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Old 01-12-2011, 09:40 AM   #126
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Any idea how to fix my antenna?

Apparently the antenna wire that runs from the radio to the back glass it cut somewhere. Is there a way to either re-run or fix it so I can have my radio back on?
To Fix it, would I just need to pull the headliner, or fish a new cable to the back. I hope this makes sense.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:20 AM   #127
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If you have confirmed the small power wire does not have continuity between the Headunit and the Amplifier then yes, run a replacement wire. I'm trying to go off of memory here so I could be wrong, The amplifier should be located behind the driver side C pillar on the sedan. It should say Clarion on it. Wires then run from it to the back window glass (antenna).

If the coaxial portion of the cable is damaged then you'll want to replace this too. Check continuity with a multi meter before assuming the wire has a break.

To replace the wire you can keep the headliner in and simply pull the rubber door seals that hold the head liner around the Left side doors. You will also need to pull the A and B pillars as well as Oh Crap handles. THis should allow you to access room for the wiring.

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Old 01-12-2011, 11:36 AM   #128
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If you have confirmed the small power wire does not have continuity between the Headunit and the Amplifier then yes, run a replacement wire. I'm trying to go off of memory here so I could be wrong, The amplifier should be located behind the driver side C pillar on the sedan. It should say Clarion on it. Wires then run from it to the back window glass (antenna).

If the coaxial portion of the cable is damaged then you'll want to replace this too. Check continuity with a multi meter before assuming the wire has a break.

To replace the wire you can keep the headliner in and simply pull the rubber door seals that hold the head liner around the Left side doors. You will also need to pull the A and B pillars as well as Oh Crap handles. THis should allow you to access room for the wiring.

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Thank You Stephen, I will try this.
I havent had my radio for some time now, just been using my Ipod and cd's So its not really a big deal but sometimes its nice to know what crap is on the radio now lol
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:13 PM   #129
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Glad I found this thread. Just wired the white wire to the remote as stated and boom, perfect reception.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:35 PM   #130
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FYI - I can confirm from personal experince that Australian 1998 Foresters ( turbo & non-turbo ) have antenna boosters that require power to run, otherwise when you install aftermarket radios ( head units ) the FM radio reception is very poor.

Once I connected the "power antenna" wire from the new head unit to the original blue / white wire that was originally part of the OEM radio wiring loom, the radio reception was fixed.

I didnt bother buying a new loom or connector - I cut all the cables ( I turned the car power off first ) from the original radio wiring loom, then used strip barriers
http://roboengineer2.userelectronics...28-995-/28-995

and connected the two wiring looms together using these strips.

All seems to work well.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:27 PM   #131
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2. Do not forget to fish out the coaxial cable from behind the radio dash area and plug it into your headunit. The item looks like this.



Please make note of which wire and maybe even make this guy a sticky thread to help out others that are pulling out their hair over weak radio reception. [/quote]

Where does this antenna wire run? for some reason i cant find it in the dash. Is it part of a harness and does it run all the way to the c pillar?

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Old 09-28-2011, 05:31 PM   #132
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It runs from the A pillar in external equipped cars (1995-2003 impreza) and from the C pillar in later models. It runs from the back to the front of the car, down the A pillar, under the carpet and up into the radio area. Hope this helps.

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Old 09-29-2011, 01:19 AM   #133
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Thanks I forgot that it ran across the floor.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:15 PM   #134
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^%$#^ another victim of the neglected blue wire here.

Although in the Kenwood harness case, the "powered antenna" (blue) is unused, and instead needs to be connected to the blue/white "p.cont" wire.... which happens to be a closed loop and needs cutting (so it's easy to neglect).
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:32 AM   #135
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THANK YOU FORUMS!!!!!

bought a used 92x.... fuzzy radio. i guess that owner just gave up. but i fixed it without knowing anything about electronics!

thank so much!!!
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:59 PM   #136
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Thank you - Thank you!!
I've been driving my '04 WRX for over 2 years with no AM radio. The place I bought it from had no idea. I brought it to a custom radio installer - he said it could be anything, and it would cost a lot of money for him to go tear it apart to figure it out.
Then I looked here, pulled the radio out, and it looked exactly like the picture.
I can't believe it was so easy! Thanks again.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:59 PM   #137
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We're happy to see our audio wiring thread is still benefiting the community after all these years

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Old 09-20-2013, 03:04 PM   #138
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Does an 04 STi not have the coaxial cable because it has the antenna in the rear glass?

I bought an 04 STi chassis completely stripped and swapped my entire 03 WRX into it. I had the physical antenna that needed to be pulled out the A pillar on my WRX where the 04 STi doesn't have this. Anyone know? I want to listen to the radio! lol
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:11 PM   #139
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The 04 has the antenna in the rear glass. You could do an aftermarket antenna, like a "fuba" type. That is what I did on my 03 WRX. You could even do a shark fin, like BMW. It requires drilling a hole in the roof. If you are uncomfortable with this idea then you may want to check other options.

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Old 09-20-2013, 06:38 PM   #140
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Stephen,
I understand the glass part, my question is: From the factory did the 04 STi also come with the coaxial cable to plug into the back of a head unit or just the antenna in the rear glass?

Also, I still have the antenna with coaxial cable from my 03 WRX
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:20 PM   #141
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The 2004 STI came with a coaxial cable. It then goes to a small metal box on the rear deck lid and turns into wires that run to the glass mounted antenna. At the radio install side you would never know a difference from mast or glass mounted antennas except that you need to power the glass type.

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Old 09-20-2013, 07:57 PM   #142
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Awesome, thank you!!!

Now, to hunt for this small metal box.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:55 AM   #143
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I just got my antenna amp box and wires in the mail. Where does the red wire go/plug into?

This is just a picture I pulled from searching.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:24 AM   #144
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You got me on this one. It's been too many years for me to recall. A service manual should have the info in it.
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Old 09-28-2013, 12:17 PM   #145
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From my research it said to wire that 'hot red wire' to the solid blue on the radio harness. I did, works 1000% better than before (where I had NO reception) BUT some stations have a weird pulsed staticky sound. Some stations are perfect.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:04 AM   #146
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Stephen-just got a Kenwood KDC-BT558U installed in my 06 Rex. Everything works beautifully, except for the damn tuner reception. Fades in and out. I have the coax plugged into the antenna port on the deck. Is this fix (power to the antenna) specific to the 04, or is that what's happening with mine too?
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The fix should pertain to all models where the antenna is in the glass, which is 2004+ Impreza models.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:56 AM   #148
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Thank 'ee sir!
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Worked like a charm!
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