Well i never would have guessed that my first diesel install since moving to california was going to be a compact four door sport saloon. But...such was the case; just wrapped up a simple SQ install on a 2011 BMW 335D.
Going into the project, i was a bit worried about noise issues, the late model bimmers are very noisy cars electrically, and spit out a ton of interference, the diesel model would only be worse...but, seeing that others have done work on the car and came out okay, i said lets do it
This also marks my official relationship with ORCA, using products from from their Mosconi amplifier line up and a unique set of stock replacement speakers for the underseat location...It is also my first install as a Morel dealer...a brand that i have always loved...these two brands you probably will see quite a bit of from me in the future.
Anyway, the goals:
1. maintain a total stock appearance in the interior - all stock locations
2. achieve a clean and stealthy appearance in the trunk while maintaining as much space as possible.
3. obtain a decent level of sound quality given the stock locations.
so lets get started, first a coupla quick shots of the car:
The system utilizes a JBL MS-8 (my ninth one!) for OEM inteface and DSP control, the display is mounted in the glovebox, along with the extension cable for the tuning mic:
As mentioned before, the stock underseat woofers were replaced by a set of drivers from Gladen/Audio Systems. The stock units barely produced any real bass or midbass, and on a recommendation from Ernie at Sound Innovations, i decided to give them a try.
So here are the stock enclosures and drivers, next to the Audio Systems drivers:
The stock woofers were removed and I laid some damper on the interior and exterior of the enclosures: