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Old 02-17-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
Swerve
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E36 Door Tweeter Install with Pics

I bit the bullet and decided to get some good tweeters in my doors, I picked up some MB Quart 19.02 NX 3/4” tweeters off ebay. See this thread for history of my dilemma: http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65192

I apologize that the pics aren’t better, I don’t have a digicam and had to make do with my V400, so these are .33MP pics. Of course there has to be something inside of the camera that got in all these pics.

The goods:





First, thing I did was go to the stealer to pick up some door clips, p/n 51411973500, List 1.05CAD each, because I already had 2 broken ones I knew about and with the car being 11 years old, you figure they’re going to be brittle and that they’ll break easily.



After GENTLY prying at each clip with a flat head and disconnecting the mid and tweeter harnesses, I set the panel down to glue up the loosened brackets. Glue wasn’t enough to hold these panels together over the years, and being left without another option, I glued the loose areas back together again.



Once I had them off, I removed the blown tweeters and mids from the panels, and then removed the speakers from the grilles themselves.



I then soldered up the crossovers to the OEM mids. The mids are 8ohm and the tweeters are 4ohm, and when wired in parallel equal a 2.67 ohm load on the amplifier, which I’m comfortable it can handle considering the wattage it will really be outputting will be less than 50W each side. Once soldered up, I slapped the replacement into the grille, and pushed the tabs back into place.



Now the fun part: Dremeling the opening in the OEM tweeter grille to a size large enough for the new tweeter. This was time consuming, as I took it very slowly to make sure I had a very round opening. I also had to dremel down some tabs in the grille for the tweeters to sit flush. I wanted this install to be stealth and didn't want to modify the panels at all. I went the MB Quart grille route before and that lasted about 2 months in my car before they were stolen. Stealth is the way to go and the OEM grilles look good, IMO.

Half-way there:


Almost:


Done:

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