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Old 06-11-2017, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default Can a 2018 WRX Multifunction Display be swapped into a 2015-2017 WRX?

I want to swap in a 2018 multifunction display into my 2016 wrx. Possible? What are the main differences? Would the swap be just plug and play?
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:58 AM   #2
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Just speculating, but I'd say no. Probably the programming in the ECU is directly tied to that model year specific display.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:31 AM   #3
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yea doubt it will be plug and play. Unless they integrated the UI into the display itself but highly doubtful.

Now the 2018 gauges would be a nice swap. Makes the interior look more modern and a bit more expensive.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:46 AM   #4
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^^^ Agreed on the gauges. Unfortunately they cheapened the look of the exterior with the different shades of excessive plastic on the front bumper.

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Old 06-12-2017, 01:03 PM   #5
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looks like Coop_Nation tried it but the 2018 MFD has a different connector.


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Maybe in time somebody like SVXDC will make a conversion harness.
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:59 PM   #6
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Anyone out there know if the WRX and STI share the same display part number and connections? I was hoping to do this too, but I guess it's not looking possible...
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Old 06-12-2017, 03:31 PM   #7
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Ok guys thanks for the input. I love this forum!
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:45 PM   #8
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Anyone know how to get a schematic for the 2018 MFD?
It looks like the old MFD schematic is available here:

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...lay-sj-459129/
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:23 AM   #9
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I wonder if you can move the pins over to the new plug. Hopefully this becomes a possible upgrade. I like that screen better.
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:47 AM   #10
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Isn't it supposed to simply read OBDII data? If it's the case, while the plugs might be different along with the display itself, the raw data coming it should remain the same...
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:30 PM   #11
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I bet here is more data coming in via canbus and I wouldn't be surprised if the new MFD is getting its data differently now. That's my guess though. I hope more people tinker with this... I would like to know for sure.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:28 PM   #12
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Patiently waiting........
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:05 PM   #13
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I'd assume the controller sending the graphic data to the screen is different, and even if you could get the data into the new screen, it would display the same screen data as it does currently. It would probably take updating whatever control module provides the graphic data to the display to the current module, which may or may not be possible.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:41 PM   #14
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Also looking to do this in my 2017 STI if someone makes a plug and play type solution.
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:13 PM   #15
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I'd assume the controller sending the graphic data to the screen is different, and even if you could get the data into the new screen, it would display the same screen data as it does currently. It would probably take updating whatever control module provides the graphic data to the display to the current module, which may or may not be possible.
Not necessarily. The old MFD takes data from the can communication system:



Anyone know is the Part no for the new MFD is 85263VA020

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Old 07-19-2017, 02:38 PM   #16
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Default part number for new MFD

Hi All, wanted to chip in with the prat number and link per request:

Part Number: 85263VA020

link: http://parts.subaru.com/p/Subaru_201...5263VA020.html

hopefully that helps, looking forward to a solution!
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Old 07-19-2017, 04:55 PM   #17
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Not necessarily. The old MFD takes data from the can communication system:

Well then it's probably dependent on the type of CAN communications objects in the firmware, and whether the control unit that provides the data is sending the same data. It wouldn't be hard to re-pin and connect the power and CAN connections and see what it does. (If someone has the schematic for the new MFD)
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