Yea, its ok. Im glad i didnt decide to do something like this to my 325i's. Oh well. I will be getting another set of SR-60's with my tax money. And I know that I am going to get the bowls on them, but I think I am done messing with the driver housing. Everyrthing else was a cake walk in comparison, and to be honest, when I saw bila's video of him tearing at that for 9 minutes, I should have basically said, "yeah... BLANK that." Its a shame though, I was really thinking making a wood driver housing for the alum shells on those 325's would have created a really unique sound. Oh well. I guess when these sr-60's are done with, i can button mod the 325's vent em, and be done with it. Removing the driver just seems to be unbridaled hate. Its so hard to do, and really, I had a much easier time of it than Bila did on his video. And if something so strange can happen on the first go, I really can't say that I would do it a second time, or even recommend it to anyone else who is thinking of moving forward. Every other set in this thread is awesome and is easy to do. But those getting the speakers out of there... probally not for the faint of heart, or those willing to take a what seems to be good chance at breaking their cans, reguardless if they are sr-60 on up the line. If I had just a blank driver I could pop in, now THAT would be a different story all together.
There's a compromise between full liberation and settling for a plastic inner. You might call it semi-liberation. I discovered this by accident. With full liberation, you are exposed to the danger you spoke of and have to be careful about that pad area around six o'clock. Cut that fine cabling from the pad to the voice coil and you've got a Gone-o. I've made the same mistake on several occasions. It's tricky. But if you're interested in half a loaf, consider this. The plastic housing that forms the front/inner cup is actually made of two parts. The plastic container holding and protecting the driver is lodged within a plastic ring, the part that stuffs into the rear chamber. The process of removing the driver can be used to strip away the plastic ring, rather than expose the diaphragm. What you end up with is something that looks like a microphone. You've got a round, plastic disc holding the driver, but with no hood or ring going back. This stripping involves absolutely no danger to the driver whatsoever, but it pares away the extra plastic.
I have a video of this I could upload at a later time. In that video, I show you how to remove the ring without doing anything to disturb the front of the driver.