The Jeep Gladiator comes with an eight-speaker sound system. While it’s not the worst audio setup out there, it will not be enough for many people who love to enjoy music as they cruise through the streets.
If you are a Jeep Gladiator owner and have been contemplating an audio system upgrade, we are here to help. In this piece, we will discuss how to upgrade speakers on Jeep Gladiator and how much you might have to pony up for the project.
What Sound System Does A Jeep Gladiator Have?
As we mentioned above, Jeep Gladiators usually have an eight-speaker sound system. You can connect your media player to the system via USB ports or Bluetooth. There are two USB ports in the setup.
The Jeep Gladiator Sport, Sport S, and Willys have eight speakers and two USB ports. However, the 2022 models of Jeep Gladiator Mojave, Overland, and Rubicon have nine speakers.
Can You Upgrade Your Jeep Gladiator Speakers?
Of course, you can. It’s one of the most common upgrades Jeep Gladiator owners go for. The original quality is not bad by any means. But it could always be better! If you are a music aficionado who craves more detail in the sound quality, you should upgrade the speakers.
When Should You Upgrade Your Jeep Gladiator Speakers?
1. You Don’t Like The Default Audio System
Those who love listening to podcasts or music while driving can be incredibly picky about the sound quality. To deliver the perfect sound quality, car speakers must cope with various factors, like heating, distortions, and vibrations.
While the Jeep Gladiator speakers are decent, they are nowhere near the best in the business. So, you might find the standard-issue Jeep Gladiator speakers lackluster. In that case, an upgrade is a must.
2. The Speakers Got Damaged
This one is a no-brainer, isn’t it? If your car speaker breaks down, you have to replace them. Instead of going for a like-for-like replacement, you should consider spending a bit extra to enjoy some special perks.
3. You Are A Techie
As a techie, you probably get pumped up about the latest developments in automotive audio. If you feel excited to experience state-of-the-art audio in your vehicle, upgrading your speakers should be a worthwhile investment.
How Much Do You Have To Spend For Upgrading Your Jeep Gladiator Speakers?
If you hire a professional to install the new speakers, you will have to pay $80-$150 per hour. You can save this money if you can do the job yourself. Even if you are not much of a handyman, you can get the hang of it by watching a few YouTube tutorials.
Let’s now figure out how much the speakers will cost. You must invest at least $50 to get a good pair of front-dash tweeters. To replace the default 6.5-inch and 3.5-inch speakers on the back, you need at least a $150 budget.
A 6×9-inch speaker can do an even better job than a pair of smaller speakers. However, it won’t be cheap. For a 6×9-inch speaker setup, you will have to spend between $300 to $350. It can make a huge difference in the audio quality.
How To Upgrade Speaker On Jeep Gladiator
For a comprehensive audio upgrade, you need to install subwoofers and amplifiers alongside new speakers. But here, we will only discuss the speakers. What speakers should you get, and where should you install them?
Front Speaker Upgrade
Take out the 3.5″ default front speakers and replace them with new ones. Open the grills on the driver’s and passenger’s sides of the vehicle. Don’t apply too much pressure. Otherwise, you might end up breaking them.
Unscrew the front speakers using a right-angle screwdriver. Turn off the 8-ohm speaker after you’ve removed it. Plug in the new speakers and screw them in place. A clicking sound will confirm the successful installation of the speakers.
Rear Speaker Upgrade
Take an Alan key kit and use it to unscrew the plates. There are 3.5″ and 6.5″ stock components within each speaker pair. Unplug and unscrew them with caution. Put the new speakers into the empty slots after removing the old ones. Tighten the screws to finish the installation.
What if you choose to install a single 6×9-inch speaker instead? It’ll require a bit more effort, but it’s nothing you can’t do by yourself. You will enjoy doing this if you are a DIY enthusiast. Even if you are not, read on to find out whether you can do this or not.
Use a rear speaker soundbar mounting kit to make the process easier. Place the frame over the speaker hole and mark the interior with cut lines. Carefully grind it up with cutters. Make sure the back part does not get damaged in the process.
Take a drill and make new holes for the speaker to go in. We recommend using some Poly-fil for improved sound quality. After the slot is complete, place the 6×9 speaker and fasten the screws. It might sound complicated, but once you start, you will find it relatively easy.
Learning how to upgrade speakers on Jeep Gladiator is not much of a difficult challenge. If you can carry out the installation yourself, you can spend the money you save to buy high-end speakers for your cherished Jeep. So, give it a try.
I am Rick Bofia, a Jeep mechanic with a wealth of experience in repairing and maintaining Jeeps of all models and ages. I take pride in my expertise in diagnosing and repairing complex Jeep problems, from engine and transmission issues to suspension and brake system repairs. My passion for Jeeps and my dedication to delivering top-quality services have earned me a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy mechanic in the Jeep community. Whether you need routine maintenance or major repairs, you can trust me to get your Jeep back on the road in optimal condition.