I would still purchase this unit.
Unfortunately, the truth is it's just not a great design. A really great idea- but not logical. I was looking to installing some power into this enclosure to save space as I'm always using my cargo space for my business, (and got a little tired of lugging the dual 12" bandpass box in and out everytime I needed the room,) but this enclosure just can't handle decent power without vibrations. I knew there was an existing possibility of getting some rattling when installing a sub in this box, so I took the time to apply Dynamat to the entire metal body behind the factory panel, along with some additional sound proofing between the enclosure itself, and the plastic cargo panel it was being attached to. (In addition to the foam inserts and wraps that come with the enclosure.) Running a mono Alpine amp into an 8" 200w RMS Polk Momo subwoofer, (an amazing subwoofer I learned with this project, by the way!) it was just too powerful to pound out of the XJ pod. The unit was secure, but even after a second attempt of securing it with the screws in different mounting positions, this one corner of the pod in particular was vibrating beyond belief. I would say it MAY be possible to mount the pod with minimal vibrations, but would suggest possibly considering even more sound dampening than I used, (and that was what I thought would be enough precautionary measures,) mount it differently than using the supplied self-tapping screws, or possibly just using a lower rated subwoofer. I tried, but returned it... just have to stick with the task of moving the bandpass from time to time. It was discouraging though, as it did look really neat and clean, matching the interior perfectly.
|Number of Boxes||1|
|Number of Speakers Per Box||1|
|Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)||7 1/16|
|Maximum Speaker Depth (inches)||6|
|Box Volume (cubic feet)||0.4|
|Second Depth (inches)||---|
|Wood Thickness (inches)||---|
|Speaker Wire Connectors||None|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The XJ-Pod is a fantastic addition to your 84-01 Cherokee sound system. This unique speaker housing seamlessly fits in to the cargo-area side panel of your Cherokee.
Applications: The XJ-Pod fits all 84-01 Jeep Cherokees.
Speakers: The XJ-Pod will accept most 8" subwoofers.
Note: Speakers or wiring not included.
Enclosure: The enclosure is constructed of a sturdy plastic material that will stand up to your abuse for years to come and compliment your vehicle's interior with a factory appearance. The enclosure is black in color.
Grill: The enclosure comes with a durable round 8" metal-mesh speaker grille to protect your woofer.
XJ-Pod Installation: The XJ-Pod installs easily and seamlessly in the cargo-area side panel of your 84-01 Jeep Cherokee without taking up any of your cargo space.
Tools Required: The following tools are needed for installation of your XJ-Pod.
Note: You may need a Roto cut-out tool if you have to make the speaker hole slightly larger to fit your desired speaker.
Box Type: Sealed
Enclosure Material: Plastic
Number of Chambers: 1
Cutout Shape: Round
Cutout Diameter: 7.0625"
Max Frame Diameter: 8.8125"
Max Driver Depth: 5.998"
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