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Old 12-27-2016, 12:32 PM   #1
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Alpine Type R Component system help

I've used Alpine speakers in every car i've owned since i was 16 and i just got a complete set of alpine type r components for the front and rear of my m3. I have the HK factory system and i have a few questions i'm hoping you all can help me out with.

First off, i've always bought speaker wiring adapters to plug into the factory wiring/plug in ALL of the vehicles i've ever installed speakers into. However i can't seem to find any e46 bmw speaker wiring harnesses? Does anyone make them?


2nd question, since the alpine system i bought are the component system i'd like some guidance on how to wire them up.
How should i wire the mid bass (lower door speaker) with the tweeter? Should i wire them how the alpine instructions state, ie, door harness into mid bass, then mid bass speaker into cross over, cross over into tweeter, and leave the original HK tweeter speaker wires in the door unused.
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should i plug in the mid bass into the oem door wiring, then the alpine tweeter into the oem HK tweeter wiring, and not use the alpine crossover.

I've seen videos of people using the crossover and i read one post where someone said to discard the alpine crossover, so i'm not sure which way is best. I want the best/clearest sound possible.




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Old 12-28-2016, 12:57 AM   #2
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nevermind, installed the speakers tonight.
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Old 12-29-2016, 12:19 AM   #3
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How did you go with the install?

I recently bought the same speakers and will be installing them next week I'm planning on using the crossovers.

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Old 12-29-2016, 01:50 PM   #4
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Do you have HK?

I used the crossovers in the rear, however i did not use the crossovers attached to the midbass speaker. I put the crossovers in line from the factory rear tweeter wiring. The mid bass speaker is stand alone. I also made my own plug and play adapters from original speakers so i didn't have to splice into the factory wiring. I also set the crossovers at -6 db for the rear.

I DID NOT use the crossovers in the front, at all. If you try to use them in-between the midbass and tweeter you'll get no sound. If you use them with the factory tweeter wiring they'll be too quiet. I wired the tweeters directly to the oem tweeter wiring and they sound perfect.

installing the speakers them selves are a pain in the ass. the mid bass speakers are slightly too large in the rear, and you'll need to modify them. I peeled off the glued factory mounting bracket from the hk speakers, cut into the alpines to make the mounting fingers fit and then used plastic weld to glue the alpine to the mounting bracket.

in the front, you're going to have to do the same if you still have all the factory mounting hardware in your door panels. After i did the rears the front was a piece of cake. As for the tweeters, i popped out the rear tweeter grill after i unscrewed the speaker and put the tweeters in the hole then tightened them with the supplied trim ring. For the front, i unscrewed the factory tweeter and midrange, popped out the door handle/speaker grill and put the tweeter in the mid range hole, again using the supplied trim ring to tighten it to the door panel. Then just popped the door handle/speaker grill back on top of it.

I honestly couldn't be more happy, with the HK subs in the rear deck it's the perfect amount of bass and now the mids and highs sound clear and loud where as before they sounded muffled and how a factory paper speaker would sound...
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