Bavarian Soundwerks | BMW E46 | Instructions for Front Midrange Installation in `99

Instructions for Front Midrange Installation in `99
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instructions free of charge as a guide to assist those customers who choose to perform the installation themselves. Additionally, they may
serve as a guide to assist a professional installer in order to expedite the installation of the customer’s new products. However, Bavarian
Soundwerks makes no guarantee, implied or expressed, as to the accuracy or safety of these instructions. Use of these instructions
constitutes a waiver of all liability including, but not limited to, damage that may occur to the reader’s, user’s, or customer’s vehicle, its
components, and/or the reader, customer, or installer.
Instructions for Front Midrange Installation in ‘99-‘05
BMW 3 Series Sedan, Wagon (E46)
Tools Required:
(All the below are readily available at your local
auto parts store)
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Philips Head Screwdriver
Panel Removal Tool
Torx T20 screwdriver
Small, Straight Pick Tool
Hot Glue Gun w/Glue Sticks
We’ve broken down our instructions into each task so that you can take the process one step at a time and
keep the project manageable!
Some important notes for you to keep in mind:
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If you have any questions about the procedures outlined below, please stop what you’re doing and
give us a call. If we’re not available, and you’re not sure if what you’re doing is correct, put the car
back together and hold off on the installation until we get everything clarified for you. Believe us, it’s
worth it. ☺
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Read these instructions completely before starting!
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When removing parts from your vehicle, to make reinstallation easier and simpler, we highly
recommend the use of zip-lock bags with labels to organize the smaller the parts you’re removing.
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**IMPORTANT: Before you make any connections, we recommend disconnecting the negative
battery terminal from the battery. This will eliminate any chance electrical damage to the vehicle.
Please note, however, that if you have your original BMW head unit and your vehicle was made in
2000 or earlier, you may need to have your “radio code” handy, typically found on a small card with
your owner’s manual. If you don’t have this code, you can get it by calling your BMW dealership
and providing your vehicle’s VIN. Vehicles newer than 2000 do not need this code.
We’ve Made It Easy
It’s all right here, step by step with photos. Complete disassembly instructions, along with several hints and
tips throughout the process. We recommend starting with the passenger front door. As you proceed, only
disassemble one door at a time. You don’t want to confuse any parts or clips with the other doors.
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For being as highly refined and masterfully engineered as it is, the removal of the doors and rear deck in the
E46 is surprisingly effortless, provided you use care and patience throughout the process. Remember –
don’t force anything! If you are doing things correctly, steady firm pressure should do the trick. Don’t hesitate
to contact us if you get stuck!
As each customer’s installation is unique, it is important to remember that installation is essentially the
reverse of the removal process outlined below, though you will need a certain level of personal ingenuity.
1) Door Panel Removal
1.
Start by rolling down the windows on all of the doors. This will decrease the chance of scratching
the glass or tint on the window.
2.
Orient yourself with the door. Read these instructions fully before beginning the installation
process. This will again ensure proper planning and that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
3.
You’re now ready to begin. Starting with the passenger door, locate the large wood grain (or
aluminum, depending on the trim level of your BMW) panel that runs along the top portion of the
door panel.
4.
Carefully, place your fingers under the outer side of the panel farthest away from the handle and
carefully pry outward towards you (Figure 1). Be careful as the trim panel in effect hooks into the
door handle area with three little inserts (Figure 2). As you are pulling the panel outward, and as
you get towards the handle, carefully pull the panel out of the handle (Figure 3).
Figure 1
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Figure 2
Figrure 3
5.
This will reveal two Torx T20 screws. Remove these. Put them aside in a place where you will not
lose them.
6.
Locate the small trapezoidal shape at the top of the door handle. It will match your interior color, so
it may be black or tan. Carefully insert the head of the small flat head screwdriver underneath the
insert as shown and carefully pry upward (Figure 4).
Figure 4
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7.
This too will reveal a single Torx T20 screw. Remove this, and put it with the rest of the bolts.
8.
Only two more screws are left, and they are located behind the two plastic inserts on the underside
of the armrest (Figure 5). Remove the two bolts and you are now ready to begin removing the
actual door panel.
9.
Figure 5
Carefully insert your panel removal tool on the front side bottom edge as shown. Pry steadily
outward until your hear the clip(s) release themselves (Figure 6).
Figure 6
10. Now, using your hands, as this will decrease the chances of anything becoming scratched;
continue pulling outward around the outer edges of the door (Figure 7). Leave the top part
attached, as we will remove this section last.
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Figure 7
11. Carefully pull outward and upward from the rear of the door along the top edge (Figure 8).
Figure 8
12. Be careful of the lock mechanism because the door can be released now, but you aren’t quite
finished. You have to unhook the door handle itself. Simply lift the white clip away from the door
panel, and pull it out of the mechanism (Figure 9).
Figure 9
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P: 404.963.8857 | www.bavsound.com
13. Unplug the speaker wires from each speaker and you’re good to go!
2) Midrange Removal & Installation
1.
To remove the factory midrange, you’ll first need to free the speaker assembly from the door panel
itself. Unscrew the plastic ring from the rear of the assembly by turning it counter clockwise. Push the
front portion of the assembly through the door panel, being careful not to damage the thin plastic ring
around the outer perimeter (Figure 10).
IMPORTANT: The plastic surrounding the outer edge mentioned above is notoriously brittle. Try your
best not to handle the speaker assembly by this outer edge. Now may also be the time to repair the
ring(s) if any cracking has previously occurred.
Figure 10
2.
There are two pairs of opposing tabs located closer to the front of the assembly. Pry these tabs
outward, and the speaker will be free at this point. (Figure 11)
Figure 11
3.
Push the tabs that secured the speaker on the front of the assembly back into place, and drop the
new midrange directly into the assembly with the speaker cone facing outward (towards the grille).
We had to specify here. ☺
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4.
Place a bead of hot glue around the speaker where it comes into contact with the assembly, making
sure not to get any glue on the speaker itself. (Figure 12)
5.
Plug the included wires onto the new midrange speaker terminals, using the following guide:
Figure 12
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7.
The red wire is Positive (+)
The black wire is Negative (-)
Create connections between original wiring and new midrange wiring according to the chart below
(for the specific process, see steps 6a-6e.
Connection
Wire Color at Mid
Wire Color on Vehicle
Driver Midrange +
Red
White
Driver Midrange -
Black
Passenger Midrange +
Red
Green
Passenger Midrange -
Black
Blue w/ Green Stripe
Connects
to:
Blue w/ White Stripe
a.
Strip back approximately ¼” of the insulation from the end of the vehicle wire, exposing
the copper wiring.
b.
Insert the vehicle wire into one side of the appropriate butt connector on midrange leads
and crimp.
c.
Gently tug at each side of the connection to insure it is secure and permanent.
d.
Wrap with electrical tape.
e.
Repeat until for second connection.
Place the front portion the assembly back through the door panel, and screw the ring back into place,
securing the assembly.
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2195 Defoor Hills Rd., Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30318
P: 404.963.8857 | www.bavsound.com
8.
Plug the midrange back in, along with any other connections you may have disconnected (the
tweeters, mirror controls, etc).
9.
Here is a completed photo of what your car should look like. (Non HK shown for reference only)
Reinstall your door panel. Reinstallation is the reverse of removal. Repeat for the
second door, and you’re done!
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expressly forbidden and a violation of international copyright law. Any violation will result in persecution to the full extent available under
the law!
© 2006 Bavarian Soundwerks, LLC.
2195 Defoor Hills Rd., Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30318
P: 404.963.8857 | www.bavsound.com
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