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Old 12-01-2007, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default The 1st comprehensive 2008 impreza dash & radio removal guide

just a heads up. at this very moment my friends & I are working on installing a few goodies into our friends brand new 2008 WRX wagon. after a solid hour of sheer frustration, we are over the hedge in figuring out how to remove the dash & radio to install aftermarket equipment. we are taking pictures & making notes as we go. We will post up pics, wire color codes, and tips when we finish the install this evening.

just a quick note though - the GE chassis is NOT as easy to work on interior wise as the chassis before it.


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Edit: the work is finished but we realized we didnt take pictures of a few key things so we are getting them now & will have all the info up soon. but for now - here are the wire codes for the radio harness.

Radio 12V: blue/red

Ground: black/blue

Accessory: yellow/red

Illumination: purple

Power antenna turn on: yellow/black

LF + / - white/black - blue/orange

RF + / - green - brown/yellow

LR + / - red/black - white/red

RR + / - red/white - gray/green

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Old 12-24-2007, 11:57 AM   #2
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teh subscriborZ.

I'll be doing this next month in an 08 STi so any pics, tips, and tricks you guys have will be very helpful!

I'll be installing a single DIN head unit and a pocket right above it, and later this year replacing the pocket with a single DIN 42 Draft Designs triple gauge pod above the head unit for a nice "factory" look. I'll probably have to custom fit the gaige pod, but that won't be too difficult.
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:21 PM   #3
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:46 PM   #4
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OK, the wire guide looks good to go, I'm assuming you are not using a specific built wiring harness adapter. What about a bracket for fitting it in the dash? are you using last years version? the factory radio (I have a base model) looks wider than a din size. I made a profile just to pay attention to this post, so thanks for the help!
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:24 AM   #5
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:34 AM   #6
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Old 02-16-2008, 02:59 PM   #7
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ist thing to to is remove the side panel to access the corner of the dash trim:


once that is removed, you can grab the edge of the dash trim piece:


from here, you can pull on the edge of the trim piece & air vent & the clips will start to pop off:


here is where is gets tricky: the way the trim piece clips in, you have to pull very carefully to get it off the car. i found pulling up then down got the upper & lower clips off. this was one of the toughest parts.


in this pic, you can see the slots that the tabs from the trim piece fits into:


what sucks is that the bezel that surrounds the radio can be removed without getting this mazzive trim piece off, but the clips are soooo tight, and there is no place to get a grip on the bexel piece to remove it by itself.


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Old 02-08-2012, 10:02 AM   #8
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Last week I found this forum post to be very helpful when I was installing my Parrot Bluetooth MKI 9200 in my Subaru Impreza 2010.

However I wanted to make a note that I decided to try and skip taking the dash off from the right side. Turns out the trim around the stereo is easier to get off than I thought. I just used my fingernails and started to work behind the grey trim (starting from the top). It popped right off. Just make sure you have your car warmed up. If it's cold out like it was for me (living in Colorado) then you'll want that plastic and the clips to be warmed up so they don't snap off when you're working with all the plastic.

Thanks for the great tutorial and images! Just thought I'd share my experience of skipping the first few steps. I had my Parrot installed in about 2 hours. Nice and fast!



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ist thing to to is remove the side panel to access the corner of the dash trim:


once that is removed, you can grab the edge of the dash trim piece:


from here, you can pull on the edge of the trim piece & air vent & the clips will start to pop off:


here is where is gets tricky: the way the trim piece clips in, you have to pull very carefully to get it off the car. i found pulling up then down got the upper & lower clips off. this was one of the toughest parts.


in this pic, you can see the slots that the tabs from the trim piece fits into:


what sucks is that the bezel that surrounds the radio can be removed without getting this mazzive trim piece off, but the clips are soooo tight, and there is no place to get a grip on the bexel piece to remove it by itself.

