General Discussion: The Motoring Thread Incorporating All Motor Vehicles (Including Motor Cycles.)


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Kadafi39
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1721 posts since 30/10/09

22 Sep 2020 10:57
NickMSM wrote:
Razorlight123 wrote:
NickMSM wrote:
Razorlight123 wrote: Anyone here done a speaker upgrade to their car and in stages (i.e. upgrade speakers first then install an amp).

Worthwhile?

Yes in my Defender. Focal speakers/sub/amp. Made a massive difference, but the standard 'system' is a joke as you might expect. Did headunit and speakers first, didn't make a huge difference as still tinny but a lot clearer. Once I added the Focal sub/amp it made a huge difference and sounds very good for a Defender!

That's where I'm at, the BMW standard is terrible.

I have also upgraded the head unit to an Android 10, again OEM is terrible. Looking to sort the speakers out now and will probably follow your approach regarding an amp at a future point.

Hopefully I'm able to do it myself

I think a lot of BMW owners also use Focal as most are the same size as they are in a Defender. Changing the speakers will give a lot more clarity, but for extra bass you'll need the sub. The Focal ibus 2.1 is excellent and should fit under a seat so no tacky crap in the boot etc.

Yes focal do an upgrade kit as do bavsound and rainbow components, the drivers are the same size as the oem and fit in the same door card/under seat brackets so nothing needs modifying. Something like this:

https://www.carelectronicsnottingham.co.uk/focal-ifbmw-s-plug-play-bmw-1-3-5-series-2-way-component-speakers-40w-rms-pair

It depends how far you want to go with the upgrade but if you are decided on installing a separate amp then I would suggest you do it all in one go otherwise you'll be taking interior bits apart numerous times to run wires and cabling and the more you take it apart the more clips youll break! They're only cheap plastic clips and spares are easily sourced but its just more headache to do it in bits.
Rirawin
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9371 posts since 17/7/05

posted 22 Sep 2020 11:31, edited 22 Sep 2020 11:31
ismvil wrote: Saw a Taycan at Warwick Services this morning, looks pretty good in the flesh. None of the charging stations were working properly though, lending more weight to my view if you’re relying on public infrastructure it’s all Tesla right now. If you can charge at home / work all the options are good.

Watching Long Way Up (no nan) and it highlights well the importance of a decent infrastructure. Surprised BP hasn't made plans to put Chargemaster points at all their BP stations, but I guess the problem is all of them are franchises anyway and it would be a matter of convincing the franchise owner to put one up.

Saw an ID.3 out on the M4 weekend just gone when driving back from Wales. Looks Cool
Kadafi39
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1721 posts since 30/10/09

22 Sep 2020 11:53
Rirawin wrote:
ismvil wrote: Saw a Taycan at Warwick Services this morning, looks pretty good in the flesh. None of the charging stations were working properly though, lending more weight to my view if you’re relying on public infrastructure it’s all Tesla right now. If you can charge at home / work all the options are good.

Watching Long Way Up (no nan) and it highlights well the importance of a decent infrastructure. Surprised BP hasn't made plans to put Chargemaster points at all their BP stations, but I guess the problem is all of them are franchises anyway and it would be a matter of convincing the franchise owner to put one up.

Saw an ID.3 out on the M4 weekend just gone when driving back from Wales. Looks Cool

Isnt it sort of at the sacrifice of the product they're selling too? Im sure bp and the other oil/petroleum companies dont want electric cars to take off or become the norm or they're literally making their own product obsolete for many people.
jacko198
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398 posts since 23/10/09

22 Sep 2020 15:03
RickRude wrote: Are X2’s any good?

Best place for car reviews here



Razorlight123
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4651 posts since 13/1/10

posted 22 Sep 2020 17:08, edited 22 Sep 2020 17:08
I initially hated the new shape BMWs, but I'm slowly liking them Oops

jacko198 wrote:
RickRude wrote: Are X2’s any good?

Best place for car reviews here


I always enjoy this guys car reviews
RickRude
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3498 posts since 13/1/12

22 Sep 2020 18:09
Thanks chaps