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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-02-2016, 08:01 AM
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Aftermarket amp with subwoofer wiring [help needed]

First my car is 01 530i none-DSP with factory amp and factory head unit and BSW speakers.
As many of you know e39s has a crappy sound system. After I installed the bsw a long with sound detaining material on all enclosures i have a much better and clear sound now, the problem is it's still not as good as an average modern car system, so what i did i when out and bought amplifier along with subwoofer and two crossovers and wiring kit.
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Gm d9605 pioneer amp
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ASC 12" Kicker Subwoofer C12 Comp 300 Watts
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Alphasonik 2-Way 12dB/octave Crossover Pair Set
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Okay now the problem is I don't know how to wire everything thing correctly especially the crossovers, i have the stock amp wires digram. If anyone can guide me through this it will be greatly appreciated
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:14 AM
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Hi,

If you don't have any 12V electronics installation experience then I STRONGLY suggest you take your car to a local reputable car audio installation specialist. They'll install everything correctly but more importantly SAFELY for you using proper fuses and circuit breakers and wiring terminations etc.

If you still wish to DIY, then look at specialist car audio forums where you'll be able to read and ask questions to ensure you have a SAFE install. Get this wrong and you can have fires start when wiring is the incorrect guage or wrongly terminated and no protection in place etc. If your insurance company suspect this, then they'll likely not pay out.

In short, it's VERY important you install correctly AND safely.

The Crossovers will take the full range signal from your amplifiers front output and you then connect the woofer and tweeter to the corresponding output side of them. You'll connect the ALL the outputs from the oem amp into the Pioneer, so you connect the front Left output from the oem amp into the front left input of the pioneer and the others accordingly. The Pioneer will automatically give you a subwoofer output so you connect the subwoofer to that.

Cheers, Dennis!

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Old 01-02-2016, 08:36 AM
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Agreeing with Dennis, if you have no experience take it somewhere. If you're really wanting a DIY, I installed an aftermarket sub and amp in my car, same 01 530i, but with DSP, so install could be different. I used the same Boss wiring kit. I didn't use the Alphasonik set, but tapped directly into the wires for the OEM subs. I ended up pulling that whole deck out when done with my install to get sound into the cabin of the car. Google e39 sub installation for a more detailed and better explanation if you want to try this yourself. You're going to also want to find a non-DSP wiring diagram to figure out which wires you are needing to tap into.
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Old 01-02-2016, 07:01 PM
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Hi,

If you don't have any 12V electronics installation experience then I STRONGLY suggest you take your car to a local reputable car audio installation specialist. They'll install everything correctly but more importantly SAFELY for you using proper fuses and circuit breakers and wiring terminations etc.

If you still wish to DIY, then look at specialist car audio forums where you'll be able to read and ask questions to ensure you have a SAFE install. Get this wrong and you can have fires start when wiring is the incorrect guage or wrongly terminated and no protection in place etc. If your insurance company suspect this, then they'll likely not pay out.

In short, it's VERY important you install correctly AND safely.

The Crossovers will take the full range signal from your amplifiers front output and you then connect the woofer and tweeter to the corresponding output side of them. You'll connect the ALL the outputs from the oem amp into the Pioneer, so you connect the front Left output from the oem amp into the front left input of the pioneer and the others accordingly. The Pioneer will automatically give you a subwoofer output so you connect the subwoofer to that.

Cheers, Dennis!
although i don't have a lot of experinse with wiring and audio system i still pretty confident that i can do the job i just need the right directions on where to plug the the twitters and the woofers and what goes in the crossovers input
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:32 AM
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I finally figured out how to do all the wiring with a help of a friend, i will be using the speakers port in the amp instead of RCA cables, now I'm in the process of connecting the wires. I just need your guy's opinion on where you would install the sub control knob, it doesn't fit in the ashtray and I don't want to drill a hole anywhere in the dash
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I finally figured out how to do all the wiring with a help of a friend, i will be using the speakers port in the amp instead of RCA cables, now I'm in the process of connecting the wires. I just need your guy's opinion on where you would install the sub control knob, it doesn't fit in the ashtray and I don't want to drill a hole anywhere in the dash
Not being an audiophile, here are some ideas...
1. Too big for a cupholder delete and placed there?
2. What about in the "sliding door" storage cubby in front of the armrest?
3. Get a euro armrest and place it in the "additional storage" under the tray.
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:31 AM
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As Karar.Fares said, the cupholders is a good place, imo. Mine broke as I was driving the car home, so I decided to cut a piece of ABS plastic my dad had from when he did audio installs. Cut a plate and drilled holes for the side screws to secure it, and then a hole for my knob for the sub. Just an idea if your cupholders are broke, and you have more room for other things you may need switches for.
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:32 AM
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Oh shoot, my bad, it was TheAngryBear that also had the idea of the cupholders.
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