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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 02-26-2007, 01:29 PM
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Do you need help install E30 new speakers/stereo

I can help you install new speakers and stereo in your E30. I just did it with my 1991 325i. They sound great. The old BMW speaker weren't just cutting it for my taste. I can walk you through getting new speakers (same size that is in the car know or bigger.) I would recommend that you upgrade in the back fro a 6" speaker to a 6" x 9" and in the front from a 5" speaker to a 6 1/2" speaker. It will sound great. Get a new deck (that is the head unit) will you are getting everything else. I am here for anyone that need or wants help. I can also install your stuff in Santa Cruz County, Ca. Let me know.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:47 AM
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so your saying a 6 1/2 will fit?? what brand 6 1/2??? someone else told me this

Im VERY interested in this

im about to buy new components for the front
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:32 PM
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E30 speakers/stereo and Amp

I removed these speakers/stereo and amp from a E30 1987 325ic parts car,its on ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...4228057&rd=1,1
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Old 02-28-2007, 05:12 PM
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you have to us a spacer to fit 6.5,only 5.25 will fit,
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:26 PM
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a 6 1/2'' will fit in the front...it takes a little cutting on the factory grill where the old speaker's sounds comes out of.....it is really easy and makes ur system sound way better. if you dont mind the speakers showing instead of the factory grill. you can also put 6 x 9's in the rear, this is a little bit more difficult. but is can be done and sounds rad.

let me know if you want help on knowing how to do this. i love installing stereos for cars

i have a sony deck....and a pioneer front (6 1/2) and pioneer backs (6 x 9)

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Old 02-28-2007, 08:35 PM
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Paul Christian you are right when u say a 5 1/4" fit up front but you can make a 6 1/2 by cutting out the grill that covers the 5 1/4" then placing the 6 1/2" speaker.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:25 AM
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I removed these speakers/stereo and amp from a E30 1987 325ic parts car,its on ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...4228057&rd=1,1
I don't think that those will fit into a stock 1992 Cab.
I just had mine out , and TRIED to put those exact speakers into my existing hole.
It was a "no go".
They are tooo deep to fit in a stock 1992 E30 Cab.
Just a heads up for the 1989-1992 E30 cab owners.
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:47 AM
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I don't think that those will fit into a stock 1992 Cab.
I just had mine out , and TRIED to put those exact speakers into my existing hole.
It was a "no go".
They are tooo deep to fit in a stock 1992 E30 Cab.
Just a heads up for the 1989-1992 E30 cab owners.
Same for the 88 cab, also if anyone wants to know how to wire the tweeters in the front doors(if equiped) to a new head unit let me know.
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:32 AM
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tweeters

i want to know how to hook the tweeters up to after market stereo and speakers. i have a sony head unit and pioneer speakers. is it hard. i am going to be getting new tweeters for the front. thannks
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:41 AM
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i want to know how to hook the tweeters up to after market stereo and speakers. i have a sony head unit and pioneer speakers. is it hard. i am going to be getting new tweeters for the front. thannks
Kind of depends on your head unit. How many outputs do you have? Most often for tweets, a crossover is used. Have you bought any amps yet?
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:49 AM
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i dont have any amps and dont thing i need them. i have a sony deck. thanks for the help
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:55 AM
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i want to know how to hook the tweeters up to after market stereo and speakers. i have a sony head unit and pioneer speakers. is it hard. i am going to be getting new tweeters for the front. thannks
I don't have an amp in mine...maybe later, So I just spliced the tweets into the front speakers...I know its probably not the best way but imo it sounds great. That said here is how I did it. Take the tweet covers off and look at wire collors for + and -, then take off your kick panels. There should be a bundle of wires wrapped together, find the coresponding colors and separate them(make sure its the right ones there are similar colors)Mine were grey w/ green and brown w/blue which was diff than service manual wiring diagram showed. Then I got some blue wire snaps that you don't have to cut any wires to use..and thats pretty much it.Let me know if you need more
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Old 03-01-2007, 12:02 PM
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ok but what about bass blockers. my brother have a honda accord and he just put tweeter in his and they got blown..he forgot the bass blockers....so he removed the tweeter took them back..he said "they where blown and did like them" so he got a new pair and put them in with the bass blocker. it works great thanks again.
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Old 03-01-2007, 12:46 PM
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ok but what about bass blockers. my brother have a honda accord and he just put tweeter in his and they got blown..he forgot the bass blockers....so he removed the tweeter took them back..he said "they where blown and did like them" so he got a new pair and put them in with the bass blocker. it works great thanks again.
Hmmm..I wonder if the factory tweets have one built in because I crank mine to max and I still haven't blown one. I have a Kenwood head and pioneer speakers. Since I in effect split the power between the 2 front speakers maybe thats why they don't blow out. I was oging to get some new tweets too, but now not so sure...anybody else have sugestions?
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Old 03-01-2007, 12:54 PM
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i am going to get these and some bass blockers.....
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Acces...essory.do#tabs

