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Old 08-13-2002, 04:32 PM   #1
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just thought I'd throw up some pics of my new install. All diamond stuff with a Nakamichi 45-Z head unit. A diamond 600.2 amp powers two M3 line DVC subwoofers, and the 300.2 amp powers a set of M6 components in the front and two of the older 5 line of 6.5 components in the back shelf. the amps are mounted on a polished plexi shelf that's hinged in the back. a four inch linear actuator lowers and raises the shelf. the lowering and raising action is controlled by a custom circuit that uses the dome light and a tilt switch in the trunk lid to sense when the trunk is open. if the latch is released when the trunk is open the shelf drops/raises. so, I can use my key to lower and raise the shelf. the sub box is old, but I never took any pictures. it's glassed on the back and has a MDF front. I'd love all of your opinions.

edit: I also but a battery in the spare tire well to make the voltage demands on the car a little easier. I left enough slack to where I could move the whole thing out and get to the tire if needed.

edit 2: I also relocated the seat relase as can be seen in the first picture below
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pics of the head unit, etc?
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Old 08-13-2002, 04:33 PM   #3
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Old 08-13-2002, 04:34 PM   #5
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Whoa awesome install! Very unique. You should carpet the pillar that raises and lowers it or something, it kinda sticks out a bit, that is such a sweet idea to raise and lower the amps, never even though of anything like that!
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Old 08-13-2002, 04:36 PM   #6
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wow great idea... a lift for the amps... nice!! Is that lift strong enough to hold both amps when making sharp turns?
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Old 08-13-2002, 04:54 PM   #11
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Cool idea man...definitely an A for creativity....

the sub box design is also quite nice in that you get to maintain most of your trunk space - an idea that seems forgotten in most car stereo installs that take up the whole trunk. Just one experience without a spare is enuff for me...haha

Just wanted to ask you what the purpose of motorizing the amp rack? For shows and points? If I were you, with all that cash already spent on the install, I would use plywood and make a nice trunk floor too maybe with a trademark logo or something.
You spend all that time on the trunk and then use a factory mat which looks very incomplete...just an idea okay

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Old 08-13-2002, 07:28 PM   #12
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it looks like you'd have to disconnect all of the wires in order to remove the spare...if so, that's a big hassle if you have an emergency.

otherwise, everything else looks good.
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Old 08-13-2002, 09:54 PM   #13
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Acutally the idea for amp motorization was two-fold: I can fold them up for space-saving and spare tire access, or lower them for show and better cooling. The batter lifts out and there's enough slack on the cables to where I can move it and get to the tire. The whole purpose behind the rack was not to have to remove the spare and mess with the trunk floor. Plus all this didn't really cost too much since I'm practically my local stereo guys' best customer (my fourth car with them.) The whole goal of the install was to maximize trunk space and retain the spare tire, and I think we pulled that off nicely. The only problem is that the sub amp heats quickly when folded up, so I'm going to have to work out some sort of cooling solution. Right now I'm thinking one of those low-profile circular fans. The problem is that the cooling depends a lot on the ambient trunk temp, as you can see I have one of my seats folded down to let the trunk cool in this florida weather. I'm not too sure what to do yet. Yeah the actuator is rated to hold 150 pounds, so it can hold up in turns and such. There are also two cables bolted to the plexi and top of the trunk in case of an emergency fall or something. Anyway, I'd appreciate any advice on my cooling problem!
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AUDIO QUESTION

I am gettiing ready to install a system in my 199 323I , I notice that alot of you guys have a seal box in your trunks, I am looking for a box that can give me good bass that can be heard outside the car, I know BMW trunks are well tight, so if i just put a seal box in the trunk will i hear a good bass or do i have to get a port box build with the port comiing through the back seat pass-through ???.
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I am gettiing ready to install a system in my 199 323I , I notice that alot of you guys have a seal box in your trunks, I am looking for a box that can give me good bass that can be heard outside the car, I know BMW trunks are well tight, so if i just put a seal box in the trunk will i hear a good bass or do i have to get a port box build with the port comiing through the back seat pass-through ???.

sealed will not give that BOOM sounds that you are looking for. If you want the most LOUD BASS from your sub, then get a ported box through the ski hole.

Sealed is for tight accuate bass...


But why do you want to hear it outside? For others to hear it?
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Thanks CrasyBimmer

I like to chilling in the fellows and just having my music sounding good , I guess I have to have a box custom made. I am using 2 MTX Thunder8000 10' (T8104) and a Lighting Audio Bold B400.4 AMP.
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Old 08-23-2002, 02:51 PM   #17
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If you take your time to calculate and build a ported box, it will be louder with the same amount of power as a sealed, only disadvantage is ported box will be larger. I use 1 12" driver in a ported box.
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