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JL Audio C1-690

6"x9" component speaker system

Item # 13699046

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and...

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After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and...

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About the JL Audio C1-690

Starter component speakers like no other

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and development team about the current JL Audio lineup and upcoming projects. Given all the work they're doing with premium car audio, I was surprised by how excited they were for customers to hear their workhorse C1 Series — speakers designed for drivers simply looking for a sensible factory speaker replacement, not necessarily an audiophile-grade solution. The reason for that excitement, once I heard it, made perfect sense — every JL Audio speaker must uphold the quality and sound associated with the name. You may be looking for something that's just listenable, but what you'll get with the C1 Series is an audio experience that puts it at the top of its class. And then, just maybe, you'll end up being a JL Audio fan for life.

Starter component speakers like no other

After an extensive tour of JL Audio HQ, I got the opportunity to talk to their engineering and development team about the current JL Audio lineup and upcoming projects. Given all the work they're doing with premium car audio, I was surprised by how excited they were for customers to hear their workhorse C1 Series — speakers designed for drivers simply looking for a sensible factory speaker replacement, not necessarily an audiophile-grade solution. The reason for that excitement, once I heard it, made perfect sense — every JL Audio speaker must uphold the quality and sound associated with the name. You may be looking for something that's just listenable, but what you'll get with the C1 Series is an audio experience that puts it at the top of its class. And then, just maybe, you'll end up being a JL Audio fan for life.

C1-690

This 6"x9" woofer maximizes the space in your factory speaker location.

What sets C1 apart?

JL Audio designed this C1 Series C1-690 6"x9" component speaker system to be the very best it could be for the price. You'll find solid construction and finish, along with some eye-popping flair in its striking yellow mineral-filled polypropylene woofer. That woofer delivers impactful lows and is specially designed for a natural roll-off transition to the highs handled by the tweeter. And it's the separate aluminum edge-driven tweeter that gives the C1 Series its distinctive sound, setting it apart from other speakers in its class. You'll hear crisp detail in the high frequencies, incredible imaging, and minimal distortion no matter how you power them. Included crossover networks ensure that the right speakers receive the right frequencies.

Why no grilles?

Most folks have no use for aftermarket grilles, opting to use their factory grilles for a streamlined look. With that in mind, JL Audio doesn't include grilles with the C1 Series, opting instead to incorporate those savings into building an all-round better speaker.

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Product highlights:

  • component speaker system includes 2 woofers, 2 tweeters, and 2 crossover networks
  • 6"x9" injection-molded mineral-filled polypropylene woofer cone with rubber surround
  • separate 1" aluminum edge-driven dome tweeter
  • handles up to 60 watts RMS (225 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 39-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 94 dB at2.83 volts
  • top-mount depth: 2-3/4"
  • grilles not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 99046
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What's in the box:

  • 2 C1-690cw Woofers
  • 2 Bottom mount woofer brackets
  • 2 C1-100ct Tweeters (with 6" wires attached)
  • 2 Tweeter crossovers
  • 2 Flush mount tweeter housings (tweeters installed)
  • 2 Surface mount tweeter housings
  • 2 Metal spring clips for tweeter fixtures
  • 2 Crimp-on 0.187" Female quick slides
  • 2 Crimp-on 0.110" Female quick slides
  • Four 5/8" Flat head screws
  • Eight 3/4" Pan head screws
  • Eight 1-1/2" Pan head screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Two 25mm Stud bolts
  • Two 10mm Stud bolts
  • 2 M5 Nuts
  • Owner's manual

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Crutchfield customer from Saint Louis, MO on 5/2/2019

1997 Dodge Ram 1500

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Speakers sound good! Installation was a pain. The additional connectors I first received were indicated to be for the back speakers but were for the front. I was sent the additional rear speaker connectors at no charge. Fantastic technical service on a Sunday! Very happy with Drew initially chosing the product to best fit my application. Super happy with "Zane" with his patience and help! I emailed him pictures on the fly; fantastic! I suggest that Crutchfield offer the door panel pins for the respective application.

Pros: Best possible speakers for my application! Technical Service is fantastic!

Cons: Need better sketches / pictures.

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Andrew from Baltimore, MD on 2/17/2019

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Great value. Good soundstage. Excellent bass for 6x9s. Won't replace a subwoofer, but very good.

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Best bang for the buck

Collin from Raleigh, NC on 2/15/2019

2008 Toyota Tacoma

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These exceeded expectations for what I was looking for! Tweeters are clear and the woofers filled out the sound perfect for my truck. Highly recommended.

