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I wrapped up my head unit installation and 4 door speaker installation this afternoon.

There were a few issues I had, that may make someone else’s STi stereo install go smoother.

The installation instructions from Crutchfield are for a 2002 WRX, they were similar to the 2004 STi, but no where near exact. The install kit they sent me yielded nothing positive to the install, however the wiring harness adapter, speaker harness adapters and front door 3/4" risers were 100%.

The head unit (Single DIN) mounted perfectly into the factory bracket. No Trim bezels needed.

The antenna lead in the dash was completely out of sight. I was looking into the center dash for 15+ minutes thinking to myself that Subaru forgot it, when my wife who knows nothing about cars, reaches into the dash hole and pulls it right out. It turns out to be a thin black wire with the usual coax sleeve at the end. However it was tucked way in the back left of the hole. ?????

The next issue was removing the door panels. The crutchfield install notes give you a hint, but the hardest part is removing the door lever pull bezel. The one around the door opener and lock thingy. The plastic trim around this area is very easily scratched, so pry the bezel from the inside, not around the edge. I used a flat number 2 flat screwdriver and gently torked the bezel from the top around to the left. The front door panels easily popped off once the sail panel trim piece and the door pull pocket and the trim rings come off. I pried from the bottom and they came off with a tug.


The rear door panels have a extra plastic screw and retainer that needs to come out (both pieces) from the top edge in the area that meets the jam on the side edge of the door.

Due to the shallowness of the front door, you need a 3/4" speaker riser plate to lift the speaker out of the mounting hole. These of course needed to be cut around the top right and left to reduce the corners to 1/4" to fit the odd shape door frame.

I used a foam sleeve around all four speakers. With the abundance of tire and road noise that resonates through the car. They are a must.

The rear speakers went in without a problem. Although the typical four holes for the speaker lined up with the factory mounting square holes, which of course we missing the plastic retaining clip. How is that for Jap efficiency, don't put retainers in unless they are needed. I am glad there was freaking speaker wire there.

Speaking of speaker wire. The rear deck has two holes for speakers. They appear to be wired. I have not seen any postings about that. If someone knows or figures it out, please let me know what fits.


I am sure I am forgetting something, but this should cover the bigger issues.
 

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I am sure I am forgetting something....
excellent info. thanks. i'm debating if i should do the install myself or have a shop do it. what head unit and speakers did you get? also, it'd be great to see pics of the installed speakers w/riser.
 

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Offline: No kidding about the rear deck being wired? Interesting because you are right we haven't seen anything to say that anywhere! Can anyone say "more speakers"! Are you going to put in a subwoofer, if so where? Thanks for all of the info.SFRinNJ
 

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stiperformance said:
Nice heads up! Sounds very helpful. What size and model speakers did you use for the front and rear?

Polk EX340
EX 3 Series 4" Speakers
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-NbbP0DM8gnK/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?i=107EX340
Rear

Polk EX352
EX 3 Series 5-1/4" Speakers
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-NbbP0DM8gnK/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?i=107EX352
Front

Keep in mind that these are not by any means the top of the line. But they sound fine. They match the head unit output perfectly. (Alpine CDA-9807, Silver of course)
 

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OFFLINE said:
I am sure I am forgetting something....
excellent info. thanks. i'm debating if i should do the install myself or have a shop do it. what head unit and speakers did you get? also, it'd be great to see pics of the installed speakers w/riser.

Do it yourself if you have the experience. On a scale of 1-10 this install was an 8 due to the different than crutchfield pictured interior instructions. Then there was that front door riser fabrication.

As far as pictures go, I will not be disassembling the front doors any time soon. I spent 6-8 hours putting the four speakers and head unit in. I wanted to make sure I did not F anything up!

The front door speaker risers are a standard universal crutchfield item. They are two 3/4" square plastic plates. They only needed a little trimming on the top left and right corners. I was able to scribe the approximate trimming areas with a scratch awl. Then I used a dremel tool to cut the edge down to 1/4". No Problem!


See previous post for speaker and head unit info.
 

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Offline: No kidding about the rear deck being wired? Interesting because you are right we haven't seen anything to say that anywhere! Can anyone say "more speakers"! Are you going to put in a subwoofer, if so where? Thanks for all of the info.SFRinNJ

It sure looks wired to me. There are holes there and leads, just like in the doors.

