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      02-17-2019, 08:07 AM   #23
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Finally got some pics of my audio install, Alpine sub amp, LC2I audio control and SWS 8" subs, with the Harmon Kardon system. Super clean install as amp and Lc2i are installed behind trunk lining, can't even tell anything has been done until you listen to the sound difference. Sounds great!
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If you have time, could you please supply some more info about the install?

* which wires to tap(really cant find the diagram)
* remote connection?
* any secrets to getting the bootline off?

I did a sws + alpine upgrade in my old e90 but it was not the same

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I'm out of town until next week, I'll send you more information when I get home
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I'm out of town until next week, I'll send you more information when I get home
I figured it out
I took a lot of pictures so I might as well make a guide for the future upgraders.

The only part I'm curious about is the remote in cable. I snatched power from the cigarette lighter socket in the trunk, but I am not sure if it matters that it stays on for a while after leaving the car..?
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I'm out of town until next week, I'll send you more information when I get home
I figured it out
I took a lot of pictures so I might as well make a guide for the future upgraders.

The only part I'm curious about is the remote in cable. I snatched power from the cigarette lighter socket in the trunk, but I am not sure if it matters that it stays on for a while after leaving the car..?
It does not. Power cuts off after the vehicle goes into shutdown mode.
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Would love to see pic of bmw original subs side by side with sws8 subs. If you can't then maybe just a pic of the bmw subs.
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      02-22-2019, 04:04 AM   #27
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Would love to see pic of bmw original subs side by side with sws8 subs. If you can't then maybe just a pic of the bmw subs.
Here are my old SWS8 with the E90 6" original sub:





And here is a comparison between my G30 Harman Kardon 8" and the Bavsound 8"









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If anyone wants to know there is an ultra high performance bowers and Wilkins rohecell cone woofer that is drop in replacement. I am pretty happy with my retrosound woofers and factory amp though.
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How much room is there under the factory sub??

The Earthquake SWS-8 is 2 1/8 mounting depth, and those fit. There are many other choices (Pioneer, Rockford, etc) but they are 2 5/8 mounting depth. Will those fit??
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SWS are the way to go. I've really liked mine, especially powered with a good amp.
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Would love to see pic of bmw original subs side by side with sws8 subs. If you can't then maybe just a pic of the bmw subs.
Here are my old SWS8 with the E90 6" original sub:

[IMG]https://psqqqa.ch.files.1drv.com/y4m...;cropmode=none[/IMG]
Thank You. The E90 subs look really cheap with paper cones. G30 look better. I find that HK subs aren't as bad as tweeters.

Why did they cover half of the speaker with the front seat rails!! Crazy. So have to unbolt seats to change.
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Would love to see pic of bmw original subs side by side with sws8 subs. If you can't then maybe just a pic of the bmw subs.
Here are my old SWS8 with the E90 6" original sub:

[IMG]https://psqqqa.ch.files.1drv.com/y4m...;cropmode=none[/IMG]
Thank You. The E90 subs look really cheap with paper cones. G30 look better. I find that HK subs aren't as bad as tweeters.

Why did they cover half of the speaker with the front seat rails!! Crazy. So have to unbolt seats to change.
Unbolting the seats are easy, torx 50.
Then move the seat forward and lean back.
Takes only minutes.

The biggest pain for me was the plastic covers above the seat bolts.. buh
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I figured it out
I took a lot of pictures so I might as well make a guide for the future upgraders.

The only part I'm curious about is the remote in cable. I snatched power from the cigarette lighter socket in the trunk, but I am not sure if it matters that it stays on for a while after leaving the car..?
would you be kind and let us know how did you do it....
is wiring going to be same for those who have only HI-FI instead of HK?
As may pictures as you can...specailly not sure what to tap....
in addition some links where did you buy equipment.

THANKS
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Unbolting the seats are easy, torx 50.
Then move the seat forward and lean back.
Takes only minutes.

The biggest pain for me was the plastic covers above the seat bolts.. buh
How did you get those covers off? I was afraid I was going to break mine.
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      03-28-2019, 02:17 AM   #35
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would you be kind and let us know how did you do it....
is wiring going to be same for those who have only HI-FI instead of HK?
As may pictures as you can...specailly not sure what to tap....
in addition some links where did you buy equipment.

THANKS
Wiring will be different I am sure, but HI-FI should be very similar. Base stero is totaly different

I will make a PDF as soon as possible
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      03-28-2019, 02:21 AM   #36
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How did you get those covers off? I was afraid I was going to break mine.
1 of mine broke, but when I put it back it doesnt show.

The tabs/hooks are underneath and you should hold both sides of the plastic and wiggle until they get lose..
Then 1 tab/hook will be totally unreasonable and hang on for dear life.. Just wiggle on until it pops out

My biggest and most important tip:
Do NOT under any circumstance put the plastic cover back until you are 110% sure you will never go down there again.
I have pulled mine off 3 times...

Now the plastics are in my trunk, I will wait a few months before putting back
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      07-06-2019, 09:33 AM   #37
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any issues with the install months later? does the amp ever seem like it overheats? still need to do this.
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