E36 coupe genesis set up improvements

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E36 coupe genesis set up improvements

Post by Ldridge » 02 Oct 2014, 20:18

Hi guys as some of you may be aware through a botched project thread i have upgraded the audio in the coupe with Hertz high energy range components (both front and rear). Now the system has had a chance to bed in with the 4 channel genesis series 3 i have to say im very impressed with the overall volume of the system as well as the quality. With the bass in process of being designed to compliment the dual mono i have ready and the 4 channel off soon for service i am at the point where i may need to beef up the rest of the rig. The advice im seeking really relates to the need for power caps, positioning and head unit upgrade. The 5.25" mids are very punchy and give a great mid tone but lack the lower end which is why its led to me doing the bass build, i am looking at doing a twin 10" enclosure and likely putting out in the region of 200-240w continuously although i will confirm the actual spec once the woofers have been decided on, that would make for a total system output of around 500watt RMS depending how hard i push the amps.

Put short, what power caps would be recommended, where is the best place to have them situated and wired, will i need to update anything else and finally what should i expect running a system with power caps as its something i am unfamiliar with previously. Many thanks in advance - Ldridge :)


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Re: E36 coupe genesis set up improvements

Post by RayB » 02 Oct 2014, 20:27

Why are you looking to use a cap?

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Post by Ldridge » 02 Oct 2014, 20:30

Because it already has the biggest alternator bmw produce for the 6pot models.... Im looking to push the system hard for durations of time plus its nice to know i wont kill the battery when parked up :-/


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Post by RayB » 02 Oct 2014, 20:38

I think split charging with an additional battery would be better. A cap will only produce a small amount of power when required. Great if your lights dim when a bass note hits but no good a for continual power upgrade

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Post by Ldridge » 02 Oct 2014, 20:50

RayB wrote:I think split charging with an additional battery would be better. A cap will only produce a small amount of power when required. Great if your lights dim when a bass note hits but no good a for continual power upgrade
Thanks Ray, thats something i may have to consider. Is there a great deal of modification required to fit an extra battery to be charged ? Space is at a premium too which is something i also need to consider as it is my only car at the moment and will be the daily even if i get another.


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Post by RayB » 02 Oct 2014, 20:51

In the spare wheel well and carry a tin of tyre weld :)

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Post by Ldridge » 02 Oct 2014, 21:09

Hahaha, a tyre fitters nightmare i will mull it over as that is something im quite opposed to doing as nothing beats having a spare in a sticky situation pluss i ruled it out of the sub build how does dual charging work, just an extra earth and live or more involved than that ?


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Post by RayB » 02 Oct 2014, 21:30

More involved although very simple. You'll need a split charger/relay which will in turn charge both batteries. Audio equipment then runs off the secondary battery

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Post by spirit » 02 Oct 2014, 21:54

I would replace the 13cm speakers for a start as your crippling your sound from not running 17cm ones
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Post by Ldridge » 02 Oct 2014, 22:21

spirit wrote:I would replace the 13cm speakers for a start as your crippling your sound from not running 17cm ones
Im running Hertz HSK 130 components with matched crossovers both front and rear, these are not your standard cheap 5.25 inch woofers and trust me they produce more than enough thump Image

Also, any larger size woofer would not fit in the OEM slots which was a principle requirement for my build

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