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Old 04-20-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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Default aftermarket navigation in 2015 WRX

Has anyone done it? I want to get a new WRX with factory nav, HK, and push start but it must be ordered. I'm thinking of just getting a limited model and do the nav after market. Any insight in where the GPS receiver would be mounted? Could it be combined with existing shark fin antenna? Or would it be another bulky unit mounted on my windshield? I've seen kits that supposedly retains functionality of the steering wheel controls... Any one have experience with this and can share insights and pics?
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:07 PM   #2
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Page 1 has the panel taken off, page 2 has the full installed Pioneer AVIC-x940BT. I have a similar unit in my '11 (AVIC-x9310BT) and the GPS antenna is just a small little black magnetic cube that I stuck to the top of the radio and sits inside the dash. No bulky unit to mount to the windshield.

You can retain SWCs with a PAC or Axxess module. Not sure if they support the new 2015 yet, but should shortly.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:09 PM   #3
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Yes. Here's what you need:
1. Receiver (duh)
2.
Metra Axxess ASWC-1 SWCMetra Axxess ASWC-1 SWC
module for steering wheel controls
3. Harness - 3 options:
- Get the Metra 72-7552 and splice into factory harness for SWC wires and Vehicle Speed Signal wire (Pins 4, 13, 14, 19 in the picture shown here), or
- Get 2 Metra 72-7552 harnesses and hack 4 wires from one to the other into slots 4, 13, 14, 19 so as to avoid messing with the factory harness, or
- Get a hold of SVXdc and his 20-pin harness, which would be plug-n-play and also avoids messing with the factory harness. I believe he also sells the Metra ASWC-1 and the factory USB adapter
4.
Metra Dash Kit  # 95-8905bMetra Dash Kit # 95-8905b
for Double-Din
5. Optionally, you could also buy the Metra AX-SUBUSB adapter Metra AX-TOYUSB to retain your center console's USB port

The GPS receiver can be mounted on a flat area anywhere on the dash or trunk lid for the best possible reception, so the spot you choose really depends on your appetite for running the cable. Personally, I first ran wire to the passenger side right next to the tweeter grill but the supplied metal strip wouldn't stick to the soft touch dash material. So I went with the easier route and mounted it on top of the head unit itself for a stealth/OEM look. I haven't had any problems with reception thus far, even though it is not as ideal as mounting with a clear view to the sky

I followed SVXdc (Link - refer to SWC Variation B instructions) and Metra's (Link) wiring and programming instructions for the 2014 Forester XT to correctly hook up the SWC module to the rest of the wiring. The ASWC-1 auto programs all the buttons for you, but assigns other functions to the Push to Talk, Answer and End BT buttons on your steering wheel. You have to change this manually to have them perform BT functions, but it is very easy to do by following Step 8 in the link to the Metra instructions.

I mounted the BT microphone in the gauge cluster - less wiring and works better than the stock location IMO. You just need to loosen the right side screw holding the cluster a little to run the wiring straight to the back of the HU through the gap near the trip meter reset:

Last edited by BuckiWRX; 04-26-2014 at 02:39 PM. Reason: Corrected part info for factory USB adaptor
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:54 PM   #4
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Yes. Here's what you need:
1. Receiver (duh)
2. Metra Axxess ASWC-1 SWC module for steering wheel controls
3. Harness - 3 options:
- Get the Metra 72-7552 and splice into factory harness for SWC wires and Vehicle Speed Signal wire (Pins 4, 13, 14, 19 in the picture shown here), or
- Get 2 Metra 72-7552 harnesses and hack 4 wires from one to the other into slots 4, 13, 14, 19 so as to avoid messing with the factory harness, or
- Get a hold of SVXdc and his 20-pin harness, which would be plug-n-play and also avoids messing with the factory harness. I believe he also sells the Metra ASWC-1 and the factory USB adapter
4. Metra Dash Kit # 95-8905b for Double-Din
5. Optionally, you could also buy the Metra AX-SUBUSB adapter to retain your center console's USB port

The GPS receiver can be mounted on a flat area anywhere on the dash or trunk lid for the best possible reception, so the spot you choose really depends on your appetite for running the cable. Personally, I first ran wire to the passenger side right next to the tweeter grill but the supplied metal strip wouldn't stick to the soft touch dash material. So I went with the easier route and mounted it on top of the head unit itself for a stealth/OEM look. I haven't had any problems with reception thus far, even though it is not as ideal as mounting with a clear view to the sky

I followed SVXdc (Link - refer to SWC Variation B instructions) and Metra's (Link) wiring and programming instructions for the 2014 Forester XT to correctly hook up the SWC module to the rest of the wiring. The ASWC-1 auto programs all the buttons for you, but assigns other functions to the Push to Talk, Answer and End BT buttons on your steering wheel. You have to change this manually to have them perform BT functions, but it is very easy to do by following Step 8 in the link to the Metra instructions.

