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Old 07-06-2015, 11:24 AM   #26
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Thanks for your efforts pioneering the way on this. I really want to do something about the sound of this system. Mine is just the 6.2" non-nav starlink system. I don't mind the HU but the sound isn't great, maybe an amp and sub would help out enough without having to go aftermarket HU.
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What kind/size sub and amp are you going with? Im undecided about this because I don't want to end up with a system that has tons of bass drowning out the rest of the system. I was thinking just a single 8 or 10" sub in a sealed box and a nice monoblock amp to power it.
I've had the same amp/subs for years. Two Kicker CVX 12s and a kicker 1200.1 amp, could be wrong on the specifics of my amp but I keep em running pretty low to be honest. Looking for the same thing you are, a little bass but not to drown out the actual music.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:26 AM   #27
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Someone needs to find the hidden menus on this new unit. There has to be a loud and through option like all their other units. but where.....?
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:24 PM   #28
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I am doing a write up on removing the stereo so I will have more to come on this. Pictures and what not. I need help figuring out the colors for each speaker to wire in a LOC. Might end up taking off the door panels and looking to be honest unless somoene can help me find a wiring diagram.

btw the stereo model is a Clarion PF-3692, so if we can figure out if the model matches the impreza, maybe we can use the same wiring harness? Just thinking out loud.
Awesome! Thanks for making a write up on how to get it out!
Once I get my 2016, I'll probably be doing this myself so this is going to be really helpful!

I guess if possible let us know how the wiring harness is when you start messing with it. I'm thinking it'll be different from the 2015 model because of the Starlink HU.
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:28 PM   #29
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Awesome! Thanks for making a write up on how to get it out!
Once I get my 2016, I'll probably be doing this myself so this is going to be really helpful!

I guess if possible let us know how the wiring harness is when you start messing with it. I'm thinking it'll be different from the 2015 model because of the Starlink HU.
Yea, I can already tell you the harness is different than the 15. None of the colors match up with the diagrams I saw for it. Looks like I'm going to be doing it the hard way and just pulling the door panels off and looking. I took tomorrow off and plan to get all of this done between tonight and tomorrow.
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:49 PM   #30
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Someone needs to find the hidden menus on this new unit. There has to be a loud and through option like all their other units. but where.....?
I haven't found a hidden menu on my star link in my crosstrek but there is a full featured equalizer fader and vocal imaging , also there is a sound restorer and a sound enhancer which I think is the same as a loud mode as it got louder when I went from low to high
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:56 PM   #31
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Cool I'm going to check it out myself in a second. Running the power and remote wires tonight then knocking out the hard part tomorrow.
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:17 AM   #32
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I haven't found a hidden menu on my star link in my crosstrek but there is a full featured equalizer fader and vocal imaging , also there is a sound restorer and a sound enhancer which I think is the same as a loud mode as it got louder when I went from low to high
I found the sound restorer under settings>audio and turned it on but where do you find the sound enhancer?
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What kind/size sub and amp are you going with? Im undecided about this because I don't want to end up with a system that has tons of bass drowning out the rest of the system. I was thinking just a single 8 or 10" sub in a sealed box and a nice monoblock amp to power it.
IMHO, another option is to go with some better fronts (woofers, and tweeters) and power them with a dedicated amp. I have done that in a previous gen WRX and it made a huge difference. Much better overall sound including punchier base. If you start there, you can always add a sub later.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:38 AM   #34
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definitely a good option, I will be adding an amp and better speakers all around at some point as well. Quick update on the speakers I did run my power and remote wires last night. Right down the drivers side honestly was very easy and I followed the other walkthrough in this forum for a 15 with that. Drop power wire into fender well, run through the rubber gromet. Really quite easy. So far today I got behind both front door speakers colors and pics attached. Going to wire up my loc behind the stereo and get you guys some pics of the two pesky bolts that make the 16 different this year.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:40 AM   #35
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Well I guess I can't attach pics from my phone so the colors are below. I'll put them up later.

Drivers door - blue gold/black white

Passenger - brown yellow/green
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:41 PM   #36
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Well guys it came out great, I'll get the pics up later just wanted to stop in and let you all know the install went smooth and everything works beautifully. Have to say the bass sounds really nice and not too overpowering. Gives the stereo just what it needs.
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Well guys it came out great, I'll get the pics up later just wanted to stop in and let you all know the install went smooth and everything works beautifully. Have to say the bass sounds really nice and not too overpowering. Gives the stereo just what it needs.
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Well guys it came out great, I'll get the pics up later just wanted to stop in and let you all know the install went smooth and everything works beautifully. Have to say the bass sounds really nice and not too overpowering. Gives the stereo just what it needs.

I'm considering installing my old underseat subwoofer which adds the perfect amount of bass. When you have a chance, can you post any pictures you may have of the backend of the Starlink Headunit and/or the pins/ends of the harness so I can figure out what T-Harness I need to use to get this subwoofer woofing? Thanks a bunch.

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Well guys it came out great, I'll get the pics up later just wanted to stop in and let you all know the install went smooth and everything works beautifully. Have to say the bass sounds really nice and not too overpowering. Gives the stereo just what it needs.
Awesome! Glad it went well.

Just to clarify, you didn't install a new aftermarket head unit right? Only speakers/amp?
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Well guys it came out great, I'll get the pics up later just wanted to stop in and let you all know the install went smooth and everything works beautifully. Have to say the bass sounds really nice and not too overpowering. Gives the stereo just what it needs.
This is encouraging to hear. So You just added subs and amp right? Did you run all your cables the same as a 15?

Would be awesome if you could give some details/pics of the wiring behind the HU and how you installed that line out converter.

