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Old 04-06-2018, 12:09 PM   #801
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I did the same upgrade to my door speakers a few months back. Not sure if the guy mentions it in the videos you linked, but be careful/gentle when pulling the door panels off on the back doors. I wasn't very careful and found out the hard way that the wire/harness going to the window switch is shorter than up front and accidentally broke the clip holding in the window switch when I yanked on it. Rather than spend the $$ on a new switch I just epoxied it back in place haha. As for quality of the upgrade, definitely worth it. I only did it because my OEM front left speaker somehow blew (even though I don't even listen to my music loud) and I'm happy I decided to do the upgrade instead of getting a new paper speaker.
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Old 04-06-2018, 12:13 PM   #802
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I did the same upgrade to my door speakers a few months back. Not sure if the guy mentions it in the videos you linked, but be careful/gentle when pulling the door panels off on the back doors. I wasn't very careful and found out the hard way that the wire/harness going to the window switch is shorter than up front and accidentally broke the clip holding in the window switch when I yanked on it. Rather than spend the $$ on a new switch I just epoxied it back in place haha. As for quality of the upgrade, definitely worth it. I only did it because my OEM front left speaker somehow blew (even though I don't even listen to my music loud.)
Thanks for the tip! I tend to go really slow when installing anything, but stuff does happen. I will be sure to keep a close eye on the rear door cards when installing.

Glad to hear the upgrade is worth it. For <300 bucks, it seems to be a worthy contender without going too crazy. Looking forward to listening to music again and not cringing when I turn it up a bit.
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:35 PM   #803
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Highly recommend doing a headunit upgrade, the difference between oem and aftermarket is unbelievable. I've been using Pioneer headunits for my past 3 cars (RSX, and both WRXs) as well as in my wife's Crosstrek and I can only say good things about them. I have the H&K system in my 15 WRX, so with those speakers plus the control of the aftermarket headunit and a small subwoofer, I think it's about as close to perfection as I can get without spending quite a lot more.
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:38 PM   #804
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Highly recommend doing a headunit upgrade, the difference between oem and aftermarket is unbelievable. I've been using Pioneer headunits for my past 3 cars (RSX, and both WRXs) as well as in my wife's Crosstrek and I can only say good things about them. I have the H&K system in my 15 WRX, so with those speakers plus the control of the aftermarket headunit and a small subwoofer, I think it's about as close to perfection as I can get without spending quite a lot more.
Yes this is definitely an option. I ran a pioneer in my 13 wrx and loved it. Didn't even have to change the speakers to satisfy my needs. However, I am really trying to retain the factory look of the interior and not mess with the headunit. I know there are much better options out there that offer a ton more adjustments and features, but it's something I am not really looking to jump into. I got lucky with my previous unit with the WRX. I bought it off of someone parting out their STI so it came with all the pieces to keep everything working properly. I'll see how these kickers sound and go from there, but I have a feeling it'll be enough for me.
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Old 04-09-2018, 03:49 PM   #805
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Kicker speakers are coming in today. I think I might try the tweeters first since they are simple to install. Plus itíll allow me to see the difference the door speakers add. Iíll be sure to post up once I get everything in.

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Old 04-09-2018, 07:51 PM   #806
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Wow. Incredible STI. This gives me a lot to think about and dream about!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:12 PM   #807
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Wow. Incredible STI. This gives me a lot to think about and dream about!



Thanks for sharing.


Thanks for the kind words. If you have any questions, let me know.
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:23 PM   #808
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Went trough every page, and wow! amazing ride, tastefully modded hands down my favorite look!
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Went trough every page, and wow! amazing ride, tastefully modded hands down my favorite look!

Thank you!
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Old 04-10-2018, 04:09 PM   #810
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Man the shine on your paint is incredible. I have a 15 WRX and picked up a torqx polisher last year that i'm still learning on with the help of some chemical guys videos.
I love the black paint but man it shows everything.

