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Old 08-07-2001, 01:56 AM   #1
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Question anyone know how to connect subaru sub to aftermarket deck?

I'm thinking of getting a new deck for my WRX and am wondering if anyone has installed the factory sub in a similar setting? If so, I'd like to know what wiring is on the sub and how it would connect to the new deck. Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2001, 11:21 AM   #2
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i recently swapped out the head unit in my car and upon removing the factory 6-disc, i noticed that there was a large wiring dongle that went between the factory plug and the factory 6dosc changer. With this thing in place, everything worked. With this thing not in place, the sub did not work. I'm guessing that with an aftermarket stereo and the correct adapter to fit your car, you won't need anything else to make the factory sub work.
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Old 08-07-2001, 11:39 AM   #3
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nhluhr is correct, that "dongle" is the "T-connector" for the sub (it connects to incoming power, ground and the rear speaker outputs).

If you use a "factory wiring harness adapter" to connect your new head to the "dongle " (as if it were the factory wiring harness) your sub will still work. Mine does.

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Old 08-07-2001, 12:47 PM   #4
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thanks a lot, guys.

just to confirm, i will need to get a harness that plugs into the existing harness that originally plugged into the factory deck? my factory sub is not yet installed and i want to be sure to get the right harness.
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Old 08-07-2001, 01:42 PM   #5
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Correct. Most installers (dealers) sell them for about $20. They are bare wires on one end and a plug on the other that mimics theone in the factory head unit. Solder (not twist or crimp!) the leads from the head unit (usually on a separate harnass that plugs into the new head) to the leads together, plug the sub "T connector" to the plug in the dash, your new "adaptor harness" (that you put together) into the sub's "T-connector" and into your head unit.

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Old 08-07-2001, 09:25 PM   #6
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This is a bit off topic, but I sold my factory sub to a guy that thought he had the factory plug for the sub to find out he didnt...any way to get the sub working with the factory head unit without the whole harness??? I don't want to feel like I ripped the guy off.

I have replaced my entire system but the harness wasn't taken out from under the dash and the sub connection is still in the original spot.

How can I help this guy out.....BTW I have the factory head unit for sale if anyones interested
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Old 08-08-2001, 02:37 AM   #7
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Crimping works fine if you know what you're doing. I've crimped stereo connections for about eight years without a single problem. Soldiering is better, but it's awkward inside the car.

If somebody has the wiring scheme for the stock sub you can splice into it. Or you could just pop your stereo out and pull it through and ship it to the guy.
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