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Old 04-20-2004, 10:17 PM   #1
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Cd skipping after drop....Alpine better than OEM?

I have never been a fan of the vertical mount factory cd changer in my 330cic. Now that I put some springs in, it skips more often. Any suggestions on eliminating the skipping all together. Anyone using an Alpine vertical mount with a nice stiff suspension and running into NO skips??

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Old 04-20-2004, 10:50 PM   #2
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bump, mine skips all the time on stock sports suspension!
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Old 04-21-2004, 01:05 AM   #3
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I've had both non sport suspension and now currently coilovers, and to this date...2 years later and 18000 miles my CD has NEVER once skipped...I have the OEM 6 disk trunk mounted changer...
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I have an Alpine in my 323Ci but it's horizontal mount and never skips.

I have the OEM BMW changer in my 528i mounted vertically and it never skips.

Actually, the Alpine and BMW changers are pretty much identical, Alpine makes the BMW changers. The disc magazines are interchangeable between my 2 cars, and the changers look identical except for color. I don't think you'd gain anything in skip resistance by switching changers.
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It's strange but I had the unit out for a few months and had it just sitting on a towel in my trunk horizontally and it never skipped. When I go vertical it does. And yes, I changed the vert/horiz settings on the side of the changer
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Old 04-21-2004, 08:54 AM   #6
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Alpine changers are very good and skipping is extremely rare. Most likely it is an installation problem! Check to make sure that the springs are adjusted properly, maybe they are set on vertical position. The springs are located on the center of each side of the changer. A plastic cover needs to be removed to adjust the springs.

I had an Apline changer 13 years ago and it NEVER skipped, not even when I was in a car accident that almost totaled the car I was driving. Newer changers have even better damping than old models.
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The springs are adjusted to "vertical" position since it is mounted vertically. Am I missing something? Is there another spring adjustment?
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The springs are adjusted to "vertical" position since it is mounted vertically. Am I missing something? Is there another spring adjustment?
No, just the two springs on the sides.

Maybe laser is dirty or out of alignment? If the changer is still under equipment/installation warranty, you could ask the shop that installed it to take a look at it. If not, and you are handy with taking things apart, you could open up the changer (it really isn't that difficult if you have patience and are careful unplugging switches and boards), you could clean the laser lens with some isopropyl alcohol (make sure you eject the cds before unplugging the unit).

Another option is to remount the changer. The space in the car behind the wheels is subject to more shaking that the part of the car between the wheels. Maybe remount horizontally under the rear deck or behind the rear seat (semi-vertical, adjust springs accordingly).
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