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Old 04-10-2018, 09:38 PM   #811
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Man the shine on your paint is incredible. I have a 15 WRX and picked up a torqx polisher last year that i'm still learning on with the help of some chemical guys videos.
I love the black paint but man it shows everything.

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Check out obsessed garage. Matt has a lot of valuable information that youíll benefit from. He is an OCD freak like myself and very relatable with a wealth of knowledge that we can all understand.

Yes Black is no fun at all. I had two black cars in my life and made a pact to myself Iíll never do it again. It looks amazing clean, but very hard to keep it looking good.
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Check out obsessed garage. Matt has a lot of valuable information that you’ll benefit from. He is an OCD freak like myself and very relatable with a wealth of knowledge that we can all understand.

Yes Black is no fun at all. I had two black cars in my life and made a pact to myself I’ll never do it again. It looks amazing clean, but very hard to keep it looking good.
How do you feel about Lapis Blue Pearl in comparison considering it's so dark as well?

I was debating between it an WRB but still going to get LBP because it feels more subtle, luxurious, and special (being more rare). Just curious to get your thoughts on the cleanliness factor of it since I've heard many owner claims it's very hard to keep it looking clean as well.
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:54 PM   #813
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How do you feel about Lapis Blue Pearl in comparison considering it's so dark as well?

I was debating between it an WRB but still going to get LBP because it feels more subtle, luxurious, and special (being more rare). Just curious to get your thoughts on the cleanliness factor of it.


Lapis is challenging as well. Not as hard as black to keep clean, but it definitely shows swirls if you arenít careful. However, if you stay on top of it and keep it coated, itís extremely rewarding. The color is gorgeous in the sunlight.

Yes I too was thinking of wrb, but ultimately chose Lapis over wrb since it is a bit more subtle. Plus I prefer a darker blue color on cars, so it worked out. I loved galaxy blue, but they discontinued that color after 2015. Lapis Is very close to it but has more purple in it.

The only other color I was considering was white. Mainly due to the easy of keeping it looking good. However I already had a white 13 Wrx so I decided to go with something different. If I decide to get another sti after this, Iíll probably go back to white unless they offer a new color that I like.



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Lapis is challenging as well. Not as hard as black to keep clean, but it definitely shows swirls if you aren’t careful. However, if you stay on top of it and keep it coated, it’s extremely rewarding. The color is gorgeous in the sunlight.

Yes I too was thinking of wrb, but ultimately chose Lapis over wrb since it is a bit more subtle. Plus I prefer a darker blue color on cars, so it worked out. I loved galaxy blue, but they discontinued that color after 2015. Lapis Is very close to it but has more purple in it.

The only other color I was considering was white. Mainly due to the easy of keeping it looking good. However I already had a white 13 Wrx so I decided to go with something different. If I decide to get another sti after this, I’ll probably go back to white unless they offer a new color that I like.
Thanks much for your inputs! That's basically aligned with what I figured as well.

Coincidentally, I'm kind of in the same boat. I was considering white as the only other option as well but since that's the same color as my current 2016 Impreza and when practically every 3rd car in a parking lot (everything from a Maserati to a broken-down Honda) is a shade of white, suddenly that nice clean white feels a lot less special. Decided to amp it up with the WRX however (without going too over the top).

She's truly a beauty that LBP!
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:28 AM   #815
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What's being installed: Kicker Speaker Tweeters and Door Speakers

In my quest to make this car a perfect daily driver, I knew the audio was a weak spot and needed to be addressed. I am no audio guru, but the stock system leaves a lot to be imagined. Coming from my 2015 Jeep GC, I noticed the sound system in the STI was extremely weak right away. I had a similar experience with my previous WRX and ended up changing the headunit out. That alone made a night and day difference, but with this car, I wanted to keep things as OEM as possible.

Before I got the car, I had intensions of getting one with the harmon kardon option, but when it came down to it, there were only 2 STI's on the lot with that upgrade and they were red. Also, they were 4-5k more and didn't find it necessary to spend that much more mainly just for the stereo. I started my research to see what options I had as I knew there had to be something out there that fit the bill.

