E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > The Showroom

The Showroom
This is the place to show off your BMW to other members of the community. Post pictures and videos of your car and the modifications you have done to it. If you need a picture of something on a coupe, sedan, convertible or touring you will probably find it here!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 4 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 12-01-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
robolop
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: belgium
Posts: 814
My Ride: 323ci
ICE ICE POLO (ROBolop Design)

Like I pronounced earlier in my BMW topic, we bought a new VW Polo.
This will be used for daily use, and most of the time, my wife will drive it. When we made the decision to buy a daily car, I had to make a promise that I wouldnít lower it, or put bigger wheels on it.
First of all, because she has troubles with her back, and for the rimsÖ.it wonít be long until sheíll drive up the sidewalk.
But as for the ice, she had no problems with me doing some ďadjustmentsĒ, BUT there had to stay enough room in the trunk at all costs.

The Polo is a 1400 comfortline, with DSG, Airco, Assheating, Cruise Control en some other stuff.
Here a picture from the Polo, just delivered (still with the protective foil on)




I will take some more pictures once sheís washed, but there not much to be seen. Itís an original new car.
But maybe some carbon updates will happen, who will knowÖ

About the ICE, everything I need is already here.
As for the radio, Iím going to keep the original one, but since Iím going to use an amp, Iíve bought a Pac-Audio interface.




Iím very happy I didnít sell the Precision Power amp I wanted to mount into the bimmer first.



This PPI Deq 230 is a 30band equalizer. I can screw demount the front from this device, and with the longer cable (which is in the box), you can change the settings behind the wheel.



As for the Subwoofer, I chose for the 4 Focal Utopia 13ws , again





Also the front speakers will be Focalís: the KrX3 series









The filters.





And I also bought some cables and damping materials.



Itíll take a while before Iím going to begin on the install. First of all I want to finish up the mounting works from the new radio, in the bimmer.
__________________
robolop is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 12-01-2012, 08:31 AM   #2
robolop
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: belgium
Posts: 814
My Ride: 323ci
Finally , I started on the Polo.
I searched the net to find some pictures of what could be hiding behind the carpet, but then I decided to take it all out anyway. Sooner or later, this was inevitable.



The spare wheel, well, that has to stay. The intention is that this stays easily accessible, in case we need it.
In other words, Iím going to make this install so that, in case of a flat tire, my wife can take the wheel easily and safely.



On the right side you can see thereís not much that can be done here.
Itís the place of the petrol tank, Iíd better not cut this open do I ?



On the left side Iíve got some more place to work with, but ho wand what, Iím not quite sure.



Then I placed a piece of MDF on the bottom, and looked what kind of emplacement is possible here.
I was at first a bit disappointed there wasnít enough room, cause in my case, you canít have enough room!

The intention is that the sub-box is placed against the rear seats. This will be in favor of the pressure, and also the looks will be much more pretty.



What I do know is that Iíll place hem under diagonally. The view will be more spectacular and more beautiful, I think.
About the PPI (amplifierŗ), Iíll have enough space to work away the cables in an appropriate way (L and R)
The equalizer is something elseÖThereís no room for that. You can see that I got it out of its housing, and I placed it ON the amplifier. It looked OK in my opinion.

But Iím not there yet. First of all Iím going to calculate how many liters are necessary for the subbox, the rest will turn out from its own.
__________________
robolop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 08:32 AM   #3
robolop
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: belgium
Posts: 814
My Ride: 323ci
Because the floor needs to go all the way up before you can access the spare wheel, I had to make a hinge first.
So I started to saw 2 little alu plates of 10mm thick.
Then I screwed them together and drilled 22mm holes in them.
These holes I oppressed with a lager of 22mm.



"Oppress" sound really professional, but I did it quite simple...
As you can see, I placed the plate between the bench. After that I took a cap, which was a bit smaller than the lager, and then I turned it all together. Simple



The result.






The alu plates will be mounted on a bracket, which is already in the polo (from the factory)









I screwed a bolt through the lager, an M8.








Once I did this on both sides, I connected these 2 with a U




This U is on the inside 18mm. There I'll place the wood in.
You can also see that the wood will be placed diagonally

__________________
robolop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 08:33 AM   #4
robolop
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: belgium
Posts: 814
My Ride: 323ci
This will be the box, that will be mounted in the trunk.


The 4 holes you see are for the Focal subs (4x13cm).


Another look at how big the sub-box will be.





Now you see a MDF-shelf that will part the sub-box from the amplifier area.



About the partition, I'm thinking on some cool things, but I'm not entirely sure yet...


