Anyone install the Alpine PSS-23WRA factory upgrade kit?

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Keep in mind this is not the same as the Alpine upgrade from the factory. This kit is only an amp, 2 tweeters, and a sub. If I'm not mistaken, the factory upgrade is for all speakers. For $1200, heck for even $800, you can do a lot better aftermarket!



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Garbage. Total waste of money. All my speakers pop and hiss at anything over 20 on the volume bass while it has some now is a joke with the tops off its even worse my jbl Bluetooth destroys this thing.
 

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That sucks man. I've been wondering if this was BETTER than my 8.4" Alpine. I kind of thought it would be and the dealer was selling us the $400 version for $1500.

My Alpines not amazing but I'm glad it's built in and it does the job. May upgrade the amp or something one day just not worth the hassle right now and I hate having car audio stuff for people to make my Jeep a target.
 

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Just installed this in my JLUR. I had the 7” uconnect system without factory sub. Also have the one touch power top (which alters soundstage when open)-

First thoughts-
Yes it’s expensive. But... worth it in my opinion. The custom bracket, the pre-made wiring harness, the plug and play functionality all made my installation a breeze. Literally was done in just about an hour.

Second- before purchasing I took my rig to a very high end shop to hear what they might want to do to make the jeep sound better... and got a $3500 estimate. The reality is, I didn’t buy this jeep because I’m an audiophile- if you are then I’m sure this system isn’t for you. If you just want a dramatic improvement to the volume levels and overall soundstage with some much needed bass that’s lacking from the factory- this is the perfect solution.

Finally- for all of those saying their speakers are popping and cracking- it’s important to check all of the dip switches/cross over settings on the amp and sub before you install- I am not having any issues with this but can definitely see where it would be easy to screw up those settings and ruin your system. The instructions very clearly lay out the ideal settings for the stock radio install.
 

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Just installed this in my JLUR. I had the 7” uconnect system without factory sub. Also have the one touch power top (which alters soundstage when open)-

First thoughts-
Yes it’s expensive. But... worth it in my opinion. The custom bracket, the pre-made wiring harness, the plug and play functionality all made my installation a breeze. Literally was done in just about an hour.

Second- before purchasing I took my rig to a very high end shop to hear what they might want to do to make the jeep sound better... and got a $3500 estimate. The reality is, I didn’t buy this jeep because I’m an audiophile- if you are then I’m sure this system isn’t for you. If you just want a dramatic improvement to the volume levels and overall soundstage with some much needed bass that’s lacking from the factory- this is the perfect solution.

Finally- for all of those saying their speakers are popping and cracking- it’s important to check all of the dip switches/cross over settings on the amp and sub before you install- I am not having any issues with this but can definitely see where it would be easy to screw up those settings and ruin your system. The instructions very clearly lay out the ideal settings for the stock radio install.

Question, after install, what happens with the underseat A/C, heat duct? Is it blocked? I cant imagine its good in the winter to have hot air blowing on the amp and sub...???
 

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Question, after install, what happens with the underseat A/C, heat duct? Is it blocked? I cant imagine its good in the winter to have hot air blowing on the amp and sub...???
It’s not completely blocked, but will def blow air onto the mount for the amp... I too am curious as to how that will work in the winter. I’ve checked the heat being generated by the amp today (it’s 97 and super humid in PA) and it’s minimal- I’ve been driving for about an hour with it playing. Perhaps it’s got enough heat sync material to not cause any issues with the duct being there.
 

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It’s not completely blocked, but will def blow air onto the mount for the amp... I too am curious as to how that will work in the winter. I’ve checked the heat being generated by the amp today (it’s 97 and super humid in PA) and it’s minimal- I’ve been driving for about an hour with it playing. Perhaps it’s got enough heat sync material to not cause any issues with the duct being there.
Another note to add- If you have the mopar all weather floor mats for the rear seats- you have to modify the passenger side mat so it slides back in and around the amp mount arms- just a little trimming but the mat still will be functional and hold water/mud without spilling
 

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Another note to add- If you have the mopar all weather floor mats for the rear seats- you have to modify the passenger side mat so it slides back in and around the amp mount arms- just a little trimming but the mat still will be functional and hold water/mud without spilling
Ok thanks for the info. My other idea is to replace front dash and knee panel speakers with a 5 1/4 inch component set, add 5 channel amp and sub in rear...decisions time money...
 

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I just clicked on the link and it shows $1300 now. I missed out on the $800 deal.
 

