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Old 01-23-2013, 02:32 PM   #15301
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The built in EQ can be canceled out with a hidden menu in the stock HU.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ht=hidden+menu

I did this yesterday and it helped improve the sound.

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Take the car to a local stereo shop and get a new system installed.
I agree that the stereo basically sucks, but fortunately Subaru uses a basic double DIN head unit, when most car companies have integrated head units that are darn near impossible to replace.
You could also just try getting better aftermarket speakers installed. Sometimes that'll give good results. I've had cars that needed both replaced, if the stock stereo has too much built in equalization that isn't defeatable, it may not sound good enough with just new speakers.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #15302
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If you cancel out factory EQ and turn off loudness the system will sound better? Is this only with aftermarket speakers/sub?
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:29 PM   #15303
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If you cancel out factory EQ and turn off loudness the system will sound better? Is this only with aftermarket speakers/sub?
Its with any speakers/sub. It does sound better. Vastly. Of course you will have to adjust your EQ again. Also, when the system is off but the car is on or armed I believe, pressing 1, 4, and tune (the round button/roller to the right) will turn on through mode rather than whatever its tuned to now (for the hatch/sedan model). This levels the frequency through the entire volume range and sounds much better all the time. Try it. 1, 3, tune and 1, 2, tune reset to hatch and sedan modes respectively (they are the same).
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:33 PM   #15304
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O.o Can I turn it back on? Does it work on the 4.3"-display stock HU?
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:13 PM   #15305
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O.o Can I turn it back on? Does it work on the 4.3"-display stock HU?
Yes. 1, 3, tune and 1, 2, tune are the preset its already on. Set it to sedan or hatch as per your model, not that it matters, they are exactly the same. 1, 4, tune is the through mode that actually changes how it sounds. That and loudness.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:15 PM   #15306
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O.o Can I turn it back on? Does it work on the 4.3"-display stock HU?
For 4.3" unit:

Credit to original poster...

"Key in ACC position, radio off: Hold preset button #6 while spinning the right adjust knob 4 or 5 notches; release button, then repeat. Now you're in the adjustable presets pages. Spinning the knob or hitting the "back" button will bring up loudness, EQ, and screen brightness settings, which can be toggled with the knob.

Here's the basic setting I arrived at that makes this thing almost sound good: Loudness and EQ both OFF. Back in the regular tone control: Bass -2, Treble +5.

The main problems with this system are that the bass is boomy, and the midrange is attenuated at some very peculiar frequencies. And the frequency where the mid tone control is set makes it useless altogether - leave it flat. As for SRS Labs, no (printable) comment. (I was a sound pro and studio musician in NYC for many years, so I might be, y'know, just tad picky!)

This setting will give the most natural balance generally, and make the mids sound as close to natural as the unit will allow, especially when you turn up the volume. Now you can adjust the bass and treble slightly as needed per tune, i.e. use the tone controls normally - assuming you've defeated the &^%$# motion lockout (see my How-to post)."
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:30 PM   #15307
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Thanks i just found the thread with this post. Ill try it soon. Thanks guys.


EDIT: Turned off loudness and EQ this morning. There is a definite difference but I didnt mind how it sounded before. Im not much of a sound guy, but if you guys say music should more like that then Ill leave it. I also put the bass to -2 and treble to +5 like that guy said.

Pretty easy and straightforward to do in case anyone is scared to try.

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:55 AM   #15308
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i was going to do red. white would be ok for footwells if i decide to have them turn on with the door. I'm not sure i want those on all the time, it will depend on how dim i end up making the lights i guess. amber would be a good choice too, not as harsh as white would be. but for the overhead i'm definitly doing red.

i think i am also going to order 6 LED's and use up to all 6 for additonal lighting in the hatch because it is just way too dim! i don't want to go the led strip route
Nice choice on the red. Let us in on the parts you order. Im not terribly versed on led lighting but figure it cant be too much different than other wiring jobs ive performed.
I was also thinking that theres probably a way to drill a hole to above the cup holder but under the armrest to illuminate the cup holder area as well.. that makes 5 lights.. now where to place the sixth. .
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:07 AM   #15309
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Default Dipstick oil level issue

This is the 3rd time I've gone to a Subaru dealer (twice to the same dealer) for an oil change and all 3 times the dipstick shows, (after the Impreza has sat for 3 hours) a level on the dipstick that is 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the last hole for the full mark. The dealer assured me, they have a machine that is calibrated to fill with the correct amount of oil for my car and this will not cause a problem

My question is - is the dipstick on the 2012 Impreza off (as far as the fill mark) and is the common occurence with other owners?

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:10 AM   #15310
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This is the 3rd time I've gone to a Subaru dealer (twice to the same dealer) for an oil change and all 3 times the dipstick shows, (after the Impreza has sat for 3 hours) a level on the dipstick that is 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the last hole for the full mark. The dealer assured me, they have a machine that is calibrated to fill with the correct amount of oil for my car and this will not cause a problem

My question is - is the dipstick on the 2012 Impreza off (as far as the fill mark) and is the common occurence with other owners?

