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Re: Best Way to Cut Metal for New Speakers? (archive)

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Posted by David on January 16, 2001 at 12:57:04:

In Reply to: Re: Best Way to Cut Metal for New Speakers? posted by RA/Bob G. on January 15, 2001 at 05:55:34:

I shall soon be replacing the "premium" speakers in the parcel shelf of my 87 535i with a new pair of 6X9's. What is the best technique for cutting out the metal beneath the shelf to accomodate the larger speaker baskets?

The best system I've found in BMWs,using 6x9's, is to cut holes beneath the rear seat,using the 6x9's for base there facing the front seats.The sound travels throughout the car,and putting a smaller mid-range speaker on the parcel shelf,perhaps maybe even leaving the originals,if they're in good enough shape.
Using 6x9's on the rear shelf leaves them open to sun damage,ruins any hearing of rear seat passengers,and looks like they belong in a Firebird,not a BMW.

Thanks for the info, guys.

I had thought of installing 6X9's under the seats as you suggested. But . . . how do protect the speakers from errant passenger heels without crafting a steel-wielded grille?

Yeah, I agree that stock speakers on the parcel shelf look best. But there are some speakers out there that (IMHO)look less "boy-racer" gaudy than the typical Sony or Pioneers and their macho, "star-wars" appearance. For e.g., try Infinity's (which I'm installing in a Pearl Beige interior) or maybe even Alpines.

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