BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > E90/E92 M3 Technical Topics > Coding / ConnectedDrive / Audio-Video / Electronics / Bluetooth / I-Drive & Nav
 
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      06-04-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
DavidZ
Second Lieutenant
 
DavidZ's Avatar
 
Drives: '11.5 E90 M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland USA

Posts: 227
iTrader: (0)

my install/DIY (Morel, Jehnert, Arc Audio - many pics)

Here's my install/DIY. Major thanks to Ken (VP Electricity) of Musicar Northwest from whom I purchased all the components and to everyone here who helped with advise and questions I had. I went with the following:

Front: Morel Hybrid Ovation II components
Rear: Morel Integra Ovation XO coaxial
Underseat: Jehnert XE 200
Amp: 2x Arc Audio KS 125.4

Replace these:


With these:


In the boxes:


Wiring:


The Integra Ovation XO coaxials didn't have any insulation on their wiring contacts, so I replaced them with these Molex-like connectors which also aids in easy install/removal:


Crossovers on the rear deck:


Trim back in place:


Although the crossovers would fit in the front doors without me doing this, I scalloped out the Styrofoam so the crossovers would fit more securely:


Like this:


Finished:


Another angle:


I've never thought Dynamat was much use on non-metallic surfaces, but I had so much left over from a previous install I covered a good portion of the door panel. Passenger side:


Driver side:


The Hybrid Ovation II tweeters:


In order to get the tweeters to fit in the stock sail panel you need to cut off the plastic tabs inside of the tweeter hole, not the upright tabs that hold the tweeter in:


Like this:


Then the Hybrid Ovation II tweeter fits like it was made for this installation, although it takes a good bit of effort to get it in. Be very careful or you might damage the tweeter dome with the tabs that hold the tweeter in.


From the front:


To seal the woofers, I prefer to use this putty-like weatherstrip instead of the stick-on weatherstrip you see at the top of the picture. Weatherstrip on the enclosure:


And the Jehnert woofer:


Finished product next to stock:


Stock amp on stock amp rack:


The Arc amps are so thin I was happy I could use the stock amp rack with another rack I made of 1/2" MDF:


For the bottom amp:


For the top amp:


Both amps:


Finished rack:


Installing rack in car:


Bottom rack installed:


Bottom amp installed:


Both amps installed:


Finished (I reoriented the fuse/distribution block because my original location protruded to far out for the trunk trim panel fit flush against the side of the car):


Pretty much done... even without the fuse/distribution block on top, the amps are just a bit too tall for the standard trunk trim. I've ordered the higher CD changer trim which my dealer says will take a few weeks to arrive from Germany:


My connection to the main fuse/distribution block:


The sound is breathtaking. I choose the Jehnerts over the Earthquake SWSs because I mostly listen to alternative rock and Ken said the Jehnerts were more musical vs. the Earthquakes which play lower and pound harder. Even so, these Jehnerts play plenty low and hit hard when I play techno. So far I don't think I need a trunk sub. That's about it. Thanks for reading.
__________________
'11.5 M3 sedan | Jerez Black Metallic | 6MT | M Performance Exhaust | no DCT no EDC no NAV no nonsense
DavidZ is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-04-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
VP Electricity
Brigadier General
 
VP Electricity's Avatar
 
Drives: E91 XDrive
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: portland oregon

Posts: 3,176
iTrader: (3)

Dude! Sweet install! That looks great!
VP Electricity is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-04-2011, 09:26 PM   #3
808MGuy
Colonel
 
808MGuy's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 E90 M3
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Oahu, Hawaii

Posts: 2,259
iTrader: (3)

Nice job!
__________________
09 E90 M3 - Interlagos Blue / Black Novillo / Sycamore Anthracite / Eibach / HRE

808MGuy is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-04-2011, 10:06 PM   #4
VP Electricity
Brigadier General
 
VP Electricity's Avatar
 
Drives: E91 XDrive
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: portland oregon

Posts: 3,176
iTrader: (3)

Quote:
The sound is breathtaking. ...these Jehnerts play plenty low and hit hard when I play techno. So far I don't think I need a trunk sub
:]
VP Electricity is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-05-2011, 01:29 AM   #5
Pearlwhitem3
modulare 20" 3 piece, carbon roof and tons of mods
 
Drives: 2008 white m3 e90 6 spd
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Seattle, wa.