I mounted the BT microphone in the gauge cluster - less wiring and works better than the stock location IMO. You just need to loosen the right side screw holding the cluster a little to run the wiring straight to the back of the HU through the gap near the trip meter reset:
Where is your iPod/USB connection? Did you keep it under the armrest or run it elsewhere (glovebox, etc ).
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:02 PM   #5
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Where is your iPod/USB connection? Did you keep it under the armrest or run it elsewhere (glovebox, etc ).
I ran the USB cable that came with the receiver to the glove box. I also used Metra's AX-SUBUSB AX-TOYUSB adapter (See Step 5 in the post you quoted) to connect the factory USB cable to the receiver. This allows me to use the USB in the armrest. So I have 2 USB inputs. I don't have a need for AUX, so I didn't do anything to retain that functionality.

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Old 04-26-2014, 08:03 AM   #6
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Yes. Here's what you need:
1. Receiver (duh)
2. Metra Axxess ASWC-1 SWC module for steering wheel controls
3. Harness - 3 options:
- Get the Metra 72-7552 and splice into factory harness for SWC wires and Vehicle Speed Signal wire (Pins 4, 13, 14, 19 in the picture shown here), or
- Get 2 Metra 72-7552 harnesses and hack 4 wires from one to the other into slots 4, 13, 14, 19 so as to avoid messing with the factory harness, or
- Get a hold of SVXdc and his 20-pin harness, which would be plug-n-play and also avoids messing with the factory harness. I believe he also sells the Metra ASWC-1 and the factory USB adapter
4. Metra Dash Kit # 95-8905b for Double-Din
5. Optionally, you could also buy the Metra AX-SUBUSB adapter to retain your center console's USB port

The GPS receiver can be mounted on a flat area anywhere on the dash or trunk lid for the best possible reception, so the spot you choose really depends on your appetite for running the cable. Personally, I first ran wire to the passenger side right next to the tweeter grill but the supplied metal strip wouldn't stick to the soft touch dash material. So I went with the easier route and mounted it on top of the head unit itself for a stealth/OEM look. I haven't had any problems with reception thus far, even though it is not as ideal as mounting with a clear view to the sky

I followed SVXdc (Link - refer to SWC Variation B instructions) and Metra's (Link) wiring and programming instructions for the 2014 Forester XT to correctly hook up the SWC module to the rest of the wiring. The ASWC-1 auto programs all the buttons for you, but assigns other functions to the Push to Talk, Answer and End BT buttons on your steering wheel. You have to change this manually to have them perform BT functions, but it is very easy to do by following Step 8 in the link to the Metra instructions.

I mounted the BT microphone in the gauge cluster - less wiring and works better than the stock location IMO. You just need to loosen the right side screw holding the cluster a little to run the wiring straight to the back of the HU through the gap near the trip meter reset:
Did you have an OEM reverse camera installed on your setup? Did you reroute the camera to display on the nav screen rather than the multi-function display? Any idea how to do this?
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:43 PM   #7
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Did you have an OEM reverse camera installed on your setup? Did you reroute the camera to display on the nav screen rather than the multi-function display? Any idea how to do this?
No changes to the stock reverse camera setup. Still OEM with the MFD display for now. Have other mods to take care of before trying to tackle that one. Hopefully someone does it soon and posts a how-to
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:03 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by BuckiWRX View Post
Yes. Here's what you need:
1. Receiver (duh)
2. Metra Axxess ASWC-1 SWC module for steering wheel controls
3. Harness - 3 options:
- Get the Metra 72-7552 and splice into factory harness for SWC wires and Vehicle Speed Signal wire (Pins 4, 13, 14, 19 in the picture shown here), or
- Get 2 Metra 72-7552 harnesses and hack 4 wires from one to the other into slots 4, 13, 14, 19 so as to avoid messing with the factory harness, or
- Get a hold of SVXdc and his 20-pin harness, which would be plug-n-play and also avoids messing with the factory harness. I believe he also sells the Metra ASWC-1 and the factory USB adapter
4. Metra Dash Kit # 95-8905b for Double-Din
5. Optionally, you could also buy the Metra AX-SUBUSB adapter Metra AX-TOYUSB to retain your center console's USB port

The GPS receiver can be mounted on a flat area anywhere on the dash or trunk lid for the best possible reception, so the spot you choose really depends on your appetite for running the cable. Personally, I first ran wire to the passenger side right next to the tweeter grill but the supplied metal strip wouldn't stick to the soft touch dash material. So I went with the easier route and mounted it on top of the head unit itself for a stealth/OEM look. I haven't had any problems with reception thus far, even though it is not as ideal as mounting with a clear view to the sky

I followed SVXdc (Link - refer to SWC Variation B instructions) and Metra's (Link) wiring and programming instructions for the 2014 Forester XT to correctly hook up the SWC module to the rest of the wiring. The ASWC-1 auto programs all the buttons for you, but assigns other functions to the Push to Talk, Answer and End BT buttons on your steering wheel. You have to change this manually to have them perform BT functions, but it is very easy to do by following Step 8 in the link to the Metra instructions.