First I had the idea to work in the equalizer in one of the sun-blinders on the seiling, but they were too big for it. It's a pitty, cause I liked the idea myself.
Now I've been working on the amplifier, and the more I see it, the more it grows on me.
I'll have to make a new sort of high-tec bracket, but that shouldn't be a problem I guess.








Here you can see it's possible that I raise the equalizer a couple of more cm's, and that too I liked!

__________________
robolop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 08:34 AM   #5
robolop
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: belgium
Posts: 814
My Ride: 323ci
As for the finishing inside the box, I chose 2mm thick aluminium.
I also let some folding work done, which is strong.



Milled out the holes for the subwoofers.




Mounted the speakers for the first time.






4 in a row
__________________
robolop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 08:34 AM   #6
robolop
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: belgium
Posts: 814
My Ride: 323ci
Because I'm going to mount the equalizer onto the amplifier, I decided to make an aluminum plate.

First of all I drew out everything on a piece of MDF, 8mm thick.
The MDF will serve as a mold for the actually alu plate.
Here you can see how I started.





The piece is finished, and I'm happy with the result.





I sawed out the alu plate with the jigsaw, after that I taped it on the MDF.


Then I started to mill this with the copymill.



The result:



I just need to sand the edges...



Then I mounted the EQ on there with 4 screws, and layed it on the amplifier.



The busses won't stay as in this setup. I'm going to let some made on the height I want.





Here you can see the amp also stand on "busses". I did this to work away the cables.



For the first time, I timed how long I worked on this Aluminum plate.


Drawing on MDF
Mill the MDF
Saw the Alu
Mill out the alu
This all took me about 5 hours...

But as you guys already know, I don't give a f*k how long it took me, as long as the result is OK for me
__________________
robolop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 08:35 AM   #7
robolop
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: belgium
Posts: 814
My Ride: 323ci
Here you see what I've done to work away the cables in an easy and fast way.
Close to the bottom of the amp, I made 2 oval holes (L and R)



On the bottom side I milled out a big sloth to place the cables in.





Once I placed the cables there, I'm going to screw a thin plate on there so the bottom side will look descent too.



I chose glass to work out the separation between the sub-box and the amplifier.
The glass is hardened, 12mm thick.
I chose this solution, so it will maybe look bigger, cause it's all in one space.





I milled out a ditch on the left and the right.
Then I let someone bend me a lip on the alu of the amp and subbox.
The glass rests between them. Offcourse I'm going to kit it all off when the subbox is closed.

Off course I need to have some material left and right to screw the box tight.
This I'll solve by glueing an aluminium bar against the glass.



Here you can see that this bar is also tightened left and right.





In that alu I can tap screwthread to screw my cover on. On the side I'll place long woodbolts and on the back (hinge) I need to straighten it out with polyester, then it's possible I also tap in some screwthread.

__________________
robolop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 08:36 AM   #8
robolop
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: belgium
Posts: 814
My Ride: 323ci
I changed the plate which is on the amplifier. I widened it a bit more.
I also added a second plate underneath it. I've done this to give it a more tough look.
The sides of the thick plate will get polished, and the thin plate will be sprayed in black.



On the sides I foresaw other plates with fine openings.







About those openings, this will provide some more cooling for the amp, and off course look even better.
You can also see that the plate is placed on 4 rubbers, ON the amp.
On the outside I will add 4 alu busses, but need to let them make first.

__________________
robolop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 09:16 AM   #9
wdeerfield
Registered User
 
wdeerfield's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Clifton Park, New York
Posts: 3,554
My Ride: 2009 E90, 2011 F10
i really like this. You do great work. Are you going to put it on a hydraulic lift or something? That cant be light to lift up to access the spare.
__________________

2009 MBM E90 | ZPP | ZSP | ZCW | CA | 6FL | NAV | XENONS | 18x8.5 VB3s ET28/25
2011 JB F10 | ZPP | ZSP | ZCW | 6FL | NAV | 331s Square
wdeerfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 09:26 AM   #10
dedo
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Zvolen, Slovakia
Posts: 167
My Ride: e36 323i coupe
You again.... I love your skill. As I said earlier, you are my HERO!!! I am really looking forward to see progress with this little VW.
__________________
Yes, I am sleeping behind the wheel

dedo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 10:20 AM   #11
RedBeamer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Belgium
Posts: 33
My Ride: E46 320CD
Aah someone i know from Belgium
Nice to see you have started a new project for you wife
As many may have said here you are a real hero to the car modding !!!!
Looking forward to see more updates on the polo and to see your bimmer ^^
RedBeamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2012, 01:43 AM   #12
hennep E46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 910
My Ride: BMW e46 318i 1998
Looking forward to see more updates on the install, hope to see you again next year
__________________
hennep E46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2012, 02:52 AM   #13
djnekkon
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Paterson, New Jersey / Orlando Florida
Posts: 16,006
My Ride: MB3ci & z33 HR
great stuff
__________________

djnekkon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2012, 03:38 AM   #14
steve.k
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: NSW, Australia
Posts: 1,329
My Ride: 05' 325Ci, 13' WRX
you are a f*cking pro! Amazing!