Posts: 145
iTrader: (2)

Did you use a processor to convert the digs? I.e.(audison bit one?)

Also do you mind if I ask how much everything cost? Been considering the same kind of setup. Did you utilize rear door speakers and center channel as well?

It looks like you did a great install. Very meticulous.
__________________
Pearlwhitem3 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-05-2011, 07:50 AM   #6
Technic
Lieutenant General
 
Technic's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 E92 M3, 2014 528i
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Ft Lauderdale, Florida

Posts: 10,847
iTrader: (16)

Garage List
2004 M3  [0.00]
__________________
-2015 F30 320i, Imperial/Oyster, 8AT: August 2014 ED
-2012 E92 M3 Jerez Black/Rust Brown, M-DCT: September 2011 ED
-2008 E90 M3 Melbourne Red/Bamboo, 6MT: Gone
-2007 MK5 GTI United Grey/Grey, DSG: Gone
-2004 E46 M3 Carbon Black/Cinnamon, 6MT: Gone
Technic is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-05-2011, 08:09 AM   #7
kmarei
Major General
 
kmarei's Avatar
 
Drives: 1988 E30 M3 Evo II
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Reston, VA

Posts: 6,479
iTrader: (33)

Garage List
How come you used the last slot on the distribution block?
I thought that was not connected to the battery?
__________________
This user has been banned from the 4 series forum because he doesn't sing its merits like the admins want us all to

kmarei is offline   Egypt
0
Reply With Quote
      06-05-2011, 10:05 AM   #8
VP Electricity
Brigadier General
 
VP Electricity's Avatar
 
Drives: E91 XDrive
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: portland oregon

Posts: 3,176
iTrader: (3)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pearlwhitem3 View Post
Did you use a processor to convert the digs? I.e.(audison bit one?)

Also do you mind if I ask how much everything cost? Been considering the same kind of setup. Did you utilize rear door speakers and center channel as well?

It looks like you did a great install. Very meticulous.
A HiFi car doesn't have two sets of rears nor a center grill. He wanted good old two-channel. I couldn't talk him out of rears (I tried

The HiFi system has front and rear analog balanced outs and these amps accept balanced in on the rcas. He could have used a processor, but it isn't essential with a hiFi car ( as it is with a Top HiFi car or a non-M base Stereo car).
VP Electricity is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-05-2011, 09:51 PM   #9
DavidZ
Second Lieutenant
 
DavidZ's Avatar
 
Drives: '11.5 E90 M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland USA

Posts: 227
iTrader: (0)

Thanks for the e-praise everyone

Quote:
Originally Posted by kmarei View Post
How come you used the last slot on the distribution block?
I thought that was not connected to the battery?
Everything I read says those last slots aren't powered, but while I was waiting for my 1,200 mile service I picked up a spare fuse block from the parts department and found all 7 slots had blades in them. #6 is 80 amps and #7 is unfused. I later found that the fuse block that came with my car is like I've seen on the forums, with 5 blades and the last 2 totally blank.

Quote:
Originally Posted by VP Electricity View Post
A HiFi car doesn't have two sets of rears nor a center grill. He wanted good old two-channel. I couldn't talk him out of rears (I tried

The HiFi system has front and rear analog balanced outs and these amps accept balanced in on the rcas. He could have used a processor, but it isn't essential with a hiFi car ( as it is with a Top HiFi car or a non-M base Stereo car).
Yes indeed the M3 base "Hi Fi" system is an upgrader's dream. Powerful, flat, balanced differential signal to the stock amp, no LOC required. I still might go with some kind of sound processing/EQ in the future. I figure if I decide to get a trunk sub (which would be the Musicar bass module) I'd use the KS125.4 I'm running bridged stereo for the Jenherts right now. I'd run 2 channels (2x75) for the Jenherts - I'd need something to band-pass them - and use the other channels bridged (1x250) for the sub. Some might think that's not enough for a sub but I've got a 10" trunk sub with 200 watts going to it in another car and it's plenty.
__________________
'11.5 M3 sedan | Jerez Black Metallic | 6MT | M Performance Exhaust | no DCT no EDC no NAV no nonsense
DavidZ is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-07-2011, 06:00 PM   #10
MudPhud
New Member
 