I mounted the BT microphone in the gauge cluster - less wiring and works better than the stock location IMO. You just need to loosen the right side screw holding the cluster a little to run the wiring straight to the back of the HU through the gap near the trip meter reset:
Also, that 20-pin harness or the Metra 72-7552 - Is that for non-navi oem units? or does that fit the navi oem units? I thought there were like 4 different plugs for oem nav units...
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:51 PM   #9
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Why have you changed the USB adapter from the Subaru version to the Toyota version?
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:09 AM   #10
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Also, that 20-pin harness or the Metra 72-7552 - Is that for non-navi oem units? or does that fit the navi oem units? I thought there were like 4 different plugs for oem nav units...
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Why have you changed the USB adapter from the Subaru version to the Toyota version?
The connector is different from the old impreza wrx. 2015 connector is the same as the one in the brz - toyota style. There is also a toyusb-2 which is not the right type, so check twice before buying
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:17 PM   #11
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Picking up my kenwood dnx571hd tomorrow, I'm gonna give it a go.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:18 PM   #12
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Picking up my kenwood dnx571hd tomorrow, I'm gonna give it a go.
Are you trying to replace the OEM nav unit or non-nav unit?? Please take photos either way!
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:25 AM   #13
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Non nav unit, photos to come! However I did not purchase the Toyota USB adapter. Guess I will have to order that today.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:27 PM   #14
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Got Pioneer 5000Nex installed yesterday. Will be among the first to have Carplay. Looks great!

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Old 05-01-2014, 01:50 PM   #15
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Got Pioneer 5000Nex installed yesterday. Will be among the first to have Carplay. Looks great!
Did you have to do anything special for the limited? I saw in another post that using the harnesses from the previous gen produced no sound or something like that. I guess due to the HK system.

And looks awesome BTW!
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:13 PM   #16
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Did you have to do anything special for the limited? I saw in another post that using the harnesses from the previous gen produced no sound or something like that. I guess due to the HK system.

And looks awesome BTW!
Thanks man! I had a local shop do it, so I'm not sure. I do know they had issues with the sound so it took most of the day to get working. They ended up getting the volume and up/down buttons working as well as the phone pickup for bluetooth. Really nice guys (I've been using them for all kinds of stuff for years and they are the go-to for the local Subaru dealership). Masters Stereo in Greenville, SC if you want to look them up and call them and ask about specifics.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:20 PM   #17
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Finished my install earlier today, it wasn't too difficult. Retained steering wheel controls and such. Ordering the toyota USB harness and should be able to give input soon. [IMG][/IMG]
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Finished my install earlier today, retained factory steering controls, not too difficult. Great nav unit so far . Very little lag time, kenwood has come a long way!! I'm quite impressed!
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:41 AM   #20
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Got Pioneer 5000Nex installed yesterday. Will be among the first to have Carplay. Looks great!

Clean install looks great. Were you able to retain steering wheel controls, and center console USB port? Do you know where they put the GPS Antenna and mic for HU? Did you have parking brake bypass performed?
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:16 PM   #21
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Did the text naming get retained in the upper dash display (the one with the boost gauge).

Is there anything that didn't work? I'm debating on whether to just swap speakers, or do the headunit as well If everything works, getting a better headunit would be a great option.
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Old 05-02-2014, 03:50 PM   #22
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I wired a relay for the parking break bypass, mounted the mic at the top of the drivers side pillar, and the GPS antenna on the dash in front of the pillar by the speaker grille. All steering wheel controls work but I need to reassign the Bluetooth ones, just haven't had time. Ordered the toyota USB adapter and will install when it arrives. When you start the car, it says check audio for about 5 seconds on the upper screen then it goes away, at either use the boost gauge or the mpg anyway because all the other info is on the kenwood. I will not be installing a backup camera because I prefer the oem one.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:52 PM   #23
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Seems everyone else is getting the check stereo message on startup after changing out their stereo, I'm not getting that. I also got all the wheel controls working and the phone on/off hook buttons work as well with my ASWC-1
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:23 PM   #24
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Got Pioneer 5000Nex installed yesterday. Will be among the first to have Carplay. Looks great!
Tell me more!!!! I'm getting the 4000NEX soon, I can't wait for car play!
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:51 PM   #25
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I haven't tried to reassign the Call buttons yet, just haven't had time. Yea it seems as though everyone seems to be getting that message. Strange that you don't, if you happen to find out why by all means let me know!!
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