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Old 08-06-2003, 12:40 PM   #1
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Surely someone has pulled the stereo out, and if not from a Baja, then at least an Outback or a Legacy. Has anyone noticed if there are standard auc-input RCA jacks on the back? I want to put an MP3 player pass through cable on there and would like to know if it's even an option before I go through the 20 steps to even pull the stereo out just to look.

So, yeah, anyone looked at the back and remember seeing RCA jacks?
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Old 08-06-2003, 01:05 PM   #2
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I can safely say there are no RCA's on the back of the stock unit. There are a couple harness connections and antenna that plug into the stereo, that's it.
To do what you are trying to do you will need to splice into the harness or get an adapter. Plus a straight RCA out won't really do it since it will need to amplified for the speakers to work. (but the oem sub-woof has it's own amp somewhere)
With the wiring manual it wouldn't be too hard to build some sort of cutover to an auxilary amp, but it might get confusing and for all the trouble (plus some $$$) you could install an HU that has an aux in on the front, or MP3 capability

If you have more questions or want a picture of the stereo's butt let me know (my stereos out and all tore up)

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Old 08-06-2003, 08:02 PM   #3
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have you thought about an fm modulator?FM Modulator? it's what i used to wire in my dvd/mp3 player to play through the factory speakers. I believe with this configuration the sound still gets amplified by the stock radios amplifier.
this is'nt the exact one I used but it's the quickest one i could find. I think i payed 42 for mine

hope that helps
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Old 08-07-2003, 11:16 AM   #4
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I hadn't thought of that, I'd looked at the low power FM Transmitter types and had limited luck with them 7 years ago. I guess I'd still have to pull the stereo to do the FM Modulator, but at least the signal would be crystal clear, right?

Thanks, I'll have to shop around.
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Old 08-07-2003, 01:22 PM   #5
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I'm no whiz with FM modulators but yeah you do have to connect it to the antenna input on most of em (they're only putting out milliwatts). It's not too hard to get at the stereo, or maybe you could intercept the wire in an A-pillar or something.
Just read the 'structions :) also you might want to run it by the audio/security forum, those guys are nails with this kind of thing
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Old 08-07-2003, 08:26 PM   #6
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i've taken my stereo out possibly fifty different time now. so i've got it down to a science


1) remove plastic ring around shifter. It pulls right off. unscrew shifknob. the whole piece comes off.

2) take out ash tray and lighter piece

3) there are two F$^%$ing screws directly underneath where the ash tray slides in they MUST be removed inorder to take the trim off.

3a) curse alot while your trying to figure out how to get those screws out... i ended up using a ratchet with one of those multiple screw driver heads (you know the ones from the 4 in 1 craftsman screwdriver) i just found the ratchet size for the bit.

4) the whole piece pulls right out now. I found if you grasp at it from the left side just behind the stearing wheel is easist. (sidenote this is impossible to take out w/ keys in ignition... )

5) there are 6 screws hold the "radio assembly" in place. two on either side and two below.

6) you can now pull the radio assembly out a ways not all the way however since it's also attached to the climate control. However you can get to the 4 screws holding in the radio (you may not have to do this if you can get to the antena plug from there (the fm modulator is plug and play. you just need to power it off some 12v source IE: the red lighter plug wire).

7) waste not want not but reciever in connect whatever your going to connect it to and put back together.

I can do this whole process now in under 3 minutes i'd be happy to do it for you if you were local hope this helps

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Old 08-08-2003, 12:37 PM   #7
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Just a note about getting the screws out by the ash tray. Go to sears or where ever you shop for tools and get a 0 to 90 degree bit attachment. This will fit onto most ratchet tools and it is the same size as most multi tools screwdrivers and/or a poer screw driver. It makes life so mutch easier. I have the same thing on my 90 legacy to get to the sterio. When I had the Sterio installed, the installers let me watch and ask questions and they said that this bit makes all the differance on almost every vechiel that they see.

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Old 08-12-2003, 12:24 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by spacemonkey

I can do this whole process now in under 3 minutes i'd be happy to do it for you if you were local hope this helps

monkey- [/b]
Man, I wish you were a bit closer to Texas, I'm compitent but this sounds like a bit of work and would love to have someone helping me along. I'm going to have to put some thought and planning into this project. Too bad FM transmitter adapters are so GOD AWEFUL or I'd have a much simpler task in front of me.

Anyway, thanks for all the help so far, any other tips or suggestions are GREATLY appreciated!
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Old 08-12-2003, 12:42 PM   #9
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Something else to get at Sears for this task is the precision tool kit.... it cost about $20 and has a magnet on a stick, mirror on a stick, some picks, screw starter/magnet and other stuff. it's in a red plastic keep-bag.
The picks were invaluble for reaching through holes to get at hook pawls when I was taking out my stereo and other trim.
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Old 08-12-2003, 01:11 PM   #10
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ohh yes that reminds me the four screws that hold in the whole assembly have a tendency to fall. GET A MAGNETIC SCREWDRIVER HEAD you'll be so much better off. i must have lost the screws a dozen different times.

I might be able to take pics of the process if you give me a week or so. I have to take my tv out so i can adjust the contrast... AGAIN.... so I could do a detailed step by step if I remmeber.

just remind me in a week

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Old 08-12-2003, 01:56 PM   #11
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When i wanted to remove the stereo on my Baja i used this.

The instructions are actually for installing a 6 disc changer in a Legacy. But the first couple steps tell you how to get into the dash. Worked great for me
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