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Old 07-05-2005, 09:34 AM   #1
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Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Burke, VA
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My Ride: 2003 330i
Talking Now it is my turn to show off! - Pics

After over a year working in my car, I can now say that I have a halfway decent system. I am still tweaking (and I guess will never be 100% done), but I can now enjoy a good SQ system on my way to work and back every day!

My intent was to have a crystal clear SQ system and make it look as stock as possible inside, keep as much trunk space as possible and avoid hacking the car, so that it can be returned to 100% stock if I want to. Below are some pics and descriptions.

I hate installing speakers in doors. Imaging/staging is terrible, and no matter how much work you put into them, you eventually end up with door rattles.

I installed my old trusty Eclipse radio using a cookie cutter kit. I haven't decided on what my final source will be. I am leaning towards the new double-din Eclipse navigation unit. Since my goal is sound quality, I am not sure whether the double-din radio will match my 5303R in sound quality. If I decide to keep this radio, I will make a better trim ring, if I go with the double-DIN, I guess I will be doing a bit of cutting and custom work on the trim.

I built the kick panels using the factory panels as a base. Just had to throw some MDF, resin, fiberglass, body filler, primer, texture, paint and clear coat together to get my Boston Z6's a new home. I originally had the kicks sealed (per Boston's original recommendation) and I had a horrible peak in the midbass (someone else at Boston told me later that they were not designed for sealed applications). I ended up opening the back of the kicks to vent the midbases out to the carpet and had to get an EQ to tame the remaining midbass. Because of the flash, it seems like the colors don't match as well as they actually do.

I initially had my phone next to the radio on a bracket. It looked hideous! Now it is out of sight in the eurotray. Since it has voice activation, I rarely even open the tray.

I have another thread about my V1 floating around, but here's a pic of my final product. I mounted the arrows in the middle, the counter in the bottom right side of the cluster, the V1 is in a CD holder on the visor,and I used the factory HK "subwoofer" button to turn it on and off. The small switch next to the radio is the mute.

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