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Old 02-11-2012, 05:16 PM
clifford850r clifford850r is offline
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Any way around the stock amp? PN#65126940977

Ya'll, I'm not paying $1000 for a ****ing amp! Is there any way around the DSP amp? If I'm not mistaken, the amp is used for the information display. Will the car be fine without that? Because if it is, I'm going to just rebuild the sound system piece by piece. I can't seem to find a used one for a decent price, and it seems that I'm not the only one trying to find one. The MUST be a write up on how to get around this thing, right?
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:56 AM
clifford850r clifford850r is offline
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does anybody have a cross reference list for viable amps on this?
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:09 AM
clifford850r clifford850r is offline
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I found this link which gives me a little more confidence in my decision. If it is correct:
1. The part numbers are different because the materials were sourced from different places (basic lowest bidder scenario).
2. Phillips seems to be the low grade and more likely to fail.
3. You should find the newest model you can, but they are cross compatible, just check your pinouts and make sure they match.

SOURCE:
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...s-utloewe.html

I hope this helps others too. Once I do mine, I'll repost with results.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:15 PM
JasonSC540ia JasonSC540ia is offline
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Hi. Just got me an E38 2 weeks ago. First thing i did was replace that horriable factory BMW crap. Did it all for about $500. I only have to finish the trunk side ski pass panel. All it had there was a piece of metal spot welded on so I had to cut it out. Sounds way better then factory set up.....thats not right, Sounds **cking amazing. Mounted some MB quarts (mids and tweets) in the front doors. And mounted some 3 way 5 1/4's in the center rear. one amp powers the 4 in car speakers and the Rockford powers the sub. I just cut the wires at the factory amp that I needed to tap into for the in car speakers. you can find the factory amp pin-out online. Hope this help.

Head unit $120 used
Sub $75
Sub box $30 on ebay
MB quarts had laying around my garage but you can use some 5 1/4 3 way Kenwoods for $75
rear deck 3 way kenwoods $75
amps I had laying around the garage too

even if you buy all new stuff unless you buy top notch stuff, souldnt be more then $500-$700. Way cheaper, and it will sound way way way better







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Old 03-26-2013, 11:39 PM
clifford850r clifford850r is offline
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I've decided that the amp is crap. I've decided to frankenstein my amp out of my Jetta that I'm parting out until I can find a suitable aftermarket one. At least the right wires will already be spliced making the swap easier when I do get one. Plus, it's a sure fire way to find out if that's the issue. I already have a new 1000W Kenwood and a 12" sub box. Blew our the Alpine Type R some time ago, but only because someone stacked something on top of the sub and damaged the cone. I'm already replacing ALL of the fuses tomorrow, as I have a part out Jetta full of good fuses, so I may go ahead and splice away on that amp and see what's what.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:41 PM
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Hi. Just got me an E38 2 weeks ago. First thing i did was replace that horriable factory BMW crap. Did it all for about $500. I only have to finish the trunk side ski pass panel. All it had there was a piece of metal spot welded on so I had to cut it out. Sounds way better then factory set up.....thats not right, Sounds **cking amazing. Mounted some MB quarts (mids and tweets) in the front doors. And mounted some 3 way 5 1/4's in the center rear. one amp powers the 4 in car speakers and the Rockford powers the sub. I just cut the wires at the factory amp that I needed to tap into for the in car speakers. you can find the factory amp pin-out online. Hope this help.

Head unit $120 used
Sub $75
Sub box $30 on ebay
MB quarts had laying around my garage but you can use some 5 1/4 3 way Kenwoods for $75
rear deck 3 way kenwoods $75
amps I had laying around the garage too

even if you buy all new stuff unless you buy top notch stuff, souldnt be more then $500-$700. Way cheaper, and it will sound way way way better

Set up looks boss, btw.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:43 AM
speedkingrc speedkingrc is offline
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i got a some amps and subs for sale
and i can send u diagram for factory amp
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:08 PM
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where is the stock amp on a 2000 740il n how do i tap into that n remove it just how you did ur set up
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:10 PM
Ruben740il Ruben740il is offline
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wheres the rca hook up or which color are the wires?
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:29 PM
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[QUOTE=Ruben740il;7483352]wheres the rca hook up or which color are the wires?[/QUOTE


Ok well its easy man not hard... Igot my pin out from e38.org... get it from their and if u need help text me Iwill help u out man 757 777 0622 welcome
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:45 PM
Ruben740il Ruben740il is offline
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Alrite sounds good..
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:58 PM
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wheres the rca hook up or which color are the wires?
Just let me know if u need something like speakers n more I got good stuff
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:27 PM
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HELP E38 aftermarket head unit install, no sound

I just bought my E38 2 months ago, bought a new head unit, harness and when I wired it all up, no sound. was told the factory amp is the issue. what can I do, I was going to just run wires straight to the doors but that's not a easy job either. the loom on the doors is not a tunnel , it's a plug so you can't just run the wires. can someone help me, I'm past my 15 day return policy from Best Buy, email me at mshanklin0621@att.net if possible
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:36 PM
Ruben740il Ruben740il is offline
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I have a 2000 740 il n all i wanted to do was add my own 12" subs n aftermarket amp along with aftermarket door n rear deck speaker without having to change the stock navi, monitor....n it was easy after i did my homework...my # is 714 631 5324 call for better details or leave me a text
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:39 PM
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I'm off Monday I will try you then
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:57 AM
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I have a 2000 740 il n all i wanted to do was add my own 12" subs n aftermarket amp along with aftermarket door n rear deck speaker without having to change the stock navi, monitor....n it was easy after i did my homework...my # is 714 631 5324 call for better details or leave me a text
Hi Reuben, I just sent you a text as you'd provided. Also posting here: I've got aftermarket Pioneer head unit installed and son wants to add-on, such that they can be put in and taken out, two subwoofers and sub amp in trunk area. Am interested in your recent experience "adding" same - sub amp & subs. contact info available via txt msg sent already.
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