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Old 02-07-2017, 02:27 PM   #2061
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This is the 8mm thick plexiglass between the doorpanel and the speakers.
you can also see I mounted an orange led strip on the inside. This one is also 8mm thick



Here the result with the lighting on.





Here's the plexi on the door.



All you see is that 8mm



The speakerpanel and the plexi will be mounted with 7 screws, and that will hold it just fine.



Then, the speakers will be screwed on.



After that the coverplate will be on it, so it all looks smooth.





The coverpanel will be covered with carbon fibre. I'll see this will be tightened strongly as well.



Here you can see everything with the lighting on.












The lighting is too bright as it is know. But once everything is mounted and ready, I'm going to adjust the brightness so it'll look close like the interior lighting of the car.
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Old 02-07-2017, 03:25 PM   #2062
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Old 02-08-2017, 02:21 AM   #2063
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:36 AM   #2064
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Rob, Been years since I been on this forum. I had to make my first post back on your thread. Hands down your skills and creative mind is inspiring. As one that does my own work in modify cars, I really know that the end result is fulfilling. Plus everyone respects your hard work and is blown away. Keep up the amazing work bro. There is no limitations as you have proven.

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Old 02-11-2017, 02:47 PM   #2065
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I've got the bimmer for a long time know, and everytime I think that those idiots never made an cube inlay in the door, unlike the 4 door sedan .
Now I have the chance to make it myself. But to make something nice, I always have to modife several things first... Aaarg, why me!?
I made the doorpanel 10mm's thicker where I'm putting the frame. If I didn't do this, I couldn't make a nice rounding.




Once I had this, I could make the frames.
3 things I definately had to have: you can demount them, they must be in a matt gray like the original moldings AND the bottom must come in orange lighting.
The first 2 are "simple", but the lighting, that's something else
The frames are made out of 3mm thick plexiglass, and the MDF layer is 4mm thick. Once these are prepared, I'm putting a layer of fiberglass over it.

Here you can see the model of MDF wood. The meaning is to mill in a sloth of 8 by 3mm. I'm putting a LED strip in there to give light.
you can see here I used a little rail to put against my uppermill so I'm getting a nice rounding.



This is the slot milled.





The same thing with plexi. I needed to do this so the sides of the plexi are nicely lightened. In my case this will be the bottom only.





Once these are finished, I'll tape the led strip in, and the plexi will be glued against the MDF.



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Old 02-13-2017, 02:29 PM   #2066
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On the front, Iíve mounted some M4 tubes.




On everything will be a couple of layers of polyester so the front will be nicely tight.





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Old 02-13-2017, 03:10 PM   #2067
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This will be in the centre of the door.

Underneath you can see the molding I sprayed in primer.
You can see it has the same curving of the door. In the middle (black) is a little hatch that opens when the airbag pops (hopefully never).
In the back you can see the original part I heavily modified.
You don't want to know how many hours of work I've put into these 3 things...and it's far from finished.



Here's the hatch in the middle piece. As you can see, it fits perfectly. I glued it in with hot glue.



The meaning is I'm covering it all with carbon fibre, but then I have a big problem.
I'm planning of covering it up in one piece, and then cut out the airbag panel with a stanley cutter knife.
I want to make sure the carbon fibre lines will add up perfectly, and I'm thinking that's the only way to do it.
When anyone has ideas of doing it otherwise, please tell me.

I also don't want anymore tollerance between the two parts than the thickness of a cutter knife. Still not sure it's going to work though... But I know know, it'll be the hardest part to do in the whole "doorpanel story"


What you can see here is that I made the molding run in the same way as the airbagpanel. So I have a reference where to begin my cutting.



I made sure the bottom line is right under the handle (2mm). So you won't see that if anyone goes wrong



I'm also very pleased with the orange lighting. I just need to adjust the brightness. The meaning is no light will come out on top, which it does now. I'm going to paint the topside of the plexiglass black, so no light will come through.





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Old 02-24-2017, 05:36 AM   #2068
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Here you can see how I mounted the cover of the speakers without seeing anything of it.
On the backside I screwed 4 aluminum plates, and when you look closely , you'll see a little pin (3mm) on your far right.





