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BMW E30 3 Series Tweeter Installation
Jared Fenton
Wayne R. Dempsey

Difficulty Level: 3
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     In this article we will continue going over the speaker installation in the E30 3 Series BMW. For those of you who own a car with the “premium” stereo package, there are two small plastic pieces in the front corners of the windows that hold a tweeter. In this article we will go over what is involved in removing these tweeters and installing new ones. I this case I am using MB Quart component tweeters, however the procedure is the same for nearly all stereo packages that feature separate tweeters. If you have an E30 without the tweeters, the factory tweeter panels can be ordered from Pelican Parts.

     The first step is to remove the panel. This is done by carefully prying the panel off the door from the both the front and rear at the same time. Open the door, and you will be able to access the front of the holder. Once off, you will notice that the holder is held to the door by a plastic tab and a small metal clip. Use extreme caution when removing the holder or you can break the tab. If you break the tab, you wont be able to get the holder back on. Now disconnect the leads to the speaker.

     Next take the panels to a good work area. The factory tweeters are glued into the panels. In order to remove them I used a high-wattage soldering iron pressed against an exacto knife. The exacto knife essentially becomes a heat sink for the soldering iron, transferring the heat from the gun to the knife. Now cut all the glue off the speaker and pull the old tweeter out. (Caution, the knife will be hot, so use a thick pair of work gloves while cutting) Once out, use the knife to clean off all the remaining glue.

     Now grab the new tweeters, and fit them into the hole. Most component tweeters use a standard size of 1 to 2 inches in diameter and also come with a variety of spacers. Just play around with the spacers you have until you find one that fits in the hole correctly. Now we will want to glue the new tweeters in. I found that the best way to do this is to use clear RTV sealant around the edge of the tweeter and the panel. This will hold the speaker in place as well as act as a damper. Apply a small amount and let it dry over night. I would recommend against using cyanoacrylate-based super glues, as the fumes emitted from these glues have a tendency to attack speaker cones, causing them to break down as well as leaving a white film on the speaker housing.

     With the new tweeters in place, line up the guide pin on the back of the panel with it’s corresponding hole in the door and carefully push the panel back in. In the next article, we will focus on wiring the speakers as well as hooking them up to the head unit.

     Well, there you have it - it's really not too difficult at all.  If you would like to see more technical articles like this one, please continue to support Pelican Parts with all your parts needs.  If you like what you see here, then please visit our online BMW catalog and help support the collection and creating of new and informative technical articles like this one.  Your continued support directly affects the expansion and existence of this site and technical articles like this one.  As always, if you have any questions or comments about this helpful article, please drop us a line.

Comments and Suggestions:
Mark Comments: I'm living in Holland but am searching for the factory tweeter panels. Is there a way to get them shipped from pelicanparts to me?

Can you please contact me on my email.

Thank you in advance!
December 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I passed your info on to our parts specialists. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
azndeugene Comments: Hi,

Could you list where the factory tweeter panels are listed or their part number? I couldn't seem to find them.

Thanks a ton!
July 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts

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