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Hi folks,

As stated in my other build thread for the Audi Q7, that install was gutted due to me getting a new ride. All the components are kept and will be going into (eventually) the new car. Once again I'm aiming for SQ and the build will done in accordance with EMMA OEM rules.

I finally took delivery of my long awaited F36 (Carbon Black / Saddle Brown) the other day, thought i should share a few pics:









She sits too high due to the xDrive - I'm considering H&R Sport Springs or potentially KW V2 coils (depending on financials). Other mods going on the car will be:

  • MP Gloss Black kidney grills [DONE]
  • MP Carbon Front Lip
  • MP Carbon Trunk Spoiler
  • (20" wheels in staggered formation) - Jury is still out on this one...
First mod on:




The equipment going into the build:

  • BMW OEM Headunit (NBT + extended Bluetooth etc.)
  • Mosconi HLA-SUM
  • Mosconi 6to8v8 Processor (incl. AMAS)
  • Mosconi RCD Controller
  • 2 x Mosconi AS 200.4 amps
  • 2 x Gladen Zero Pro HG-20PV Tweeters
  • 2 x Gladen Zero Pro HG-80ZPPP-3 Midranges
  • 2 x Gladen Zero Pro HG-165ZPDC-3 Midwoofers
  • 1 x Gladen Zero Pro 12 Subwoofer
  • Cabling / Power Distribution from Connection and Knu Konzepts
  • Supra Speaker Cables
The Gladen Zero Pro three-way are all going into factory locations, e.g. tweets in the sails, midranges in the upper doorcard and midbass under the seats. I'm a bit concerned about the mounting depth of the Gladen 6,5" and whether I will be able to retain the factory grills under the seats, but I guess we will see. Might have to go with some other option for the under seat configuration.

Also, I haven't decided on whether I will use the BT streaming capabilities through the OEM NBT headunit or via AMAS. I suspect AMAS will sound better as it is directly into the processor but streaming through NBT is convenient as it retains factory controls and album art and all that nice stuff.

Not entirely sure when I will be able to start the build but hopefully during the summer! Catch you all later :D
 

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I am tuning in for this was as well. The Q7 install was great.

This car and color combo is killer, good job on selection. I am sure it will have been well worth the wait.

**I am really liking my KW setup also.
 

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Nice ride. Whats the plan with the sub? Corner/side loaded?
Side loaded seems to be the standard approach in these cars (there's ample space in that compartment). But I'm not sure that's the way I'm going - I'll let you know when I decide :rolleyes:
 

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I was planning to get some planning work this afternoon and of course it has been pissing down rain all day...:mean:

Looking to get something done tomorrow instead.
 

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Hi folks,

Not a lot of action in this build thread or on the actual build itself for various reasons, work being the primary (sometimes you do too well :rolleyes:).

Anyway - got some planning done today. I wanted to take a moment to see how I could realise the vision without to much impact on cargo capabilities and other practicalities. In the center of the trunk there's a compartment which it would be a shame not to utilise in some fashion. I ended up with something like this:



I'm thinking the amps will go in a stacked configuration. I don't think it will be an issue for the top amp to cover the lower one. I will make sure the lower one can breathe properly. In my last build, the only thing i ever touched on the amps was the gain - everything else was configured in the processor - so think this will work. There is also ample space to fiberglass a sub box on the right hand side:



I have fiberglassed boxes before, but primarily in the spare well, so this will be a first for me. The processor will be housed on the left hand side where the OEM amp is currently located:



On that account - the OEM amp is a beast...



Another option is to lay out the amps flat, should the amount of available space require it:



Personally I prefer to have them angled, just looks more interesting. I got most of what I need to get the build started but still missing some few materials before I can get going. Would have been nice to at least make it out to one competition before the season ends :(

I have also had H&R Sport Springs mounted to get rid of the xDrive wheel gap. It provided a nice moderate drop, just shy of an inch.

Front before:


Front after:


Rear before:


Rear after:


Overall before:


Overall after:


A moderate drop but just what I was after at this point :D
 

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Nice car... and equipment.
 

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I had a few moments to spare this afternoon and figured i would get started on the sub enclosure. It is going into the right rear panel in the trunk as indicated below:



The objective here is to fiberglass a "copy" of the panel originally fitted in this compartment and integrate this with a reinforced baffle with the sub countersunk into the baffel. Started off by getting the required fiberglassing gear in order:



And about 30 odd minutes later i had this:





A few more layers of glass to ensure proper rigidity of the cabinet and then join it to a baffle - to be continued!
 

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In to see the Gladen goodness.
 

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I would have used the Gladen BMW Underseat 8's (P/N HG-201BMW-3) instead of the HG-165ZPDC-3, because...8's, but nice selection otherwise.
 