Enjoy your new found bass!
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:01 AM   #41
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I'm planning on giving you guys a walkthrough. Honestly just got busy yesterday, I'll throw it together a little later today and post it here. Cables were run down each side of the car, just pop your door sill things off and run Em under. I'll put it all up later. Sorry for the delay.
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:46 AM   #42
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Alright guys, here goes nothing. My first ever DIY so sorry if I missed something.

I want to send a quick thanks out to aigochamaloh for his thread for the 2015 (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2641552). Used his steps to run the power wire.

Big difference with the 2016 wrx's is our new headunit. The new headunit is a bit of a PITA to get out. You have two bolts that are "locking" it into place. One you access through taking out the glove box and the other by removing a small panel directly underneath where you key goes. I have a pic of where they are once the stereo is remove and a couple other pics to help you locate these.

Where to access the two bolts



This is what it looks like behind the stereo. The mounting points are circled.



Now that those are out. You can pretty much treat the rest of the removal process like a 2015. Remove the top piece with either a dash removal tool or something small that is plastic so you don't ruin your dash. Couple good videos on youtube for this part.



Remove the top two bolts on the stereo you see in the pic and remove the stereo/temperature controls all at once. BE CAREFUL, do not hit your screen on your shift knob when removing it. Take your time, it will come right out by pushing on the two black tabs (One on the left, one on the right).



Picture from above, so everyone can see the model information.



Next was the fun part.... How do I know which wires to tap into for my line converter? Since no one else has done this before I had to take the door panels off and find out. Good thing is, subaru made it easy and gave the speakers all their own plug into the stereo. Pretty easy to wire into.

Front Passenger -
+ White/Black
- Blue/Gold



Front Driver -
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I'm a splice and solder kind of guy so here is everything all wired up to the LOC.



After that, run your RCAs down the passenger side. I ran my power and remote wires down the driver side and tapped into the acc fuse by the driverside footwell for remote. I know I didn't cover absolutely every aspect of the install but I hope this helps others do the install. It covers the more difficult pieces I would say.

and here is a pic of my baby
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Hey guys,

So I am completely new to subaru (picked up my first WRX last night) and am already fretting over what to do about this head unit. It's the only down point for me on this car.

This guide is awesome and compared with the rest of the 2015's it looks like it's not a terribly difficult swap. My question is the climate controls. In the last picture, it looks as though the climate controls are attached to the HU. Is this going to present me with a problem if I wanted to swap in a car play HU?

Thanks for all of your help!
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Hey guys,

So I am completely new to subaru (picked up my first WRX last night) and am already fretting over what to do about this head unit. It's the only down point for me on this car.

This guide is awesome and compared with the rest of the 2015's it looks like it's not a terribly difficult swap. My question is the climate controls. In the last picture, it looks as though the climate controls are attached to the HU. Is this going to present me with a problem if I wanted to swap in a car play HU?

Thanks for all of your help!
Is it the sound quality you are not happy with or the functionality of the head unit? Sound quality can be addressed without replacing the head unit.
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Hey guys,

So I am completely new to subaru (picked up my first WRX last night) and am already fretting over what to do about this head unit. It's the only down point for me on this car.

This guide is awesome and compared with the rest of the 2015's it looks like it's not a terribly difficult swap. My question is the climate controls. In the last picture, it looks as though the climate controls are attached to the HU. Is this going to present me with a problem if I wanted to swap in a car play HU?

Thanks for all of your help!
Hey man, i can't say for sure but I'm willing to bet these controls will go right into the old dash kit and give you the same setup as a 15 basically (Probably a couple screws just holding them in place). As far as wiring in the new head unit that is going to be tricky. Plugs are definitely not the same as the 15.
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Is it the sound quality you are not happy with or the functionality of the head unit? Sound quality can be addressed without replacing the head unit.
So this brings up a good topic. I've been looking around at some sound processors and eqs because honestly the HU itself doesn't function poorly, just sounds pretty bad. Does anyone have any recommendations? I know cleansweep will flatten out the signal but would something from AudioControl do me better? Will it also flatten out the signal?
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Honestly I really am thinking about going with a DQ-61.Looks like it will get the job done and give me 6 channels to work with.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_161DQ61...-61-Black.html
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So this brings up a good topic. I've been looking around at some sound processors and eqs because honestly the HU itself doesn't function poorly, just sounds pretty bad. Does anyone have any recommendations? I know cleansweep will flatten out the signal but would something from AudioControl do me better? Will it also flatten out the signal?
I don't know your budget, but in my 2015 I installed the OEM Audio 400 + solution (it was right around $1K shipped on sale) and this includes:
- new tweeters
- integrated subwoofer enclosure for the trunk
- Two amps. One a DSP custom tuned amp and custom tuned for our cars, and another amp to power the subwoofer.
- All cables are plug and play with existing speakers and head unit. No cutting, splicing, etc. I did the install myself.

http://shop.oemaudioplus.com/15-16-S...YS400-0015.htm

Night and day difference and I would expect OEM Audio + to offer this on the 2016's.

If you don't go down this route, I would start with a good amp to power your current speakers and something like this for DSP:
http://www.jbl.com/car-amplifiers/MS-8.html

You can find these for around $400-500 or so (maybe even cheaper). It comes down to budget. I would start with an amp and a DSP and then start looking at upgrading speakers and add a subwoofer.
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Does that front plate detach separately from the radio and hvac controllers or is it one piece, thinking about wrapping interior pieces to match.
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Does that front plate detach separately from the radio and hvac controllers or is it one piece, thinking about wrapping interior pieces to match.
There are screws to detach the stereo from the black piece. I am not sure on the heating controls but I would assume the same.
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