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Old 02-20-2005, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default Removing stock head unit from 05 WRX?

I picked up an 05 WRX a few weeks ago, and the stock head unit is driving me nuts. I'm really starting to miss my MD unit that I removed from my old car. Where can I find instructions on how to remove the old unit? I've done plenty of car installations, but never on a Subaru. I wasn't sure of the proper procedure for removing the dash trim pieces to remove the old unit. I didn't find much info on the 05 when searching this forum.
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Old 02-20-2005, 12:56 AM   #2
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Follow this:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...p?threadid=159

You will not need to worry about the armrest console. The 05 is differnt, unscrew the shift knob (if you have a manual) and pop the trim. Disconnect the cig lighter, and set the piece aside. The center console has two screws in the bottom, remove these and pry off the console. Be mindful of the two clips at the top. These gave me the most worry. The rest is a breeze. Get a wiring adapter, and the rest of the install is a breeze.

Hope this made sense, I've had about two too many to drink tonight. Cheers!
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Old 02-20-2005, 01:03 AM   #3
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Sweet thread. Thanks for the info. With my wife working all day tomorrow, I've got something to do now.
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Old 02-20-2005, 10:57 AM   #4
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Its very easy...Did you try it yet?
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Old 02-20-2005, 11:20 AM   #5
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Not yet, I'm printing the instructions as I type this to head outside and try it. I'll let you know how it turns out, and take some pictures if the install is a success. I'm wondering if the dash adapter kit I got is going to work. I might find I need a different one.
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Old 02-20-2005, 12:46 PM   #6
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just pull the whole car snaps togeather with plasitc clips haahahah just kidding really its not to hard though youll be fine lol

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Old 02-20-2005, 03:05 PM   #7
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After a few things that had to be done before starting, I'm on my way. I've just released most of the radio/AC piece, but the top doesn't want to come. I'm going to keep playing with it.

ps. It's nice having wireless internet in the garage. It's letting me look at pictures while I'm in the car.
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Old 02-20-2005, 04:35 PM   #8
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First time is the hardest for the top two clips. Wrap a screwdrivers in electrical tape and wedge it in there. It takes a bit of force. I though I was gonna break it, but you wont.
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Old 02-20-2005, 04:44 PM   #9
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like i said....pull

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Old 02-20-2005, 06:50 PM   #10
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You guys were right...pull really hard. I didn't bother wedging anything in there for fear of making a mark. Simply used my fingers. I'm working on dinner for my wife right now, but I'll post some pictures of the finished install later this evening.

Thanks for all help. This newb really appreciates it.
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Old 02-20-2005, 06:52 PM   #11
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no prob...everything just pulls off on new cars lol....safe huh :-D

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Old 02-20-2005, 09:35 PM   #12
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Cool

Here's the picture I promised. It sounds awesome. Good to be back in business with MD in my car.

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Old 02-20-2005, 09:53 PM   #13
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Damn man, that head looks like it belongs with the trim. Nice job!
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Old 02-20-2005, 10:50 PM   #14
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Thanks. Yeah, the color did come out nice. It even has green illumination to match the WRX dash lighting.
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Old 02-20-2005, 11:00 PM   #15
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You can buy this DIP pocket at http://www.subaruwrxparts.com/04sti-interior.html
You need to dril the metal braket to mount this DIN pocket. (4 extra holes)
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Old 02-20-2005, 11:53 PM   #16
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That's pretty sweet looking. I'll have to consider looking into it. Does it come with instructions of what modifications are needed. For $20 it seems like a great add on.
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Old 02-21-2005, 12:31 AM   #17
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That's pretty sweet looking. I'll have to consider looking into it. Does it come with instructions of what modifications are needed. For $20 it seems like a great add on.
There is no instruction come with this DIN pocket.
Here is how I did;
Put mounting brakets onto aftermarket HU without tighten the screws completely for giving the space to slide in new DIN pocket, then adjust the position and tighen the screws. (just sandwched) Mount on the car to check final position. If not good, repeat adjustment. If position is ok, mark the braket for driling.
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Old 02-23-2005, 10:36 PM   #18
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Thanks for the tip. I'm planning to install a CD changer in a few weeks, so I'm going to look at ordering that piece.
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