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    1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install Build Log

    1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install

    Decided that since I'm driving a coupe 2 Coaxial HAT Imagine series 6.5" drivers will be a nice match for the cabin area. No rear fill, only 2 seats in the car anyway.

    Going to be building a box that gives some room for a second ID10. Have a professional carpenter friend working on it. Pictures next week probably. Each sub will have approximately 0.7cuft. which is 0.1cuft larger than the approx "normal" size listed on the box. Large was 0.80cuft.

    Doing a rear seat delete and placing the box between the front cabin and the rear strut brace. The space is somewhat trapezoidal so it will have a facia raised about 1" off the box with a border around 2-4" thick to disguise the parts where box doesn't exactly meet with edges of the pass through. Box edges will be packed with some sort of insulation to fill it in, carpet on both sides to make it look good later


    Components

    Front
    $220 - HAT Imagine Coaxial in Kickpanels

    Front Amp
    0$ - Alpine 3555 Bridged to two channels
    Had from previous installation

    Sub
    $159 - ID10D4V3



    Sub Amp
    $110 - Audiopipe APSM 1300

    Sub Box
    $65 - Materials - 3/4 Birch Ply
    Carpeting
    Glue


    Wiring
    $194 - KnuKonceptz
    Big 3 in 1/0
    Konfused Positive Terminal
    Negative Terminal (from Parts Express)
    Konfused Digital Power Distro Block
    16 awg Karma SS for Front Coaxials
    12 awg Karma SS for Sub
    4 awg KLMX power for Amps
    6m Krystal RCA's 4 channel
    Misc connectors, terminals etc




    The Whip

    1995 BMW M3 Coupe Dakar Yellow - 90k Miles



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    Re: 1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install Build Log

    Phase One
    Rear Seat Delete
    Temporary Install of Coaxial RCA
    Temporary Install of Kick Speaker Wire
    Install Microphone for Head Unit
    Find a Conduit for 1/0 Power Cable Upgrade
    Clean Up Old Wiring and Remove Old Speakers
    Fix Rear Deck Rattling Issue
    1/0 Negative Terminal Upgrade



    Rear Seat Delete

    Pretty simple here. I'm putting the box in the pass through space in front of the bracer bar so need to remove the seats. Pins in the middle of the seat allow the seat backs to slide out. The seat bottom just pulled out. Sides also pulled off. Removed the seatbelts in the bucket.






    This is actually the next day after I buttoned everything up. You can see the wires coming in from each side of the trunk. The wires were run through factory wire harnesses and I zipped them to the brace bar to keep them from slapping around this next week.




    Temporary Install of Coaxial and Speaker Wires


    Was going to put the KnuKonceptz Krystal RCA up the side, but decided that I am taking the seats out anyway for the 1/0 Power cable upgrade so I might as well use factory wire conduit under the seats. I wanted to get a basic idea of length so I laid the cables down the side and left plenty extra. The conduit runs underneath and is only accessible by taking the seat off. Removed the passenger under dash to get to center console and the door sill flashing... what a ***** that was to get off. Kick Panel also.

    Removing door sill flashing

    Coaxial and speaker run up left side between frame and carpet

    This is the rear of the driver side. I ran the coaxial and speaker wire through the factory harness to the rear. All of this will get covered up nice.

    This is the old RCA, but mine was run in the same fashion

    Passenger side run the same way
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    Re: 1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install Build Log

    Install Microphone for Head Unit

    Head unit has built in Bluetooth and those things you wear on your ear make you look like a ******* tard plus probably give you cancer. Unit came with a microphone to mount into vehicle. Decided on the driver side A pillar. Ran the wire in between the dash and the pillar, not the hole pictured, but where the two come together. The run is probably temporary since Im going to take the dash out to install the 1/0 and probably do a better job on the Coaxial RCAs as well.






    Find a Conduit for 1/0 Power Cable Upgrade


    Found it. Apparently the main conduit that runs from front to back is under the seats on both side rails. The old speaker connections run through the driver side while the power cable was routed on the passenger side. Removal of seats and dash is definitely going to be necessary to get what I want accomplished. Should look great when everything is routed cleanly away down there.



    Clean Up Old Wiring and Remove Old Speakers


    Removed the older RCAs, older speaker system, several wiring harnesses related to the speakers etc.



    Everything pulled out

    Whats wrong with this picture?

    All of the older stereo stuff and wires I pulled out. Look @ the harness on the right, previous installer cut and pasted to wires into an insane arrangement to save himself some time running speaker wire to the front.

    RadioShack?
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    Re: 1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install Build Log

    Fix Rear Deck Rattling Issue

    Mostly just exploring to see how I could fix a rattle back here. Looks like others fixed it by putting foam in the spaces between the ribs on the deck. Probably try to do the same thing.




    1/0 Negative Terminal Upgrade


    Got a 1/0 Terminal from partsexpress.com for like 5 bucks. Terminal seems to be of good quality, heavy duty metal and decent connections. Allen key holds the wire in there. Not sure how I like that, but if it becomes an issue I will just solder it in. This was my first solder ever. I have to do several for the 1/0 power cable upgrade so this was a good test. I installed it on the factory location until later. Today I picked up some metal screws for it so I can mount it properly onto the chassis.

    I also cleaned up the rear tire area. Looks like a fire extinguisher leaked out in here or something, all this white stuff. Could have been acid from a previous battery as well, washed it with water and baking soda to neutralize anything left behind.

    The old battery connection

    Raw Materials

    Gotta twist the end to get it in

    MMMMmmmmmm Fire....

    Finished Joint



    Clean Up

    Put everything back for the week. These wires are factory speaker and CD changer wires. Decided to roll them up and put them behind the seat since I cannot get at their entire length, they run down into the side rail conduit.


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    Re: 1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install Build Log

    COMING SOON!
    Phase Two
    1/0 Power Upgrade
    Permanent Coaxial and Speaker Wire Placement
    HAT Imagine Speaker Install
    Installation of Amp Power Board
    Subwoofer Box Fitting and Tweaking
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    Re: 1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install Build Log

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    Re: 1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install Build Log

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    Re: 1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install Build Log

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    Re: 1995 Dakar Yellow M3 Coupe SQ Install Build Log

    year 1995 ftw!

    oh nice stuff btw




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