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Old 04-08-2009, 05:52 PM   #441
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Did you still have it in a sealed enclosure? If I recall correctly you had it place in the corner of the trunk.....or not.
Enclosure MDF only or partially Fiberglass?

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I had it in both a sealed and then a ported box against the back seat. The box was MDF.
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:59 PM   #442
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hi guys,

quick question. how does the convertible door differ from coupe for cutting the door to install midbass? or is it same? I'd appreciate if anybody has pics/links to such an install in case it is not the same.

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Old 01-03-2010, 08:26 AM   #443
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For the rings I used a jigsaw. I have a small little router with no router table and no circle-jig, so I went with the jigsaw.
You are right about the jigsaw being a little dangerous. I first used a rotary tool (like the dremel) but that takes more time, but has the advantage of having a lot of control for cutting the door. I read also you could use tin snips. Remember the door is actually made from two different gauge sheets. The thinner one will be easy, the thicker one not so easy.
On the jigsaw side, the longer blades (pic above) where what made all the difference for me. Without those the jigsaw was only possible for the part that is level.
As you have a coupe, you should go with the all the instructions and template of RSL.
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Nice work.

I have a sedan looking to mount 6.5".

Just wondering what speakers did you use. Also what is the max mounting depth you go with. I am looking into adding the angled & regular flat spacer since there is a gap on the top which will make the speaker point towards you. Move the sound stage up.

Any thoughts.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:47 PM   #444
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If someone had the time to make these E46 M3 speaker brackets so you could fit a 6.5" up front I know I would buy them. I keep putting this off because I lack the motivation to want to deal with all the time to make up these brackets.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:59 PM   #445
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I have two 6.5" round Birch wood ring if any body is interested. They are supposedly better than the MDF. MDF will expand if exposed to moisture.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:53 PM   #446
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Subwoofer place

What is the best place to install a subwoofer in the E46 coupe?
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:28 AM   #447
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Cutting the door

What is the exact purpose of cutting the door. I don't wanna do it if I don't have to. My mid base is only 2.5" deep. I have the Rockford power t1652-s components. Do I really need to cut a whole in the door?
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:49 AM   #448
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What is the exact purpose of cutting the door. I don't wanna do it if I don't have to. My mid base is only 2.5" deep. I have the Rockford power t1652-s components. Do I really need to cut a whole in the door?
Cutting the door is not an absolute necessity. The speaker will physically work even if the magnet is touching the door's metal. The problem is airspace behind the cone...although the driver can compress and decompress the limited volume behind it without cutting the door, it struggles to do so as the total 'Qts' or compliance of the driver/enclosure isnt optimal for the lower frequencies you would ask of a speaker of that size. While you would hear higher midrange fine, as frequency moves towards the midbass region, response drops off as the driver has to work too hard to produce the sound.

I did cut mine and although I'm more than happy with the performance, I can't really compare it to having heard it without cutting. I have heard several people try without cutting and then were less than impressed by the sound.

I was very much against modifying the car in any way which couldn't be easily put back, but in the long run, this doesn't hurt anything structurally and would never be noticed in the event of selling the car. Overall, I have zero regrets doing it.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:33 PM   #449
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I see. So do you seal the inside of the door after cutting the hole, or do you just use the entire inside of the door as an enclosure? Anyone have any pics of the inside of the hole that is cut and how u prevent rattling inside the door?
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I see. So do you seal the inside of the door after cutting the hole, or do you just use the entire inside of the door as an enclosure? Anyone have any pics of the inside of the hole that is cut and how u prevent rattling inside the door?
I didn't seal anything up on mine, but I understand some people do. The door cavity itself is pretty well sealed and makes a nice enclosure for the speaker. I did seal the speaker to the door instead of mounting to the door card using clay, so no rattles from that.

I think there are a few pics on my build thread linked in my sig, but can't remember what all I posted.
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Click on this Door sound deadening DIY which kind of creates an enclosure. You should not seal the door because moisture needs to escape.
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RSL,

You wrote: "The stock tweeter and mid wires were pretty small (~22 gauge), so I tied the + and - for each together on each side to run to aftermarket tweeter." I think this is a great idea and saves a lot of time.This would work (in my case) if we are trying to add new speakers with their own passive crossovers, as well as aftermarket amp.
Where can I find the color codes for speaker wires to tie them together?

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Old 05-02-2012, 04:21 PM   #454
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Not to resurrect a Dead thread because all of this is great work!!
im in the middle of this right now and its a total pain!
i used 3/4 mdf for my baffle and 3/4 mdf for the ring and im having a hard time fitting my Image dynamics ctx65cs in the door

im starting to wonder on the structural strength of this MDF. wouldnt it be better to use a cabinet grade plywood for the baffle since its not really being used under high stress like a subwoofer box for the added strength?

my progress:

i just cant get it to line up correct with the door panel for the life of me.
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All this door cutting, baffle making and not one single picture of what the door looks like finished, not one. I'm guessing there's a reason for that.
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What are you talking about its right above your comment ??? Blind posting ?


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So that's a picture of your finished door? Without the door card reinstalled? And if that's the finished product on the REAR DECK, then apparently , you missed my point.
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So that's a picture of your finished door? Without the door card reinstalled? And if that's the finished product on the REAR DECK, then apparently , you missed my point.
BTW, I was referring to the OP who showed many pictures of the door speaker baffles being constructed and mounted, cutting the doors, both the door frame and door cards, modding the door cards. But not ONE picture of a finished door. Which would lead one to believe he never finished it or it doesn't look good enough to share pictures of it.
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