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Old 03-09-2003, 06:36 PM
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Just bought 1986 190E 2.3. Stereo Upgrade recommendations?

Well I am new to this forum along with newly acquired 1986 190E 2.3. This is a great, relaible car by the way.

Here's my plan for upgrading the stereo system and would like anyone's opinion about my choices.

Will replace head unit with Alpine 9805 - Since this HU is plain and simple, it will keep the MB classic look but still get an upgrade from the Becker.

Front speakers will be replaced with Infinity Kappa 43.3I

Rear speakers - still undecided if I want to cut into my new benz to get better, bigger (6x9) speakers. Any suggestions?

I also have a fairly new Bazooka bass tube (RS) that I was considering to add to the car (maybe trunk location?)

Given these options, does anyone recommend a specific amplifier brand? How much power do I need if all I really want is a cleaner sound from all speakers rather than play music for everyone in my block!

Thanks for reading my post!

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Old 03-10-2003, 02:55 PM
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The 190E has some modest limitations which can be overcome with some careful planning. The 4" fronts in the dash are pretty much the max, so the Kappas are an excellent choice. Just break off the mounting tabs, use some silicone sealer and then press fit the drivers. You should use bass blockers to prevent that little driver from seeing any bass, or just use the crossover that Infinity uses if you're sure you're not going to jack the amp up. There is room in the lower kick panels and the doors for 5.25" with some careful cutting.
One weak link in the stock system is the console front/rear fader. You'll have to decide if you're going to keep it or bypass (pull a few new speaker wires to the HU) it and use the HU's fader.
The rear deck can take 6x9 with little to no cutting depending on the magnet size and the height of the grill mounting. 6.5" rounds fit with no cutting. For bass, the usual method is to remove the first aid box, cover the opening with a grill or speaker cloth and use an enclosure in the trunk, with insulation to keep the tail lights and vents from rattling.

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