Posted by JML on November 11, 1998 at 08:48:07:
In Reply to: Anybody put a subwoofer in the trunk of their E36? posted by NickG on November 09, 1998 at 22:12:34:
Here are some suggestions for subs in an e-36 two door with fold down seats. You are right, there's no way the bass is going to go through the back seats because they are sealed very tightly. One suggestion I have is to look into JL audio's stealth box they just designed especially for your car. It consists of 2 8" Infinite Baffle subs called 8IB4 housed in a specially made compartment that takes the place of the stock rear speakers. You would just need to relocate the rear speakers. Or if you were replacing the speakers anyway you could just hook up tweeters separately on the side panels of the rear seat or the c-pillars, etc. This is the best space saver out there. Plus it sounds great.
However, in terms of better sounding bass, I would stay away from open air subs (Infinite baffle) and go with 2 ten inch subs or three 8 inch subs in a sealed enclosure. The enclosure need not be that big. 10's and 8's do not require large enclosures so I believe they are ideal. There are subs specifically made for rear firing applications so you can look into those. JL Audio has these subs as well. This method will probably give you the tighest most solid bass reproduction you can find. As for the rattling of the rear deck, it can be removed very easily and sound deadening material be placed in between so there will no longer be any rattling. Hope this helps.