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Alpine PWE-S8-WRA

Compact powered subwoofer designed for 2011-up Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited models

Item # 500PWES8WR

Whether you're on- or off-road, there's one thing that's missing from your Wrangler Unlimited: deep, accurate bass.

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About the Alpine PWE-S8-WRA

Bass for your Wrangler

Whether you're on- or off-road, there's one thing that's missing from your Wrangler Unlimited: deep, accurate bass. Alpine's PWE-S8-WRA compact powered subwoofer installs neatly under your driver's seat so you can add bass without losing any space.

Bass for your Wrangler

Whether you're on- or off-road, there's one thing that's missing from your Wrangler Unlimited: deep, accurate bass. Alpine's PWE-S8-WRA compact powered subwoofer installs neatly under your driver's seat so you can add bass without losing any space.

Compact design

The PWE-S8-WRA features an 8" sub powered by a built-in 120-watt amplifier, all housed in a compact enclosure which mounts under your seat with the included brackets. The package also includes plug-and-play wiring harnesses to connect this Alpine sub to the Wrangler's factory or aftermarket radio.

Bass control

You can adjust phase, gain, and the low-pass crossover to tailor the bass to your tastes. You can mount the sub's wired remote on your dash, so you can make easy level adjustments from the driver's seat.

Rugged enclosure

The cast-aluminum enclosure protects the sub and amp from rough on- and off-road conditions. It'll stand up to a thumping and keep on bumping. (Note: this sub only works with Wrangler Unlimited models without a factory sub.)

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Product highlights:

  • powered subwoofer with cast aluminum enclosure
  • 8" woofer high-excursion cone
  • built-in Class D amplifier (120 watts RMS/240 watts peak)
  • designed for 4-door Wrangler Unlimited models without factory subs
  • frequency response: 32-150 Hz
  • variable low-pass crossover (80-200 Hz)
  • variable phase control (0-180 degrees)
  • dimensions: 13-1/2"W x 9"H x 3"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # PWE-S8-WRA
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What's in the box:

  • Amplified enclosure with one 8" subwoofer installed
  • 80" Wiring harness (Power/ Ground/ Speaker level input)
  • Wrangler radio T-Harness (with in-line fuseholder)
  • Two 15 amp ATO fuses (one installed in the power wire fuse holder/ 1 spare)
  • Remote level control with 15' cable attached (3.5mm mini-plug on the end)
  • Adhesive backed hook and loop mounting fasteners (to mount the remote)
  • 2 Wrangler mounting brackets
  • Eight M4x10mm Machine screws (each with a flat washer and split lock washer)
  • Four M6x10mm Machine screws
  • Fifteen 7" Zip ties
  • Installation instructions
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information
  • On-line product registration information
  • System installation notice

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Features

Installation: The PWE-S8-WRA mounts to the bottom of the driver's seat in select 2011 and later 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models. The included T-Harness plugs in between the radio and factory harness, and supplies the subwoofer with power and speaker level input. The sub is grounded to a factory ground bolt in the floorboard.

Auto Turn-on: When using the included T-Harness to integrate into the factory speaker level inputs, an automatic circuit turns the amplifier on when it senses an input signal.

Low Pass Filter: The amp has a built-in low-pass filter, variable from 50 to 150 Hz.

Wired Remote: Using the included wired remote you can easily adjust the bass output level from the driver's seat (or wherever you mount the remote). The range is 0 to -20 dB, relative to the gain setting on the subwoofer chassis.

Controls:

  • Gain: rotary control; 1.5-30 volts speaker level
  • Low Pass Filter: rotary control; 50-150 Hz
  • Phase: two position switch; 0° or 180°

Connections:

  • Harness: the included 80" harness contains power (+12 volts), ground (ground lead is 24" long with a ring terminal), and speaker level inputs (left and right)
  • Remote: 3.5mm mini-jack for use with the included wired remote

Dimensions:

  • Width: 9.062" (10.982" including mounting brackets)
  • Height: 2.875"
  • Depth: 9.062"

Tools Required:

  • Panel removal tool
  • #2 Phillips head screwdriver
  • T30 Torx driver
  • T45 Torx driver
  • Ratchet
  • Ratchet extension
  • 7mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket
  • 18mm Socket
  • Drill
  • 9/32" Drill bit

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Only system custom designed for this vehicle and most reviews say its quite good. [ Timothy  Jun 08, 2018 ]
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It was the better option after considering other offers from others suppliers. [ IVAN  Jan 02, 2018 ]
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Fit and functionality for 2015 Jeep Wrangler JKU. [ Greg  Dec 01, 2017 ]
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because [ Tera Cresap  Nov 29, 2017 ]
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Easy install. Easy wiring [ MARK A  Nov 22, 2017 ]
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compact and ease of installation.. [ bernard  Jun 28, 2017 ]
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Wanted to keep a clean install without loss of space. Also wanted a simple plug and play type subwoofer that easily integrates with the factory stereo without going with a separate amp, box, sub, wiring kit and so on. This is more turn key. [ Scott  Dec 11, 2016 ]
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7 questions already asked

