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    E39 component door speaker install

    I found that the mid driver itself was vibrating, even out of the pods - but it's most likely because my phone and head unit were turned to the max! Then I managed to get the passenger door kick panel removed but the door connector looks pretty inaccessible. So I'm wondering which of the various looms present that are accessible contain the original blue/brown and blue/red speaker wires. It doesn't help that I'm colour blind! Are they in the smaller bunch that go off to the left underneath the insulation, or the thick one that goes upwards? Also on the actual door side, how did you access the door connector? Guessing you need to remove the door retaining pin to open it fully and acces the wiring harness boot?
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    E39 component door speaker install

    Thanks! I'd just worked that out last night after looking at pics of tweeter plugs on ebay! I'm having some interesting results with the MBQ mid in the pod. I use my trusty Alan Parsons - Soundcheck 2 CD to verify things sound OK. I'm getting a fair amount of vibration, espec on a bass guitar track. Swapping to the other MBQ driver does it too so it's not a faulty driver. Will have to investigate clearances and wrapping the pod with something to help kill any vibrations. I hear Screwfix do some flashing strip that helps with sound deadening. https://www.screwfix.com/p/bostik-flashband-grey-10m-x-100mm/57969?_requestid=208183 The big difference though is in the tweeter, the stock one really is poor, although I know the MBQ Q-series one is an expensive unit. I've got it down in the kicks on the 0db crossover setting and it's sounding great so far. I will also try it attenuated in the mirror sails but my experience is that it's likely to be too close to the ears.
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    E39 component door speaker install

    Humph - just managed to snap the OEM tweeter plug (the small white one at the top). Anyone know how to extract it properly? The BSW guy just pulled it out.
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    E39 component door speaker install

    I don't know those specific speakers but generally drivers are designed to work best inside a sealed enclosure, rather than with an open baffle, where bass response is likely to be rather limited. Ideally one would suck it and see, but I'd assume that using the stock pods will be best if you have sufficient clearance, even though it may resonate at certain frequencies. Some folks put dynamat inside as well as all over but I've not seen firm conclusions of any benefits.
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    E39 component door speaker install

    Thanks - I've not managed to find any pics of the door connector other than in the OP so I've no idea what parts are req'd or what's involved. The weather has precluded any investigative sessions!
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    E39 component door speaker install

    Which speakers & mounts do you have?
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    E39 component door speaker install

    Hi Useful pics for me as I'm trialling some MBQ 5" components in the doors. Luckily I found the BSW youtube videos which made removing the door card much easier than I thought it was going to be. I discovered that the stock mid-bass plastic pod has a gap at the bottom of the baffle (see below) which isn't great if the new driver won't fit exactly into the recess, and which kind of defeats the whole purpose of a sealed enclosure! So I used some rubber draughtproofing strip to seal it up. However I'd welcome any advice on how to route new speaker wires into the door, specifically how do you get them to & from the door connector? (The MBQ Musicomp crossovers are pretty big so I'm assuming I'm going to have to run both tweeter and mid-bass wires into the door. Either that or put the crossover into a door pocket ...)
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    Amp wiring kits?

    Thanks, in the end I've decided to get everything separately as all the kits I saw used CCA power cables and it seemed that OFC was the way to go. I've also gone for a AGU fuse holder with built-in circuit breaker - £6 off the bay. Plus I found a 20m reel of Silvercrest (Lidl!) 1.5mm2 speaker cable which will do for now. I'm not sure how long the phono/RCA cables will need to be, as I'm not sure whether to route via the transmission tunnel/doors/headlining, but 5m seems to be a popular length. In my hifi setups, I usually go for studio type kit as it's well constructed and good value e.g. van Damme cable, Neutrik connectors etc. but even that may end up being a bit too expensive ...
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    E39 footwell speakers?

    The part number shows that it's the First Aid Box mount bracket - so I think I'll be Ok to take that out. The irony though, if I were to injure myself in the process.
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    E39 footwell speakers?

    Having been rather scared by the kick panel builds(!) I looked around for custom door panels but I still can't find any online, apart from these rather expensive ones ion the US: https://store.12velectronics.com/products/BMW-E39-Front-Speaker-Mounts.html Since having something wired away from the doors will simplify everything for me, I made a cardboard box as an example of the size of enclosure for the 5" woofers, and it appears that I can fit it underneath the driver's seat, firing upwards. Since the MBQ's are good off-axis, I think it's worth a try. The enclosure will be rigid MDF so allow the drivers to perform their best. It can be part way under the seat and it doesn't appear to get in the way (so far). The passenger seat has some large metal bracket in front of it which rules that location out, so will have to find somewhere else. The passenger side has room for an enclosure to go in the footwell in any case. It's not ideal I realise but think it's worth a try ...
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    Amp wiring kits?

    My amp will just fit in the compartment opposite the battery one, will the earthing point there be Ok to use? I realise this is all basic stuff but I've searched and can't find much guidance.
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    Amp wiring kits?

    Hi I'm just about to wire up a DLS amp in the boot of a Touring and wondered whether I should get one of the amp wiring kits for about £40 that include 4AWG power cable (5m may be overkill though!), with bundled phono cables. I've no idea what quality these cables are, or should I really be sourcing them separately? Also will a standard ring terminal be Ok for the battery? Any suggestions what to use for an earthing point?
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    E39 footwell speakers?

    Thanks to all for the really detailed info. I will review it all next week after half term is over! (I'm in Warwickshire, Dennis)
  14. Hi TLDR : has anyone got experience of installing component speakers in the footwell? I'm looking to install a new amp plus speakers for the best sound quality possible. Long : I've finally got some time to install some old school kit into my '03 E39 Touring that used to be in my old E36. I've already got an Alpine CDA-9855R head unit installed hooked up to the steering controls. The rest of the kit:- DLS A5 3ch amp- MB Quart QM215.61Q 5¼" (130mm) 2 Way Component System (about 60mm deep)- Boston Acoustics Competitor 10" sub Previously a car audio specialist in Leic had installed the system (with a Phoenix Gold XS6600 amp, that I'm replacing with the DLS) with the MBQ mids in my old E36's kickpanels, colocated with surface mounted tweets, and it sounded great, even though they were off-axis and out of sight. I was amazed how good a simple front-only 2-way component setup could sound, seemingly buried in this position. The specialist said it gave the most equal distance from the speakers to the driver, and so was best for imaging. The notoriously 'hot' default MBQ 0db tweet crossover option may have helped. So has anyone any advice on doing similar for the E39? Virtually all the experience I've found has been about fitting components into the doors and using custom baffles, with the latter seemingly no longer available. Even then the stories don't sound all that promising. I want to simplify the install as much as poss and so I thought of mounting the MBQ components in enclosures mounted in the footwells, so i don't have to mess about with door wiring or custom panels which I just don't feel able to do. I'm willing to build simple enclosures though, so was wondering if something rather like this would do the job? https://ak-audio.com/products/5-25-speaker-box-enclosure-5-1-4-car-speaker-coaxial-box-4-5-inside-diameter-1 All advice welcome, even if it's to use different kit!
  15. Thanks - there seem to be several speed sensors around. I think the right one is 24341423874 but will check with the dealership next week. The auto specialist said just to drive the car and see how it goes! If it triggers a fault then resting it for a short while should clear the fault. I just noticed that the low oil light came on yesterday after ignition off, but not sure that is relevant.
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