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Stephen J's 2000 Dodge Intrepid

I started my Crutchfield career as a product advisor. I fielded thousands of customer questions about A/V equipment, designing systems for homes, cars, and the occasional party bus. Do that for eight years, and you begin to understand what people really want from their gear. You also get a lot of hands-on experience with the latest products. That's one of the coolest things about working here. As a writer, I enjoy translating technical jargon into easy-to-understand language. My goal is to make shopping for speakers and amplifiers simple. After all, this stuff is supposed to be fun! Outside of work, I enjoy playing and teaching music. I'm always on the lookout for interesting left-handed guitars.

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Items installed:


  • JVC KD-S15 CD reciever (20 watts RMS x4).
  • A pair of 6-3/4" Infinity speakers in the front door.
  • A pair of 6"x9" Infinity speakers in the back.
  • A pair of Infinity tweeters in the front doors beside the windows.
  • A pair of Kicker comp 12" inch subwoofers.
  • A Sony Xplod 1200 watt amplifier. You can hear every word said loud or not so loud and without it sounding cheap and fuzzy because this amp wasn't cheap.

Installation Description


I got someone else to put my 6"x9"s and 6-3/4"s in, but my tweeters came in great condition with the car. I bought my wiring harness kit, dash kit, and my CD player and installed them myself in under a hour. For that all I needed was a screw driver, wire crimpers, and electrical tape, but different people use different ways.

My subwoofers and amplifier sound nice together. I just had them professionally installed because I knew how to put them in but the whole running the wires under the carpet and tuning the amp are the parts I wasn't good at. They sound great and you can hear me coming when I'm driving from a distance.

Q&A Section


Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

When I got a job and realized that I needed to upgrade it.


What's the first thing you show people about your installation?

My subwoofers and how they sound.


Why did you choose these products?

Because all in all they weren't too expensive but the sound quality is great.


What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Figuring how to get the dash out at first.


What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?

My 6"x9"s ,6.75"s and possibly tweeters. I want new Kickers, or Infinty brands for those so they'll sound great.


My 2 12 My 2 12" Kicker Comps and box.
My amp before it was hooked up. My amp before it was hooked up.
One of my Infinity tweeters. One of my Infinity tweeters.
My CD player in my car. My CD player in my car.
Me the day I got my subwoofers. Me the day I got my subwoofers.

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  • Chris from Wernersville

    Posted on 7/17/2015

    I had problems putting my head unit in. Any advise? How did you connect the dash illumination wire. It wasn't on the harness

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/17/2015

    Chris, if you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details. If it turns out that you have the wrong harness, we have the right one here and we can give you over-the-phone help installing it.

  • mikey from Silver city nm

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    are the tweeters 2" ?!?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    Mikey, this is one of our older Car Showroom articles. Infinity may have had a component system with 2" tweeters, but we don't currently carry it. Typically, the larger tweeters in component systems tend to be 1-1/2".

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