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Old 06-08-2014, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default 2015 WRX - Interior Illumination Installation Guide

Hey Guys,

I decided to pick up and install the OEM Interior Illumination kit.I had one installed in my ’13 hatch that I enjoyed and figured why not do it again on the ’15. Unfortunetly they came with zero install tips or instructions. A little googling gave me an idea of what I needed to do and I figured a small write up wouldn’t hurt.So lets get started…

First, the contents of the package:



From Top - Bottom: Wire Harness,Driver side Led,Passenger side Led, Hardware kit (6 foam pads,2 nuts,2 small screws,& 2 zip ties)* Note*- I only ended up using 4 of the 6 foam adhesive squares, you can use them we're you feel its necessary to keep wires out of the way of things to prevent damage.

The Tools Needed For Install:



From Left - Right: Phillips Head Screw Driver,Ratchet,10mm Socket,8mm Socket,Scissors,Panel Removal Tools.

Step 1: Take Your Ratchet & 10mm socket and disconnect the battery.




Step 2: Open Glove Box & Disconnect the damper that is located on the right side.Simply just pull the rod away from the glove box and it will disconnect.




Step 3: Now disconnect the glove box by pushing in on both sides and pulling away from the dash,it will pop right out.



Step 4: Next up is the Radio Bezel removal, I took the skinniest knife looking panel removal tool and pryed from the top near the vents,once I got in I took the panel removal tool that was the next size up and wedged it in and started popping the bezel out.Theres 4 clips on the top portion,2 above each vent basically.Then theres 4 more along the side of the radio,2 on each side.


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Old 06-08-2014, 08:46 PM   #2
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Continued:





Step 5: Before you can remove the bezel from the dash you have to disconnect 3 connection.The Space is tight since you can only pull the bezel away from the dash so far.



-2 of the connections are located at the top of the bezel,theres the hazard light connection(white), and then one goes to the button that controls the info system above the bezel(grey). These both have a clip you have to press down with a finger nail or screwdriver before you can disconnect them.
- The last connection goes to the a/c controls, it does not have any sort of clip and will pull right out.

Step 6: So take the supplied wire harness and take the 2 ends with the black connectors and fish down each side of the radio towards the driver side trim panel closest to the bottom of the bezel. As well as towards the glove box with the other black ended wire.The remaining 2 white connected wires will remain at the top near the radio,we will come back to these later.

Step 7: Remove the trim panel on the driver side by removing the phillips head screw.You can get to the black ended wire you fished down earlier now that its removed,and extend it towards the led unit mounting studs in the next step.



Step 8: Underneath the steering wheel theres a plastic panel that will have 2 mounting studs for the LED light w/ bracket to mount to.



-Simply take the led module and slide it over the studs.

-Then take the supplied nuts and fasten it to the studs with a 8mm socket and ratchet.

-Now connect the wire from the led module to the wire from the harness you fished down earlier and take one of those foam square pads from the supplied hardware kit to secure the wires up and out of the way.Theres a flat area to the left of the led module thats perfect for doing this.The driver side is now complete.

Step 9: Now its time to do the passenger side.The wire you fished down earlier should be down and visible since the glove box was removed, but first we have to mount the passenger side led to the center of the plastic panel where the glove box attaches to.



-Peel the adhesive backing and mount it in the center of the panel.Now take your screwdriver and screw in the 2 supplied screws from the hardware kit into the screw holes of the passenger side led unit.

-After that you now can connect the wire from the harness to the led module.

-Then use a foam square to secure the wire harness on the passenger side away from any moving parts like the glove box.This side is now done.



Step 10: Now go back to the radio bezel.You will have 2 white connection coming from the wire harness, and then 2 factory wires( one white and one grey).

-First, to get it out of the way connect the factory Grey wire back into its original location( below the factory white wire at the top of the radio bezel).

-Then take the factory white connection and connect it to the end of the supplied harness(only one of the harness connections will fit).Now take the one remaining white connection from the wire harness and plug it into the hazard light connection( the only connection that will have nothing connected at this point).

- I then used one of the foam adhesive squares to secure the wire harness to the middle of the radio.This way all my connections were out of the way of the a/c vents and every point of the wire harness would be secured down.

-The Last step is to plug your climate control wire back into the bezel, it doesn’t have any clips so it will just push right back into place.





Step 11: Now its time to reinstall the Radio bezel. Start from the bottom near the a/c controls and make your way up by simply pushing towards the dash, the clips will catch and everything will lock right back into place.

Step 12: Do the same for the Glove box, line it up and it will pop right back into place. After that just reinstall the damper rod on the right side of the glove box, it will snap right back on without issues.



Step 12: Reconnect your battery,Turn on your lights, and enjoy the interior illumination.

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:57 PM   #3
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Wow. I ordered the kit not even an hour ago, and then you post this.. good timing and thanks for the write up!
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:15 PM   #4
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Wow. I ordered the kit not even an hour ago, and then you post this.. good timing and thanks for the write up!
Awesome, happy to help.
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:53 PM   #5
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http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/752...h701sfj100.pdf

Luckily most parts have install guides already since Subaru reused parts between the current models.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:04 AM   #6
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Did this last weekend. Very easy and I love it.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:11 AM   #7
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so it stays on all the time? or with lights on? or door open?
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:53 AM   #8
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so it stays on all the time? or with lights on? or door open?
Just when your headlights are turned on.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:55 PM   #9
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Awesome write up, thanks!

