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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sun, Dec-31-2017, 07:43:14 PM   #1
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Default Speaker Upgrade - Door Sound Vapor Barrier Question

All, I am upgrading my 1995 E36 M3 coupe speakers to the Bavsound Stage 1 and pulled my door panels off and noticed that the old insulation/sound/vapor barrier is in poor shape. I think the 1995 has what looks like an insulated sheet versus 1996 and above have a more form-fitted version. Has anyone ever replaced? Can I use the later version? TIA

Form Fitted sold at Bavarian:
Door Panel Vapor Barrier - Right - Genuine BMW
PART#: 51 48 8 236 694

Sheet Style sold at Bavarian:
Door Panel Vapor Barrier - Left or Right - Genuine BMW
PART#: 51 48 8 161 501
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Default Re: Speaker Upgrade - Door Sound Vapor Barrier Question

You can use the later version. The difference should be airbag and non-airbag, not 1995 and 1996. Airbags were not used till the 1998 model year in the front door panels.

You can get new butyl tape (the gooey black shit) at O'reilly. It's normally on the back shelves so you have to ask for it. You will want to buy this as the old stuff will NOT hold.

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Thanks so much!
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Please post pics when you get a chance to do this! Id like to see the actual difference
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Will do, I am also changing out the door panels. The glue has totally failed on my old ones.
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also mike. how were you able to order a stage 1 for your 1995? my understanding is that BSW didn't make a kit for 1995 vehicles.
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If you order a specific part number replacement it comes as a sheet as opposed to the fitted piece.

General notes: you can get the fitted piece at a junk yard. If your barrier has any tears, put fabric duct tape on both sides of the barrier over the tears- they rarely need to be replaced. If you are concerned about the edge butyl you can use a heat gun or hair dryer as you press it down to rejuvenate the adhesion.
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If you order a specific part number replacement it comes as a sheet as opposed to the fitted piece.

General notes: you can get the fitted piece at a junk yard. If your barrier has any tears, put fabric duct tape on both sides of the barrier over the tears- they rarely need to be replaced. If you are concerned about the edge butyl you can use a heat gun or hair dryer as you press it down to rejuvenate the adhesion.
Are you sure on that?
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...n/51488236694/

Both types are still sold (flat and formed). Sounds like received the wrong one.
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