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Old 01-05-2014, 08:13 PM   #1
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DIY: Fitting 6.5 front midbass speakers

This was done in an '02 non HK coupe, not sure if it's the same for sedans, wagons, or verts.

To start, the speakers I used were the Infinity reference 6032SI. They sound pretty good, not as much bass as stock but they sound and fit nicely. SI means shallow, which is what you need need (unless you want to get crazy with fabrication).

Step 1: Remove your door panel. Unscrew the T-20 bolts on the armrest, behind the airbag cap, and on the door pull handle behind the round black cap. Then simply pull it off and disconnect everything. If you still here need help there's some good pictures in this DIY:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=689127

Step 2: Now that you've removed the panel, unscrew the phillips head screws holding on the original speaker.

Step 3: Using some kind of shears, cut your homemade bracket out of the original speaker, yes, this will ruin your old speaker, but it was likely already ruined.

Step 4: Put some kind of foam on the speaker, the speakers I used came with some precut. Drop the speaker into the "basket" on the door panel. I don't know about other speakers, but these fit in perfectly.

Step 5: Place your homemade bracket over the new speaker. You're going to need longer screws. Be sure to tighten down all screws evenly. I had to use washers. Everything should be solid. Be sure the terminals are facing UP.

Step 6: Crimp new connectors onto the speaker wire in the door.

Step 7: Plug in all connections, and reinstall your door panel. I took the liberty of replacing all of the plastic clips to prevent any future possible rattles.

After a few days so far, they sound pretty good for the price. There are no rattles.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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Re: DIY: Fitting 6.5 front midbass speakers

Awesome. I've been looking at infinity.

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Old 01-05-2014, 08:27 PM   #3
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Nicely done!
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