The owner of this 2020 Jeep Wrangler contacted Ocala Car Audio to enlist our assistance in finishing this customization project. He had purchased this Jeep for his daughter and wanted us to coordinate several upgrades to match his vision. This Jeep Wrangler started life in Las Vegas with a 392-cubic inch V8 that can crank out a mind-bending 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle already had a lift kit and 37-inch tires. He wanted us to upgrade the interior, install a premium entertainment system and have the vehicle painted. After reviewing the project, we agreed to coordinate its completion with the help of several local shops.
Jeep Wrangler Entertainment System Upgrade
We started with what we do best: an audio system upgrade. The heart of the new stereo is a Stinger UN1810 multimedia receiver that’s known as the Heigh10. This radio features a massive 10-inch display and includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. We upgraded the radio with an SXV300v1 SiriusXM satellite radio receiver so she’d be able to listen to any genre of music she wanted.
Our technicians used Stinger’s SRK-JW18EH installation kit to integrate the radio into the dash and allow it to communicate with the data network in the vehicle. Not only do the volume buttons on the steering wheel work with the Heigh10, but the radio can display engine and drivetrain information on the screen.
The new radio feeds a five-channel JL Audio VX1000/5i amplifier that we mounted under the driver’s seat using JL’s SBA-J-JLU-UAR bracket. This amp is rated to produce 75 watts of power from the four main channels and 600 watts from the subwoofer channel. More importantly, it includes a powerful digital signal processor that we used to configure the speaker’s crossovers, output levels and equalization settings. A four-AWG JL Audio XD-PCS4-1B power kit feeds the amp, and we added a JL Audio DRC-205 remote level control to make it easy to adjust the subwoofer output level from the front seat.
Jeep Wrangler Speaker Choices
For speakers, we installed two sets of JL Audio C3-650 6.5-inch components. The front set replaces the woofers in the bottom of the dash and the small midrange speakers near the windshield. The second set is mounted in the overhead soundbar just behind the driver and passenger seats.
Delivering solid bass performance was important to the upgrade, so we removed the stock subwoofer from the vehicle and purchased new trim panels so that we could install a set of JL Audio Stealthbox enclosures. The SB-J-JL4DPAS/10TW1-4 and SB-J-JL4DDRV/10TW1-4 enclosures feature 10TW1-4 10-inch subwoofers in fiberglass pods that are optimized for the area above the rear wheel well.
Remote Starter and Accessory Upgrades
With all the customization planned for the vehicle, the owner wanted it to be protected. We installed a Compustar remote car starter with its Alarm-It security upgrade. The security options include shock, tilt and motion sensors along with a high-output siren. The client chose one of the classic Compustar 901 two-way LCD remotes and the DroneMobile smartphone interface to control the alarm and starter. DroneMobile uses cellular communication to relay commands from the smartphone to the vehicle and provides alerts instantly if someone is tampering with it.
Accessories and Lighting
Next, we added a few functional and styling upgrades to the vehicle. We installed a set of XK Glow LED wheel rings along with a Pro-Series under-car kit and their Jeep-specific third brake light system. All the accent lighting can be controlled by a smartphone application to choose a color or change the pattern when the Jeep is parked.
We installed a Warn full-width crawler bumper and mounted a VR Evo 12-S 12000-pound winch to it. This winch includes 90 feet of 3/8-inch synthetic cable. We added a set of 3.5-inch Heise HE-DL2 LED driving lights to the bumper to help her see once the sun sets.
Working With Local Partners
We had our friends at Titan Up Automotive Services install an Alea Leather kit on the front and rear seats. The kit also includes new leather trim pieces that fit around the transfer case and gear selector.
Our client felt that the Jeep Wrangler was a little to tall. To help accommodate them we worked with a couple of local partners. Ocala Tire Service helped by installing smaller 35″ tires. After the tires were changed, we took the Jeep to Groeb Motorsports to help lower the suspension.
The icing on the cake for the project was a trip to see Claudio and Paintworx for a custom paint job. The Jeep came to use in a rather bland gray. The client wanted something vibrant and exciting and chose a custom metallic yellow hue that made this vehicle absolutely POP!
Ocala’s Vehicle Customization Experts
Working with our vehicle customization partners in the area, we upgraded this Jeep into something classy and unique for our client. He was very happy with the results and impressed with our ability to manage the project. We’re sure his daughter is going to love her new Jeep Wrangler. If you’re interested in upgrading your Jeep, drop by Ocala Car Audio and speak with one of our Product Specialists. You can also reach us by phone or e-mail using our contact page.