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Old 03-01-2009, 03:21 PM   #101
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TO OP: Repost your pics, man.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:29 PM   #102
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I replaced my lousy base stereo this weekend with a Kenwood DPX 303. Thanks to all the info on this site, it went very smooth. I used a small allen wrench to hook through my air vents to pull the bezel off. No problem. I used a Scoche harness for Nissan which matched correctly. I also bought the bluetooth module and found lots of space below the back of the stereo location to mount accessories. I took my time and double checked everything, and it worked great first time! It was now that I realized the stock speakers truley suck. No change in SQ with the Kenwood.

Again thanks to this site, the door panels came off easily and I removed the crappy speakers, dynamatted the inside of the outside skin, plus the inside skin, and mounted my new Infinity components. Guess what?? no depth issues!! The Infinities come with a plastic adapter ring that is about 3/8" thick that almost but not quite matches the stock screw locations. A couple small holes with a drill fixed that. The reference woofer (2 1/16") slipped right in. I mounted the crossover just below the metal armrest brace on the door card, and I am getting the factory sails with tweeter openings (just mounted to the outside of the old sails for now) AAHHHHHhhhhhhh. MUCH BETTER!! Sub is next!

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Thanks for all the good advice, made my install very smooth and I didn't break anything
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:39 AM   #103
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That's unfortunate that the 2.5i speakers are no good...

The STi speakers are very impressive for a stock system...
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:38 AM   #104
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Yea, they are truly pathetic. If I get a chance I'll take a picture. I would have taken step by step pics but I was doing this while watching the 3 dragonlings while mama was away. Talk about juggeling! Somewhere on here someone posted pics of the older stock base speakers. These are the same but with a integrated plastic ring and PLASTIC BASKET!! The plastic probably weighs more than the motor structure. We have owned several cars and this is by far the worst stock speakers. The head unit was not actually too bad. Simple, but functional and intuitive. I am glad it was not integrated into the dash like many other cars. +1 for Subaru for making it easily replaced!
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:20 AM   #105
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Yea, they are truly pathetic. If I get a chance I'll take a picture. I would have taken step by step pics but I was doing this while watching the 3 dragonlings while mama was away. Talk about juggeling! Somewhere on here someone posted pics of the older stock base speakers. These are the same but with a integrated plastic ring and PLASTIC BASKET!! The plastic probably weighs more than the motor structure. We have owned several cars and this is by far the worst stock speakers. The head unit was not actually too bad. Simple, but functional and intuitive. I am glad it was not integrated into the dash like many other cars. +1 for Subaru for making it easily replaced!
-1 for making it slightly larger than double din so you have to get a mounting kit...
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:34 AM   #106
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That's unfortunate that the 2.5i speakers are no good...

The STi speakers are very impressive for a stock system...
-1 for you saying that any stock system, especially a Subaru system, is impressive.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:52 AM   #107
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-1 for you saying that any stock system, especially a Subaru system, is impressive.
check out an 08 STi... it's impressive... honest...

just needs a bit more bass (one day I'll get around to installing the basslink )...
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:18 PM   #108
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My Kenwood came with a large flat black plastic plate that can be trimmed to fit openings larger than aftermarket DDIN face. This is what I used. It needed about a 1/4" top and bottom and 7/8" on the sides. Turned out pretty good.
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:21 PM   #109
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check out an 08 STi... it's impressive... honest...

just needs a bit more bass (one day I'll get around to installing the basslink )...
I've looked at several 08 STi's. I wasn't hardly impressed by any of them. Aftermarket speakers + amps + HU's TRUMP ANY factory system any day of the week.

The only car that I could say sounds "decent" is the 05+ Audi S4/RS4 with Bose
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:26 PM   #110
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My Kenwood came with a large flat black plastic plate that can be trimmed to fit openings larger than aftermarket DDIN face. This is what I used. It needed about a 1/4" top and bottom and 7/8" on the sides. Turned out pretty good.
Mine came with that piece too... I guess I wasn't as adventurous as you so I just bought a Scosche dash kit. Do you have pictures of your trimmed-trim piece? I'd like to see how that came out.
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:26 PM   #111
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wow, I have a big apology to the GD chassis community. I didnt realize the pic links were broken in my original posts. I have fixed them and they should now be working fine.
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:50 PM   #112
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Nice links and pictures.I bought a unit from a 2009 and this double din Clairon won't fit in the Subaru SVX. I quess I'll stay with the 2005 model and hook up the sat radio kit.The unit is just too wide to fit in flush with dash.If anyone wants a almost new unit make offer.Hope anyone upgrading their SVX this will save them a headache,and time.The 2005 fits fine.
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Old 03-05-2009, 05:27 PM   #113
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I've looked at several 08 STi's. I wasn't hardly impressed by any of them. Aftermarket speakers + amps + HU's TRUMP ANY factory system any day of the week.

The only car that I could say sounds "decent" is the 05+ Audi S4/RS4 with Bose
well duh aftermarket can be better... but honestly only fairly decent aftermarket components would be an upgrade...

and you lose for thinking bose is good...
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Old 03-05-2009, 05:53 PM   #114
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Not trying to add fuel to the fire (well, maybe ) but I think the stock speakers in my 09 are quite satisfactory. Same as the 08's I believe. Now, the doors rattling and vibrating detracts from it, but the speakers themselves have a good enough sound to them for me. Got even crisper when I hooked up my Kenwood 5120. They're fine for me. But I listen to country music and talk radio so I don't know how it stacks up for the R&B/rap fans out there...
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:54 PM   #115
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well duh aftermarket can be better... but honestly only fairly decent aftermarket components would be an upgrade...

and you lose for thinking bose is good...
Never did i say Bose was good. I said the S4/RS4 with the Bose system sounded "decent". I however hate the engineering of the system.

