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Jayce's 2013 Dodge Challenger

JL Audio gear adds serious muscle to this Mopar's sound

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rutchfield Tech Support Specialist Jayce is used to great-sounding car audio. So when he purchased this 2013 Dodge Challenger, he knew that he’d be replacing the factory stereo system eventually. He didn’t know that the installation process would wind up in one of our catalogs, but that’s the kind of thing that happens sometimes when you work here!

jl audio amp

JL Audio’s VX700/5i 5-channel amp packs a lot of power into a compact package.

The Challenger’s stock sound system didn’t have anywhere near the bass Jayce was used to and the tweeters weren’t hitting the high notes very well, either. No lows and no highs make Jayce a very bored driver, so he started researching possible solutions. New speakers and a sub were absolute necessities, as was a new receiver, but it was JL Audio’s VX700/5i 5-channel amp and DSP that really put the plan into motion.

“When I heard that JL Audio’s new VXi amps were going to feature digital signal processors, I was really interested in checking them out,” he explained. “When I was offered the chance to install one in my car, along with JL Audio speakers and a sub, I jumped at the opportunity.”

jl audio stealthbox subwoofer

This JL Audio Stealthbox is designed to fit right into the Challenger's trunk.

Jayce installed JL Audio C5 component speakers in the front and 2-ways in the rear deck. For bass, he chose a JL Audio Stealthbox that’s designed specifically for the Challenger. Once everything was installed, he downloaded all three of JL Audio’s tuning apps and started setting up his system for maximum performance. You can read all about the installation and the tuning set-up in this article.

alpine ilx-207 digital multimedia receiver installation

Jayce installed a smartphone-friendly Alpine receiver in his Challenger

The new receiver is the Alpine iLX-207, a versatile receiver that works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so it's ready for just about any smartphone. It's equipped with built-in Bluetooth®, SiriusXM connectivity, an HDMI input, an HD Radio™ tuner, and more, so whatever Jayce wants to listen to will sound awesome with this new system.

rear speakers

These 5-1/4" JL Audio rear speakers are a very nice addition to the Challenger's sound system

Items installed:

Alpine iLX-207 digital multimedia receiver

JL Audio VX700/5i 5-channel amp and DSP

JL Audio C5-650 6½" component speaker system (doors)

JL Audio C5-525x 5¼" 2-way speakers (rear deck)

JL Audio Stealthbox 12" custom-fit subwoofer for Dodge Challenger         

JL Audio VXi-BTC Bluetooth Communicator for VXi amps

jayce and his challenger


Vehicles in the Custom Car Showroom are submitted by customers and fans, and edited by Crutchfield writing staff. And yes, we also feature our own installs sometimes! You can find more of these articles on the Showroom main page.

Please share your thoughts below.

  • sal

    Posted on 6/22/2020

    How difficult was it to install the stealthbox? I currently am trying to install mine. Doesn't seem to fit correctly. Always sticks out too far and wont let the cover for the spare tire open. Thinking I may need to cut the liner. :(

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 6/22/2020

    Sal, 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.
  • Brad from Seattle

    Posted on 3/30/2020

    So... How'd your upgrade your big 3? Or did you not do that? Just curious how to run a fat wire from the alternator back to the trunk?

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 3/31/2020

    Brad, This article's been out for a while, so you might not hear back from Jace. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/19/2019

    Mike, There are plenty of aftermarket options for the Challenger, and Crutchfield does have plenty of photos and DIY instructions for adding new gear. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos and speakers fit your car. If you purchase the new gear from Crutchfield, we'll include our illustrated vehicle-specific instructions free with the order. You can also purchase them separately for just $10. And if you have questions, you get free tech support for the life of the gear.

  • Mike from OKC

    Posted on 9/19/2019

    It should be noted in the article that this is a base model Challenger....the SXT. It is as bare bones as it gets. You would not do this with the R/T or above models because you would lose the functionality that comes with the factory head units. I've heard a rumor that Kicker has/had a factory replacement amp for the BA or HK based systems, but I've not seen it. More pics of the speaker install would be nice for those of us that can really only replace the speakers.

  • Scott from Jackson

    Posted on 9/16/2019

    have a 2012 almost same car. Got the factory 6 speaker set up. Bought factory cables & converted to RES NAV/DVD/XM & upgraded driver to Infinity ref. BUt need 8" sub to fit center rear deck & fill in low sub freqs