One question - is this legal in most states? I know that in most places, having interior lights on while driving, is considered unsafe and therefore illegal.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:57 PM   #10
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Awesome write up, thanks! One question - is this legal in most states? I know that in most places, having interior lights on while driving, is considered unsafe and therefore illegal.
Honestly I do not know. There not distracting in any way imo, I doubt you would get ticketed for something like this.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:46 PM   #11
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Awesome write up, thanks!

One question - is this legal in most states? I know that in most places, having interior lights on while driving, is considered unsafe and therefore illegal.
Completely legal, many cars nowadays have this all around the entire interior like the Focus ST.

Great DIY writeup dude, awesome work
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:30 PM   #12
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Those are amazing. Way cool
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:55 AM   #13
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Thanks for doing this
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:06 AM   #14
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No problem guys.
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Ok so I'm not sure if someone has tried this already but I just wanted to give a little information on a LED kit I found in Amazon.

The kit was 10$ with prime shipping. It comes with 6 LED interior replacement bulbs. x2 map light LED bulbs, x1 dome LED bulb, x2 license plate LED bulbs, x1 cargo LED bulb. The kit was marked for previous generation STI. I figured if it didn't work it was only 10$ I lost.

Not bashing Subispeed but when I had their lights in my basket I couldn't understand why I was paying over 40$ to light less than this kit offered.

I know you get what you pay for and time will tell but I just can't imagine their LED light's are far superior. Maybe their lights have something I didn't read. I don't know if they have multiple brightness or what but anyways.

Here is a link to the lights on Amazon. All lights went in without issue. I will get some shots of the brightness once it gets dark.

Zone Tech White LED Lights Interior Package for Subaru WRX STi (6 Pieces) by Zone Tech http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3GBV1M/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_GL3Mtb1G4X0PM



For the two vanity lights someone else linked to this site (www.vleds.com) where I ordered them. 6.99$ with priority shipping.

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2 2 VANITY_2_W_6K 6K WHITE HI POWER 3 CHIP 2 LED VANITY SUN VISOR LIGHT Bulb

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Old 06-13-2014, 06:43 PM   #16
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Ok so I'm not sure if someone has tried this already but I just wanted to give a little information on a LED kit I found in Amazon. The kit was 10$ with prime shipping. It comes with 6 LED interior replacement bulbs. x2 map light LED bulbs, x1 dome LED bulb, x2 license plate LED bulbs, x1 cargo LED bulb. The kit was marked for previous generation STI. I figured if it didn't work it was only 10$ I lost. Not bashing Subispeed but when I had their lights in my basket I couldn't understand why I was paying over 40$ to light less than this kit offered. I know you get what you pay for and time will tell but I just can't imagine their LED light's are far superior. Maybe their lights have something I didn't read. I don't know if they have multiple brightness or what but anyways. Here is a link to the lights on Amazon. All lights went in without issue. I will get some shots of the brightness once it gets dark. Zone Tech White LED Lights Interior Package for Subaru WRX STi (6 Pieces) by Zone Tech Video Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3GBV1M/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_GL3Mtb1G4X0PM For the two vanity lights someone else linked to this site (www.vleds.com) where I ordered them. 6.99$ with priority shipping. You need these parts. 2 2 VANITY_2_W_6K 6K WHITE HI POWER 3 CHIP 2 LED VANITY SUN VISOR LIGHT Bulb
That's all good and dandy ...but what does this have to do with the Subaru Oem Interior Illumination Kit?
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:31 PM   #17
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That's all good and dandy ...but what does this have to do with the Subaru Oem Interior Illumination Kit?
Well if I were in your shoes I would have made the assumption that maybe it was accidently posted in the wrong area but since you asked I will confirm that it was indeed meet for the mods thread. However if it were to go in the wrong thread this would be the best one to go in since technically it's interior lighting and it does come in a kit.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:18 PM   #18
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Will the 2008-2014 kit fit the 2015s? The price difference is almost $100 depending on where you look.
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Will the 2008-2014 kit fit the 2015s? The price difference is almost $100 depending on where you look.
Nope, completely different kit. Everything from the wiring to the led units.
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:00 AM   #20
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Wicked awesome man, glad you made your with pics. Ordered mine and going out to install it now. I had to search back to 2012 to find the install directions on http://stis.subaru.com but the pictures and your thoroughness will be a huge help!
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Old 05-03-2015, 03:35 PM   #21
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Nice! great write up and looks very clean
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:48 PM   #22
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Nope, completely different kit. Everything from the wiring to the led units.

Not to jack this thread and nice write up btw.. The 08-14 H201SSC100 does fit on the 15's. I just installed it today instead of getting power on the top like the new kit. The old one uses a 2 wire connector and it plugs up to the cubby light. there is 1 bracket on the older set that you have to bent straight for the passenger side.
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Awesome!! It looks too bright though, doesn't that bother you at night?
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It's not super bright. It's the right brightness and doesn't distract at all. Half the time I forget it's even there, but does put a smile on my face when I do notice it
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It's not super bright. It's the right brightness and doesn't distract at all. Half the time I forget it's even there, but does put a smile on my face when I do notice it

Nice write up!! I wish I would have done it my self, but I got lazy and had the dealer do it prior to getting the car. I do notice a little glare in the drivers side window at night but nothing that is crazy distracting, you can see your feet / legs all glowing red in the window.
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