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Old 12-03-2006, 08:11 PM   #1
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hi, i have a 2000 legacy gt that has a single cassette player. i also have a jvc cd player from my rx-7. when i took the cassette player out the connections don't match the jvc cd player, the jvc has 16 pins instead of 14 and is much smaller. i am wondering how i could get my jvc cd player to work. thanks.
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:50 PM   #2
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Stop by your local car audio place and tell them you need a JVC>Subaru harness. Shouldn't be more than 20 bucks or so.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:20 PM   #3
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+1 above, just match the colors and splice.
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Old 12-03-2006, 10:46 PM   #4
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wait, wait, wait... don't confuse this guy. They do NOT make a jvc to subaru harness. They make an adapter (metra is one brand that makes the adapters) that will plug into your subaru harness. It has bare wires on the other end. Your JVC has a plug-in harness with bare wires on the other end. Hopefully you kept this plug and didn't sell it with your mazda...

All you do is match up the color-coded wires and connect them (you can solder, crimp, or use electrical tape to hold the connections together). The directions that come with the metra kit make it VERY easy to do.

Any other questions?!?

You are lucky that your car will be very easy to installl the jvc into. All you need is the JVC (the big metal box with the buttons on front), it's included wiring harness (16 pin male plug with wires hanging out), the metra adapter harness, the car, and a couple screws...

Some cars also require a fancy adapter to hold the radio in the dash, but our cars use the standard D.I.N. size and can be bolted right in without this extra expense and hassle.
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Old 12-03-2006, 11:47 PM   #5
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Actually, you can get "plug together" metra harnesses. You get one for the car, one for the stereo, and plug the two together. No splicing wires needed. Surf over to Circuit City or your favorite box store (I know CC has them) and take a look around.
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Old 12-04-2006, 08:09 AM   #6
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wait, wait, wait... don't confuse this guy. They do NOT make a jvc to subaru harness. They make an adapter (metra is one brand that makes the adapters) that will plug into your subaru harness. It has bare wires on the other end. Your JVC has a plug-in harness with bare wires on the other end. Hopefully you kept this plug and didn't sell it with your mazda...

All you do is match up the color-coded wires and connect them (you can solder, crimp, or use electrical tape to hold the connections together). The directions that come with the metra kit make it VERY easy to do.

Any other questions?!?

You are lucky that your car will be very easy to installl the jvc into. All you need is the JVC (the big metal box with the buttons on front), it's included wiring harness (16 pin male plug with wires hanging out), the metra adapter harness, the car, and a couple screws...

Some cars also require a fancy adapter to hold the radio in the dash, but our cars use the standard D.I.N. size and can be bolted right in without this extra expense and hassle.
janikphoto is right. I shouldn't have said "JVC>Subaru". It is a Subaru harness with open wires. And as previously stated, it takes maybe 10 mins to hook up.
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Old 12-04-2006, 11:49 AM   #7
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Actually, you can get "plug together" metra harnesses. You get one for the car, one for the stereo, and plug the two together. No splicing wires needed. Surf over to Circuit City or your favorite box store (I know CC has them) and take a look around.
If you think you know what you are talking about, then drive this guy over to CC. Let's see how far you get...
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Old 12-04-2006, 01:15 PM   #8
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I believe I've seen them in the catalog as well. If you're not having any luck with the Legacy parts, try a 2002-2005 WRX.
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Old 12-04-2006, 02:50 PM   #9
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well, if metra DID make a simple plug and play adaptor, it would make things even easier for many amateur DIY stereo people. However, they'd need to make a TON more products (instead of making one subie harness for your car, they'd make one subie harnes, one subie to pioneer harness, one subie to alpine harness, one subie to kenwood harness, one subie to jvc harness, one subie to clarion harness, one subie to eclipse harness, and any other brand stereo they decide would be profitable.)...

I can't imagine they would ever break even, let alone make a profit if they have to make so many different adaptors!

besides, the jvc radio already comes with a plug when you buy it, so why not just buy the subie plug and wire the two together like people have been doing for decades?!? It is SOOOOO easy, since everything is color-coded. A couple twists of the wire, and then you either tape, crimp, or solder. You are done in ten minutes.

Can someone show me a link to these new plug adaptors? They would be nice to see. And you say they already have a plug on each side, sold as one unit? No wiring, just plug in and go?!?
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Old 12-04-2006, 08:57 PM   #10
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Like I said, I KNOW Circuit City has them, as they're in my car. Since you guys are apparantly can't search circuitcity.com yourselves, I did it. Here's the one for JVC radios

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Metra...oductDetail.do

and here's the one for a 2000 Legacy.
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Metra...oductDetail.do

Notice they both have plugs on both ends, no bare wires. One plugs into the radio, the other into the car's harness, then they plug together, as I said in my original post.
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Old 12-04-2006, 10:23 PM   #11
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i'd look for a factory WRX 6-disc CD/radio/cassette unit.. it bolts right in plug and play
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:17 AM   #12
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I don't want to insult anyone here.. but if the dude didn't know that the connectors would be different before he started, I don't think he's in a position to start splicing wires together(on his own).

The best bet is to get a prefabbed adapter, or take the JVC harness to a Best Buy or Circuit City or something(or local car audio shop), and tell them you want it to work in your Subaru. They will be happy to connect the 2 harnesses together.
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Old 12-05-2006, 02:43 AM   #13
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Like I said, I KNOW Circuit City has them, as they're in my car. Since you guys are apparantly can't search circuitcity.com yourselves, I did it. Here's the one for JVC radios

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Metra...oductDetail.do

and here's the one for a 2000 Legacy.
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Metra...oductDetail.do

Notice they both have plugs on both ends, no bare wires. One plugs into the radio, the other into the car's harness, then they plug together, as I said in my original post.
OOOOOOHHHHHHH... Now I get it. metra took the extra step to put their own "universal" plug on the end of their regular plugs. Then they put their universal plug on the end of the different brands of stereos. All the consumer has to do is plug the two together. I guess doing it that way is pretty smart for metra. They can tap into the "too scared to attach a couple wires together" market.

Seriously though, why would you spend the extra money when everything is color-coded, each wire also has a label written on it, and directions are included? That's THREE ways to make sure you are doing it right. It takes ten minutes, tops (and that's only if you are soldering, taping takes about three minutes).

Thanks for the links though. I never bothered to search for it, because I thought you were either a.) making it up, or b.) confused. Obviously the real answer was c.) metra came out with a new product to make things easier on amateur DIY consumers...


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I don't want to insult anyone here.. but if the dude didn't know that the connectors would be different before he started, I don't think he's in a position to start splicing wires together(on his own).
He may not have known about the plugs, because this was his first radio to mess with. Everyone has to start somewhere... Why couldn't he foloow the very easy, color-coded metra kit? All he has to do is twist a few wires together and tape them. I bet monkeys could be taught to do this.
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