Pros: -clear highs -punchy mids

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Jacob from Richmond, KY on 1/20/2019

2014 Toyota Tacoma

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Purchased these JL Audio C1-690 speakers per the recommendations of Crutchfield Support. These speakers are definitely better then the stock factory speakers. Powered these speakers with a JVC kw-v340bt unit. After reading the reviews and especially Philips review on his Tacoma. I called support twice prior to installation. The first call was asking if I needed anything extra for installation other then what they send. I did buy the straps for tweeters, they work. (2 cable adapters for 6x9 speakers and 2 speaker adapters). The second call was explaining how to wire up the speaker. Note: For a 2014 Tacoma Access Cab the signal comes in through the tweeters, then runs to the 6x9 speaker and back to the tweeters.(4 wires on one connector) So when you connect the 6x9 speaker with the supplied cable adapter and then connect the JL audio inline crossover to the tweeters.(Leaving the factory tweeter connection unplug, the 6x9 speaker will NOT work.) Supports said to cut the wires for the tweeter and connect them all to together so the circuit is complete. Then all speakers will work. I didn't what to do that, just in case I wanted put the factory speakers back in. What I did was to purchase tweeter cable adapters from another website, using these cable adapters for the tweeter signal, then run the output to the 6x9 speaker, and the signal passes on to the inline JL Audio crossover to the tweeter. (Leave out the factory adapter for the 6x9). All speakers work without cutting any wire

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Great Speaker Choice for 2nd Gen Dodge Ram

Loren from Kansas City, MO on 1/4/2019

2001 Dodge Ram

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These speakers are a great improvement over the stock Infinity system that came in my 2001 Dodge Ram. I mounted the tweeter in the door panel (see photo). I just left the old tweeter in its place on the A-Pillar. I (or my 3 year old) managed to lose the spring steel mounts and fasteners, so I used the plastic cups that were intended for surface mounting, and some replacement fasteners from the hardware store.

Pros: Great Sound

Cons: This goes for all aftermarket speakers I've ever seen, but those wimpy terminals are horrible, especially when the female terminal is a tight fit. How do they expect a guy to put the crossover in the cab if there isn't enough wire to do so? So, it's in a plastic bag in the door - hopefully it won't overheat!

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What an adventure

Philip from Loveland, OH on 11/17/2018

2006 Toyota Tacoma

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I purchased JL audio C1-690 component speakers. I received the instructions and read them thoroughly before receiving the speakers and anticipated a problem free installation of the speakers in my Toyota Tacoma. I opened the box and inventoried the contents. I removed the door panels without incident, removed the tweeter, next step "fabricate the mount",Woo, I don't have a machine shop in my garage. Somehow you had to bend and manipulate a back strap into a mount, very Mickey Nouse. Instead I called a local installation shop and they kindly fabricated the tweeter mounts. Next remove the woofer and "secure" the new speaker to the supplied mount. Do I use this spacer or not? What screws are used to attach the speaker to the mount? Another call to Crutchfield. The speaker secured and mounted in its place. Now to wire the speakers, hmmm no schematic. Oh, here is a crossover, no mention of the crossover in the instructions, another call to Crutchfield. Now ready to test, NO SOUND. Check the wiring, another call to Crutchfield. Oh, the new harness plug which is supplied doesn't really make the circuit. The call did bear fruit, I snipped four wires soldered them together and voila, SOUND. The moral of this story, Crutchfield instructions are very generic, lack adequate pictures and are generally inadequate. However, the Technical support was excellent. The speakers sound, as my wife and a professional musician says, they are full and crisp. Truly an upgrade from OEM.

Pros: Very good sound, very good technical support

Cons: Written instructions leave a lot to be desired.

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J from Williamsburg, VA on 10/22/2018

2014 Toyota Camry

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These sound great. The small crossovers allowed for them to be install in the front kick panel and the wires were long enough to feed into the door through the existing wire loom passage.

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Spectacular improvement over OEM

Bill from Marietta, GA on 8/21/2018

2015 Subaru Forester

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I bought these to replace the terrible OEM front door speakers in a 2015 Forester and installed them before replacing the very mediocre OEM head unit and adding an amplifier. The improvement far exceeded my expectations. There is more bass and clarity than I ever would have expected. I was concerned about how to fabricate a mounting bracket for the in dash tweeter until I came up with using the metal from a dry wall corner bracket and metal shears. Except from having sharp edges, it is incredibly workable and I made a perfect set of brackets in ten minutes. When I added a Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX head unit and a JL 50 watt/4 channel amp with a Rockford Fosgate P300-12 Sub, the sound is amazing, super clean and crystal clear. The wiring kit was perfect, and the mounting bracket worked well.

