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Old 10-24-2008, 11:57 AM   #41
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Great DIY! Thanks for the write up.


For those that want real bass and don't want to give up space our d110 is the solution. It is not a 6x9 replace(not the greatest subwoofer) but barely hands down past where the HK Subs do.

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Old 10-25-2008, 08:22 PM   #42
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at the risk of sounding ghetto I just stuffed 3 tennis balls in the area you stuffed your things. It doesn't rattle anymore. The tennis balls are flexible enough to get in there, but apply enough pressure to prevent the two planes of the rear deck to vibrate and rattle. Quick, painless, and easy and took all but 5 minutes
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:46 PM   #43
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20 minutes, 2 tennis balls, and 6 t-shirts later... and now I can enjoy my music ghetto free!

My first attempt with only 2 tennis balls fixed it 90% and the addition of the t-shirts sealed the deal.

I've put this off for over a year. I'm that lazy.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:24 AM   #44
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Its a testament of how shitty BMWs are put together that we need to stuff tennis balls between panels to stop the stock stereo from vibrating the rear deck. Works like a charm though.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:06 PM   #45
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I hear an annoying sound from this area, but I do NOT have a H/K sub. Will this fix still work for me?
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:32 PM   #46
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on certain notes, my 12" sub makes my rear deck visibly move up and down quite a bit...and this occasional rattle is DEAFENING!!! It even drowns out the subwoofer Gonna go try this tomorrow.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:52 PM   #47
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Props to the original poster. The detailed images were very detailed and informative. The hardest part was unlatching the electrical connector to the HK subs lol. A tip for someone doing this project, make sure you push the sound deadening material deep into the edges to make sure the rear deck is not loose. The sound difference is amazing and feels like I just upgraded my whole sound system. Nothing but clean music.

Before the fix, my girl's 05 Altima's sound system was better than mine. Now, there is no comparison, the HK sound system sounds like it was meant to.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:53 PM   #48
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Hi - new to the Board, so bear with me, and thanks to the original poster for his detailed pix.

Bought my 2005 325Ci on the Easter weekend a month ago, and noticed the rattle right away. Spent awhile surfing this board and others looking for a fix (used to have a Z3 Coupe and an E36, so used to fixing small things by surfing message boards). Bought my $2 bolt and hex nuts last week, and this morning, went out to do the "bolt" fix.

Imagine my surprise when I yanked off the sub housing to find an 8mm bolt in the spot where the "bolt fix" is supposed to go:



It's holding up a white plastic brace, which I hope you can see:



Is it a factory fix? Or am I on happy pills? The last owner was definitely NOT an enthusiast, so he didn't do it. The car was built in Feb 2005. On no other thread did I hear that there was this kind of fix, so I suspect it's custom. Didn't work anyway - ended up stuffing in 3 old wash mitts .
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:15 PM   #49
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I did the bolt mod this weekend. Works great!!!!
3" 3/8" carrier bolt, crush washer, 3/8" nut.
$0.89 total
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:37 PM   #50
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So the bolt mod just pushes that white plastic clip together that holds the two shelving pieces together?
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:35 PM   #51
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Chuck- I have a 4/05 model and it has the same thing. That screw anchors down a leg of that white piece. I spent $3 on a tube of tennis balls and stuffed them in the middle. It was pretty obvious the that BMW was aware of this and changed production, as I had plenty of insulation and other stuff back there compared to the OP.

Tennis balls, doesn't get much easier than that
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:50 PM   #52
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:52 PM   #53
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Does anyone think the skipass subwoofer method is worth the money? If not, I am going to go ahead with the tennis balls
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:08 PM   #54
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Does anyone think the skipass subwoofer method is worth the money? If not, I am going to go ahead with the tennis balls
HUH? 1 has nothing to do with the other. Even if you install the skipass sub, the rear deck will likely rattle even more.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:58 PM   #55
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HUH? 1 has nothing to do with the other. Even if you install the skipass sub, the rear deck will likely rattle even more.
yes i know they have nothing to do with each other. i have just been wanting to get a sub for a while, but dont want to spend the money. i went ahead and did the tennis ball trick. worked about 85%
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:48 AM   #56
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:19 PM   #57
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Does anyone know what the model number of the JL stealth subs to replace my HK factory subs ? Crutchfield said because of clearance concerns, nothing would fit . ( I appologize if I it appears that I am hijacking your thread) please forgive me . I am a newbie trying to get some bass. LOL!
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:18 AM   #58
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thankyou so much! just did this today with some insulating batts, took all of 15mins, and now i can crank that bass up where its meant to be!
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Old 09-10-2011, 04:46 PM   #59
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Just did the repair. Turns out BMW installed the plastic bracket in the photos above but didn't bolt it down, man was it rattling! I also stuffed three tennis balls inside for extra support, worked perfect. Took maybe 20 minutes to complete.

Thanks for this DIY...
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:46 PM   #60
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Sorry to bump and old thread, but I just took off my sub and that white brace is there and its bolted very tightly in. The deck doesn't seem to be loose at all, it seems really solid.

I feel like the rattle is coming from the mid sized drivers on the side of the subs. Anyone know how to remove these?

EDIT: I did find out how to remove the "mid subs" but those weren't the problem. The problem was the deck rattling very far near the "mid subs". I guess it was so far to the side I didn't notice the play in the deck. I shoved a tennis ball on each side as far as I could to the side and I have no rattle SO FAR.

Thanks once again e46fanatics, you're awesome!

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