This thread answers some FAQs about the stock radio. I've consolidated information spread throughout many other threads and other forums.
Do not post questions or replies here!
Please post replies in this other thread:
Discussion/questions/updates about "Stock head unit information..." FAQ thread
(Better yet, take a few minutes searching the forums and you'll likely find an existing thread that answers your question)
Index to this thread
- Stock head unit removal
- Speaker/power connector
- Antenna connector
- Subwoofer (powered, under-seat style)
- Subwoofer jack (new style)
- CD Changer Input Jacks, Aux-input adapters
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- Real aux-input on 2007s
- 2008 Non-Navi speaker/power connector / 2008 Navi radio
- Subaru McIntosh Premium Audio System
Note: Many of the pictures are thumbnails -- click on them to see the full-sized image.
First, how to remove your radio:
TIP #1: Remember to eject all of your CDs before you remove your radio!
For newer models/years and those not specifically listed here:
TIP #2: Many people have found that the screws holding the mounting brackets on the sides of the radio were extremely tight and stripped the heads while trying to remove them. If yours don't turn easily, make sure you use a screwdriver that is exactly the right size for the screw. Keep it forcefully pushed into the screw head until you get it unseized.
Subaru's web site has free documents for installing accessories. The ones for satellite radio receivers, subwoofers, and iPod Interfaces include the procedure to remove and re-install the stock HU. Find one that covers your model and year. Link: Subaru Technical Information System (choose Publication Type "Accessory Installation Guide")
2012 Impreza (not WRX or STI) -- new dash design
2012 Impreza stereo replacement2012 Impreza Fujitsu Ten nav HU
2012 2.0i Impreza factory Sat install
2012 STI Stereo Build with OEM NAV H/U2011-2013 WRX & STI (same as 2011 Impreza, 2011-2013 Forester)
Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS Installed in 2011 WRX2008-2010 Impreza / WRX:
Install Log: 2011 5DR [WRX]
Pioneer AVH-P4400BH installed in 2012 WRX
The 1st comprehensive 2008 impreza dash & radio removal guide. Great pictures.2006-2007 Impreza / WRX:
How-to install a stereo in a 2006 Impreza W/ PICS2005 Impreza / WRX:
WRX center console STi Limited install
Pioneer AVIC- Z140BH install w/ backup camera/ xm on 2007 sti
How to Install and Remove stereo 2005 Impreza / WRX2002-2004 Impreza / WRX:
2005 WRX WGN + iPod? (pictures)
How To: Remove Stock Radio MY05 on ScoobyMods.com
Great pictures: "A how to guide for changing the HVAC and Radio to RED!"1993-2001 Impreza (GC8):
Nice diagram showing where the clips are: "Mod: New age WRX removal & install center panel & radio panel"
Subaru subwoofer installation guide for 2002 Impreza (PDF file on SubaruParts.com. Shows how to open the dash and remove the factory radio).
"Head Unit Replacement" on ScoobyMods.com2007 Forester:
Stereo Removal Tutorial (w/ manual A/C controls) on SubaruForester.org2005 Forester:
Bobby's WRB '07 FSXT (Audio Upgrade - Part 4) (w/ auto A/C controls) on SubaruForester.org
How To: Install JVC KR-XW610 head unit in a 2005 Subaru Forester - Parts 1&2 (great pictures, including disconnecting manual A/C control rods)2003 Forester:
CD Changer installation guide (PDF file on SubaruParts.com. Shows how to open the dash and remove the factory radio).
Thread 2003+ stereo info by Peaty on ScoobyMods. Nice pictures starting in post #3.
Subaru Forester MY03 Audio Installation by "Rob" on BlogSpot.com.2010 Legacy & Outback:
Subaru navigation system -- tips, tricks, lockout override2008 Legacy [& Outback]:
SuperMoose's Audio Install **Picture Heavy** on LegacyGT.com2000-2004 Legacy & Outback:
Help: Replacing stereo on a 02 legacy wagon on LegacyGT.com2001 Outback [& Legacy]:
Adding a real stereo to your Subaru Outback1997 Legacy Outback:
Legacy Outback 97 Head Unit Installation2008 Tribeca:
2008 Tribeca D.I.Y. Parrot / Bluetooth Install GuideSVX (all years):
SVX Audio Installation Guide
OEM HU Accessories:
Sirius satellite radio tuner kit into 2011 WRX
Do you know of another good HU install guide? Please let me know! Either use the 'Send email to SVXdc' link (click on my username), or post a reply to the parallel 'questions/updates' thread.
New 2011 11" Trunk Mounted Subwoofer
Factory Kicker Subwoofer Help (great pictures of the insides, and part number for replacement harness)
Subaru underseat sub installation Pictures included (2005 Saab 92x Aero -- like Impreza)