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    How to install midrange & midbass speakers into an R36 Passat door.

    Hey guys,

    After doing the Golf tutorial Iíve had quite a few people email me asking if I could throw a quick tutorial together on how to install the midrange and midbass speakers into the R36 Passat. We just recently did r207ís Passat so Iíll run through his doors.

    Step one: Take one original door complete from factory.



    Step two: Apply sound deadening to outer skin.



    Step three: Add diffuser panels behind the midbass speaker but not the midrange. The midrange will get its own aperiodic mat later.



    Step four: Make the baffles. These take a similar shape to the factory ones and screw into the factory screw holes (thus avoiding damaging the door). We usually use netserts in the large holes left when the rivets are taken out. These inserts basically sit in the hole and provide a thread to bolt into.



    They baffles themselves are usually constructed from MDF but we've made them from perspex or even 6061 alloy depending on application. If they are MDF then they should be painted with polyester resin to avoid absorbing water. In behind the midrange driver we also put numerous small air holes and run an aperiodic mat behind the driver itself.



    Step five: Sound deaden inner skin and remove all air bubbles. Make sure you leave enough clearance for door handle and lock control rods to move freely. Also leave a little deadening around the top of the speaker hole to act as a 'roof' against water when it rains.



    Step six: Screw the baffle onto the door and seal the baffle onto the deadening with gap filler. Make sure you also install a gasket between the speaker and the spacers because air leaks out here too (ever tried to run your car without a head gasket)?



    Step seven: Solder the trimmed speaker wires onto speaker. Don't use crimp terminals because their two best traits are falling off and creating resistance.



    Step eight: Heat shrink around the terminals to protect them. Unlike electrical tape, heat shrink will not begin moving after a couple of months.





    r207 uses Focal Utopia which has screw down terminal blocks build in so Iíve included a couple of DynAudio photos so you can see the positive and negative terminals soldered and heatshrunk.

    Step nine: Sit back and enjoy your new found midrange and midbass. This is what the door looks like when complete:



    So there you have it; one Passat door with midrange and midbass drivers installed. Using this method you have about 78mm of mounting depth for the midbass and around 32mm for the midrange. Any deeper than that and you might have incur some serious headaches regarding metal and/or glass contact.

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    Now that you have your strong front end sorted out playing up from 60-70Hz, you might want to start thinking about a serious solution for the 60Hz and down subsonic region. This is the rear end of r207's Passat and is well worth considering if you want to hear and feel the bottom octave without losing your entire boot.






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    Nice setup and great write up Marty.

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    As always Marty your work is astounding

    I wouldnt trust anybody else for advice in the audio industry as FHRX Studios is definitely the leader for knowledge and custom installs!

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    such amazing work - wish I was that good! Such as good idea using the silver clips things in the box so you can still use the cargo net. Where do you get them from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saad View Post
    Where do you get them from?
    We just take them from the factory panel before we remove it champ.

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    i dont have dyns my fronts are focals.......or are they
    r36 Wagon...........

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    nice setup!

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    Is that Ross' car you were working on Marty? Nice write up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r207 View Post
    i dont have dyns my fronts are focals.......or are they
    Um yeah; remember those $39.95 Axis Giga-Extreme speakers we had here for review about the same time we did you car?

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