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Old 02-16-2008, 02:59 PM   #9
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a few close ups of the clips that hold the dash pieces in:







now that the bezel & trim are out - we can easily remove the radio:


a shot of the back of the OEM radio for reference:


the radio removed:


a total side note: the blue mood light that lights up the pocket in the dash:



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Old 02-16-2008, 03:00 PM   #10
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the little condom acts to diffuse the light & make it more even:




A defi control unit just happens to fit perfectly in this lower portion of the dash. subaru is gettin better!


and for those curious about the A pillar airbag, the bag itself is only on the very top portion. see below:



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Old 06-11-2011, 05:44 PM   #11
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and for those curious about the A pillar airbag, the bag itself is only on the very top portion. see below:


So when you're popping off the A-Pillar do you remove the screw that you see there? Obviously I don't want to blow the bag so what would you suggest is the safest way to remove the pillar? I need to remove it to run my BT mic.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:23 PM   #12
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So when you're popping off the A-Pillar do you remove the screw that you see there? Obviously I don't want to blow the bag so what would you suggest is the safest way to remove the pillar? I need to remove it to run my BT mic.
yeah, you remove the screw that is exposed once you remove the cover piece. Then, holding onto the a-pillar, pull up and back. there are no screws/clips besides that one screw. Make sure (i learned this the hard way) when you are putting it back in place, you push the cover into the pillar where the pink circle clip is. The top of that clip slides into the a-pillar cover. It is very finiky, and you have to push decently hard for it to clip in. Hope that made some sense, i'm sure when you see it, it will all come together.
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Old 02-16-2008, 03:10 PM   #13
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the lower dash, similar to other model years, comes off with a few clips:


the gauge surround also pops off with a little tugging force:



The dash is like LEGOs, everything has an order to it, so the best thing to do is to start with the side & lower dash panels, & work your way from there.

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Old 09-29-2008, 02:05 PM   #14
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the lower dash, similar to other model years, comes off with a few clips:

the gauge surround also pops off with a little tugging force:


The dash is like LEGOs, everything has an order to it, so the best thing to do is to start with the side & lower dash panels, & work your way from there.

wkderf,
i'm interested in getting the gauge cluster cover off as i'd like to mount a 1" ram ball in the dash to the left of the radio for a gps or ipod. i've unsuccessfully tried pulling the cover off without removing anything else. is taking the lower dash panel off necessary, or am i just not pulling hard enough?

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Old 02-16-2008, 11:10 PM   #15
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Great pics, thanks. The fact that the Defi fits is a "shocker"

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Old 03-01-2008, 01:58 PM   #16
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Here are a few closer pics of the non-Navi 2008 factory radio (courtesy of Gary, who bought one on eBay).

It's made by Clarion. Model number (on front) is CZ641U6. Model number on the label is PF-2950A-A. Part number 86201FG640.

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Front:
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Rear:
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Label on top:
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Close-up of new-style 20-pin power/speaker connector:
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The connector has two rows of 9 smaller pins, plus two larger pins on the far left and right sides.

It's physically the same as the one on the 2007 Nisson Maxima and Versa, although the pin assignments may be different. [UPDATED:] Most of the pin assignments are the same. I already know that Metra's aftermarket harnesses for the Nissan (into car: 70-7552, and into radio or reverse: 71-7552) do not include wires for ground or illumination.

As wkderf wrote in post #1, the Subaru car's harness has 13 wires populated 4 speakers, ground, +12V battery (constant), +12V accessory (switched), antenna remote control, and illumination.

UPDATED: According to Subaru's wiring diagram, the car's harness has two pins for illumination and dimmer, just like on the 14-pin harness in older/other years/models. The new harness also has the two wires for "satellite switches" (remote control buttons on the steering wheel), and adds two wires for CAN bus. 18 wires total.

UPDATED: I've posted the complete pin-out here. More information is in my "Stock HU Info" thread here.

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Old 07-02-2008, 03:16 PM   #17
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[UPDATED:] Most of the pin assignments are the same. I already know that Metra's aftermarket harnesses for the Nissan (into car: 70-7552, and into radio or reverse: 71-7552) do not include wires for ground or illumination.

