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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, May-23-2018, 11:36:25 PM   #1
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Default Speaker upgrade question

Hi anybody tried to mount the speakers in the metal part of the door (not the traditional mounting in the door panel) thanks

(Tried searching but all that i saw were mounted in the door panel for a coupe)


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Old Wed, May-23-2018, 11:52:13 PM   #2
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I looked into it, but wasn't ok with cutting any metal. I've seen it done, there are pictures floating out there I think.

I was ok with modifying the door skin to house my massive HD-6 6.75" woofers that are 3" deep. It just made it by removing all of the plastic right after the door's speaker grille, but barely. I also used a MDF ring, 5/8" thick, so that has to be taken into account.
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I've done it.

Cutting the door panel, sealing the door, deadening the door and mounting the speaker to the door results in a dramatic mid-bass performance improvement. The metal you remove is meaningless to the car and is not visible.

Only "tricks" are the window rail mounting has to be "worked around", and getting the baffle placed to locate the speaker in/under the door card's speaker pocket.

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Hi anybody tried to mount the speakers in the metal part of the door (not the traditional mounting in the door panel) thanks

(Tried searching but all that i saw were mounted in the door panel for a coupe)


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Looked into it and am planning to do it, heard it makes a huge difference. I think e46 fanatics has more info, try searching e46 or 330ci.
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Default Re: Speaker upgrade question

But the panel of the 330ci doesnt look the same as our m3 or because mine has hk thats why it looks different. But i will check it again


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I've done it.



Cutting the door panel, sealing the door, deadening the door and mounting the speaker to the door results in a dramatic mid-bass performance improvement. The metal you remove is meaningless to the car and is not visible.



Only "tricks" are the window rail mounting has to be "worked around", and getting the baffle placed to locate the speaker in/under the door card's speaker pocket.



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Hi do u have a pic of your door cards?


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But the panel of the 330ci doesnt look the same as our m3 or because mine has hk thats why it looks different. But i will check it again


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Same door card. If you had hk there is a badge.
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I don't, but I believe all e46 coupes w/HK had the same.

Check out my build log on DIYMA, it has lots of details and links to multiple e46 builds
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/...q-install.html
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I don't, but I believe all e46 coupes w/HK had the same.

Check out my build log on DIYMA, it has lots of details and links to multiple e46 builds
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/...q-install.html


Ok will check i found some but the pics were not avail


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Ok will check i found some but the pics were not avail


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Just want to ask if yours look like this



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