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Old 04-10-2006, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default 98 Legacy - Removing OEM radio

I wasn't sure if I should post this here or in the Car Audio forum, but here goes.

I own a 98 Legacy GL here in Brazil. The OEM radio/cd player got a little old I am replacing it with a new one. Now, I would greatly benefit from a radio removal how-to. I did some searching but nothing consistent came up.

BTW, the Brazilian Legacy is made in Japan, so it is pretty much the JDM one driver-side swapped.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-10-2006, 11:30 AM   #2
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I know I've seen some pictures etc, but cant seem to find them.

Should be pretty easy though. IIRC, its just a few screws hidden behind the "cupholder" and then a bunch of clips to get the plastic surround off, and then a few more screws to get the head unit out. There may be a writeup over on sl-i.net.

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Old 04-10-2006, 11:47 AM   #3
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Old 04-10-2006, 01:00 PM   #4
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That is a very good writeup.

Tip: For removing the ashtray, either have a very short philips screwdriver or a drill with an angled bit head to remove/insert the screws. They are a PITA to get at and can cause many headaches.
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:17 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot.
Wow... that is a lot of trouble to install a simple radio.
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Old 04-12-2006, 09:15 AM   #6
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That doesn't look too bad, if your keeping the stock wiring.

If you look to upgrade the stock wires to monster cable or something I would think running the cables thru the car could be a pain in the rear, especially the rear speakers.
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Old 04-12-2006, 09:58 AM   #7
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That is a very good writeup.

Tip: For removing the ashtray, either have a very short philips screwdriver or a drill with an angled bit head to remove/insert the screws. They are a PITA to get at and can cause many headaches.
A phillips drill bit and some vice grips will do the trick too.
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Old 04-12-2006, 10:16 AM   #8
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That doesn't look too bad, if your keeping the stock wiring.

If you look to upgrade the stock wires to monster cable or something I would think running the cables thru the car could be a pain in the rear, especially the rear speakers.
Its not too bad actually. Its a lot easier if you run your sound wires on the driver's side of the car. Just fish the wires under the dash area where you instrument cluster is. Then you run them down behind the carpeting I believe to the door "foot panel" or whatever you call it. You can pop the "foot panels" off on the driver's side door areas and run wires under them easily. Then have them pop out near the rear seats and fish them up from there; at least that's easy with a wagon, no fixed rear seats to deal with. Not sure about the sedan.

Overall the install is pretty easy IMO, there are a lot more complicated radios to install.
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Old 04-12-2006, 11:36 AM   #9
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A phillips drill bit and some vice grips will do the trick too.

That's what i did, then i started leaving them loose enough to turn with the bit by hand. I've pulled my deck wayyy too many times.
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Old 04-12-2006, 01:38 PM   #10
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i love it that you have to take the damn center console out to swap the radio.. man just put a new deck in the GF's wrx and man, popped the bezel and 4 screws later.. so easy.. almost like a honda...
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Old 04-12-2006, 02:01 PM   #11
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Wow... that is a lot of trouble to install a simple radio.
It's not. It only is moderately hard the first time you do it.

The second time, after you're familiar with the process, it takes about 2 minutes to pull everything off and pull the radio.
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Old 04-13-2006, 01:05 PM   #12
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That is a very good writeup.
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Your welcome , that's my writeup which I did after buying the 97 GT Wagon

spdracr00 - Some cars are easy, some are hard. On my 95 Jetta its a matter of removing two little pieces of trim on either side and the radio slides out. You can literally swap out the OEM deck and have a new deck in 2 minutes.

Then there's the 90's Caviliers which requires half the dash to come apart, a radio swap takes an entire morning.
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Old 04-13-2006, 01:12 PM   #13
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A phillips drill bit and some vice grips will do the trick too.
Or a small ratchet with a 1/4" hex socket and said phillips #2 bit.
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