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  • 01-21-2011, 11:11 AM

    Yes, It's been done...

    There are a number of threads in the archive about speaker-swapping. My Z3 is a '97 and had no sub originally - I've tried about every trick in the book to get a bit more bass, including the Roadstersound JL Audio setup. I came back to the old BMW two-speaker sub you describe, mine has two Rockford Fosgate 4" drivers, wired in parallel, so both drivers are moving in the same direction, and using a 200 watt (into two Ohm) Pioneer monoblock amp, band-passed from about 40hz up to 100hz. After MUCH trial and effort, this is the best sounding, most musical setup I've found - the Roadstersound sub would hit notes, but the car's bulkhead made it more of a background buzz, no matter how much I tinkered with it. The 'snorkel' in the BMW sub actually send the tones into the cockpit, and I can clearly hear individual notes, without buzzing/vibration and pretty loud. So, they can be made to be very decent. Other folks may have had great success with different setups, but this one works and appears completely stock.
  • 01-20-2011, 09:00 AM

    Re: Speakers for Sub

    I finally received the BSW upgrade yesterday. The installation would have been completed if I hadn't gotten home so late. But while I was repairing a few items on the door panel, I decided to pull out the sub and examine it. It appears the sub consists of the same two speakers that are located in the kick panels. The part number is identical. Has anyone ever considered replacing these two units within the same sub enclosure?
  • 01-10-2011, 11:27 AM

    Re: reenforce the handle...

    Thanks Guys- I'll definitely upgrade to this. The use of the finishing washers is a great idea. As I'm still witing for the speakers to arrive (no word from BSW on this).. I think I'll have plenty of time to make this fix.

    Also- does anyone know the dimensions of the bushings that are used to fix the seat rocking? I think I can fab some up.
  • 01-08-2011, 04:10 PM

    Re: reenforce the handle...

    I found that a #8 oval head finishing (curved) washer, usually found on boats, has a curve very similar to that troublesome plastic piece. Flipping the washer over and using it between the screw head and plastic spreads the load over a larger area of the plastic than a flat washer would. Worked for me well enough on a '99 that had about 1/3 of that plastic circle broken off that I've never bothered replacing the whole pull.
  • 01-06-2011, 02:11 PM

    Re: reenforce the handle...

    I hadn't seen that in the other posts. But you're right on the money. The day after I drove it home, my 6yr old pulled the passenger side out. I initially thought that she was try to do the supergirl routine on it. I fixed just as you describe here. I've forgotten about that until you made this comment. I'll definitely put some extra attention on it when I reinstall both sides...if and when the BSW upgrade arrives.
  • 01-06-2011, 01:04 PM
    TexZan (Dover, DE)

    reenforce the handle...

    The notorious pull-handle that always breaks can be reenforced with a couple of washers where the screw attaches to the door frame. Otherwise the plastic breaks on the handle. If you have the regular handle like I do, it's not too expensive ($35?) but if you have the leather-covered ones, they're $200+.
  • 01-05-2011, 11:25 AM

    While I'm in there...

    I ordered the BSW Stage I upgrade in the middle of December. So while I was waiting for the speakers to arrive, I decided to prep the car so the actual work for the installation would be quick. Well, the speakers are still listed as 'Pending Fulfillment' since 12-12-10. Since the door panels were already off, I decided to replace the window sliders on both sides.
    Both installs went very well. I moved rather slow on the first door and door #2 was only about a 10 minute process. My windows no longer stop 1/2 way up.
    A few notes:
    - I called the Stealership and was quoted $3.85 per slider. When I picked them up an hour later, the price was $9 per. They dropped the price according to the phone quote.
    - I didn't remove the airbag, just unbolted it and moved it aside.
    - Since I'm STILL WAITING for the speakers, I'm wondering what else I can do as a quick fix while all the panels are off. Maybe time to replace the seat bushings?

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