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Hi,

I’m looking for some suggestions for designing a system for my 99 BMW e36 323is coupe.

The car currently has the factory Harmon Kardon 8 speaker system. 5 ¼” in the front kicks 3” mid and 1” tweeter in the door and 6x9 in the rear shelf. Factory H/K amp and factory C43 cassette deck player in the dash.

I listen to a wide range of music from Rap, country, reggae, classical, rock, ect… and I’d like to have a balanced system with overall SQ as a goal. I also want to keep the system as hidden as possible and retain a factory OEM look. Trunk space is important to me as is retaining the functionality of my rear fold down seats. I’m more interested in good value than name dropping and I’m open to using good used equipment.

So far I have a BMW business CD43 head unit and a Phoenix Gold Xenon x200.4 four channel amp.
I’m looking for a good pair of 6.5” 2 way components for up front. I listened to a pair of Focal v30’s at car toys the other day that sounded good but I was a little put off by the price tag and I’ve heard they don’t sound as good when installed in a car with limited air space in the kick panel. They also had a rather large case wich concerns me about mounting behind the factory grills as I will already have some massaging to do to make them fit. I will be sure to properly seal the kick pods and add poly fill.

Eventually I plan to use a pair of 10” subs in the rear shelf where I will build a custom sealed fiberglass enclosure. Two reasons for this, 1) BMW’s are notorious for well-sealed trunks making it difficult to pass volume into the cabin and 2) trunk space is very important to me. I will be looking for something with low air space requirements and power them be bridging the rear channels of the PG amp.

Does anyone have a suggestions for the 6.5” and 10” speakers? Any tips tricks or other experiences with e36 BMW’s?

Thanks for your help!
 

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What about a set of jehnert door pods and calling it done?? Couple of 6.5" Midbass drivers in the doors, plus the midrange and tweeter.


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U can fit a pair of 6.5's in those kicks
I have done the dls rm6.2 and also the oa 10's in the deck that was fortified with birch (IB)
I wish I had photos, but they were lost to a harddrive failure. Was an e36 m3.
I also have done a few others with less expensive 6.5's but they do fit under the factory grill
 

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So I passed on the PG. It was going to be a very tight fit and decided to go with a PPI P900.4

I also ordered a pair of Focal 165 V30 and a LCQ-1 to integrate with my factory head unit.

Thanks for the help!

Now I'm looking for a good used pair of IB subs to put in the rear shelf. Leaning towards a pair of AE IB12's.
 
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