MudPhud's Avatar
 
Drives: E90 M3 ZCP,E70 X5,E46 330i ZSP
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Maryland

Posts: 27
iTrader: (0)

Nice.
__________________
MudPhud
2011 BMW E90 M3 Le Mans Blue | Black/Sycamore | 6-speed | Competition
2011 BMW E70 X5 V8TT Titanium Silver | Black/Walnut | Sport
2002 BMW E46 330i Topaz Blue | Gray/Aluminum | 5-speed | Sport
MudPhud is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-07-2011, 06:07 PM   #11
808MGuy
Colonel
 
808MGuy's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 E90 M3
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Oahu, Hawaii

Posts: 2,259
iTrader: (3)

I didn't use any damping material on my door panels as it didn't seem necessary considering there was only a 4" driver on there. Do you think it actually helped? I already used up my supply of RAAmat so it wouldn't make sense for me to buy another roll just for that but I'm curious to know if you noticed a difference.
__________________
09 E90 M3 - Interlagos Blue / Black Novillo / Sycamore Anthracite / Eibach / HRE

808MGuy is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-08-2011, 10:21 AM   #12
DavidZ
Second Lieutenant
 
DavidZ's Avatar
 
Drives: '11.5 E90 M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland USA

Posts: 227
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by 808MGuy View Post
I didn't use any damping material on my door panels as it didn't seem necessary considering there was only a 4" driver on there. Do you think it actually helped? I already used up my supply of RAAmat so it wouldn't make sense for me to buy another roll just for that but I'm curious to know if you noticed a difference.
I didn't try the aftermarket system with and without Dynamat, so I can't really compare if it made a difference, but I doubt it made any difference. When I knocked on the door panel with Dynamat it sounded essentially the same as the door panel without Dynamat.
__________________
'11.5 M3 sedan | Jerez Black Metallic | 6MT | M Performance Exhaust | no DCT no EDC no NAV no nonsense
DavidZ is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-08-2011, 10:27 AM   #13
DavidZ
Second Lieutenant
 
DavidZ's Avatar
 
Drives: '11.5 E90 M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland USA

Posts: 227
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pearlwhitem3 View Post
Did you use a processor to convert the digs? I.e.(audison bit one?)

Also do you mind if I ask how much everything cost? Been considering the same kind of setup. Did you utilize rear door speakers and center channel as well?

It looks like you did a great install. Very meticulous.
Thanks. I sent you a PM. I believe VP Electricity answered your other questions.
__________________
'11.5 M3 sedan | Jerez Black Metallic | 6MT | M Performance Exhaust | no DCT no EDC no NAV no nonsense
DavidZ is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      07-25-2011, 10:56 PM   #14
isakhnov
Private
 
Drives: e90 M3 - JzB/extFR
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: WA

Posts: 70
iTrader: (1)

Great work, what was the budget for this?
isakhnov is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      12-31-2011, 12:35 PM   #15
E30 Racer
Second Lieutenant
 
E30 Racer's Avatar
 
Drives: '11 1M, '99 540i/6, '89 325is
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ohio

Posts: 285
iTrader: (1)

Great install...nice job!

Now that you've lived with the system for a few months, is there anything you would have done differently?
E30 Racer is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      12-31-2011, 12:39 PM   #16
THE TECH
BimmerPost Supporting Vendor

 
THE TECH's Avatar
 
Drives: BPMsport 2012 E92 M3
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Kansas

Posts: 13,036
iTrader: (42)

Garage List
Send a message via AIM to THE TECH Send a message via Skype™ to THE TECH
Nice work!!!
__________________
THE TECH is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      01-01-2012, 07:45 PM   #17
DavidZ
Second Lieutenant
 
DavidZ's Avatar
 
Drives: '11.5 E90 M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland USA

Posts: 227
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by E30 Racer View Post
Great install...nice job!

