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Old 10-05-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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Awesome Mid for Factory upper Door $21.5 Ea!!!

I was looking for a mid to use in the upper door factory location of my E46 convertible and stumbled across these amazing little drivers from Parts Express. They are a drop in replacement for the factory 2" mid and are fantastic especially when you consider the price!! I am using these as part of my 3 way front set up running them from 650 hz to 4K. The other drivers in my three way front set up include a pair of Dynaudio Esotar 6.5" mid bass drivers ($1,000 / pair) and a pair of Hertz Mille MS280's (the original not the current - $300 / pair used). I put this out there so you understand my expectations. The model name and number for this little gem is Dayton Audio RS75-4. Truly a great find for any E46 owner looking for an easy upgrade.
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:40 PM   #2
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This speaker is 0.3" larger in both outside diameter (2.8 vs 2.5) and baffle (2.1 vs 1.8) compared to the Vifa NE65W.

Do you have a picture showing this is indeed a drop in?
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:59 AM   #3
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Yep. Pictures attached.

I thought it might be too big but it fits nicely. I attached some felt like material to the back of the magnet to make sure it wouldn't vibrate against the door metal as i think it's right up against it (although it's hard to tell for sure). i had to drill some new holes to mount it but no big deal. Do you know if anyone here has ever cut the metal behind where this speaker mounts? There is a new company that makes a much better speaker that fits the opening but it's 1/4" deeper so i'm thinking it will not fit without more room behind it. The Metal seems pretty stout but you would only need a hole about 2" in diameter. The door glass is back there somewhere so there can't be much space left.
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:29 AM   #4
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How about cutting the door skin right where you have the speaker placed? That might free up another 1/4".
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Not sure what you mean by door skin. I see 2 options. One is to cut a small hole in the metal for the speaker magnet to clear. When you look at the door without the interior door panel (or card if you prefer the european name) there is a flat round spot (behind) in the door meal where the speaker magnet would line up. i don't think this would work as the door glass is pretty much right behind that spot. The second option would be to mount the speaker in front of or on the door panel. Obviously this would be difficult because you would have to cut up the door panel. I think you mean the fist option but cutting that metal with the glass right behind it looks pretty scary.
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