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Old 06-16-2004, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a problem, i'm installing a new soundsystem, but i'm one of those unfortunate cases where the battery is at the front of the bmw (1995 318is coupe)
Now I cant get my cable to the battery from underneath the dashboard and vice versa.
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Does anybody know how to get there (where some holes are placed) I am not able to drill a hole and im not leaving my hood and my door open and leave the cable outside :P

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Old 06-16-2004, 03:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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waaaiit.. i dont understand, why is your battery in the front?
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earlier 318s and like (316s) kept the battery in the engine bay.
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Well, i live in holland and i got the car from germany maybe that has something to do with it
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that shouldn't have anything to do with it....
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is there a place in the trunk for the battery, like all of the other bmws?
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I have not seen such a place
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This may be a dumb question...but why do you need to get to the battery? Couldn't you just tap off of one of the fuses in the fuse box?
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fusebox is also under the hood used
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It wouldn't matter if the fusebox was in the cockpit, you need a much better power source to power an aftermarket amp.

The firewall should have an opening that is easily found. Pop the hood and trace the wires, most likely it will be on the lower portion of the firewall and it will be easier (once located) to run your power wire from inside the cabin into the engine bay (not vice versa).

If you plan on using a single amp configuration, 8AGU wire should be sufficient. IF you plan on installing a multiamp system, go with at least 4AGU power wire.
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it would be in the back right under a plastic cargo organizer
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if you take off the glove box and the lower kick panel trim on the passenger side, you will see a small hole with a shitload of wires going through it. Thats your acess point.
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I have traced every wire under the cockpit and dashboard/glovebox and they all find their way out through somekind if plug wich only has space for those wires.
But here is what I did, I removed the battery, drilled a hole from the engine compartment to underneath the glove box and hot glued the oversize of the cable hole.
Also today i installed the tweeters in the doors.......my god (it has cost me a day)
Especially when you have to drive a thick speaker cable through that rubbery-thingy between the chassis and the door.
I just finished installing the cables from my headunit and the speakers in the kickpanels.
Tomorrow im going to run all the cables (and i mean alot) through the rails to the trunk.
I hope it'll all be worth it.
Thanks for all the help
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Today i finished my installation....and man was it worth it
I'll take pics soon of the woofer and the amplifier.
Thanks again for all your support
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