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Old 06-20-2007, 10:35 AM   #1
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I can tell my CD player in my BAJA is near the end of its life and I was wondering if anyone has put a new radio in their BAJA. If anyone has a new radio suggestion let me know.
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Old 06-20-2007, 11:25 AM   #2
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Peice of cake. Pop off the trim in the front dash area around your head unit. Take out some screws holding in the DIN tray (there are 2 screws up underneath the ashtray; you'll need one of those funky S-shaped screw drivers to get those out) pull out your old and replace it.

You can get an aftermarket CD player with a wiring harness. Easy.

Or I've got a 6-disc CD changer that came out of my Baja that I don't need anymore. Interested? I'd sell it to ya $120 shipped. It works great! sounds great! looks great! (display lights up green I think)
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:14 AM   #3
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I have a new CD player for my 2006 Baja sport also, my stockk is working fine but it won't play MP3's. I have the PDF instructions from Subaru, and I know I am supose to pull the trim around the current stock radio.

But where the heck do you grab it? I mean do I use a screw driver and pry it from over by the stearing collum working my way to the center? That is only place I can really see to get it started. I really don't want to mess this up. I would apprecaite any help. Thanks!

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Old 06-29-2007, 08:28 AM   #4
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Hi

I have a new CD player for my 2006 Baja sport also, my stockk is working fine but it won't play MP3's. I have the PDF instructions from Subaru, and I know I am supose to pull the trim around the current stock radio.

But where the heck do you grab it? I mean do I use a screw driver and pry it from over by the stearing collum working my way to the center? That is only place I can really see to get it started. I really don't want to mess this up. I would apprecaite any help. Thanks!

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I normally take the plastic trim off around the shift lever first. It is overlapping the piece around the radio, Be careful not to break the two pins at the front. With that out, you can grab it at the bottom and pop it off.

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Old 06-29-2007, 11:56 AM   #5
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Yeah - much easier to take the trim off around the shifter first. Then remove those two screws up under the ash tray (remove the ash tray of course - those screws are a bit of a pain to get to) After that you should be fine.

Be careful if you're pulling out the entire DIN tray. Try and remove the whole Heater/AC component. There's a fixed cable that's connected back there and you don't want to mess that up. I'm sure there's a way to detatch it but I've never been able to figure it out.
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:06 AM   #6
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Suggestion:

Get a Pioneer head unit. Mine plays MP3,s WMA's, has a nice blue scrolling thing with pictures and stuff, and I only paid about $130 for it. And, that was 2 years ago when I bought it for my RS. It has additional output for rear subs, and has a good sound to it.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:37 PM   #7
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Yeah - much easier to take the trim off around the shifter first.
I think you have to take the shifter trim off first or else you can't get to the screws that hold that little storage compartment under the ashtray off, and then the center surround around the radio. And like Moonzie said about the "S" shaped screwdriver--if you can't find one of those, just buy one of those stubby 2" philips screwdrivers. That'll fit under there once the ashtray is out to get those screws out.
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:16 PM   #8
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The TOUGHEST thing about removing the trim, is where you remove the ashtray. Now, when you remove it, there is a screw where you will need a screwdriver with a phillip's head (sp?) screwdriver, but one that is angled at 90 degrees, because the screw is upsidedown, in a way. That screw, I swear, was tightened factory at around 30psi. Initially, it took me around 30 minutes just to get that thing out because the screwdriver kept slipping, and almost stripping that screw. Now, it's just hand tight, if it's ever in there.

I honestly don't think you need to put it back in, as long as you don't use the ashtray much. I've had it out for the past few months with no problems (which is good, because I plan on upgrading to an in-dash 7" touchscreen).


Anther quick note that might make things easier: Put the parking brake on (if it's an auto), turn the key without starting it up, and put the shifter into 1st gear. It'll give you another 6" to pull out the whole in-dash unit, A/C and all.
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Old 07-24-2007, 02:20 PM   #9
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I got a Kenwood Excelon and couldn't be happier. I got the ipod controller too and ran it to the pocket where the 6 disc would go so I can have my ipod directly attached to my deck and concealed in the compartment. I LOVE IT!
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Old 07-25-2007, 09:53 AM   #10
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Does the Kenwood Excelon fit into the console without any type of alterations? It sounds like you have a good idea there!
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:42 PM   #11
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Does the Kenwood Excelon fit into the console without any type of alterations? It sounds like you have a good idea there!
Nearly all aftermarket radios these days comply to the DIN standards. You shouldn't ever need ot make alterations. ...unless you're trying to install a CB radio.
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:36 AM   #12
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I put Sirius in mine. Ive had it for 4 years now, dont even listen to am or fm crap anynore and rarely listen to cd's.
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:20 PM   #13
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I put Sirius in mine. Ive had it for 4 years now, dont even listen to am or fm crap anynore and rarely listen to cd's.
Did you know that FM radio has better sound quality than satellite?