Pros: Great sound. Perfect fit.

Cons: Needed ingenuity to fit/mount the tweeters.

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Marc from Grand Rapids, MI on 8/10/2018

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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I am very happy that I listened to the advisor and didn't overthink this choice. Completely happy with the sound quality.

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Was hoping for better from JL

Crutchfield customer from Allentown, NJ on 8/2/2018

2010 Toyota Prius

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Unfortunately I can not add any more power to amplify these speakers. So this is a review of how they perform off just the 17 watts rms from my pioneer head unit. First they are meant to be simple upgrades for your factory speakers. That they definitely are. However I will say I am underwhelmed by them. My eq is all over the place. I personally like edge tweeters. These don't have the definition I would expect. Cymbal decay is non existent. The wooofers I have crossed over around 80hz. They require crazy eq to bring out mid bass and low mids. Again to be fair I have not amped these speakers properly. I would expect them to sound quite a bit better with an amp. Perhaps timing would help too as the imaging isn't quite what I would like either. But I wouldn't purchase these again. If you just want a cheap easy to install set to replace factory not a bad choice. But I kinda expected more from JL. Of course Crutchfield was great as usual

Pros: Cheap easy install

Cons: Bottom of the line for a reason

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Syed from Ithaca, NY on 5/26/2018

2012 Toyota Camry

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Installed on a Toyota Camry LE 2012 (no JBL). I'm very happy with the sound, it's a significant upgrade from the factory speakers in the front doors and tweeter in the dash. The only reason for taking one star off is that the end points where the wiring is supposed to connect are very flimsily attached to the speaker. So while I was plugging in a wire, the plastic broke off. It's ok for now, I have it taped and the connection is ok but it shouldn't be this flimsy. For anyone installing in a Camry like mine, keep in mind the dash tweeter is difficult to replace because the factory tweeter is big compared to these. The only way I could think of was to make a hole in the dash grill, had to use a cutter and used some heat to melt the plastic. The factory wiring is kind of weird in that they don't label anything and there's no easy way to know which one is positive or negative (no red and black wires). Crutchfield support was able to identify the correct polarity for me. The door speakers were not an issue, just watch some videos online to see how to take the door apart. The speaker comes with an adapter ring, in my case it was not needed. I only needed the adapter sent by Crutchfield.

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Great replacement speaker

Matthew from Petersburg, VA on 4/19/2018

2006 Toyota Sienna

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Put these in my Toyota sienna 06, cut the red wire off the tweeter (helped by Eli) and then ran everything from the woofer and cut a hole in the side panel. Running a Clarion nx604, will upgrade to an amp in a few months.

Pros: Sound reproduce, worth every penny

Cons: Low bass response, but it is not a subwoofer so expected

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Crutchfield customer from Seaside, CA on 4/8/2018

2016 Toyota 4Runner

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Fit easily into 2016 4-Runner with the supplied adapters. They sound good. I liberally applied Dynamat to the door as well. They don't quite have the punch I had hoped for, but they do sound good.

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Robert from Bogart, GA on 4/6/2018

2016 Nissan Frontier SV

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Really improved the sound in my 2016 Nissan frontier.

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Crutchfield customer from Liberty, MO on 3/29/2018

1998 Dodge Ram

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Very clear but needs more than 22w to utilize their true potential.

Pros: Quality construction, good fit

Cons: 22w just won't drive the woofers to their potential.

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Upgrade

Craig from Ft Lauderdale, FL on 1/15/2018

2007 Toyota Tacoma

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These fit well into my Tacoma and sound amazing. I highly recommend these.

Pros: Amazing sound for the price point.

Cons: Requires a little talent to mount the tweeters. Just take your time and you will be happy

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Crutchfield customer from Stockton, CA on 11/18/2017

2013 Toyota Highlander

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These speakers are meant to be an upgrade over factory, and they are that and more. Crisp, clean sound. Getting these speakers has really put life into the factory audio system. Easy to install also.

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Very nice Detail and improvement over Factory speaker system.

Mitch from Dunedin, FL on 11/17/2017

2017 Nissan Frontier SV

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Very nice fit. I replaced some factory speakers in my Nissan Frontier with these components. Much better detail. Volume level is down and I have an amplifier that will go in this weekend that should make these sound even better.

Pros: Fit, Detail, imaging

Cons: down in efficiency from factory, needs amplification

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Richard from Yreka, CA on 11/13/2017

2002 Dodge Ram 2500

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My music in my truck hasn't sounded this good in years installed with upgraded Sony head unit

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Cons: had to run all new speaker wire because I replaced the stock Infinity sound system in my Dodge Ram

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Crutchfield customer from Catonsville, MD on 8/28/2017

2011 Toyota Tacoma

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I love em with the 40 watt amp,has a real sonic sound and feel great peice.

