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Old 10-26-2013, 02:23 AM   #1
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Default 2013/2014 WRX hatch and factory 10" kicker

So after about an hour of searching on this, there seems to be a lot of ambiguity on this, so I figured I'd make a post to get some direct answers. I have a 2014 hatch and was looking at getting a sub, but I'm a little confused on the wiring.

Is the factory 10" kicker a plug n play kind of deal (is the wiring already there ready to plug in), or does the head unit have to come out, etc.

Also, I had a 12" JL in my 2004 WRX in a fat box and it sounded great, and I don't expect this 10" in a tiny enclosure to sound that good, but am I better off going a different direction with this? If I get a different sub/amp, could I use whatever wiring is already there instead of getting an LOC and splicing into the speakers?

Has anyone done this?

tl;dr I need my bass.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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Check out this .pdf.... I couldn't find 2014, but hopefully this will point you in the right direction.

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Old 10-29-2013, 08:27 AM   #3
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It's a **** of a lot of wiring. If you're going to do it, you might as well get a real subwoofer because there's no prewiring. You do it all yourself.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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i suggest u just get it professionally installed. i believe there was a rca converter and one more other thing needed.

i had set of components and coaxials and a 12in sub installed on my factors head unit on my 2011 hatch.
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:12 PM   #5
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I'm assuming it's the same sub as a 2012, so hopefully this helps.

I installed mine as soon as I got my WRX. It's very straight forward. All you're doing is adding one wiring harness. The harness plugs into the back of the head unit, and then runs down the drivers side to the rear, and plugs into the sub/amp. It took me less than an hour.

Now, it's not going to sound like your old sub. It doesn't have that kind of air space or power. But it does add a noticeable thump. Especially in hatches. Being that the box isn't huge, it can't get way down low in the frequency range, but I still like it a lot.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:31 PM   #6
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Just an FYI in a month or so from now, OEM Audio + will have a full drop in plug and play system for both the hatch and sedan models. The only wiring will be the power for the two amps that get installed.
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