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Old 03-10-2017, 05:06 PM
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^^I agree with you Mike - I recommend the Fountek's for replacement of other 8ohm drivers like in our E53 midranges - had I known the HK system was 3ohm I would not recommend - Basically you need to give double the input to have the same output as the factory driver, its not doing your upgrade any favors -

I would have recommended the 65mm Vifa/Peerless midwoofers that Jay purchased and also recommended on the E46 boards -

Maybe Mike (Clockwork) would take the Fountek's off your hands
Thanks for the reinforcement RB. I'm thinking I will liberate the Founteks in the next couple of weeks. Gotta get these Amazon 4ohms in and see how that sounds.

The Vifa/Peerless get good reviews from the E46 folks

Peerless by Tymphany NE65W-04 2" Full Range Woofer

I'll let everyone know when I liberate the Founteks.

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Maybe Mike (Clockwork) would take the Fountek's off your hands
Thanks RB.

And Mike, please send me a msg if you do want to get rid of the Fountek's as I forgot to buy a set for my rear doors and so we could help eachother out perhaps!!


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Old 03-10-2017, 07:12 PM
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Thanks RB.

And Mike, please send me a msg if you do want to get rid of the Fountek's as I forgot to buy a set for my rear doors and so we could help eachother out perhaps!!


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Yes Clockwork, I'll message you when I have liberated the Founteks and we can work something out. I may even pull the trigger on the Peerless mids this weekend and looking forward to getting this E46 sound upgrade over and done with.

Update: I ordered the Peerless/Vifa mids last night so expect that next week I will have the Founteks liberated for Clockwork. I will be in touch when they are confirmed out and ready to ship.

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Old 03-11-2017, 08:38 PM
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My hope also is never to see the inside of these damn doors again.
Well, it was fah-REEZING here today so I spent some time doing indoor projects that helped fund all the others. The short story is that I am ramping up a new notebook for the younger female unit and we're completely restructuring the 'service' we as parents provide. Cloud storage, device tracking, and device management. I am professionally linked to the way large companies with 100's of thousands of devices keep them secure. Step x step, we'll have the same management in place. BUT, there is a point with this stuff at which you're just watching water boil as data gets moved around. And that is just boring.

Enter my stop in to the BMW dealer's parts counter on Friday. I lost some of those door panel screws, you see. They're screws I figured. I'll get a 1/2 dozen and be ok with losing more, right? Yeah. No. These little bastards are $5.60 EACH! I lost a record # of THREE of them! Pardon the pun... but SCREW THAT!

So, I thought like we all would that this must be a stealer at work. $6 screws? Not since Mexico, my friends. But no.. I found that the price was pretty much the same across most online outlets... (I also cocked up the trim plugs, so.. like why not fix that as well? I'll tell ya why not:

So, $40 for some screws and some covers that no one will ever freakin see. No thanks.

So motivated was I that I took a trip to the pull a part yard. I was absolutely pleased with my haul! I'm not kidding: This haul was $23.


I know what you're thinking.. WTF are those mirrors? Well.. they're auto-dimming rear view mirrors from an E38 and an E46. They go for a couple $100 on flea bay. They drop off a parts car in like 30 seconds. Fully worth the trouble whether they work or not.

Entrance to the yard cost me $2. I found the E46 without too much trouble. That it was grey inside was lucky. In a matter on minutes, I had secured 1/2 dozen of these gold-plated screws. In a moment of WTF not, I also snagged an E46 front mid range speaker grill and secure ring. This I have already used to plan for the fronts on the E46.

I can now confirm that the E46 front mids and E53 rear mids are the exact same grill and securing ring behind the panels. The Memphis mids will fit, but of course the modification will be different from the smaller mids on the rear doors. Same speakers. Very, very strange.

Anyway, I am THRILLED to report that the rear doors on the E46 are now covered, glued, and screwed. Kinda like an order of Waffle House hash browns. I am sure many of us can relate to the fine feeling that comes with such progress. I'm looking forward to the same in the E53.

It's supposed to be too cold tomorrow morning to get a head start on the front E46 doors. I will probably at least modify the Memphis units to fit into the current mids.
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Old 03-11-2017, 08:57 PM
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Hi Prop,

Sounds like a great day of part scrounging progress. I love U-Pick-It yards

Yeah I buggered up my arm rest plugs so will have to figure that out one of these days. But, somehow a couple years ago I got a whole bag full of those door card "screws" for dirt cheap and was easily able to replace the few that got trashed when I pulled the front door cards off.

One more time on them and I'm calling it done with Peerless mids in there and the Amazon mids in the rear, both 4 ohm so volume matching should be much better to the OE 3 ohm set ups.

Waiting for all my mids to get here.............

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Update: I ordered the Peerless/Vifa mids last night so expect that next week I will have the Founteks liberated for Clockwork. I will be in touch when they are confirmed out and ready to ship.

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awesome. look forward to it Mike

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It's supposed to be too cold tomorrow morning to get a head start on the front E46 doors. I will probably at least modify the Memphis units to fit into the current mids.
And cold it was. Until you get into sunlight. So, I took advantage of a nice day to trim up the Memphis mids using the junkyard speaker assembly as a template. That went really easy. When I finally pulled the door panel, I realized that the speaker assemblies from the non-HK '99 323 and my wife's '00 HK were a bit different from one another- and my E53. Same size, of course but my wife's assembly secured the speakers with only two plastic tabs instead of 4 like the X5. It's a little thing, but it does make me wonder if different E53's have different tabs as well.

I prepped the Memphis mids using the junkyard assembly. A snip here and a trim there. It took less time to do the work than it did to get the tools ready.

Anyway, since the driver's panels was off, I wanted to be sure I applied GTMat to it. My hope was to walk away and never see it again like the rears. Of course, that is a pipe dream. The JL C2's are pretty deep. I spent some time being sure they'd mount with the OE brackets, but it's still very close. I will need to pull the panels again and make myself feel better ab it.
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:46 AM
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Good work at the pull it yard Prop! I've been meaning to find a good one too but all the ones by me are literally in the hood and in Jersey we can't protect ourselves outside the home with a firearm, so no thanks.

SemcoMike looking forward to hearing how you like the Vifa's in the rear door panel! I think they should be a great fit with hopefully minimal modification and people seem to love them on the E46 board!
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:09 AM
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Hi RB,

I'm waiting for my Amazon mids and planning to put them in the rear while putting the Vifa/Peerless in the front. Selfishly treating myself the premium speakers up front

I think Prop put his Amazon mids in the rear, right?

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Old 03-13-2017, 11:14 AM
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Rear or front I think you'd be happy with either - but front yes they do seem like a nicer quality speaker thanthe Amazon mids - I think he did Amazon mids in both locations ?
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