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This is common, and shouldn't cause an issue unless egregiously overfilled.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:37 AM   #15311
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This is the 3rd time I've gone to a Subaru dealer (twice to the same dealer) for an oil change and all 3 times the dipstick shows, (after the Impreza has sat for 3 hours) a level on the dipstick that is 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the last hole for the full mark. The dealer assured me, they have a machine that is calibrated to fill with the correct amount of oil for my car and this will not cause a problem

My question is - is the dipstick on the 2012 Impreza off (as far as the fill mark) and is the common occurence with other owners?

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The high mark is 1/4" to low. I have done 2 oil changes on my car, measured out exactly 5.3qts and it is always above the mark
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:40 AM   #15312
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Nice choice on the red. Let us in on the parts you order. Im not terribly versed on led lighting but figure it cant be too much different than other wiring jobs ive performed.
I was also thinking that theres probably a way to drill a hole to above the cup holder but under the armrest to illuminate the cup holder area as well.. that makes 5 lights.. now where to place the sixth. .
I was thinking 2 per footwell, 1 in the cubby under the radio, and 1 or 2 near the map light, that makes a total of 6-7. Plus 2 total more for the door cubbies, so up to 9 total. I don't plan to try and light the cup holders because I think the 2 overhead should be adequate, they are in the jetta
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:08 PM   #15313
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The high mark is 1/4" to low. I have done 2 oil changes on my car, measured out exactly 5.3qts and it is always above the mark
Thank you soooo much - hearing from someone who did their own oil change and knows the exact amount of oil put in , eases my concerns about the crankcase NOT being overfilled even though the dipstick shows otherwise
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:42 PM   #15314
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Thank you soooo much - hearing from someone who did their own oil change and knows the exact amount of oil put in , eases my concerns about the crankcase NOT being overfilled even though the dipstick shows otherwise
Ya, I've just gotten used to it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:12 PM   #15315
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Part Number(s): DCOLICBRKIMP12
subaru front bumper mount specifically for the 2012 and up impreza. still had to pop two screws through bumper to attach it. comes in handy when parking aka bumper wars in nyc.
about $26/27
I can't find it anywhere online, the real OEM originals DCOLICBRKIMP12

All I keep getting is the fake plastic ones.

Where you bought yours?
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:48 AM   #15316
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I can't find it anywhere online, the real OEM originals DCOLICBRKIMP12

All I keep getting is the fake plastic ones.

Where you bought yours?
I believe that one is the plastic one, I have a metal bracket and it doesn't have that part number, but I don't know it off to of my head either
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:43 AM   #15317
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I believe that one is the plastic one, I have a metal bracket and it doesn't have that part number, but I don't know it off to of my head either

This one?
http://www.subarupartsforyou.com/cp_...p?partid=13069


This one is probably plastic:
http://www.subarupartsforyou.com/cp_...p?partid=21501
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:58 AM   #15318
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It's listed under a TSB... so it's a known issue & will be covered by warranty.
fwiw, I've noticed that my car downshifts/engine brakes a lot less after getting my transmission TSB done on Tuesday. I'm used to it always downshifting down a hill, and now it only seems to do it from time to time. My car was built after the first TSB for engine braking, so this is something totally different.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:35 AM   #15319
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It is plastic but gives you a cushion for someone to hit instead of your bumper

http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/

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Old 01-25-2013, 12:04 PM   #15320
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Yup, I have the first one you linked to
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:28 PM   #15321
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Anyone autox theirs? Mt or cvt.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:36 PM   #15322
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Moving to Phoenix soon. Anyone know any autox events in that area since we are on the topic?
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:31 AM   #15323
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On the topic of sway bars, a question. I really want to upgrade the sway bar at the back to reduce body roll and understeer. My question is this, there is the perrin option at 22mm, and the STI option at 19mm. Is 19mm a significant enough difference to seriously improve the performance of the car? Is 22mm going to be too much and unbalance the handling in some form? Also, has anyone been able to or felt the need to put a thicker sway bar on the front?
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:32 AM   #15324
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On the topic of sway bars, a question. I really want to upgrade the sway bar at the back to reduce body roll and understeer. My question is this, there is the perrin option at 22mm, and the STI option at 19mm. Is 19mm a significant enough difference to seriously improve the performance of the car? Is 22mm going to be too much and unbalance the handling in some form? Also, has anyone been able to or felt the need to put a thicker sway bar on the front?
The bigger the bar the less body roll obviously and greater the oversteer. But with the body rolling less that energy has to be transferred somewhere - and that is to the tires, so a bigger bar is going to make your tires work that much harder. A slightly larger front bar will help offset some of that, but again, that energy has to go somewhere in the front too. In my experience all that is fine in the dry but in the wet and the snow a huge rear bar could make things a little squirrelly if you are not careful.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:39 AM   #15325
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^ This is why I haven't upgraded my stock front sway bar. If I wanted to make the car drift, I would do this upgrade, but right now I'm most interested in predictable behavior in slippery conditions.
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