As wkderf wrote in post #1, the Subaru car's harness has 13 wires populated — 4 speakers, ground, +12V battery (constant), +12V accessory (switched), antenna remote control, and illumination.

[UPDATED:] According to Subaru's wiring diagram, the car's harness has two pins for illumination and dimmer, just like on the 14-pin harness in older/other years/models. The new harness also has the two wires for "satellite switches" (remote control buttons on the steering wheel), and adds two wires for CAN bus.
Great info!
Which pin did you use for illumination? A1 or A2? Thanks

EDIT: No worries, I just used A1 and it works.

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Old 02-05-2009, 10:09 AM   #18
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Here are a few closer pics of the non-Navi 2008 factory radio (courtesy of Gary, who bought one on eBay).

It's made by Clarion. Model number (on front) is CZ641U6. Model number on the label is PF-2950A-A. Part number 86201FG640.

(click on these thumbnails to see full-sized images)

Front:

Rear:

Label on top:

Close-up of new-style 20-pin power/speaker connector:

The connector has two rows of 9 smaller pins, plus two larger pins on the far left and right sides.

It's physically the same as the one on the 2007 Nisson Maxima and Versa, although the pin assignments may be different. [UPDATED:] Most of the pin assignments are the same. I already know that Metra's aftermarket harnesses for the Nissan (into car: 70-7552, and into radio or reverse: 71-7552) do not include wires for ground or illumination.

As wkderf wrote in post #1, the Subaru car's harness has 13 wires populated 4 speakers, ground, +12V battery (constant), +12V accessory (switched), antenna remote control, and illumination.

[UPDATED:] According to Subaru's wiring diagram, the car's harness has two pins for illumination and dimmer, just like on the 14-pin harness in older/other years/models. The new harness also has the two wires for "satellite switches" (remote control buttons on the steering wheel), and adds two wires for CAN bus. 18 wires total.

How much did your friend pay for it?
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Could I use the navi radio that comes in the 08' STi in my 08' WRX sedan? When I purchsed the car in Nov 07' they said the 4EAT doesn't come with the navi or I couldn't have it installed...
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:06 AM   #20
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i assume the same harness plugs into the oem nav/radio. Is there a gray wire than needs to be grounded so the nav will be operable while the vehicle is in motion.?
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Actually, the navigation unit uses the older style audio/power connector for the sound/power but adds a connector that gets more info from the car, including, yes, the emergency/parking brake grounding signal. I have done a write-up on my experience defeating the while moving DVD / Navigation lock-out and you can find it here:
http://www.webjogger.com/WRX/2008WRX/08wrxnav.htm

So the nav uses this connector for sound:
http://www.geocities.com/svxdc/WRX-pinout.htm

And the one pictured below for other vehicle info.

Also, here is a pic of the Navigation connector:

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Old 06-24-2008, 01:44 AM   #22
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is there a harness or way to hook up an 2005 oem radio to the new wrx??
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:19 PM   #23
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Actually, the navigation unit uses the older style audio/power connector for the sound/power but adds a connector that gets more info from the car, including, yes, the emergency/parking brake grounding signal. I have done a write-up on my experience defeating the while moving DVD / Navigation lock-out and you can find it here:
http://www.webjogger.com/WRX/2008WRX/08wrxnav.htm

So the nav uses this connector for sound:
http://www.geocities.com/svxdc/WRX-pinout.htm

And the one pictured below for other vehicle info.

Also, here is a pic of the Navigation connector:

A very newb ?

Can a non-navi impreza have the OEM Navi dropped into it? Are all the harnesses already in the dash?
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A very newb ?

Can a non-navi impreza have the OEM Navi dropped into it? Are all the harnesses already in the dash?
doesn't look like it as they have very different harnesses...

I'm kind of mad that they changed the harness after 15 years for the non-nav cars...

I'm going to have to do some rigging to get this to work now...
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doesn't look like it as they have very different harnesses...

I'm kind of mad that they changed the harness after 15 years for the non-nav cars...

I'm going to have to do some rigging to get this to work now...
Thanks. I guess the only way is to get an aftermarket in dash nav.
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