The plate is screwed tight with the same screwes the speakers are tightened with. I took about 4 to make it tight enough.
Where the little pin sits, I drew a hole, so the plate is tightened as well.



Because on the backside I've got 4 plates standing, I needed to mill these out.





Once I had this I could fit the plate. The plate will be inserted.




On the bottom you can see how it fits, and on top you'll see the rings of the speakers mounted, and so you won't see anything of the rest, simple.





The the time had come to provide everything with a layer of carbon fiber.



Provided it with a couple of layer of epoxy.






after 4 layers, I sanded it thoroughly. Doesn't look that good , doesn't it?




After this I'll add some more layers, and hope everything goes fine. We'll see, you never know with carbon fibre...
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Old 02-25-2017, 04:28 PM   #2069
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Being clumsy. I forgot to put hardener with the epoxy. I washed everything with aceton, and did it again. This time with hardener.



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Old 03-10-2017, 12:27 PM   #2070
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Old 03-10-2017, 02:55 PM   #2071
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In the meanwhile, I have sent the Soundstream amplifiers to England.
http://www.ampdoctor.co.uk/about-us/

I am confident in what Gordon is doing with the amplifiers.
These are some pictures he sent me.









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Old 03-11-2017, 04:30 PM   #2072
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This is what happened with the Soundstream amps.



Preamp chips upgraded to give better dynamics and detail. The TL074 parts were a good chip back in the 70's but the new parts now are quieter and better sounding.
New caps to give more stable power supply rails and more stable imaging.
Mica sheets conduct heat better than polyamide sheet so the bias is stable.
Bias sensor moved so bias is stable at all temperatures and loads.
HP / HC Switch removed as it's unreliable. Stereo / mono / mixed switch replaced with a new part as it had been pulled apart and not reassembled tightly - risk of a bad connection.
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Old 03-31-2017, 07:11 AM   #2073
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:57 PM   #2074
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i've managed to cover the doorpanels, and it worked out fine.





the carbon fiber panel where the speakers will get into, is about 90 procent finished. I need to sand and polish it a bit more for a deeper shine.










Bassreflex is also finished. As you can see I sprayed the middle piece in the same color as the moldings in the car. So I have a nice contrast and still, everything blends in nice with each other.









I need to cover the middle piece of the door, and after that, I can start mounting everything.
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:02 AM   #2075
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Your eye for quality and detail is fantastic! Keep up the exceptional work.
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Old 04-10-2017, 04:51 AM   #2076
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I isolated the doors.

Before I started, I checked again if no water got into the door when it rains. So I went to the car was, and focusses on the doors with the lance.
At home I took the hose and put it onto all rubbers and cracks. In both cases I didn't see a single drop in the doors. Not bad for a bmw of 18years old.
I already noticed before there was only 1 little sloth (2cm) in the door where there could be a waterfailure.

I chose Focal Bam XXXL https://www.focal.com/en/car-audio/c...ation/bam-xxxl

This box contains 3 square meters of damping material. Normally you can do a whole car with this, but when I was finished on the doors, I used almost everything.

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Old 04-18-2017, 08:10 AM   #2077
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:00 PM   #2078
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Doorpanels are about 90% finished now. Here and there I'm planning of doing a small detail which will be original and cool.
Later more about that...


Here an original doorpanel like they come from the factory.



These were the doorpanels I modified once. The bottom part was fully adjusted to make way for the 16cm Focal speakers.
EVO1.




Here some pictures about how they will look now.
Evo 2 (there will not come an Evo 3)











These are some pictures when the white lighting is on, when the door is opened.
On pictures it looks like it's blue, but in real life, it's white...





There's a LED strip underneath the door, in the storage compartment and behind the door handle.
The one behind the door handle needs some more modification, I don't like it that way





You can also see the white lighting coming out of the bass reflex.




The orange inner lighting was also finished, but it wasn't like I wanted it to be. The orange strip I've used was TOO orange comparing with the orange interior lighting (original BMW)
This one is a bit more red. So some work is planned to get those strips out, and make them more red with a marker.
This will take a couple of hours, but when it's all done and merges into the rest of the lighting, I'll be very pleased.
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Old 05-04-2017, 02:25 PM   #2080
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Home made carbon fiber trim (gear console panel).



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