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Old 04-22-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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Can someone link me to the 5.25 speaker adapter

From eBay. Can't find it. TIA
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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Someone has to know how to find it?
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:00 PM   #3
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Someone has to know how to find it?
try www.bavariansoundworks.com

I think they might have what you're looking for..
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:24 PM   #4
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EDIT: So basically I want this but I am not paying 40 dollars for some plastic..

http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...roducts_id=383
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:13 PM   #5
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I know this is for the bigger speaker size, but they might have the right size/be able to get it if you ask

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...CarQ5fSpeakers




If you want to buy internationally, there is this guy in the UK

http://cgi.ebay.com/BMW-3-SERIES-SAK...3286.m63.l1177
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:10 PM   #6
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They're made by Autoleads, the part number is SAK-1206. They fit the e46 **edited coupe** rear shelf and doors. I've used them in both locations previously.

They advertise these for 13cm (5.25") speakers, but I can tell you from experience you can also easily fit 16cm (6.25") speakers into them if you drill a few extra holes in the surround to line up with the speaker's screw holes.

I've tried both sizes and will say finding 16cm speakers is worth doing as 13cm speakers are fine if you only want treble but there really will be no bass from them at all (only fine if you're going to be using a subwoofer all the time). I was using fairly low power speakers though as I needed them to be efficiently driven by the original HU output (which doesn't have an external amp fitted).

Hint: Look for speakers with a 16 in the part number (indicating 16cm), ie Pioneer TS-G1650, though they are harder to get than 17cm (6.5") speakers ie TS-G1750. The 16cm speakers drop right in but the 17cm speakers wouldn't easily fit. I found mine on ebay.

If you look on the plastic rings you'll see the 3 original mounting point lugs are raised, it's worth cutting off the raised bits or grinding these flat if you're using these for the rear shelf or the speaker covers don't sit down quite as nicely as before.

And in the coupe doors you'll find a plastic ring which can be removed so that AM speakers with adaptors have a better fit.

I also replaced the OEM door tweeters with good AM dome tweeters.
It wasn't a mega improvement in sound (until I added the active JBL subwoofer, high level feed tapped into the rear speaker wires), never will be using the OEM HU's low power output without adding amps, but overall there was quite a discernable improvement in overall clarity of the sound.

No cutting of door, shelf or BMW required **edited for a coupe**, although you will have to change the speaker plugs.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:15 PM   #7
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...#ht_1244wt_912

I got these and they work fine. (You will need to cut them)
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:23 PM   #8
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So 6.25s will fit without me cutting the door? I don't know where I am going to find any 6.25s. And also to RockLee, those will work with 5.25s?
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So 6.25s will fit without me cutting the door? I don't know where I am going to find any 6.25s.
no door cutting required. **edited for a coupe**

There are loads out there, seller's just mis-describe them as they don't see the significance of them being 16cm instead of 17cm.

Like I say trick is often to look at the part number, Pioneer for example use a 16 in the part number, like TS-164P, else check the small print in the specs for the metric size in cm.

Like these are described as 6.5" by the seller but you can see on the box they're really 16cm which will fit. 17cm is over 6.5" and won't just drop in.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Pione...1%7C240%3A1318
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:41 PM   #10
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Stop, forget everything we've said, it all applies to a coupe which has larger and totally different looking door speaker pods (see pic). You have a saloon/sedan.

The adaptor rings you're linking to are for these type of door pods, to convert (down in size) from the OEM speakers to better quality AM speakers, they're not for the smaller midrange speaker in the middle of the door that some sedan's seem to have.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:10 AM   #11
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Stop, forget everything we've said, it all applies to a coupe which has larger and totally different looking door speaker pods (see pic). You have a saloon/sedan.

The adaptor rings you're linking to are for these type of door pods, to convert (down in size) from the OEM speakers to better quality AM speakers, they're not for your doors if you have the small speaker in the middle of the door.
OK So help me out. If I have a sedan, I have to go with 5.25"s in the front if I don't want to cut my door right? Any link to adapters for those?

Also I am only going to be getting front components (replacing the Bottom midbasses and tweeters, not the speakers in the middle of the door).
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:04 AM   #12
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Sorry only ever had e46 coupe's, no idea what speakers are in the sedan doors.

Nice colour by the way. My 2001 325Ci was steel blue.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:00 PM   #13
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:46 PM   #14
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:33 PM   #15
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:53 PM   #16
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the adapters should be the same. Coupes and sedans use the same speaker sizes, so mounting points should be the same. I would go with the EAS adapters. You could buy ones on ebay, but their quality and size might not be correct. I read in another thread, and BMWAudio32 (IIRC) bought some off ebay and he had to spend hours dremeling them to get em to fit.

40 dollars for some adapter rings is fairly reasonable with piece of mind that they will work right out of the package.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:03 PM   #17
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replacing the Bottom midbasses
Yeah the adaptors are for the lower speakers, not the smaller ones under the armrests (if you have them, neither of my Coupe's did).


I was thinking of the smaller speakers as "sedan" door speakers. If you're only talking about the larger lower speakers what I've said above should be fine then, no cutting of your car involved.

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the adapters should be the same. Coupes and sedans use the same speaker sizes, so mounting points should be the same. I would go with the EAS adapters. You could buy ones on ebay, but their quality and size might not be correct. I read in another thread, and BMWAudio32 (IIRC) bought some off ebay and he had to spend hours dremeling them to get em to fit.
Read my posts about speaker sizes, he probably bought 17cm speakers instead of 16cm. Trouble is they're often both advertised as 6.5", you have to look into the specs carefully.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:39 PM   #18
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I bought 5.25"s. I needed adapters, I ordered them from EAS because I couldn't find anywhere else.
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I bought 5.25"s. I needed adapters, I ordered them from EAS because I couldn't find anywhere else.
5.25" = 13cm. I tried Alpine SXE-1325S. Took them out. Nice detailed top end but don't expect any bass, lol.

http://www.alpine.si/home/products/s...s#ridercontent

http://www.dynamicsounds.co.uk/produ...roducts_id=240

http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro...ts_id/505.html

http://www.sextonsdirect.co.uk/alpine/p~sxe-1325s.html
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