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Old 09-02-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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Join Date: Dec 2012
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Bismarck, ND
2013 13 WRX Hatch

Default Will my radio work?

Will my 13 wrx head unit non navi work in an 09 forester non navi?
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:02 AM   #2
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Join Date: Oct 2002
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Atlanta, GA
1996 SVX L AWD
Laguna Blue Pearl


The main features (radio, CD), as well as illumination/dimming will work. For those functions, the 20-pin power/speaker harness is plug-and-play.

The older car's SWC buttons (if it has them) won't work. Cars with the phone/BT buttons use completely different resistors and have 8 buttons instead of 6 on the older cars. See this post.

The older car's aux harness (again, if present) has an 8-pin plug, as opposed to the 2013 HU using a 16-pin socket (for aux and BT microphone). I can build an adapter harness so the Forester's aux jack works. Adding a BT mic is a bit trickier, but can be done.

The older car doesn't have a USB socket. To add that currently would require a very expensive OEM USB harness, plus the newer-style pod in the center console that has both a USB socket and 3.5mm aux jack. Not worth the expense, IMO.

ADDED: I do now have a reverse Subaru USB adapter -- with the proper Hirose-style plug that will fit the USB socket on the rear of 2011-2014 Impreza/WRX/STi HUs that have built-in USB and Bluetooth. For more info about that or an 8-pin to 16-pin aux adapter, contact me via e-mail (see info on my web site -- click on my username).

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