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wish i would have gotten that color too. Second on swapping out for the 8" gladen speakers instead which fits right into the underseat enclosures. Nice amps!
 

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wish i would have gotten that color too. Second on swapping out for the 8" gladen speakers instead which fits right into the underseat enclosures. Nice amps!
Don't be too tempted... yet. Wait for the next one. ;)
 

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I would have used the Gladen BMW Underseat 8's (P/N HG-201BMW-3) instead of the HG-165ZPDC-3, because...8's, but nice selection otherwise.
There are a few reasons for me not swapping to the 8's:
  • I already had the gear from my previous build - means no further investment! :rolleyes:
  • I know the performance of the 6,5" as I had it in my previous install which performed really well at EMMA SQ competitions
  • I personally prefer the tonality of the 6,5" Zero Pro over the 8" - but that's just my personal preference
  • If switching to anything - it would be to the Aerospace but still 6,5" :D
wish i would have gotten that color too. Second on swapping out for the 8" gladen speakers instead which fits right into the underseat enclosures. Nice amps!
I love CB - I have had it on all my bimmers in the past as well.

Don't be too tempted... yet. Wait for the next one. ;)
:D

Hoping to get some more work done on the sub enclosure this afternoon, need to get started on the baffle.
 

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Hi folks!

Did manage to get some more work done on the sub enclosure yesterday afternoon. My panel mold had a really good fit, so the next step was getting started on the baffle. I fabricated a frame that was adjusted to fit the surrounding panels:



I then inserted my mold in its location and adjusted the frame in front and attached it to the cavity using hot glue:



The general idea here is to chourn out some mounting rings on the router for a flush mount of the sub which are then glued together and centered into the frame. Fabric is then stretched between the rings and the frame to form some nice soft shapes and resin applied followed by a number of layers of mat from behind. I started strengthning the cavity by applying additional layers of mat, about 3 layers - more will come.

To be continued :blush:
 

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I did manage to get some work done even though it was very hot :cool:

Started with breaking out the trusty old router and churn out a 3 layered MDF baffle:







The baffle was then centered in the box itself (you can see I had to chamfer the inner MDF ring somewhat to fit within the frame):



Cloth was then stretched over the baffle and frame and resin applied:





Followed by two layers of mat on the outside which will be followed by several layers from the inside for rigidity:



When the polyester had hardened - which went quicker than expected today even though i cut back on the catalyst :eek: - everything was sanded down a bit and test fitted in the trunk:







IMO it fits quite nicely and follows the contours of the adjacent trunk panels. I will be adjusting the back part of and trace the contour a bit more in detail with some rage gold to ensure a flawless fit.

I think this sub box is coming together quite nicely :blush:
 

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Not a lot of progress today but did manage to get something out of the way...

I have been contemplating how to mount the sub box securely to the car without having to perform any major surgery on the car. I realised quite quickly O could utilise the metal bracket on top of the battery.

Drilled and tapped to M6 and I had some nice bolts from before which would be handy. I added a small piece of dampening material on the bracket for the box to sit on:



Now you can simply tip the box in, thread the bolt down through the bottom hole in the box and fasten by turning the nob.





But just the one fastening point wasn't good enough IMO, I also wanted something further up / back in the box. I found two unused mounting points which seemed to be in a good spot but way to far back. I fabricated a small metal bracket to go in between the mounting points and secured it with a couple of nuts. I drilled and tapped another M6 hole so that I could use another one of my nice bolts with the nob handle.





I managed to drill the first hole through the box in slightly wrong place, so will have to cover that up :blush: Also, the bolt itself was just to short, it doesn't grab on enough so will have to buy another one.

With the box mounting squared away I applied a layer of Rage Gold on the box which is now hardening away :D
 

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Not a lot of traffic in this thread apart from myself, but I like to keep a log anyway.

I didn't have a lot of time to spare today and was running in and out constantly between rain showers, but managed to get some small stuff done :rolleyes:

A while back when planning out the trunk build I found an ideal spot to mount my fused distribution block which also had three threaded factory mounting spots. I measured and cut some 1/2 inch MDF, routered the edges to give it a more finished look and countersunk the mounting holes since I was going to use factory type nuts which have almost like a "built in" washer at the bottom. I also mounted some threaded inserts for the mounting locations for the distribution block:





Happy with the size and shape I upholstered the piece in black vinyl (same kind will be used for other parts of the build) and secured it in the location:







I had to drill out the screw holes on the distribution block slightly to accomodate the M4 mounting screws:



That's it for today :blush:
 

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Great build man, don't let the lack of foot traffic keep you from updating the thread. Thanks

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