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Old 07-20-2003, 04:59 PM   #1
Triple S
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'04 STI
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Default LEAST expensive STI stock stereo install (EVER)!!!

First, let me say that I am not proud of my installation. I certainly would not call myself a stereo installer, but I have had some experience with some professional sound systems. However, because I pillaged and plundered for every last dollar to buy my STI and my Valentine 1 detector, oh, and my STI fog lights, I was left with no more money to install a stereo.

Duh! Engine noise can wear you down if the STI is your daily driver like it is mine. A radio, almost any radio, would do. After two weeks of using my MP3 player and a single ear piece, I got fed up.

I headed straight to eBay and bought a factory 6 disc take-off head unit for $130, a sub for $130, and tweeters with brackets for $25. Installation of the factory unit went relatively smoothly. It was completely plugging in the factory harness (and yes it directly plugs in with no modification) and the antenna.

Great, I then pulled off the passenger side door panel and discover that the STI's prewiring allowed me to directly connect the tweeter to the factory harness with no problem. There, I had tweeter sound and could make out the song being played by the factory head unit without any problem. But I had no mids or lows yet.

I cruise over to Jack(LA)'s house to show him my new STI fog lights and he thinks I am crazy driving around with my driver's side door panel off with a tweeter hanging off (it was not even mounted) until I could get the door speakers. As it turns out, he has a set of WRX upgraded speakers laying around and he suggests we install them: WE GOT A PROJECT!

We roll the tools out, remove all the door panels, and begin our work. First problem: no speaker plate to bolt to the door to mount the speaker. Only a speaker hole. Solution: ZIP TIES. We zip tied every door speaker with the exception of one screw in the driver's side door. Secure everything tightly to make sure there are no rattles or anything else and install the door panel.

At this point, I am really excited except that last all but a minute until we lowered the windows and discovered that they hit the speakers. Solution: Rubber spacers pushed the speakers out the additional 1/4" that they needed to fit both securely and out of the window's path.

We placed the front door panels back on, checked for window clearance, and voila, we were done. The most inexpensive stereo install I had done in my life. NO rattles, sounds just as good as any other stock system that I have heard to date and I am happy.

Of course, this is only temporary until I can get enough money to buy the new Alpine Multmedia DVD player with 1.2 million pixels and Alpine's new navigation, an Alpine EQ, (maybe a dolby digital processor, JL audio speakers, etc. But that may not be for some time.

As for the sub, I need to locate a wiring harness, so I can't say much about that. If you have one that you want to sell let me know. Otherwise, I just wanted to share this experience with all of you since I have reading more than I have been posting. Now take my poll so I can decide whether to share future experiences with you.

If you have seen Triple S, you may have seen a Streaking Silver STI
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