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ok, I have installed a new Kenwood ddx6704s and a clarion amp and a maestro idatalink into my 2018 JKU, can I add this sub and will this just plug in between the factory and maestro plug and work as it should?
[ jeff  Jun 17, 2018 ]
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As far as I know, yes, that's all you would have to do. I'm not using a iDatalink Maestro, so I can't say with absolute certainty that it will but it plugs between the factory harness and the factory harness adapter that Crutchfield supplies for head units, so I'm assuming it would plug between the factory harness and the Maestro unit.
[ Jeremy  Jun 23, 2018 ]
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Why this is $200 more than the non-Jeep version? It seems like a steep price to pay for a harness, two small brackets, a few screws and 15 zip ties.
[ Michael  Mar 23, 2017 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing the different options I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Kenny  Mar 24, 2017 ]  Staff
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Maybe its my lack of Sub-woofer knowledge- but would putting it under the seat dampen the sound? I am so close to buying this because of the ease of setup with the harness , But I am afraid the sound will be distorted or rattling because of the placement under the seat.
[ Mark  Mar 22, 2017 ]
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With bass, you feel more than hear. And even mounted to the seat, it resonates throughout the entire cab.
[ Adam  Mar 23, 2017 ]
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I have this subwoofer and it is easy to install, and sounds great, not muffled at all, the speaker aims towards the floor so the base comes out just fine, it will vibrate your but if it's turned up loud, also I do suggest hooking up the aux power wire and don't depend on the sense
[ Eric  Mar 22, 2017 ]
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The deep sounds of a subwoofer don't need the direct line to your ear that the higher pitched notes need. This subwoofer is small in comparison to most so my initial fear was not enough sound. I have found the placement ideal, and the adjustments to both sub volume and crossover frequency (both are adjustable on this unit) take more time to dial in that the actual installation of the unit. After 3 months no issues. This thing is amazing and the best modification if you are keeping the stock radio.
[ MARK A  Mar 22, 2017 ]
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Will this fit under the passenger seat as well? I am thinking about running two of them.
[ Brian  Mar 09, 2017 ]
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To my knowledge, no. The two brackets are different. The inboard (transmission tunnel side) one is wider at the base which, if you have the creativity and materials, you could always mimic the brackets that come with the driver's side one and make some brackets for the other side. Unless you were running RCA's from an aftermarket head unit, you would probably run into impedance issues if using the high level (speaker level) hook up method and running two of the units. Also, if you were going to try to run two and had to make your own mounting brackets for under the passenger seat, it would probably cost a little less to simply get the non "WRA" version of the sub for the second sub.
[ Jeremy  Mar 11, 2017 ]
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How is this able to power without connection to the battery? Are there other units with this similar setup (not needing to run power to the battery, or is this one of a kind.
[ Mark  Feb 17, 2017 ]
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The supplied harness (that attaches to the factory stereo for speaked inputs) also taps the factory stereo power circuit so there is no requirement to run a separate power wire to the battery.
[ Adam  Feb 18, 2017 ]
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The unit has a direct connection to the plug and play adaptor that attaches between your head unit and the factory wiring. Super simple. The connection from the sub unit to the plug and play adaptor is fused, however I still had concerns about the factory fuse/relay being able to handle the added load. Reporting no issues even at high volume for extended periods. All is good. I have no knowledge of any other sub having a direct plug and play wiring harness like this. I appreciate not having to run the power wire through s firewall to the battery.
[ MARK A  Feb 17, 2017 ]
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How could I fit this on a 2015 with the Alpine sound system (Factory sub)?
[ SirNut  Feb 07, 2017 ]
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For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on how everything will integrate and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Kenny  Feb 07, 2017 ]  Staff
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Do they make this to fit a regular Wrangler?
[ JT1234  Jan 28, 2017 ]
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I've only seen a version of the Alpine unit for the JKU (4 door). As you know, JK (2 door) front seat frames are different, as they swing forward to allow for rear passenger entry / exit, and it would be much more difficult to mount the sub to the seat rails as it does on the JKU. I'm not sure, but there also may not be sufficient room under the 2 door's seat frame due to the design of the frame to facilitate folding forward (a cross-member may be in the way, etc.).
[ Jeremy  Mar 11, 2017 ]
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For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit as well as other models that may work and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Kenny  Jan 28, 2017 ]  Staff
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