As far as a sub goes, that will come in Phase II. I suppose the trunk floor is the best spot. There is plenty of room above the micro spare. I just hate having the grill exposed.

The center of the rear deck looks good too, but the entire trunk as a backer for the sub may prove to be too much.

I think the factory amp and speaker combo goes under the passenger seat??
 

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OFFLINE said:
Do it yourself if you have the experience.
yah, i've installed a couple systems myself and think i'll do the same here, though this will likely be the most involved systems i will have installed.

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As far as pictures go, I will not be disassembling the front doors any time soon.
whoa, i didn't mean disassembled pix. just what the final installed setup looked like with the risers, etc. did you need risers in the rear? i suspect not. anyway, thanks again for the good info. (if you can't tell, i have more than a little anxiety about tearing into a brand new car. :) )
 

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OFFLINE, since the plastic square retainer were missing in the rear door what did you wind up doing. Also where there retainers in the front doors or where you able to just screw into some holes in the sheet metal?
 

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Offline:My car hit the dealer today. Didn't bring it home yet because of paperwork but probably tomorrow. But I was climbing all over it. Looked in the trunk for the stuff you were talking about, but to add more speakers back there you would have to cut the top of the deck felt inside the car. Think that would kill anything during resale? I was thinking about a subwoofer mounted in the trunk. But I am having the whole job done by a pro. There is no way I am doing this so I figure I can go over all of this with him.Thanks again great infomation.SFRinNJ
 

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newbie question: if you opt for not having a stereo system...

do you have to cut ur own holes to put the speakers on?
or are they pre-cut already?

no bashing plz it lowers my self esteem hehe j/k
 

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ChoonzAWR just reminded me of another question. Is the plastic water liner in the door precut for the speakers or do I have to cut it myself... I know it's a little detail to worry about, but I'm kinda more curious than anything else. I'm going to assume I need to cut the liner.
 

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darwood said:
ChoonzAWR just reminded me of another question. Is the plastic water liner in the door precut for the speakers or do I have to cut it myself... I know it's a little detail to worry about, but I'm kinda more curious than anything else. I'm going to assume I need to cut the liner.
You need to cut it. I used the foam speaker cones from crutchfield. They sealed the door pretty well.
 

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OFFLINE, since the plastic square retainer were missing in the rear door what did you wind up doing. Also where there retainers in the front doors or where you able to just screw into some holes in the sheet metal?
OK I admit I drilled all four holes into the sheet metal of the inside door frames. It looked to me like the factory holes would not have lined up anyway, especially in the front. It may have been an optical illusion. I did not even try to locate Subaru retainers from my dealer. The holes I drilled were 1/2 the diameter of the screws I used, so they sealed pretty good. I am not going to worry about rust. I am sure a well stocked stereo shop has theses things laying around, but I did not.
 

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Offline:My car hit the dealer today. Didn't bring it home yet because of paperwork but probably tomorrow. But I was climbing all over it. Looked in the trunk for the stuff you were talking about, but to add more speakers back there you would have to cut the top of the deck felt inside the car. Think that would kill anything during resale? I was thinking about a subwoofer mounted in the trunk. But I am having the whole job done by a pro. There is no way I am doing this so I figure I can go over all of this with him.Thanks again great infomation.SFRinNJ

I would think that a pair of nice looking grills in the rear deck would look fine. Trust me four speakers in the lower doors aiming at your ankles do not make for great acoustics. I need the rear deck speakers.
 

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Offline good point. Question though about the bracket and small box on the right side. It would have to come off first and I would have some concern about the size of the speaker that would be able to fit when the bracket would go back in. I'm sure something works.Thanks SFRinNJ
 

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stiperformance said:
This might sound like a stupid question, but how do you remove that plastic DIN cover? It looks like the outside trim has to be removed first. Or does it just pop out? I'm afraid of breaking a clip or scratch something in the process. Tips on removal would be awesome.
The outside trim panel pops off. It has 4 or 6 clips that hold it in. Don't bother taking the cup holder out, it has nothing to do with the radio area. The crutchfield instructions that came with my headunit harness outline this very well. Once the outer panel is off the headunit mount comes out with six screws. Then the plastic DIN cover is removed from that assembly with two more screws.
 
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