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Old 07-04-2006, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Replace "92 525i speakers...?

My driver side tweeter is crackling wen i turn the volume up and you have to wiggle the knobe to the left to get it to stop soo my brother and I figured it was the radio...so i'm going to replace that but do you think it's worth the time and money to replace the rest of the speakers?!used:

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probably....reason being that you have 14 year old audio technology. Its not quite as bad as computers, but there have been tremendous leaps in audio over the last 20 years (dont ask me how I know, it may show my age). the crackling is from dust in the electrical contacts in the volume control. dust isnt conductive, so the making/breaking of the connection in the volume is heard as static.

You have 5.25"ers in the kickpanels and rear deck, and I would just buy a good set of coaxials and just disconnect the factory tweeters and not replace them. The new speakers will usually have a decent tweeter in them. They dont make a direct replacement (you have to do a little modifying to get any aftermarket tweeter in). Unless thats something you want to dive into over a Saturday.

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If your equipment is in good condition, depending on how much of an audiophile you are, you might be more than satisfied with just replacement the head unit. I'd start there (makes a huge difference) then work to your speakers and amp if you still aren't happy.
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yeah i actually like the quality of the speakers now...n yeah my brother and i did some custom work on his honda s2k n other cars so i was just wonderin if it was really worth my time and money or would it make a diff wen i put the head unit in....i'm going to wait for the new alpines to come out so hopefully they'll fit....but thanks a lot!!
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da_bull is correct, the problem is usually dust etc. a simple fix is to get a spray can of electrical contact cleaner and with the little hose spray it along the shaft for the volume control. You can do it with the radio in place (not very effective) or remove the unit and open it and spray around inside, focusing on the volume control.

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"Tuner-renu" ftw I used that stuff MANY moons ago, I didnt know it was still available. http://www.stanleysupplyservices.com/product-group/9986
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Ok i will use the air-spray and hopefully it will work...the lub spray is a lil expensive for a person that doesn't work...but thanks for the imput you guys
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