You really only have two choices - down the center console or down the
side of the car where the carpet meets the door hole.
I usually do the side, it's slightly easier than the center console.
I use 10 Ga wire for the power feeds and you have to run those as well
as signal wires. If you have a very hight power sub you might need to
run two 10 Ga wires for power. Some people connect subwoofer power
to the chassis - I don't I run ground wires back to the battery.
DO NOT forget to install a decent fuse in the power wires.
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super, I am glad to hear that. I have bought a DIY manual for the e36
touring but it says nothing about running wires from front to back.
I guess i will try to pull apart the carpet from near the door and have
Richard Sexton wrote:
My E36 is a convertible, but should be similar. I ran the wiring down the
center, there was more room available. I put the subwoofer amp behind the
passenger side seat back (the original BMW amplifier for the radio system
was in a similar position on the driver side seat back). Power wiring was
run back to the battery, which is in the trunk on the passenger side. I am
not sure if the battery is also placed in the back of the vehicle on the
I placed a 8" square subwoofer (msde by Kicker) in the space in the middle
of the back seats. My understanding is that the sedan uses this space as a
passageway so that skis can be put in the trunk and reach through between
the seats. On the convertible, this is blocked by the seat folding
mechanism, but there is a small space - a bit too small for optimum
subwoofer, but still works well.
One advantage on the convertible is that the installation is totally
invisible - less likelihood of somone doing damage to the vehicle to steal
the subwoofer if it is not visible.
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