POLK are the best...one1 has 1 inch speakers that are the best...

are these the right size..i think they are....

let me know if these are good...they are cheap too
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:15 PM
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Those are the right size...but unless you have an amp you don't need a tweet w/ 180watt max power, Although since polk makes such good stuff they may have a built in resistor that only accepts high freq. kind off like some all-in-one bass tubes have. I will call my friend who works at stereo install place and get back w/ you
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Old 03-01-2007, 04:09 PM
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you have to us a spacer to fit 6.5,only 5.25 will fit,
I am quote myself here..like I said you can do a 6.5, but need a spacer to fit it....but it is all good there brother...
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:32 PM
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6 1/2s WILL fit. I got some infinity comp 6010cs and they do fit!!!!

you have to drill new holes for the speakers but thats no big deal


they infinity have a 5 inch cutout diameter,i think that maybe why they fit.

I think this is a good guide line to go buy..

at first they looked to big but they do fit ill get pics next week(my gf has the camera)
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without any modification, what size speakers will fit? I know 5 1/4 in the front but what about the rears?
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:27 PM
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:25 PM
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5 1/4 will fit in front and back...that isnt very good sound
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:06 PM
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I am running 5.25 front & rear,it sound fine for me right now,I will doing something deffrent later on........my system is this Clarion(for now)soundstream 405, Kaption 5.25 front & rear and 2 JL 10wo4 in a sealed box.....
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Old 03-02-2007, 08:53 AM
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6 1/2's WILL fit with out modifiying,ill get pics up next week
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You can get a 6X9 to fit without the reat deck without cutting anything. I purchased a 1inch 6X9 riser. Basically its a rectangle box one inch high that the 6X9 speaker and screws pass through. If I remember right I was able to get 2 screws into the original rear deck sheet metal. and 2 into thr rear deck cardboard ising a flat metal bolt. Then I removed the tear side pannels and installed 5 1/2 inch 2 way pioneer speakers.

For the front. I origanny modified the kick pannels and mounted a 5 inch pioneer speaker and the lowest profile grill I could find. The result was: The Passenger side: Glove box would hit grill and place a gorce on the glove box hinge. The blove box would not open fully and eventually the glove box hinge broke.

Drivers' side front. Had to use metal spacers as the hood latch would hit the speaker grill. From day one the hood became dificult to open. Solution: I went to the junk yard and purchased original speakers. I connected a bass filter to the positive terminal of the stock speakers. (bass filter: To make a bass filter. Buy Non-polarized capasators. They have ratings in UF or micro farid. the lower the UF the more bass it blocks. for example a uf of 4.7 will only allow teeter sounds. while 20 uf will allow mid range with very little upper bass.

The uf can be increased by laying the cap side by side (not end to end) and brading their leads. Example. sau you wanted about 10 uf and all you the store had was two 4.7 uf by putting them side by side you would get 9.4 uf. hope this helps.
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:07 AM
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Or you can buy any decent amp, 4-channel preferably, buy 4 component speakers or your choice in 5.25 size. Hook up the amp...adjust gain, play music louder than any 6X9 running off head unit alone.

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