Have you ever listened to your BMW M3 and thought you needed a sound upgrade? Of course you have! This installation guide is for that exact purpose. It covers the installation process for a front door component speaker system upgrade on your BMW E46 M3 Coupe (2000-2006). This particular installation was for an Alpine Type-R Component System in a 2004 BMW M3 which already had an aftermarket headunit, amplifier and subwoofer installed. It is important to note when you look for speakers for your M3, be sure to find speakers with a relatively shallow mounting depth because the available space is extremely limited. Below is everything you need to perform this upgrade yourself!
The installation process for this BMW required your typical car audio installation tools like wire crimpers/cutters, pry tools and wire connectors as well as some more specialty tools such as an air grinder to create new speaker brackets and mounts.
- 18-Volt Lithiumtech Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Impact Driver Drill
- T-20 Torx Bit
- Phillips Bit
- 2″ Mini Air Angle Grinder – 3/8-Inch Hose Compatible
- 9-Piece Silicone Soft Plastic Pry & Chisel Tool Set
- Universal Door Pin & Wire Remover
- Heavy Duty Electrical Wire & Cable Cutter/Stripper
- Blue Female Bullet Connectors
- Pro Nylon Blue Butt Connectors
Want to install an aftermarket system into your BMW E46 M3? Here’s what you’ll need:
The 4th generation E4 BMW M3 has a non-standard dash opening that can accommodate a full size, double DIN stereo or a smaller single DIN stereo with the proper dash kit. It has speaker locations in the front door panels for tweeters and midrange speakers as well as speaker locations in the rear and rear deck.
- Aftermarket Stereo
- Dash Kits
- Front Speakers
- Rear Speakers
- Wiring Harnesses