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Old 05-25-2009, 08:45 AM
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HowTo: Pics - Replace Convertible Rear Speakers

Just replaced the rear speaker in my '96 328ic ragtop and thought I'd share the info on how to do it with less expensive aftermarket speakers. The factory speakers are custom made and fit into a housing in the side panels in the rear seat area. Found that a set of Pioneer TS-G1042R speakers fit very nicely.
To remove the side panels slide them forward toward the front of the car and they will pop loose, exposing the speaker assembly.
Unplug the connector first by squeezing on the release tabs and carefully working it off.
Remove the speaker assembly by removing the four screws that hold it into the car body. (Be careful of the one on the bottom screws hidden by foam.)
Remove the old speakers by carefully breaking off the 4 plastic tabs and prying around the speaker diameter to loosen them from the housing. Clip the speaker wires as close to the speaker as possible to save as much wire as you can to make the new connection.
Fit the new speakers and mark the points to drill.
Use sheet metal screws to mount the new speakers.
Strip and solder the wires to make the connection.
Replace the speakers in the car body.
Turn on your audio and crank it up to see if you have any buzzes or rattles. If you do, check tightness of the speaker mounting screws and housing screws. Fill any gaps between the speaker assy housing and the body with cork, rubber, or other filler until you've got the offending noises fixed.
Reintall the side panels by sliding them toward the back of the car.
You're done!
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:31 PM
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:10 AM
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id you find there was much difference between the speakers? more bass :-) or just clearer? I am planning a similar mod, but for the sake of 40.00 is it really worth it?
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Sir, you're my hero, let me know if you do the front as speakers are my project here in the coming month.
Awesome pictures, love what you've done, I did something similar with my corolla and though I was hoping for an easy swapout i figured I'd have to do something like this.

Again, thanks!
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To FlukeSkyWalker: My old rear speakers were so badly rotted and fuzzy sounding I had cranked the fader to use only the front speaker set. So on that basis the new speakers are much better! Can't really pass any info on compared to good OEM. Sorry!

To theoriginalgiga: My front speakers seem to still be good and my door panels don't have any squeaks or rattles (rare on older BMWs) so until it sound like any of the front speakers have broken I'm not screwing around with em!
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:29 AM
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Outstanding post!

I didn't want to go through the hassle of breaking the original speaker mount.. and since my car is an older 1996- the original speakers were toast. The convertible rear side speakers are the easiest ones to get at of any car I ever owned. so I yanked them and with some self tapping screws, just inserted Alpine 5 1/4" in the holes and they worked great. a all the books said I had to use 4" !!! Next project is to trial fit some Alpine 6 1/2" component speakers set nto the front kickpanel and door to upgrade the original speakers... hope they fit as well.
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With some thought and some work there is plenty of room for bigger speakers if you shop around and buy the right ones. I thought about doing something bigger but I'm trying to keep the car as near stock as possible unless the cost is just outrageous. Guess it's an OCD kind of thing. The BMW OEM speakers unfortunately fall into the outrageous category.
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Amazing-I just got some used MB Quart speakers for real cheap to replace my broken front kick panel speakers--!
I have been searching for PICS and someone that did the rear speakers-!! Way to go -!!


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Old 07-30-2009, 10:51 AM
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Nicely done DC

I wish I had the money to mess around with the speakers and what not in my car, 95 325is. It has a horrid sound stage that I want to change, most of the speakers point to horrible places, like feet haha, but I don't have the money for new speakers and materials at the moment
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I have a 94' 325i conv. I just wanted to have a better sounding system. When I started out I just wanted to speand like $1,200 but when I went to the car audio store they wanted lile $1,000 just to install everything I had.

HU JVC AVX44 wasnt iphone compatable so I got the new

JVC AVX77

Focal 130kp front stage upgraded to
Focal 165KRX2 6.5" front stage
Focal 130cvx rear fill
Focal 27KX 11" sub
Alpine PDX 4.100 4ch. amp
Alpine PDX 1.600 mono amp
Dynamat
Streetwire ZN7 interconnects
Monster 304 XLN Speaker Cable (4-Conductor)


I did all the work myself this was my 1st stereo install. I took my time on this install and learned everything as I went. I had some help from internet. I 1st put the 5 1/4in. Focal 130kp. But I was wanting 6.5in. then I got the new Focal 165KRX2 they are actually 6 3/4in. component speakers. don't get me wrong the Focal 130kp sounded awesome. But The KRX2 are much better sounding speakers here in what I did I built amp rack in the trunk
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Thats a great system right there... dynamat is the ****!! Good work..
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Nice work Shred

and.... Welcome to the 'Fest!

You should start your own thread on that, I'm sure it will have interest.
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I got the same pioneer speakers except in the 4in and put them in the doors. They sound pretty good. I'm still having trouble finding a way to keep them in place.
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thanks alot it. was alot of work. its still a work in progress.
Next is to put my Focal 130kp in for rear fill. Need to figure out
how and what I need to do to get them installed in the rear panel.
so thats my next project. I have a few ideas.
Thanks again !!
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Worked like a charm, thanks!
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Im having a hard time getting the 4in speaker out of the OEM assembly. Also, do you think its possible to replace the tweeter? I'm concerned about keeping the old tweeter in there, as Im sure it sounds like garbage.
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It's some patience and some work to get the OEM 4 inchers out. They're pressed in pretty tight and you have to break off the 4 locking tabs on the speaker to even have a chance to get it to move.
If you use the speakers I did they're two way and have the tweeter integral to them, so you only hook up to the new speaker. I just left the old tweeter in place since it wasn't in the way or hurting anything.
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Panel...

I guess my panels have never been taken off before but, mine are not budging, thoughts? Just got her and the rear speakers need replaced.
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Its the center panel insert that slides forward and I believe you need to have the door open for it to move. They do fit pretty snugly but they eventually slide.
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Mine were really stuck as well. I ended up pushing/prying/pulling and broke two of the clips that hold the panel on.

When I re installed them, the broken clip didn't seem to make a big difference, but I'm sure its a bit looser now. My 318 'vert is now in the hands of someone else.

The doors do need to be open to remove them. I also found the the plastic/vinyl was stuck together. You might try, gently, trying to unstick them. This is how I broke the clip-
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I have a 94' 325i conv. I just wanted to have a better sounding system. When I started out I just wanted to speand like $1,200 but when I went to the car audio store they wanted lile $1,000 just to install everything I had.

HU JVC AVX44 wasnt iphone compatable so I got the new

JVC AVX77

Focal 130kp front stage upgraded to
Focal 165KRX2 6.5" front stage
Focal 130cvx rear fill
Focal 27KX 11" sub
Alpine PDX 4.100 4ch. amp
Alpine PDX 1.600 mono amp
Dynamat
Streetwire ZN7 interconnects
Monster 304 XLN Speaker Cable (4-Conductor)


I did all the work myself this was my 1st stereo install. I took my time on this install and learned everything as I went. I had some help from internet. I 1st put the 5 1/4in. Focal 130kp. But I was wanting 6.5in. then I got the new Focal 165KRX2 they are actually 6 3/4in. component speakers. don't get me wrong the Focal 130kp sounded awesome. But The KRX2 are much better sounding speakers here in what I did I built amp rack in the trunk
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nice dc just did my rear speakers put 5 1/4 in rear 200watts sounds sweet lol thanks for the info cuz
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I just replaced my rear speakers with some 4" Polk speakers, and my stereo is an Alpine I had installed two years ago. Speaker install was very easy - the problem is they sound like crap! Of course they sounded good in the store. What did I do wrong? Could it be my amp?
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