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Old 08-02-2003, 03:07 AM   #1
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i did'nt know where to ask this, but since this forum seems to be best informed of subaru nuances, i thought i'd give it a shot. my imprezas have roof mounted antennas on the driver's side pillar. i noticed that some (notably the lx models) have them on the drivers rear flank: motorized, on the fender near the trunk. anyone know what the significance of this is? is the body code, mfr point, or something different between the two. which cars have them where? i see this on 2 door LX'S. wagons & sedans also?

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Old 08-02-2003, 01:15 PM   #2
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I've never actually taken notice of this. All of the Imprezas I have seen have it located in the driver's side pillar. The 2004's had it integrated into the window though.

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Old 08-02-2003, 10:02 PM   #3
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Yeah, most cars since around 2002-2003 have been using the new, high tech, in-teh-window look that appears to be defogger lines, but is actually the antenna.


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Old 08-03-2003, 12:25 AM   #4
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i think its the RHD imprezas that have the antenna on the back, its mechanical.
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Old 08-03-2003, 04:43 AM   #5
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My old legacy had it on the back. It would go up and down with the radio power..... till it broke and stayed up... but still made the "up and down" noises.
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Old 08-03-2003, 10:48 AM   #6
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lets see
my subarus:

94 svx powered in rear 1/4 pannel
97 2.5 gt powered in rear 1/4 pannel
00 RS a pillar
02 wrx a pillar
93 L AWD a pillar
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Old 08-04-2003, 11:45 AM   #7
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I believe the power antenna was used on '93-'94 LS, then '95 LX, maybe '96 LX too but not sure.
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Old 08-04-2003, 01:35 PM   #8
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I have a wagon and want to move mine to the rear, like all the other wagons do everywhere but here. Will the job be easy to do?
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Old 08-04-2003, 11:12 PM   #9
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Default move it?

dunno,
but your reason for moving this would be:
1) to gain a power antenna?
2) to remove plastic; make the a pillar flush, reduce noise?

I like the manual antenna on the a pillar, but just began to wonder if it was contributing to wind roar, or if that was mostly due to the mirrors.

I know, I know, just turn up the sound system right?
I feel old now.
tony

actually on second thought, i'm not sure if you can move it there using stock mounting locations. I've only seen the rear antennae (usdm) on sedans & 2drs. it sits on the top flat portion next to the trunk-lid. since on the wagon this part is quartepanel or glass, you may need to check inside to see if there are mounts before doing any drilling. personally i think a roof mount would work best reception wise, plus it'd give you the symmetrical look.
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Old 08-05-2003, 12:06 PM   #10
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LS/LX wagons had power antennas, too.
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Old 08-05-2003, 03:39 PM   #11
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bad guess on my part then, my mistake.
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Old 08-05-2003, 05:10 PM   #12
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My reason for moving it to the rear...is because I am building a replica of a Version 2 WRX wagon (exterior that is). So in other words, wagon outside of the US have them on the rear in the center by the hatch. If I had a pic to show you I could.
So I was wondering how hard of a job is it to move it?
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Old 08-06-2003, 02:06 PM   #13
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Default i think i know what you're talking about

its like the stubby black antennae that sti versions mount near the rear wing on the five door roof. no? ownly had a pic from his yellow sti v6 wagon.

i believe you'll have to drill though, depending on what antenna you use. it'd probably be easier to just ignore the existing antenna & run new wiring to the new one, that way you would'nt need to bother or remove the old one. (unless you want to) just connect the lead to the rear of the head unit. other wiring maybe if you're using a boosted antenna.

i like your idea, just have'nt bothered myself as i've no wagon yet.
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Old 08-07-2003, 12:04 PM   #14
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stentorian
There was a thread on this about 8 months ago. We were looking into buying Fuba antennaes for about $70. You need to drill the roof and run the cable and power to the anntenna signal booster.
The hardest part is removing the old one and filling and painting.

member Portly has done it. He had some hail damage fixed so removed the old antenna and rack slats all at once.

I would like to do it, but it is lower on my list these days.
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Old 08-07-2003, 01:30 PM   #15
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im sporting a dakotadigital antenna (Antenna100) i think it was called mounted on the front glass.
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Old 08-07-2003, 06:55 PM   #16
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how do these stubby antennae and in glass window antennae work reception wise?

i'd consider it, but need good am reception, the traffic radio here is a must.

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Old 08-07-2003, 07:03 PM   #17
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Time was when the Limited Legacy's got the power antenna in the back and the standard ones got the A pillar ones. The new On the glass ones work just OK, they have a booster in line so if you swap out the head unit you have to remember to power it. Lots of people are finding this out the hard way when they don't and get poor reception:



A wiring diagram here:

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Old 08-07-2003, 10:27 PM   #18
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cool!

thanks.

great visual aids btw. love the site.
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Old 08-08-2003, 02:20 AM   #19
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Yes I remember the Fuba GB that never happened, and if it was going to happen I was on the list for it, but I guess tey didn't get enough people or something..Who knows.
Well when the time comes and I have alotta extra money to get it all done. I will have my car completely stripped of the paint on there now, all dents fixed and taken out, and the car completely painted. And yes it will cost me both of my nuts, heh!
-Joe
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Old 08-08-2003, 09:18 AM   #20
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Buried in the glass, woo-hoo! ('04 rex)
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Old 08-09-2003, 10:03 PM   #21
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ive got a rhd fwd 1994 impreza sedan and its above the pillar of the drivers door
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Old 08-09-2003, 10:32 PM   #22
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Buried in the glass, woo-hoo! ('04 rex)
It's on the class not in it
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It's on the class not in it
Righto.
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