08/09 STi's, like all factory systems, lack clarity and definition at higher volume levels. Distortion is pretty prevalent, and that drives me nuts.

For the price people pay for "upgraded" factory systems, they could have easily invested in a really good aftermarket setup that would kick the snot out of any factory setup.
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Great write up! I'm sure I'll be using this thread sooner or later
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:09 AM   #117
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Now, the doors rattling and vibrating detracts from it
I did a sort of poor-mans sound proofing on my 2.5i (premium) behind the door cards and it made a very recognizable difference. Just take some eggcrate foam (used for bed padding and what-have-you) and cut it to fit between the door cards and the plastic waterproofing. You have to cut a slit in the foam to allow the door opening cable through, but other than that just tape the thing on so it doesn't fall off during installation and put the cards back on. You may need to cut small circles in the foam to allow the plastic clips to engage in certain parts (you wouldnt be in a better thread than this to find out what im talking about ). I simply didnt have several hundered to spend on Dynamat, but this solution gave the desiered effect (less rattles). I even noticed a slight increase in bass. Some rattles are uncontrollable, for instance, the window opening/closing buttons rattle at certain frequencies.

here's the foam stuff im refering too \/\/\/\/, im not sure exactly how much the stuff costs (i happened to have some laying around the house) but its DEFFINATELY cheaper than any manufactured soundproofing.

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Old 03-06-2009, 09:44 AM   #118
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I did a sort of poor-mans sound proofing on my 2.5i (premium) behind the door cards and it made a very recognizable difference. Just take some eggcrate foam (used for bed padding and what-have-you) and cut it to fit between the door cards and the plastic waterproofing. You have to cut a slit in the foam to allow the door opening cable through, but other than that just tape the thing on so it doesn't fall off during installation and put the cards back on. You may need to cut small circles in the foam to allow the plastic clips to engage in certain parts (you wouldnt be in a better thread than this to find out what im talking about ). I simply didnt have several hundered to spend on Dynamat, but this solution gave the desiered effect (less rattles). I even noticed a slight increase in bass. Some rattles are uncontrollable, for instance, the window opening/closing buttons rattle at certain frequencies.

here's the foam stuff im refering too \/\/\/\/, im not sure exactly how much the stuff costs (i happened to have some laying around the house) but its DEFFINATELY cheaper than any manufactured soundproofing.


Be careful. You should always use a close cell foam in order to avoid moisture or fire hazard. Take a look to this product (ensolite) at http://www.raamaudio.com

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Old 03-06-2009, 09:46 AM   #119
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Be careful. You should always use a close cell foam in order to avoid moisture or fire hazard. Take a look to this product (ensolite) at http://www.raamaudio.com

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Agreed. Although a great idea with the egg crates, it's basically one big sponge.
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Agreed. Although a great idea with the egg crates, it's basically one big sponge.
I absolutely agree, and i thought about that when I came up with the idea of installing it. Though, I figured since it was on the side of the plastic barrier that only came into contact with the inside of the car it would be okay, given that water cannot drip down from the inside (if for whatever reason i was driving in the rain with my windows rolled down ).

Ill look for a picture to show you what I'm talking about
EDIT: This picture isnt from a Subaru (although the layout looks very similar) but you get the general idea of the moisture barrier


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Yes, standing water should not be able to get inside that portion of the door, but that doesnt compensate for condensation - eggcrates provide a great surface area for water to condense on, too.
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Yes, standing water should not be able to get inside that portion of the door, but that doesnt compensate for condensation - eggcrates provide a great surface area for water to condense on, too.
This is true, but I figured if I ever had that problem it would be easy enough to remove the thing. Thanks for the heads up though
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That's unfortunate that the 2.5i speakers are no good...

The STi speakers are very impressive for a stock system...
Dude, you're kidding right? I have one... there is a reason the entire stock stereo system is sitting on the floor next to me now. I'm not big into aftermarket stereos (I was more than pleased with the stock system in my 2004 Acura TSX which cost only $26,500) but I lasted less than 8 months in the STI before I had it all ripped out and replaced.

I rented a crappy Dodge small SUV thing (whatever replaced the neon) recently and it had a better stereo.

I HAVE to hear the 2.5i's stereo.

Anyway, getting back on thread - excellent job... and given the quality of the stock Impreza stereos, this will be most valuable information.
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Hey, quick question. I read through this and a few other threads but what to confirm I got the information correct...

Subaru substantially changed stereos in MY08 so the new units will not physically fit or work with previous generation Impreza models... right?

My friend with a Saabaru is interested in the stock 6-disc MP3/WMA receiver that came with my STI.
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Dude, you're kidding right? I have one... there is a reason the entire stock stereo system is sitting on the floor next to me now. I'm not big into aftermarket stereos (I was more than pleased with the stock system in my 2004 Acura TSX which cost only $26,500) but I lasted less than 8 months in the STI before I had it all ripped out and replaced.

I rented a crappy Dodge small SUV thing (whatever replaced the neon) recently and it had a better stereo.

I HAVE to hear the 2.5i's stereo.

Anyway, getting back on thread - excellent job... and given the quality of the stock Impreza stereos, this will be most valuable information.
not kidding at all...

i didn't say the system was good, just the speakers... and even so, with the stock head unit, if you know how to adjust treble and bass on a subaru, you can make it sound decent...
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