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Maybe the best subwoofer placement yet... (long) (archive)

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Posted by SpeedRacer180 on February 26, 2001 at 18:44:29:

In Reply to: 2000 2.3 Stereo, A couple questions posted by Calgary Dave on February 26, 2001 at 17:56:34:

My 97 2.8 is still at the Car Stereo shop.They started working on it last Thursday. (I am getting the work done at cost, so if a better paying customer comes in then my car gets pulled aside.)The installer has removed the carpet in the passenger footwell all the way to the metal. Below the carpet was a couple inches of foam. He then made a fiberglass subwoofer box. Once the box is finished he will put a piece of stainless steel mesh over the speaker, then place carpet that doesn't have backing on it over the speaker box. He says that you could stand on this mesh without hurting the speaker. That is good because the passenger will be putting their feet on top of the mesh. My best guess is that I will loose about 2 inches of leg room on the passenger side. To give you an idea. If you are sitting in the drivers seat and look over at the plastic speaker grill cover in the kick panel the new floor will cover up either part or all of the first set of vertical openings of the grill nearest the engine. Oh, Did I mention that it is a 10" Kicker subwoofer? I haven't heard it yet so I can't tell you how good it sounds. I hope to pick up the car on March 1st. I will make up a web site with pictures that I have taken of the construction. I will be out of town for the next couple days so I won't have pictures to show it in various stages. Once it is finished I would like other Houston based Z3 owners to listen and let me know what they think. Any Houston based people want to show me how to make a good looking web page for the benefit of the others?


Alright, I know this has been asked multiple times, but a search through the archive didn't exactly yield the results I was looking for.
As most of you probably know the Upgraded HK Stereo in the Z3 is far from great. But with the 2000 Model year I've been having a tough time finding others that have replaced the sub in between the seats(it's a big 6" instead of two 5 1/4's, and the other speakers for that matter.

I was wondering if any of you out there have performed any modifications to your 2.3 Z's Stereo's. What have your success' and failures' been?

Currently I have replaced the head unit with an Alpine CDA-7864, and replaced the amp with a soundstream Lil' Wonder 5, also I had the whole audio system rewired with high quality 8-gauge. I've been really happy with the results(as far as clarity), but the low-end is just non-existent.

Now it's time to replace the speakers, and I need advice as to which one's have been the most succesful for you.

From what I've read in the archive, I saw one guy who placed an 8" Kicker in between the seats, in a custom enclosure, has anyone else done this? how succesful was it?

The trend for the two 5 1/4's in the footwell seems to be to buy 6.5 components, and use the tweeter that comes with it, to replace the factory tweeters. What success's have any of you had with this?

What about those 3" one's behind the seat? has anyone found any way to replace those with something better?

I'm trying to minimize the impact on the cars frame(no cutting). I would welcome any suggestions you may have!

Thank You!

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2000 Z3 2.3
Topaz Blue/Black





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