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#1 (permalink) Old 08-03-2004, 04:42 PM
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I want to change all the speakers on my E34 -96. I not really sure how to access the speakers on the dashboard. Can you pry the cover off from the dashboard or do you have to under inside the dashboard?

There are two other speakers in roof in the back of the car. How can I access those speakers. Is it just to pry to the cover off or do you have take off the entire roof carpet?

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For those on the dash, there is a cutout-looking thing on the side facing you... you stick a screwdriver in there and slowly pry up. Then the speaker is held in place by 2 or 3 screws. Just take it easy... I actually broke one of the 'legs' that hold one of the covers in place after doing it a few times... and good luck finding the right size speakers. I am still without those. If you find them tell me where you got them.

As for the ones 'in the roof' I have no idea -- i am guessing those can be found only in touring e34s which is the case in your case.

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Thanks. I managed to pry the cover off. The two speaker on the dashboard are actually very small tweaters. Most car audio stores I looked into don't have these small tweaters. I would be nice to change those to a better pair with better frequency coverage. The speakers at the feet under the dashboard are a pair of 13cm (5.25") speakers I guess if I'm not mistaken.

I haven't managed to get off the cover for the rear speakers in the roof. I must be able to take the cover off otherwise the roof carpet cannot come off. What is most likely, just pry it off with brute force or turn it loose?

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They're not tweeters, they're 2.5 or 3" midrange speakers to go hand in hand with the mid bass' by your feet and the tweeters in the doors. Just disconnect them, get some 1" tweeters to replace your door tweeters with along with a nice amp, good set of x-overs and a 5.25" midbass for the kicks. I can garauntee if you go with good equipment, it'll blow away the stock 3 way system.

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I finally got the rear speaker covers away. You simply pry them away with a screwdriver. There are two plastic flat pins that goes inside two clips that holds them inplace. It should be done carefully though. Make sure you pry with support of the ceiling and not the ceiling carpet.

The ones in the rear ceiling are two pathetic 13cm speakers. I planning to replace them with a pair of new good ones. Also I will pad the metal roof (ie. the speaker cavity) so that I get rid of metallic sound.

The speakers at the front feet will also be replaced. The originals are 13cm but I'm would like to replace them with a bigger pair. Either 16.5cm or 6"x9" speakers. I'm unsure if they fit in the hole. I have to saw out a new hole in the kick panel but that's OK since I get a new grating with the new pair of speaker. Does anyone have any experience installing 16.5cm (6.5") or 6"x9" speakers in the kick panels?

The "tweeters" are in the dashboard and not the doors. I think it's American versions that have them in the doors.

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We sure do have them in the doors. I replaced mine with some aftermarket-oversized ones that I had to glue in place behind the wire mesh.

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