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fueledbymetal 05-22-2008 02:49 PM

How to remove dash & door panel for stereo upgrade?
 
I did a search on "door removal" and "dash removal" without any luck. I'm looking at CPO X3's this weekend and want the premium audio, but it appears it's somewhat scarce. If I find a car I like without it, I want to know in advance how difficult it will be to upgrade things my self.

FWIW I've pulled plenty of dashes & door panels on older cars (Miata, WRX, Jetta...) but never attempted it on anything as nice as a modern BMW.

Vodka G 05-22-2008 03:02 PM

http://webpages.charter.net/vodkag/temp/X3.pdf

my 'quick' instructions on how to remove front door panel

Evlengr 05-22-2008 03:40 PM

Dash is so easy you will laugh. Total of two screws. I will look up my directions at home.

It's essentially pulling back on the air vents above it, and then removing two screws below.

I'll post some pictures later.

sfca-325i 05-23-2008 09:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vodka G (Post 3272800)
http://webpages.charter.net/vodkag/temp/X3.pdf

my 'quick' instructions on how to remove front door panel

That's a great pictorial DIY. Thanks for going through all that work to create ... and just in time, too. My front/rear passenger door pulls are loose at the top and I need to tighten them. Your DIY helps alleviate my concern on how to remove the trim.

:thumbup:

Vodka G 05-23-2008 02:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sfca-325i (Post 3274508)
That's a great pictorial DIY. Thanks for going through all that work to create ... and just in time, too. My front/rear passenger door pulls are loose at the top and I need to tighten them. Your DIY helps alleviate my concern on how to remove the trim.

:thumbup:

glad to hear that, upgrading the front speakers on the X3 actualli made me want to drive it more now......

that was one of the things that i didnt like about the car...was the crappy speakers esp in mid and high range...esp when i can hear a huge diff between the sound in the X3 and the sound in my other car (the Z4M with the THX system...and a Audi TT with a Bose system and a set of subs in the back) the X3 was the only car that came with std system .....

i now have most of the sound faded up to the front (75% front) since i did not upgrade the rear door speakers (and i usually dun have passengers in the back anyhow) ....which elimates the 'distortion' from the rear stockies

Evlengr 05-23-2008 03:14 PM

Have you looked into my favorite new toys:

http://www.alpine-usa.com/US-en/prod...model=PXE-H650 ?

This will allow you to keep stock H/U while adding some serious sound quality, functionality, and additional amplifiers.


http://www.alpine-usa.com/US-en/prod...model=iDA-X100

Also this H/U is designed to interface with steering wheel controls:

There are cheaper versions of this H/U as well.

jspark 09-16-2009 05:54 AM

Link is no good
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Vodka G (Post 3272800)
http://webpages.charter.net/vodkag/temp/X3.pdf

my 'quick' instructions on how to remove front door panel

This link doesn't work. Any chance someone can repost? I've been looking for this info. Thanks.

John320 09-16-2009 07:14 AM

I don't have it, but here is a link that might help in removal. http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/mo..._213335_bm.pdf


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