E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by jonners » Wed May 17, 2017 2:18 pm

Just responded to your PM.

If you lived closer, I'd demonstrate my OE Audio & Pioneer 8604 setup to you. I could disable the Boot Sub just so you get a feel for it all.

It may seem like a lot of money, depends how long you plan to keep the Car, and if you enjoy your music, it will be a huge leap forward.
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Post by jonners » Wed May 17, 2017 2:22 pm



Infact here, I did a Video a few months ago :)
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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by Sonic1506 » Wed May 17, 2017 2:44 pm

danbt wrote:
Wed May 17, 2017 2:01 pm
I called Gavin and Subtronix in Nottingham and had a good chat.

I just spoke to Gavin at Subtronix.

I put forward the scenario of me providing:

- Pioneer DEH 8700DAB Headunit
- Connects2 Loom with patch lead
- Fascia for Headunit
- OE Speaker Package (comp,tweet,crossover,subs)
- Pioneer 8604 4 Channel Amp

Then he would fit the lot.

He thinks around 4-5 hours, and inclusive of a good quality wiring kit he would charge £150 to do the job.

So total for all of the kit and fitting would be about £690.

Seems like a lot of money, for me anyway!

Do you guys think this would be worth it? Would the difference be like night and day?

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That'll all make a MASSIVE difference. I'd go with this IF you can budget it and afford it and will keep the car for some time.

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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by danbt » Wed May 17, 2017 2:46 pm

Looks like i have my plan then.

Thanks everyone for the input. :band:

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Post by jonners » Wed May 17, 2017 2:49 pm

8) Not a problem.
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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by marco_polo » Wed May 17, 2017 3:03 pm

If you're an audiophile, it will be a grand well spent.

I couldn't justify that lay-out personally, I winced at paying £500 for HK!
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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by danbt » Wed May 17, 2017 3:08 pm

I guess the bigger question for me is, given how much the car is worth, is it worth it?

I've only just bought the car but plan to keep it for as long as possible.

2005 E87 with 110k miles, Clutch and Flywheel done, I'm doing EGR delete and Swirl Flaps.

Then I'll be hitting a 90 mile round trip commute daily, hence why I'd like a good stereo.

But with paying £2850 for the car, paying £700 for a stereo sounds a little bit mad... Hmm

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Post by jonners » Wed May 17, 2017 3:10 pm

I did mine in stages, start with the Head Unit, and work it from there? That is what I did.

The Car should see 200k+ miles easy. Provided you keep up regular Oil changes and the like.
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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by Uncle Tupelo » Wed May 17, 2017 3:29 pm

danbt wrote:
Wed May 17, 2017 3:08 pm
I guess the bigger question for me is, given how much the car is worth, is it worth it?

I've only just bought the car but plan to keep it for as long as possible.

2005 E87 with 110k miles, Clutch and Flywheel done, I'm doing EGR delete and Swirl Flaps.

Then I'll be hitting a 90 mile round trip commute daily, hence why I'd like a good stereo.

But with paying £2850 for the car, paying £700 for a stereo sounds a little bit mad... Hmm
It probably won't cost significantly more to make incremental changes. You may find you are more than happy after making a significant improvement without spending the whole amount.
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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by jonners » Wed May 17, 2017 3:32 pm

And if you do as much of the work as possible yourself, it will save ££

If you don't mind rolling your sleeves up and installing the Speakers yourself, it will save you £75 right there.
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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by Sonic1506 » Wed May 17, 2017 4:06 pm

danbt wrote:
Wed May 17, 2017 3:08 pm
I guess the bigger question for me is, given how much the car is worth, is it worth it?

I've only just bought the car but plan to keep it for as long as possible.

2005 E87 with 110k miles, Clutch and Flywheel done, I'm doing EGR delete and Swirl Flaps.

Then I'll be hitting a 90 mile round trip commute daily, hence why I'd like a good stereo.

But with paying £2850 for the car, paying £700 for a stereo sounds a little bit mad... Hmm
You can do it in stages but the question "I guess the bigger question for me is, given how much the car is worth, is it worth it?" only you can answer. People see most of my mods as a waste of money but I see it as money well spent, so...

Most of it is fairly straight forward, so you can DIY it, if you wanted to.

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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by marco_polo » Wed May 17, 2017 4:38 pm

Personally I would do what Sonic originally suggested, and to start by just fitting some tweeters. I'd be asking Quarry motors if they have an 2nd hand one's in stock. 2 x 65136964012 , or 2 x 65136964013 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-GENUINE-3 ... 1735867401

You should already have the empty door grills, so BMW tweeters would be 'plug and play' into your existing mids (spare socket for you), no 'wiring' required.

Once fitted, you can turn the treble down and bass up, which brings the mids + underseat subs to life.
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Re: E87 1 Series: Installing External Amp to Boost Business System

Post by fxheem » Tue May 23, 2017 12:57 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Wed May 17, 2017 4:38 pm
Personally I would do what Sonic originally suggested, and to start by just fitting some tweeters. I'd be asking Quarry motors if they have an 2nd hand one's in stock. 2 x 65136964012 , or 2 x 65136964013 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-GENUINE-3 ... 1735867401

You should already have the empty door grills, so BMW tweeters would be 'plug and play' into your existing mids (spare socket for you), no 'wiring' required.

Once fitted, you can turn the treble down and bass up, which brings the mids + underseat subs to life.
I agree with Marco here, if you don't have tweeters already, these are the best initial upgrade to go for, the clarity compared to no tweeters is crazy different. Im not a fan of aftermarket HU's in the 1'er, in my mates Astras and Civics they look fine, but for the 1'er the professional headunit looks the business 8) (pardon the pun lololol)

The kit you posted does look good and I was contemplating the OE kit before i got my Focals, I'd be interested on how they sound.

And if you're feeling brave, install the kit yourself! Save yourself £150 and learn a few things - I was gutted when I stripped my kit out to see just how easy it was to install a sound system :(
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