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Old 11-02-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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Stereo installation

Has anyone switched there stereo of their bmw? I don't mean the factory stereo that every bmw has, I mean like installed different brand stereo. I asked my brother how to do it but he never really knew because he's never seen anyone do it; he's just seen people switch with its original stereo. If it's possible, what brand do you recommend? Also what are the steps in installing it? Or where can I take take it to install it.

I have a 1999 BMW 323i


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Old 11-02-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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Sony is good I mean it's pretty easy all your need is a bracket that will hold the aftermarket radio and a antenna adapter but you can put any brand just depends on your budget


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Old 11-02-2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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Thank you for the responds! I will definitely look into that brand and see if I can install it myself. If can't then I'll probably take it somewhere to install it


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Old 11-02-2013, 01:27 PM   #4
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yep, I just swapped out my factory for a kenwood head unit, kicker component speakers, and bsw subwoofer, replaced my stock amp with rockford fosgate amp to drive components. Took several days to do. Not the easiest car to swap out, but doable.
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:49 PM   #5
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How are the kicker components I'm looking to change all my door speakers


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Old 11-02-2013, 02:00 PM   #6
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And do u know the size of the speakers that would be very helpful


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Old 11-04-2013, 09:54 AM   #7
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after running these for about 3 weeks now, I would not recommend the kicker brand. I got the 5.2 and 6.2 components. They just don't have enough midbase. It sounds like they have a tin can sound that I cannot adjust out. I have polk audio components in my jeep wrangler and they great.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:55 AM   #8
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also both front and back tweets will need custom brackets made.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:43 PM   #9
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Ok thank u very much


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