I first came across the OEM audio plus solution. This seemed to be the exact direction I wanted to go in since it was a seamless install that provided quality sound without interfering with the stock wiring. Great! However, after seeing the price, I puckered a bit and couldn't justify spending that much on the system. I spoke with the owner at OEM+ and he was extremely helpful and was willing to work with me, however, it just wasn't enough to make me jump at the deal.

I briefly entertained the idea of doing something custom and having a reputable shop do it. However at the end of the day, it was going to be more work and time into this car that I wasn't willing to do. I wanted to keep it simple. I am sure going with this option would have produced a much better sound, but again, I am not after something that breaks windows.

Next I came across the OEM kicker upgrade. What I found appealing to this was that is it an OEM option that literally bolts up and plugs into the existing holes and plugs. I just wanted to remove the stock speakers and bolt the new stuff right up without having to splice wires and configure brackets and molds. Keep in mind, I am not going after the best sound. Just something to up the quality a bit to rid the harshness and create a more clear and crisp sound. I ended up finding Subaru Parts Warehouse and saw they were offering 25% off so I managed to get the door speakers and tweeters for $275. Which I thought was a pretty great deal considering the normal cost.

Everything arrived at my doorstep in a few days so I decided to get cracking on the install. The overall impression was that they were much higher quality than I thought. The door speakers look really nice and have a nice weight to them. The magnet in the back seem to be pretty substantial, so I knew it was going to offer a much cleaner sound off the bat. The tweeters seemed to be a bit lighter and cheaper feeling than I thought, however it didn't poison my opinion on their performance. Ended up taking 2 days simply because I didn't get into the garage until 11/11:30pm after doing Dad and grownup things.

I did the tweeters the first night since it was easy access and wasn't as involved as the door speakers. Simply pop the covers off, unscrew, unplug and do everything in reverse order. Just what I wanted! OEM fitment and easy install.

The next night I managed to get into the garage a little earlier so I could tackle the door speakers. Knowing it was a bit more work, I wanted to make sure I allotted enough time to this install to make sure I didn't break anything and everything went back together properly. Creating new rattles was a concern of mine, so I made sure that everything that came off went right back on the same way. I also did an extra step and put some electrical tape on all the clip holes to ensure a much tighter fit. I also tapped down the speaker wires in the front to the door frame to ensure there was no movement and possibility of introducing rattles.

Everything bolted up perfectly and literally looked like they were meant to be there. The whole kit comes with everything you need to ensure an OEM like install. Felt tape, vibration dampers. Very pleased with how everything bolted up to the car. I was also impressed with how everything went back together. There was no hunting for the clip holes. Everything went back together perfectly.

Since I installed the tweeters the day before and had a chance to listen to them first, I got to say the tweeters made the biggest difference. The really cleared up the sound and you can tell just how more crisp everything sounded. I was pretty impressed with them as I felt they were the weak link in the whole upgrade since they were made of plastic and felt a bit cheaper. The door speakers definitely made a difference as the sound ended up feeling much more full. Not as big of a difference as I imagined, but definitely something you'll notice right away. I am now able to turn the stereo up without hearing any of the harshness. The upgrade really shines when the volume is up as I felt that is where the biggest difference was apparent.

Was it worth the $275? I am going to go with yes on this one. While it's not as big of a difference as I thought, it definitely was an upgrade. For the money, that's a pretty cheap for an OEM option. I really feel the kicker sub would tie it all in and complete the system. Which I feared and knew it was something I was going to come to conclusion on. I will have to do my research on this one as I definitely would like to add a sub to the car to fill in the gaps. I really enjoy the kicker and OEM+ subs as they offer a really nice package that keeps things OEM looking and super clean. Pricing is steep on both still, so it's something I have to do some research on.