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Hey guys. I have a sport S JLU with the non-alpine radio and obviously it lacks in the low end in terms of audio. Obviously i could just install a sub but i saw the Alpine PSS-23WRA as a plug-and-play kit but cant find a single review on it. Anyone install this? If so..thoughts on it?
I know that this is a late reply, but I wanted to provide some info... I was looking at this install and was not able to find any real info from anyone who installed. I bought and installed this weekend in my 2019 JLU SportS with the base system and am happy with the sound, Clean, full and loud. The bass is there, but it is coming from a 8" shallow sub under the seat, not a 10 or 12 sub in a box. I think that upgrade costs too much for what you get, but I kinda knew that before I purchased. I also liked that it came with the T harness to take out all the guess work and everything mounts under the seat securely to prevent the easy theft while the jeep is open. I could have spent more and had a local installer make me a system but I would rather get a lift tires and wheels for that price :). I hope this info can help someone.
 

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How does this sound with the top off?? Right now I'm thinking of going with the stealthbox option. But if I can save 2k.. then this may be a better option.

I don't listen to crazy bass.. but it would be nice to have a bit more clarity. I can't find any good reviews online. If it's not worth the money, then what are my other audio options for under 900$ ???
 
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How does this sound with the top off?? Right now I'm thinking of going with the stealthbox option. But if I can save 2k.. then this may be a better option.

I don't listen to crazy bass.. but it would be nice to have a bit more clarity. I can't find any good reviews online. If it's not worth the money, then what are my other audio options for under 900$ ???
This would probably be ideal for you or others who are just looking for some more volume with the top off. While I have not listened to it with the top off yet I can tell you the system does play quite a bit louder.
 

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I really wanted a good stereo in my 2 door, but didn’t want to spend $3-4000, or lose cargo space (currently no stealthbox available for JL 2 door).

I have the base 5” UConnect.

I put in the PSS-23WRA from alpine (bought it from amazon on sale for $900) , added the metra JP-1014 speaker pods (for $50), and a set each of 3.5”, 4” and 6.5” infinity reference speakers (can currently buy them all from crutchfield for $230 combined) to replace the rest of the factory ones.

The 4” soundbar ones didn’t fit as the magnets are significantly bigger in diameter than the stock ones, but I’ve ordered a set of spacers that will hopefully let me get them in there.
The 6.5” infinitys fit in the metra pods no problem, the PSS system has tweeters that replace the dashboard 3.5”, and the 3.5” infinitys went into the soundbar without an issue.
So far, running it without the 4” speakers I’ve found the sound quality to be much better and available volume considerably higher than stock. It isn’t high end $3000 system sound quality by any stretch, but for the formats I’m using (Bluetooth files at 192kb/s quality at best) and “Wrangler soft-top road noise” I’m more than happy with it.

I installed it all in the garage, and my Jeep’s interior still looks identical to stock, which is sweet.

Is it worth what I paid for it all? I doubt most people would think so, but I’m happy!
 

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Hi all, new member and wanted to re-energize this thread as I just installed the PSS-23WRA in my Sahara Unlimited. I am pretty happy with the system overall for what it provides which is volume, clarity and a little kick when the top is down and windows open on highway. I knew it wouldn’t be a slamming system like a full blown aftermarket system with JL stealth box etc but I liked the Alpine’s seamless integration and install. And believe me I am firm believer in the power of the stealth box, had one in a Dodge Ram crew cab, for a 1x10, that thing SLAMMED and I hit it with 300-400 watts.

Anyways, again knowing what this Alpine upgrade system was providing I am happy with the results except one thing, the soundbar speakers are popping at high volumes. The stock knee speakers seem to be fine, the new tweeters no issue but with the system at volumes higher than 20, the rears seem to give up the ghost if the bass is higher than +2/+3 area on radio EQ. I triple checked the dip switch settings before I put the seat back and dialed in the front and rear gains maybe one hash mark higher than the Alpine instructions. If I fade to fronts only they are fine. Even with bass at +4/+5 fronts and sub are fine unless its very bass heavy hip hop but for hard rock it’s fine. With the bass at +2, it seems like the remote bass control for the subwoofer does nothing.

So I’m curious how your installation of the 4” Infinity’s ended up working out in the sound bar if you got the spacer you needed? Is the system well balanced?

Or has anyone with the Alpine system gone the SSX adapter route and put a set of 6.5” coax speakers In the soundbar, if so, what brand did you go with and did you have towe tweak the amp settings accordingly?
 

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I did get the 4” infinity speakers installed in the sound bar with the help of the spacers, but then also had to space the grills out. Now I have a small gap between the grill and the soundbar that I’ll probably fill with weatherstripping or something eventually.
If I was doing it again, I would go with the Alpine PSS-23WRA, infinity references in the knee and SSX adaptors and 6.5 infinity’s in the soundbar. It was more hassle to install the 3.5” and 4” upgrade speakers in there than it was worth. Would be a decent upgrade without losing cargo space or spending too much.
 

                           
























































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