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I'm getting close buying my sound system, and noticed a small black box right in the way of the right side speaker hole (looking in from the trunk). It's got some copper windings in it (visable throw the holes). Anyone know what that is? It's pretty much smack dab in the way of mounting a speaker there.

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Thats the antenna amplifier. BTW, those are not 'speaker holes', they are just cutouts in the body panel, although with some finagleing you could probably mount speakers there.
 

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Update guys: there is some question about the box being the antenna amplifier. It may be the timing cycle for the defogger in the rear window. Supposedly the antenna amp is in the section next to the back window covered over by the interior upholstory. But this is coming from the Subie techs, and what do they know. But I also put speakers on the back deck (I was first!) and the sound is great. SFRinNJ
 

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SFRinNJ, what size speakers did you put in the back? I assume you just remounted the mystery box nearby?
 

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SFRinNJ said:
Supposedly the antenna amp is in the section next to the back window covered over by the interior upholstory.
from the manual (ET-2): "The antenna amplifier is installed at the bottom of the rear left pillar on sedan models or at the rear left side of the roof on wagon models."
 

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I put 5.25 in the rear deck. I was going to go with 6.5 but they were too big. You will still have to do a little cutting even with 5.25. Just move the black box over a little.
 

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Don't mean to bag on Subaru, but what were they thinking? Firstly, the stereo shop I went to last weekend could get 6x9's in the rear doors, or even 6.5 inchers. And 6x9s wouldn't fit in the rear deck holes either, which are not speaker holes. The installer originally said that 6.5's wouldn't fit either, but with much work, he was able to get them in. But I'm still bummed...not having 6x9's.
 
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