Last edited by steve.k; 12-02-2012 at 03:38 AM.
steve.k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2012, 06:29 AM   #15
The Chosen One
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: BELGIUM
Posts: 2,502
My Ride: E46
Quote:
Originally Posted by RedBeamer View Post
Aah someone i know from Belgium
Nice to see you have started a new project for you wife
As many may have said here you are a real hero to the car modding !!!!
Looking forward to see more updates on the polo and to see your bimmer ^^
don't you know me then?
__________________
The Chosen One is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 10:25 AM   #16
RedBeamer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Belgium
Posts: 33
My Ride: E46 320CD
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Chosen One View Post
don't you know me then?
Indeed
Saw your car at TWA last year in that garage damn Very nice ^^ same place where i saw robo's E46 for the first time
RedBeamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 11:33 AM   #17
robolop
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: belgium
Posts: 814
My Ride: 323ci
This time I wonít be working with copper for the connection of the Focal Subs. When I started this project, I said I was going to keep it basicÖ.and Iím getting the feeling itís getting a bit out of hand again .

I want to show with this connection , that you can make beautiful and good things with simple stuff.

First I let a friend make me a couple of aluminium busses.



Then I took an aluminium rectangular bar from 10mm on 15mm.
Once I perfectly measured where the holes need to be, I drilled all holes with a pillar drill machine.
This was for me the best way to drill the holes STRAIGHT.
Then I taped a lath in the subbox, and drilled the holes into the wood.



You can see, that I when I drilled a hole, I let the drill stay into the hole. That way the lath canít go anywhere, and it all stays on 1 line.



Here you can see the alu bar, with the busses underneath.



The bar is mounted on 3 places with normal inbus-screws, which are sunken in. These inbus-screws you will see everywhere in this install.





Where the connection of the speaker will come, you can see holes of 8mm. Here will a little anodized aluminium tube will be placed, where the cable will run through.
When you look closely onto the picture, you can see I made big holes on the backside, and provided them with screwthread. Here will come an adjusting screw of M4 onto the little alu tube, so itíll keep itís place. And be doing this Iím sure that it wonít go vibrating cause of the subboxí pressure.



I need to order the alu busses cause they arenít in stock.
Theyíll be delivered next week.

I also hope that the temperature will go up a bit, cause where Iím working now, thereís no heating. And for those little works, itís freeeeeeezing on my hands (and the rest)

__________________
robolop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 12:20 PM   #18
Jesse M
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: East Greenwich, RI
Posts: 457
My Ride: 05' ZHP
That is art my friend. Audio setups are my forte. I really admire this build so far. What are you other plans for an interface up front? I also like that you chose the four smaller woofers. That was actually a plan I had to use sometime in the future. But what I really love is the bus bar. Genius. What kind of power are you running through it; was copper not an option? Just curious because alum has a bit higher resistance. Shouldn't really notice much of a change though, it's a short run. You make it look so easy. Hats off to you sir, sub'd.
__________________

Last edited by Jesse M; 12-03-2012 at 12:25 PM.
Jesse M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 02:37 PM   #19
ShadoWraceR
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Estonia - Tallinn, sometimes Holland and Germany
Posts: 126
My Ride: Audi V8 3.6
just of curiousity, what leasing and vw main dealer says about mod of audio? insurance also. i ask it because some local dealers here dont accept any audio mod, even from profs. when they get to know about it, factory warranty end at this moment. how is things in belgium and in holland?
__________________
ShadoWraceR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 02:39 PM   #20
2000_328CI
DK Jack Sparrow
 
2000_328CI's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Isla de Muerta | DC/VA
Posts: 29,025
My Ride: 328Ci | Range Rover
Send a message via AIM to 2000_328CI Send a message via MSN to 2000_328CI
Damn
__________________

Everything you need to know on muffler deletes : http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=745244
Wrapping an E46 in Vinyl : http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ghlight=bronze
2000_328CI is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use