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Old 01-11-2011, 01:56 AM   #1
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Default Installed Hella Supertones on my '11 WRX without removing grill or bumper

I looked around on the forum and it seems like the majority of people say you need to remove the bumper on your car to install Hella Supertones. Some people said you might even get around by just removing your grill. Well I don't think it's necessary at all, you can install the horns without removing anything if you buy the Subimods mounting bracket and wire harness fairly easily. I did the entire install in under 20 minutes.





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Old 01-11-2011, 02:04 AM   #2
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Looks great! I did exactly the same thing.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:12 AM   #3
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Looks great! I did exactly the same thing.


I think everyone who wants to install a pair of hella supertones on their subie without any hassle should just buy the Subimods kit. Totally worth it imo.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:16 AM   #4
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I think everyone who wants to install a pair of hella supertones on their subie without any hassle should just buy the Subimods kit. Totally worth it imo.
but that just brings up the convenience over cost argument. it only took me 5 minutes to get the bumper off my '08 STI and those horns are easy to mount and wire. with that said, how much did the bracket and harness cost?
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:17 AM   #5
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but that just brings up the convenience over cost argument. it only took me 5 minutes to get the bumper off my '08 STI and those horns are easy to mount and wire. with that said, how much did the bracket and harness cost?
Haha that's true. I think if you have the time and DIY skillset mounting the horns yourself may be the way to go since the harness+mount did cost about $50.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:18 AM   #6
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Well, some guys prefer to do it DIY and get their hands dirty. I'm just not skilled enough to build my own harness and the bracket gives perfect spacing to the horns so they look right behind the grill. So, I totally agree with you.

BTW, how did you end up organizing all the wiring from the harness?
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:19 AM   #7
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where did you buy these from and how much for everything
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:21 AM   #8
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You can get them here.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:24 AM   #9
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:35 AM   #10
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^ you forgot the link for the harness lol. where does the bracket mount to?



edit: just kidding, same link as the bracket
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:39 AM   #11
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You can mount the bracket to the bottom screw which holds the hood latch assembly in place.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:42 AM   #12
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alright, thanks. just curious.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:31 AM   #13
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bought mine new for 43 shipped... theres a thread on how to get it for cheap somewhere.


and at people who paid for the harness.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:55 AM   #14
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Just paid ~100 for the whole thing, you get money off just for registering on their site.

The install is fast and painless, no grill or bumper removing, plug and play, and look great behind the grill.

Can laugh at those who buy harness, until your home made one gets wet and shorts something out, or makes your engine bay look like a bowl of noodles....
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:01 PM   #15
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^agreed.
I mean this is your car we're talking about. What is $50.00 more when you want something to look good and last. I'm sure if you have the DIY skills and the time you could make it look just as good. But for the majority of people who just don't have the time, the kit from subimods is a great way to go. And yes, you do get money off why you sign up on their website as well as every time you purchase another product from them.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:28 PM   #16
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Subscribed. This will be my next mod.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:24 AM   #17
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How come you installed without removing anything?
I saw this and check my 2011 sti but have no idea installing them without at least removing grill.
can you explain more detail process?
Thanks.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:32 AM   #18
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bought mine new for 43 shipped... theres a thread on how to get it for cheap somewhere.


and at people who paid for the harness.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:53 AM   #19
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How come you installed without removing anything?
I saw this and check my 2011 sti but have no idea installing them without at least removing grill.
can you explain more detail process?
Thanks.
Yeah you don't have the remove the grill at all. There is a huge opening under the license plate where you can just remove the bolt and mount your already assembled horns+bracket on. It takes less than 5 mins tbh. 20mins if you want to make it neat.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:59 AM   #20
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LOL drew this up for you guys (took about 20 secs)

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Old 01-12-2011, 12:55 PM   #21
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Yeah you don't have the remove the grill at all. There is a huge opening under the license plate where you can just remove the bolt and mount your already assembled horns+bracket on. It takes less than 5 mins tbh. 20mins if you want to make it neat.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:57 PM   #22
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Xabre, good job on the install "schematic," LOL!

I did exactly what you did, but instead of mounting the relay with zip ties, I used the metal brackets that came with the horns (not the long black one from Subimods.com) and bolted the relay down along with the Subimods.com bracket.
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Lol at buying a harness because the stock voltage to the horns is 12v's so there is no need to install the relay. Just ground the horns and extend the stock horn wire to the hellas.
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I bought and installed hellas on my '06 STi just before Christmas. I too bought a wiring harness and because of the short leads from the relay, mounted it in the same location that you did using double sided tape. Everything was great until it snowed and the roads were salted. FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO REGULARLY DRIVE WITH HELLAS IN SNOWY, ROAD SALTED AREAS, THIS SETUP WILL NOT FLY. It took less than 2 weeks for my relay to thoroughly corrode (connection prongs and internals) and the relay failed. I bought a new relay and a buddy of mine helped me take out the harness, cut it apart, and rewire a new one so that the relay is mounted in the engine bay behind the fuse box. Luckily the harness was not a complete waste of money because most of the wiring was salvageable. Hopefully the new relay will not corrode in that location. Just a heads up for all those installing hellas in snowy areas. Btw, your car looks great and enjoy the horns!
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:46 PM   #25
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Lol at buying a harness because the stock voltage to the horns is 12v's so there is no need to install the relay. Just ground the horns and extend the stock horn wire to the hellas.
Er... are you sure about that?
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