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Old 07-12-2014, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default 2015 WRX - How To Retain The Factory Satellite Radio Antenna With a Aftermarket Deck

Hey Guys,

While installing a Aftermarket Receiver ( Pioneer AVH-X3600BHS ) into my 2015 WRX, I came across a way to retain use of the factory satellite antenna with a. aftermarket satellite Tuner such as the SiriusXM SXV200v1 kit.

The SiriusXM SXV200v1 Satellite Tuner kit comes with the tuner box and a new satellite antenna. Normally with a sirius antenna you would have to mount it on the dash next to the windshield or worst have to route the wires to the back of the car to hang out by your factory antenna. I was willing to do the 1st option but never the 2nd. Luckily I didn't have to do either.

After all the wires are removed from the back of the stock radio, you will find a wire with a Pink socket & white retaining clip. This is the factory Satellite Radio Antenna Wire:


By Removing this Pink Socket, you can connect the factory satellite wire straight to the sirius tuner and not have to route an external antenna.

I couldn't get the white retaining clip off at all by pushing the retainer clip section in, so I had to crack a corner of the socket with a pair of pliers to get the white retaining clip out.







Note: Even if you had to go back to stock you could plug the connection without the Pink Socket back to the factory radio.

I then Mounted the tuner box using Command Velcro strips to a Metal Beam below and to the left of the Radio:





Note: Even though your still using the Factory Antenna you will have to swap over your Satellite subscription to the new Tuner ID.

You can do this by going to the SiriusXM website, logging into My account and choosing the option "Replace This Radio With Another". It cost $15, a small price to pay to retain a clean exterior look.
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:19 AM   #2
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great info, thanks!
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:05 AM   #3
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just taking a chance here,

you did not by any luck take a picture of the blur tooth microphone plug type

i am unsatisfied with it and might want to replace it with something to try to solve the poor sound over the phone

thanks in adavnce
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:58 AM   #4
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I did not, not sure what the connector type looks like. It mite be part of a medium sized plug that no longer gets used.

In the past you could not retain the stock Bluetooth with a new deck or make the stock Bluetooth quality any better.Basically cause no audio guys could figure it out.

I'm going to take the radio beZel off later today to plug my usb wire in,ill snoop around more and see if I find anything for ya.


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Old 07-12-2014, 11:21 AM   #5
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just taking a chance here,

you did not by any luck take a picture of the blur tooth microphone plug type

i am unsatisfied with it and might want to replace it with something to try to solve the poor sound over the phone

thanks in adavnce
you got an aftermarket deck?

The Pioneer was just a headphone type plug


Great info! I'll be using this down the road.
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:52 AM   #6
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oem deck for a 2015 base wrx...

just hoping for a good idea!!!
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:06 PM   #7
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This is the sort of thing that drives me nuts.

The factory sat antenna plug on the nav deck requires a $60 adapter to use it on an aftermarket radio. But the base deck uses a standard SMB connector, albeit with an easily removable plastic housing.

Now, I'm just a lowly software developer code monkey, so I don't know anything about inventory and supply chain management, but wouldn't it be cheaper for Subaru to use the same connector for both? There's no technical difference between the two antennas, the XM antenna works great on my SXV200 with that adapter, the only difference is the connector at the end. Having to maintain two separate inventories for what's ultimately the same thing seems like an unnecessary expense. Oh well....

Also, in case you hadn't noticed, you can get some extra channels since the SXV200 is a SiriusXM tuner as opposed to a Sirius or XM tuner (yeah, took me awhile to explain that to someone who wondered why I had channels he didn't on his XM radio). Most of the channels are in the triple digits (300 and up I believe) so make sure you check those out, you might find something you like.

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just taking a chance here,

you did not by any luck take a picture of the blur tooth microphone plug type

i am unsatisfied with it and might want to replace it with something to try to solve the poor sound over the phone

thanks in adavnce
AFAIK, the BT mic is part of the harness and would not be a simple plug and play to get it working on an aftermarket deck. Maybe the wires could be tapped in to, but I'm not really sure. I'll let someone else be the guinea pig for that.
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:42 PM   #8
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thanks for sharing!

that would have saved me some time running the sirius antenna to the back of the roof. good to know i can do that on the next one.
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:55 PM   #9
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This is very informative, thanks guys

I was hoping to retain the OEM unit as I am not a electronices nut

I wil probably start with fiddling with microphone positioning or isolating around it
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:11 PM   #10
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I don't think that the factory microphone would be able to be reused it's going to be a hardwired connection going into the factory radio so yes you could splice the very tiny wires from a aftermarket mic onto those but the impedances might be different and what not so I don't think it would work correctly

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Great thread. I just had a new head unit installed in my 2017 WRX and found the factory plug has changed the connector once again for 2017. It looks like this.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwV...FTTJNMmpJ/view

Does anyone know which adapter plug will work to connect the 2017 factory antenna to a SXV300? I know the SAT1 from iDataLink Maestro doesn't fit.
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I just had a new head unit installed in my 2017 WRX and found the factory plug has changed the connector once again for 2017. It looks like this.

[non-accessible link to pic]

Does anyone know which adapter plug will work to connect the 2017 factory antenna to a SXV300?
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Yup, Subaru changed the connector on 2016-2018 WRX and STi models.

See this post.

The XM plug shown in NBRX's 2015 pictures in post #1 of this thread (above) is one leg of the alternate feeder cord that I describe in that other 2016 thread.

BTW, your google drive picture isn't public, so nobody can view it.
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:12 PM   #14
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Yup, Subaru changed the connector on 2016-2018 WRX and STi models.

See this post.

The XM plug shown in NBRX's 2015 pictures in post #1 of this thread (above) is one leg of the alternate feeder cord that I describe in that other 2016 thread.

BTW, your google drive picture isn't public, so nobody can view it.
You sir are amazing. Thank you very much for the assistance. I'm now a cable and a Maestro RR away from having my head unit working the way I want it to.
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