Dude - I tried XM about 2 years ago. LOVE the content - absolutely love it. HATE the quality - absolutely can't stand it it makes me hurt inside. lol Maybe in a factory sound system it's not as noticable, but in a custom setup oh man.. It's just totally unbearable.

EDIT: I took the whole XM kit back for a refund 10 days after I got it. Sucks because I spent every bit of 2 or 3 hours wiring it all nice and neat under my trim when I first got it.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:54 AM   #14
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How does an aftermarket stereo deal with the upgraded parts from SOA? My BAJA came with the sub, speakers and tweets installed. will an aftermarket head run those?
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:32 AM   #15
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How does an aftermarket stereo deal with the upgraded parts from SOA? My BAJA came with the sub, speakers and tweets installed. will an aftermarket head run those?
The speakers & tweeters are setup in a component type setup. Porting it to an aftermarket head unit should be fine & easy - just get yourself a wiring harness for a Subaru of your year.

Now the sub? hrmm.. That's a different story. You might be able to get it to work since it's an in-line connector between aftermarket wiring harness and the Subaru wiring harness. Theoretically I would think it would work but I'm not sure.
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Old 08-02-2007, 12:28 PM   #16
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Is there one that will work with the stock in dash 6 cd changer?
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:38 PM   #17
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Is there one that will work with the stock in dash 6 cd changer?
Subaru wiring harness is a subaru wiring harness. I had a 6 changer in mine originally and had no problems porting to a single din aftermarket head unit.
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Old 08-04-2007, 03:33 AM   #18
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Do you mean that it'll work with any cd changer plug in on the back of an after market stereo?
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:20 AM   #19
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Do you mean that it'll work with any cd changer plug in on the back of an after market stereo?
A wiring harness essentially plugs into what used to hook into your OEM cd player and comes out with wires that you strip back and connect up to with your aftermarket wiring harness. This way you don't have to cut up your original factory harness.

All Bajas use the latest greatest wiring harnesses for Subarus. They're all the same.
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hmmm, anyone have any ideas about the factory sub and an aftermarket headunit?
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hmmm, anyone have any ideas about the factory sub and an aftermarket headunit?
It works with my new Alpine and the guy that did the install didn't need to do any splicing.
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:43 PM   #22
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hmmm, anyone have any ideas about the factory sub and an aftermarket headunit?
This really isn't rocket science.. very simple. From the headunit to your Subaru wiring harness:

Headunit ->
Headunit wiring harness ->
Aftermarket wiring harness adaptor ->
Factory Sub in-line harness ->
Subaru wiring harness.

granted, that's a lot of harnesses to mash in back there.. but it can be done. Just makes the space a little tight.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:56 PM   #23
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its already wired in and hooked up... I was just thinking of putting my alpine in instead of the factory changer.

it already has the metra harness attached from my last subaru, should be in in 5 min!
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:23 AM   #24
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OK, I'm late to the party, but for the record (in case others have these same questions):

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Be careful if you're pulling out the entire DIN tray. Try and remove the whole Heater/AC component. There's a fixed cable that's connected back there and you don't want to mess that up. I'm sure there's a way to detatch it but I've never been able to figure it out.
The cable runs down to the HVAC box, you can see it easily at the base of the tranmission tunnel/HVAC column, on the underside of the dash (passenger side of the vehicle).

The cable pulls off a pin on a plastic lever. I think there was a little locktab or something to pull off first I forget, but it took about 5 seconds.

I've heard that failure to pull the cable off the pin could allow sufficient force to break the pin, lever or part of the HVAC vent door.

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How does an aftermarket stereo deal with the upgraded parts from SOA? My BAJA came with the sub, speakers and tweets installed. will an aftermarket head run those?
The premium speakers. tweeter and subwoofer package from Subaru are all wired inline to the same connector that plugs into the OEM head unit, therefore if you get an aftermarket head unit and wire it to an adapter which will plug into the OEM harness, you're good to go.

I went with an Alpine that allowed me to USB cable in an Ipod (stashed in the dash compartment under the head unit so it's completely out of sight). The Alpine allows me full control over the Ipod (playlists, artists, songs etc).

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Old 08-30-2007, 08:35 AM   #25
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How long do the 6-disc changers usually last? I have an '05, and the blasted thing seems to be skipping a lot lately, even with new cds.
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