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Great sound!

Chris from Glen Gardner, NJ on 8/26/2017

2001 Dodge Ram

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If your looking for a great set of speakers, these are for you. They have great range, and they made my 2001 Dodge Ram have better sound then bmw's I've had in the past. Highly reccomend with an aftermarket head unit! Only thing is bass isn't great but that's expected without a subwoofer

Pros: Great sound Great fidelity Great range Crystal clear

Cons: Bass is inadequate and would sound better with a sub. For the price it's great

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Incredible sound!

David from Boca Raton, FL on 7/16/2017

2011 Toyota Tacoma

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Purchased the JL Audio C1-690 to replace the factory component 6x9s in a 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double cab (non JBL). I mounted the woofer and tweeter in the factory locations. The woofer is an exact fit with the supplied speaker mount kit. You will need to fabricate or purchase mounts for the tweeters. The C1's have greater detail and clarity than the the factory speakers (tighter bass drum kick, natural sound to vocals/breath, and I can now here the decay of toms). The C1's maintain that clarity throughout the range of volume.

Pros: Great sound Great value

Cons: No tweeter mount available

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Features & specs

General
Speaker Size 6X9
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 1" Edge-Driven Dome
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Tweeter Composition Aluminum
Woofer Composition Mineral-Filled injection-Molde
Woofer Surround Rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) 91.5
Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 94
Frequency Response 39 - 22k Hz
Minimum RMS Wattage 10
Maximum RMS Wattage 60
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 225
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 3/4
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) 3 9/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 0

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Features

Woofers: Each JL Audio C1 woofer features a mineral-filled, injection-molded polypropylene cone with a rubber surround.

Tweeters: The 1" edge-driven, aluminum dome tweeters are damped by a silk surround suspension. Flush and surface tweeter mounting brackets are included.

Tweeter Dimensions:

  Frame Diameter Cutout Diameter Mounting Height Mounting Depth
Flush Mount 1.970" 1.734" 0.330" 0.931"
Surface Mount 2.005" Screw Holes Only 0.872" 0.535" (Screw Depth)

Tweeter Crossovers: The in-line tweeter crossovers are 2nd order (12 dB/octave slope) and the 31" input and 14" output wires are attached. The input wires are terminated with female quick slides that plug into terminals on the woofers and the output wires are terminated with male quick slides that plug into the terminals on the wires attached to the tweeters. The woofer is unfiltered, using its engineered roll-off characteristics to blend with the tweeter. The electronic tweeter protection circuit is designed to minimize the possibility of tweeter failure. It monitors current going to the tweeter and will disconnect the tweeter from the signal when it senses overload. Once the volume has been reduced, the protection circuit will reset itself automatically.

Power Handling: JL Audio publishes several power specifications for this speaker system, 60 watts continuous power handling (RMS), 225 watts peak music power, and 10-100 watts recommended amplifier power (RMS). We've listed the conservative combination of 10-60 watts RMS in the specs table.

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Price point and an in line crossover for the tweeters. [ Andrew  Jan 16, 2019 ]
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just right for louder music [ sally  Dec 09, 2018 ]
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Great brand manufacturer [ MICHAEL A  Oct 21, 2018 ]
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Quality, price and fit. [ W  Aug 07, 2018 ]
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Always loved JL! Now with kids can't justify the price of a 10W7 and top shelf speakers, so this will have to do. :-) [ Matthew  Apr 12, 2018 ]
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The best [ Brad  Jan 23, 2018 ]
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I chose these because they are the biggest component speaker system that will fit my truck and my budget. [ LOREN  Dec 11, 2017 ]
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Seemed like it'll work for me [ Sebastian  Aug 30, 2017 ]
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In line crossover for the tweeters and high sensitivity combined with good overall specs for a system driven by a head unit. [ MARK  Aug 22, 2017 ]
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Name brand reputation and bass frequency response. [ Donald  Jun 30, 2017 ]
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Are the c1 690 made for stock replacement in a 2016 f150 without an amp?
[ Everett  Jul 01, 2017 ]
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You would be better served reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They can pull up fitment & compatibility details on your '16 F-150 model to figure out which speakers will perform best. Thanks!
[ Larry  Jul 07, 2017 ]  Staff
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Will this fit a 2017 F150 crew cab (front doors) with Sony sound system?
[ Jeremy  Jun 22, 2017 ]
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You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Kenny  Jun 23, 2017 ]  Staff

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