Overall, I am pleased with the upgrade. Definitely a difference that I feel I will really notice more the more I listen to music. I feel a solid headunit would benefit as well, but not sure I want to go that route just yet since I haven't found a solution that flows well with the OEM scheme.

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Old 04-11-2018, 08:50 PM   #816
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Good write up and review. Makes me want to do mine now.
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Good write up and review. Makes me want to do mine now.


Thanks dude. I think youíll be happy with it. The price is reasonable and it definitely cleans things up. If you already have a headunit, itíll sound even better.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:00 AM   #818
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You need an amp now. From what I understand, part of the problem with the stock unit is that it doesn't have enough power to drive the speakers.
I'm rather glad I went with the limited package. The HK system is not the best out there, but it sure sounds pretty good while being stock.
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:43 AM   #819
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You need an amp now. From what I understand, part of the problem with the stock unit is that it doesn't have enough power to drive the speakers.
I'm rather glad I went with the limited package. The HK system is not the best out there, but it sure sounds pretty good while being stock.
Yes, the weak link in this whole thing is the stock head unit. Extremely under-powered, so an amp would definitely be a good solution. I think adding a decent head unit to the mix would be night and day. Although, the car needs some bass so I would probably add that to mix first. We'll see.

The limited is definitely a nice option. I looked briefly at a limited, but I wasn't crazy about the leather option they had in the car. The wheels are nice, but ultimately knew I was going to sell them for something different. The only options I liked on the limited was the sunroof, keyless entry, and the harmon kardon. They actually offer a base model with all of those options (minus sunroof) for about 4-5k more. However when I went to go buy mine, they only STI's on the lot with this option were both red.
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nice setup! love the wheels!
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:18 AM   #821
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nice setup! love the wheels!
Thanks! I am quite fond of them as well. Usually I am already starting to think of the next weel, but these seem to keep my interest. Which is a good thing since that doesn't happen to often haha.
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Diving a bit deeper into the stereo now as I am trying to fill in the gaps. Trying to find what my next step would be. The Kicker upgrade is definitely nice, but I feel I am not getting the full capabilities out of them. Anyone have any insight on what to do next?

From reading through a few threads, it seems like I have 3 ways to go. Adding a better headunit, adding an alpine power pack, and/or adding a sub. Right now the alpine power pack seems to be something worthwhile since I can retain the stock head unit. Does anyone have any information on this? Is the install easy?I am not looking to splice into anything. I just want to plug in and be done with it.

Any ideas for headunits as well? I don't need anything fancy, just something capable to power the kicker speakers. Only functions I care about are ability to play ipod, stream music/podcasts, and have everything function as normal (SW controls, back up camera, bluetooth, etc.).

A sub would definitely help, but this may not be the best step to take next. It would add some depth to the sound, but fear it won't fill in the gaps that I am looking for.

Any help is appreciated!

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How are you liking the look of the USDM Aero splash guards? I can't make up my mind if I want the JDM or USDM ones.... Hard to get a good feel for them in pictures. USDM looks like they hang pretty low compared to the JDM ones.

Car looks awesome, I wish I could detail my car that well hahahaha. Well done man.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:40 PM   #824
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How are you liking the look of the USDM Aero splash guards? I can't make up my mind if I want the JDM or USDM ones.... Hard to get a good feel for them in pictures. USDM looks like they hang pretty low compared to the JDM ones.



Car looks awesome, I wish I could detail my car that well hahahaha. Well done man.


I love them. The jdm ones go up to high and I didnít like how they wrap around into the diffuser. The usdm flow with the car better and donít go as high. They really complete the car. Looks way better with them on!
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I decided to go with the Kicker sub to complete the setup. Not looking to sacrifice any of the functions from the stock head unit, so trying to keep it simple. I actually got the kicker speakers to sound pretty decent using the EQ all week, so I am betting adding the sub will finish everything off nicely.

Trying to find the best place to purchase it. Heuburger Subaru seems to be the cheapest so far, but trying to see if there are any other dealers that anyone knows of that can hook it up.

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