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Old 05-25-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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Default 07 STi Pushbutton Start w/no key cylinder

I've always loved the idea of pushbutton starters, and always wanted to put one in my old cars. The problem was that all of the aftermarket ones I saw homemade still used the key (with good reason I suppose, someone could just take it without a key). So I couldn't do that, until I got a car with an Immobilizer piece.
Now I had that blank AUX in space after I put my deck in, so I could resist making a little push button starter for that space.

Basically (and I could write up a walkthrough if anyone wants it) I pulled out the ignition cylinder, Wired up relays for the ignition, accessory, starter, and keysense. I hooked the relays up to a switch and button for starting and power.
Then I extended the key ring, key sense, and immobilizer wires, and cut a small hole in the cupholder. put the key ring up through it, put in some foam in it for a nice little inside. Now you can put the keys in the cupholder to start it, move them if you need it once it starts, and it still holds cups.
Pictures say more than the words I guess, take a look:

Now I just have to figure out what to do with that gaping hole in the column...
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:36 AM   #2
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haha better do something with the hole before a cop pulls you over and thinks you stole the car

cool idea
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:42 AM   #3
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I like the idea. It reminds me of my old Saab. It had the ignition down by the shifter. I loved it!
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:27 AM   #4
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The JDM 08s have what looks to be a rubber or plastic filler piece for the ignition cylinder hole (for the cars with push button start)

You could see if somebody could source you one.
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:38 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Crawdads View Post
The JDM 08s have what looks to be a rubber or plastic filler piece for the ignition cylinder hole (for the cars with push button start)

You could see if somebody could source you one.
jamie @ subaru genuine parts ought to be able to, she is the best!
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:12 PM   #6
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Do you have a wiring diagram? Mainly the relays and how you wired them up. I'm about to do a remote start/alarm install along with a carputer while I have the dash/center consol out so I might just add something like this to my list
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Old 10-18-2008, 04:50 PM   #7
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^^ yea that would be cool if you could provide how the relays are wired up. I always wished that I had a push button start without the key like in newer cars.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:32 PM   #8
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put a gauge there. haha
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:00 AM   #9
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So, I take it the switch turns the car to "ignition-on" then you push the button to engage the starter...

but what about the accessory part of the switch?

What I mean is, originally, you:
1. Put key in
2. Turn once for accessories
3. Turn again for ignition
4. Turn finally to engage starter (then it goes back to 3)

What do you do for step 2?
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:48 PM   #10
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bump for bebop86's guestion, and how for away can the end of the key be away from the cylinder with it still working?
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