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Old 12-10-2001, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default OEM subwoofer not available

My WRX was just delivered to the dealer with everything I ordered minus the sub. The dealer told me that Subaru has run out of the subwoofers for an unknown period of time, maybe months. Since I've been reading this forum, I'm not too upset! But I do want a sub. I've got the OEM upgraded speakers (for now). I want to upgrade soon - is there a decent sub that will fit under the seat? Does Subaru run any wiring for a sub when you get the speaker upgrade only? Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-10-2001, 07:44 PM   #2
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Don't waste your time on the OEM sub. Get at least an infinity Basslink or a true sub system installed.

That stock 6 incher is too small to hit any low notes or give any decent volume. But then again if your only interested in filler sound it may be sufficient for your needs. But for the price like MOST subarus OEM parts, it's too expensive.
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Old 12-10-2001, 08:13 PM   #3
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Even if I wanted to, I can't waste my time with a Subaru sub- it's not available for months, even at the dealer. Is there a decent under the seat sub? If not, I'll probably give up the trunk space to the Basslink.
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Old 12-10-2001, 09:13 PM   #4
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Evidently Subaru made some minor changes to the floor pan in the new WRX and the sub that was designed to fit now does not. Which is why it's not available. And since the stock radio does not have line outputs, hooking up aftermarket stuff is a little of a hassle. But they are way better.
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Old 12-10-2001, 11:23 PM   #5
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If you want it to go under the seat, the OEM sub is probably your only option. The Kenwood WooX is listed at 4-3/8" deep, which you might squeeze under but it would likely rub.

There is no pre-existing wiring for the sub. The sub kit comes with a harness that plugs into the head unit. You then have to fish the wire along the tranny tunnel to connect under the seat. It just sits under the plastic cover, not a big deal. Don't need to go under the carpet or anything.

Forget your dealer; go to subaruwrxparts.com or subaruparts.com
I like subaruwrxparts.com (Exeter Subaru) better; they have free shipping right now and I could never get the other guys to answer the phone or email. Anyway, both of them stock the subwoofer.

I got my wagon 3 weeks ago. I ordered the sub 2 weeks ago. It fit, no problem. The bracket works. The wagon was supposedly "fresh off the truck" so I would assume it has whatever mid-year change they did to the floorpan.

The sub will improve what you have quite a bit. Though like mitch says, it doesn't really thump, it's more filler sound, but it does make the stock setup liveable. Granted a Basslink setup at twice the cost (plus wiring) will probably sound more than twice as good... your call for $, hassle, space, etc.
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Old 12-11-2001, 02:59 AM   #6
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I don't know about height problems in the wrx, but I installed a rockford fosgate 8" under my friend's maxima seat with a small alpine amp under the other. It definitely filled in the lows more than what the stock system did, but it doesn't hit like a nice home system, car system with big subs or a live concert. But hey, if it'll fit under the wrx, it's much better than stock!!!
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Old 12-11-2001, 11:02 AM   #7
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The basslink takes up VERY little space (especially for all the thump it puts out!)
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Old 12-11-2001, 11:23 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info, that's what I was looking for! WRXLVR - do you have the Basslink? I was thinking of catching the get together this Sunday in Westminister, maybe I can see your setup.
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Old 12-11-2001, 12:56 PM   #9
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In my opinion the factory sub woofer isn't that bad. I have friends that have the big thumping bass sound and they told me that the priced I paid for what I got is ok. If you want that big thumping sound that annoys people who are trying to sleep then go aftermarket. If you want a decent bass sound that provides enough low bass sound just for your car than go ahead with the OEM version.

In addition, since you order the car with the subwoofer the factory should be paying for the installation for it anyway since it was their fault. Thats what happened with my subwoofer and tweeters.

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