1. Welcome to 4Runners.com!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all 4Runner discussion topics
    • Transfer over your build thread from a different forum to this one
    • Communicate privately with other 4Runner owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Kicker speaker replacement - any good?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by sympley76, Oct 6, 2022.

  1. Oct 6, 2022 at 12:52 PM
    #1
    sympley76

    sympley76 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2022
    Member:
    #28774
    Messages:
    38
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2021 4Runner Limited
  2. Oct 6, 2022 at 1:11 PM
    #2
    ValK83

    ValK83 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2022
    Member:
    #28576
    Messages:
    78
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andrew
    Vehicle:
    2018 TRD Off Road
    I don’t have that system. But I do have kicker 6x9’s in the front doors and had all kicker on my last Tacoma. I have been pretty happy with it. Not a huge difference I don’t think till you add an amp with a Digital Sound Processor. Like the kicker key 200.4. This will tune the sound for the 4runner cabin space with an included mic. Cheers.
     
  3. Oct 6, 2022 at 1:34 PM
    #3
    sympley76

    sympley76 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2022
    Member:
    #28774
    Messages:
    38
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2021 4Runner Limited
    Well that's an interesting amp. Would you know if I could splice it in between the OEM JBL amp and speakers? Would I be able to get 2 of them to work together? I could do front tweeters and front doors on one, and back doors and liftgate on the 2nd one.
     
  4. Oct 6, 2022 at 3:04 PM
    #4
    ValK83

    ValK83 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2022
    Member:
    #28576
    Messages:
    78
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Andrew
    Vehicle:
    2018 TRD Off Road
    not sure about the JBL system as I don’t have it. My plan is to just worry about the front sound stage, as that is where you will be sitting. I think putting in a second kicker key might be a waste. But someone can correct me if I’m wrong.
     
  5. Oct 9, 2022 at 7:28 AM
    #5
    Jessejessej

    Jessejessej New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2022
    Member:
    #28993
    Messages:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jesse
    Miami, FL
    Vehicle:
    22 AG ORP
    I'm happy with my infinity reference upgrades. The component woofers on the front doors give plenty of bass
     
  6. Oct 9, 2022 at 7:38 AM
    #6
    sympley76

    sympley76 [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2022
    Member:
    #28774
    Messages:
    38
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2021 4Runner Limited
    which infinity speakers and are they running off the of the OEM amp?
     
  7. Oct 9, 2022 at 7:50 AM
    #7
    Jessejessej

    Jessejessej New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2022
    Member:
    #28993
    Messages:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jesse
    Miami, FL
    Vehicle:
    22 AG ORP
    I started with the popular dash upgrade

    Infinity Reference 3032cf 3.5-Inch, 75-watt High Performance Two-Way Loudspeaker (Pair) https://a.co/d/6NUQWf4

    Then, added these 6x9 components for the front doors (I just used the woofers with the crossover and sold the tweeters)

    Infinity Reference 9630C- 6 x 9 Two-way component system w/crossover (Renewed) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HVX2C42

    Lastly I added the Alpine power pack behind the stock head unit ktp-445u or ktp-600 from the Japanese market. I'm happy with the sound and done with the audio upgrades (no subwoofer needed for my needs).
     
    a66 likes this.
  8. Jan 27, 2023 at 2:12 PM
    #8
    a66

    a66 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2022
    Member:
    #30333
    Messages:
    14

    Could you tell me some more about the crossover and power pack? How are they wired? Have to run new wiring from the battery? Did you need brackets for the 6x9's?
     
  9. Jan 27, 2023 at 2:49 PM
    #9
    Ripper238

    Ripper238 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2023
    Member:
    #30792
    Messages:
    29
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2019 TRD OR
    Front speakers will provide the best sound upgrade in the 4R. I would delve a little deeper and find a better speaker for the fronts like Alpine R/X series. But stereo quality is only as good as the weakest component so just a speaker upgrade will only do so much.

    The problem with these 4R's is the head unit and amp just don't cut it. So I went with a 600 watt 6 channel Alpine amp and 8 Alpine X/R series speakers with a Kenwood DMX head unit. Sounds fantastic and I don't even need a Sub.
     
    DIRTRCR13 likes this.
  10. Jan 27, 2023 at 4:11 PM
    #10
    Jessejessej

    Jessejessej New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2022
    Member:
    #28993
    Messages:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jesse
    Miami, FL
    Vehicle:
    22 AG ORP
    Crossover came with the infinity 6x9's. I ran the power from the original speaker cable in the door through the low frequency port of the crossover and to the infinity speakers. I didn't use the high frequency part of the crossover and I sold the tweeters from the kit. Bass is great on the 6x9. The brackets are linked below along with other useful info on my project.

    For the power pack, it fits behind the headunit so everything looks OEM. I ended up tapping power from the fusebox under the steering wheel using an add a fuse from Amazon. The power is more than enough for this setup even with all the windows down going fast it blasts clean.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/4Runner/comments/ugrkzd/weekend_audio_upgrade_project

     
  11. Jan 27, 2023 at 4:15 PM
    #11
    DIRTRCR13

    DIRTRCR13 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2021
    Member:
    #23542
    Messages:
    218
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jerm
    The 405
    Vehicle:
    '16 Sierra Romeo Cinco
    Fuel Trophy 17x8.5, Nitto TG2's, Roof Rack delete, RC spacer lift and so much more to come...
    From an audio enthusiast standpoint, and Ill keep it simple and general...
    Speakers alone will improve the sound quality of any vehicle. With that being said, you are limited by the quality of the audio input to those speakers (your audio source) and the power it provides.
    Usually, a speaker upgrade will make a factory radio sound fairly good, call it a 4 out of 10 with a speaker replacement bumping it up to say a 5-6.
    Adding a better head unit (radio unit) can yield another improvement as you can have more adjustability of the audio and power output. 6-7 out of 10.
    This is where a majority of people are happy and leave it. At this point, you are probably at a total price of anywhere between $300 and $1000, maybe more depending on what you buy.
    When you start to add more power from amplifiers and better/ finer signal processing, you get to increase the sound/ audio quality even more. 8 out of 10 possibly even 9.
    To reach that 10 out of 10, will cost a whole lot more time and money. Now you are working with repositioning speakers to get better dynamics, sound deadening to enhance or cancel noises, multiple amps/ processors and adding more speakers like subs in custom enclosures. Think competition/ demo vehicles purposely built to show off a companies equipment. We are talkin big bucks!

    You can go buy a $50 pair of Sony Xplode 6x9's put them in your doors and be perfectly happy. Or you can do a $400 pair of Focal 6x9 components, put the tweeter in the dash location, 6x9 in the door and be equally as happy.
    But ask yourself, what is your end goal and what is your budget???
     
    Ripper238 and YouEnjoyMyYota like this.
  12. Jan 27, 2023 at 5:11 PM
    #12
    a66

    a66 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2022
    Member:
    #30333
    Messages:
    14
    Thanks!
     
  13. Jan 27, 2023 at 8:42 PM
    #13
    YouEnjoyMyYota

    YouEnjoyMyYota New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2022
    Member:
    #29428
    Messages:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    They're definitely an upgrade from the super muddy, depth-lacking sound of the stock speakers. The weight and construction difference is significant between the two. I'll fall in alignment with DIRTRCR13 by adding an upgraded head unit at some point and should be happy. It's better with just the kicker replacements (and easy install), but I need a little more depth and I need more control of the EQ than what the stock '23 head unit provides.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top