Upgrading Stock Alpine System
New to the forum, and new to the Dodge community in general.
We picked up a new 2012 Charger Road and Track edition about a week ago for my wife. The audio system, while having the 8.4N like we ordered, has the standard 276W six speaker Alpine system. That's not what we wanted, but apparently saying "premium audio" on the order form is not specific enough. There is more than one level of premium audio to Dodge.
We are not happy with the sound the system produces right now. My 6 year old Tundra with stock speakers sounds much better to both of us. Now I am weighing my options to fix it.
I'd like to stay as close to stock as possible in the wiring, preferring to swap out the amp to a plug and play one, and dropping in a sub in the rear deck and center dash. However, no dealership here in central Texas can tell me if the wiring harness supports it, or there are different harnesses put in at the factory. I am trying to avoid tearing the car apart until I am ready to do all the upgrades in one go.
I have pulled down the cover in the trunk to expose the underside of the speakers, and I found two pigtail connectors taped together there that look to match up to what should be for subs. However, hooking up a speaker to them as a test produces no sound. No idea if they are not connected at the amp, or if the amp itself isn't wired to output to them as I can't see all the wires colors at the amp without taking it apart.
I curious if anyone has any experience here that can share. I have some evidence from various sites that the 376W Kicker amp will drop in under the dash, but not confirmed. Not even the dealers around here can confirm. A question into Kicker to attempt to confirm has gone unanswered.
If I could go that route, and that magically made the sub pigtails work, I'd be happy. From there, I can go through the car upgrading speakers and be really happy.
Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.