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Old 02-03-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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I just bought a new head unit for my 2004 WRx. On my old one, I bought a wiring kit so I just plugged it into the back of my radio, I didn't have to splice all the wires and install it one wire at a time

I asked the guy at best buy about this and he said he doesn't think they sell anything like that. Is this something they don't do anymore? If not, do any of you know where I can order a wiring kit for my new Pioneer head unit?

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Old 02-03-2014, 01:28 PM   #2
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Send a message to member named svxdc. He custom makes harnesses. I put a pioneer avh 8500 in my 2011 WRX and he hooked me up with the harness. Think he has a website also, google him. He just needs to know the make and year of your car, the stock head unit and what head unit you're going to.
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Old 02-03-2014, 02:32 PM   #3
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Subaru-Impre...820f2c&vxp=mtr


$5 for harness
$12 soldering iron
$5 for shrink tube

profit?
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:43 PM   #4
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Soldering isn't challenging if you take your time. But I'm sure someone would be happy to make you a harness if you pay them monies.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:06 AM   #5
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It's an aftermarket Pioneer head unit, last time I installed one I just bought a wiring kit that plugged straight in. They don't make those anymore? I think I got the last one for like $20
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:54 AM   #6
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Subaru-Impre...820f2c&vxp=mtr $5 for harness $12 soldering iron $5 for shrink tube profit?
It came with this, but they used to sell kits that plug up to the stock radio harness. That's what I'm looking for, I got one for my old pioneer
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:02 AM   #7
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:36 PM   #8
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Send a message to member named svxdc. He custom makes harnesses. I put a pioneer avh 8500 in my 2011 WRX and he hooked me up with the harness. Think he has a website also, google him. He just needs to know the make and year of your car, the stock head unit and what head unit you're going to.
I second this opinion. I just ordered a wiring harness from SVXdc. Took a few days to respond, but he had a lot of good info for the questions I asked him.

This is his website... http://www.ae64.com
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:55 PM   #9
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cbbwrx is probably thinking of Metra's "Smart Cable" line. They made those many years ago (early 2000s?).

The line consisted of harnesses that connected to different cars, such as this one, 80-8901 with the Subaru 14-pin harness:
and others with harnesses for various aftermarket HU brands (e.g., Pioneer, Kenwood, JVC, etc.).

Each of them had a standardized 18-pin harness at the opposite end. So you could buy one for your car and one for your HU and simply plug the two together. Expensive (more than $30 total for the pair), but dirt simple to use.

They were originally sold exclusively at Circuit City, until they dumped their inventory and the parts were picked up by other vendors and eBay.

Metra made those before cars and HUs started having lots of extra wires (for things like steering wheel controls, parking brake, reverse gear, etc.). Those extra signals may be part of the reason why Metra discontinued them.

I made a similar post about them a few years back here.

Metra (and others) now use the name "Smart Cable" for replacement harnesses that fit aftermarket HUs (with plain wires at the opposite end).

Metra's catalog also shows some true, 1-piece, plug-and-play car-to-HU adapter harnesses. But I think they only offer those for car brands that sell in the largest numbers (GM, Ford, Toyota, etc.). I don't think anyone makes one with the older Subaru 14-pin harness.

If you twist my arm (and if I'm not swamped), I might be willing to custom make one with a 14-pin connector. You would need to send me your HU's power/speaker harness. Contact me via e-mail (see the visitor message on my profile page here on NASIOC).
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