Now that you've lived with the system for a few months, is there anything you would have done differently?
Thanks. That's a good question. I wouldn't have done anything differently - it still makes me giddy every time I turn it up when not enjoying the engine/exhaust - but I am upgrading the bass. I'm quite satisfied with the bass the Jehnerts put out, but I'm certainly pushing them to their limits and would probably blow them out before long. I've purchased an Arc Audio KS 500.1 Mini and E90 trunk enclosure with Morel Ultimo 10 SC from VP electricity. An Audison BitOne will be handling the crossover duties (needed a somewhat sophisticated crossover to actively bandpass the Jehnerts - time alignment and EQ are nice too). I've already installed the extra amp and Audison, all 3 amps and BitOne fit under the trunk trim on the left. Looks totally stock and nothing's under the trunk floor. I only received the sub recently and will be installing it soon but will need a pro to help tune everything. Naturally more pics to follow...
__________________
'11.5 M3 sedan | Jerez Black Metallic | 6MT | M Performance Exhaust | no DCT no EDC no NAV no nonsense
DavidZ is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-01-2012, 10:33 PM   #18
E30 Racer
Second Lieutenant
 
E30 Racer's Avatar
 
Drives: '11 1M, '99 540i/6, '89 325is
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ohio

Posts: 285
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by DavidZ View Post
Thanks. That's a good question. I wouldn't have done anything differently - it still makes me giddy every time I turn it up when not enjoying the engine/exhaust - but I am upgrading the bass. I'm quite satisfied with the bass the Jehnerts put out, but I'm certainly pushing them to their limits and would probably blow them out before long.
Glad to hear, very useful information for those of us contemplating our own installs!

Quote:
Originally Posted by DavidZ View Post
I've purchased an Arc Audio KS 500.1 Mini and E90 trunk enclosure with Morel Ultimo 10 SC from VP electricity...I've already installed the extra amp and Audison, all 3 amps and BitOne fit under the trunk trim on the left. Looks totally stock and nothing's under the trunk floor. I only received the sub recently and will be installing it soon but will need a pro to help tune everything. Naturally more pics to follow...
Looking forward to the pics! I really like the idea of avoiding a false floor. In my case (1M install), I'm trying to retain as much trunk space as possible. Keeping system weight down is also a plus.

With the addition of the sub, will you be reducing the power to the Jehnerts? You're at 250Wx2 now, right
E30 Racer is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      10-29-2012, 01:13 AM   #19
Sully1Time
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: 09' Alpine White M3
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: SoCal

Posts: 200
iTrader: (6)

Garage List
2009 BMW M3  [5.00]
Any updates?
__________________
09' AW M3, 6MT, Black Novillo Extended, Carbon leather trim, Premium, Moonroof, OEM Carbon spoiler, BMW LED Int. Bulbs, Avant Garde 19x11/19x9.5 M310 wheels, OOLux V3 AEOO, Vorsteiner Type II diffuser, Megan Racing Stainless exhaust, Benvo Stage 1 tune, Dinan High Flow Carbon Fiber Intake, Dinan Front anti-sway bar, H&R Sport springs, 30% tint
Sully1Time is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-17-2013, 03:44 AM   #20
Karura
First Lieutenant
 
Drives: E92 335is DCT
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Vancouver

Posts: 339
iTrader: (0)

Hi, looks like a great setup. I've spoken with Ken in the past as well, and he recommended a similar setup. Have you installed the trunk sub, and how do you like the BitOne? I would like to have an OEM stealth setup, and it seems almost too good to be true that everything fits with just the CDC trim piece! I'm still learning and deciding what kind of upgrade I want to do for my EPS, so any info/pics would be much appreciated.
Karura is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      02-20-2013, 08:10 AM   #21
positiveions
Lieutenant General
 
positiveions's Avatar
 
Drives: 09 MKV JETTA 2.5 & E90 M3 :)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: La Verne, CA

Posts: 10,412
iTrader: (1)

Send a message via MSN to positiveions Send a message via Yahoo to positiveions
Son of a gun, that's some nice work David.
positiveions is offline   Lebanon
0
Reply With Quote
      03-03-2013, 08:36 PM   #22
mact3333
Captain
 
mact3333's Avatar
 
Drives: 11' Audi S4
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pacific NW

Posts: 778
iTrader: (1)

it baffles the mind a lay person could do an install like this!.
mact3333 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:31 AM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST