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Old 09-04-2016, 08:53 AM   #1
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Default Would like to upgrade from my OEM radio

Has anyone had any experience with trying to pull the CV629UM radio (came in my 2015 WRX STi) with another OEM radio?

If so, what model did you put in, did the connectors match up and are you happy with the replacement?

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Old 09-04-2016, 02:56 PM   #2
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Alternatively, has anyone tried installing the speakers Kicker manufactured for Subaru to see if they make this head unit sound better?

The part numbers are:

H631SFJ001 - Upgraded Speakers
H631SFJ101 - Tweeter Kit
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:43 PM   #3
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Has anyone had any experience with trying to pull the CV629UM radio (came in my 2015 WRX STi) with another OEM radio?
Many people have, with various different Subaru OEM head unit models. In some cases the swap is "plug and play". Others require varying amounts of adapter harnesses.

What features are you looking for that your CV629UM lacks?

To improve the sound in yours, search for the 'hidden menu' threads. Here are a couple:
How To: Improve Stock Subaru WRX/STI Stereo Radio Clarion CZ624U1
Hidden menu for 2011+ "premium" head unit?
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:58 PM   #4
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Alternatively, has anyone tried installing the speakers Kicker manufactured for Subaru to see if they make this head unit sound better?

The part numbers are:

H631SFJ001 - Upgraded Speakers
H631SFJ101 - Tweeter Kit
People have said the sound is actually worse when using the factory head unit. The reason is because the factory unit is under-powered, which is why the audio doesn't sound so good in the first place, so installing speakers that require more power doesn't resolve anything.
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:50 PM   #5
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Many people have, with various different Subaru OEM head unit models. In some cases the swap is "plug and play". Others require varying amounts of adapter harnesses.

What features are you looking for that your CV629UM lacks?

To improve the sound in yours, search for the 'hidden menu' threads. Here are a couple:
How To: Improve Stock Subaru WRX/STI Stereo Radio Clarion CZ624U1
Hidden menu for 2011+ "premium" head unit?
Thanks. I just tried those hidden adjustments that you mentioned and it did help.

Thank you.
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:51 PM   #6
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People have said the sound is actually worse when using the factory head unit. The reason is because the factory unit is under-powered, which is why the audio doesn't sound so good in the first place, so installing speakers that require more power doesn't resolve anything.
That's logical....

Thank you.
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Old 09-05-2016, 12:38 AM   #7
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Old 09-05-2016, 02:13 AM   #8
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Wow. Thank you. It doesn't get more detailed than that.
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Old 09-05-2016, 02:21 AM   #9
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Do a search, basically ae64.com (user svxdc) will sell you the harnesses you need so no cutting of factory wires is required. On a '15 the backup camera displays on the MFD, so moving it to the radio is a pain. You'll need a module to retain Xm radio if you want to keep it (sirius tuner), and another module to retain steering wheel controls (axcess works well on the '15), along with a dash kit.

Super easy to pull the factory unit and replace. I'd suggest going with something that has CarPlay such as the Pioneer NEX series. Do a search and you'll find everything you'll need.
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:16 AM   #10
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Do a search, basically ae64.com (user svxdc) will sell you the harnesses you need so no cutting of factory wires is required. On a '15 the backup camera displays on the MFD, so moving it to the radio is a pain. You'll need a module to retain Xm radio if you want to keep it (sirius tuner), and another module to retain steering wheel controls (axcess works well on the '15), along with a dash kit.

Super easy to pull the factory unit and replace. I'd suggest going with something that has CarPlay such as the Pioneer NEX series. Do a search and you'll find everything you'll need.
Thank you for that URL.

I haven't ordered a rear fog light for the rear bumper because I do not want to use vampire taps into my wiring because they aren't always going to prove reliable over the long run.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:24 AM   #11
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Does anyone know what effect switching to another radio will have on the screen that is in the upper display console?

Does the stereo system screen just go blank?

Has anyone gotten it to work with an aftermarket or OEM Starlink after upgrading?

(Yea...I know it's probably a stupid new guy question, so save your breath if that's all you have to say to me.)

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Old 09-21-2016, 07:02 AM   #12
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The MFD doesn't know about the missing radio, there's no more Bluetooth screen (not just blank, it's gone)... I so moved my backup cam to the radio, and that's just gone too.

No real idea if you can get it back to show the Bluetooth with and aftermarket radio. I think not, but maybe if you put a starlink in there. Not sure why you would do that though...
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Old 09-21-2016, 03:49 PM   #13
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The MFD doesn't know about the missing radio, there's no more Bluetooth screen (not just blank, it's gone)... I so moved my backup cam to the radio, and that's just gone too.

No real idea if you can get it back to show the Bluetooth with and aftermarket radio. I think not, but maybe if you put a starlink in there. Not sure why you would do that though...
I suppose there's some software that detects the OEM hardware beong absent and makes that screen disappear.

If it's as simple as that, I would bet that the MFD (thanks for that term), would redirect the OEM and resume display of that screen. (Which would obviously not be something that's going to happen...)

Are you saying the backup camera display also disappeared went you switched out the HU, which is why you now have it displayed on your aftermarket HU? If so, did you buy an adapter to make that work?
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:13 PM   #14
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MFD will show whatever is available. If you replace HU, that screen will go away. If you rewire BU cam to HU, it will go away, if you don't rewire, it will still show up on MFD.
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