|This is my personal car. Mods include removing some badging on the trunk lid so it just says "Subaru Impreza" and installing an STi Rear anti roll bar and links. Otherwise it is stock and stealthy.|
Anyway, I did install the tweeters ( the Kicker upgrade ) the same week I bought the car. Why I didn't order some from Crutchfield; I don't know. Guess I wanted the instant gratification of spending more money over at the Subaru parts counter. The sound was much better with some tweeters....finally. However....the stereo would barely keep up with road noise. Almost always the volume would be at MAX. What to do?
At first I planned on keeping the stock head unit and just replace speakers. Well I started to read some forum posts. Mostly a bunch of wieners or tools are on the forums. However, the basic theme was that the head unit sucked and that needed to be replaced. So being the cheap bastard that I am....I would forgo upgrading the door speakers and first see (listen to) the results. Glad I did. The head unit is the weak link. I replaced mine with a Double DIN JVC unit for $179.00 from Crutchfield. Eventually I will replace the door speakers, but the new JVC unit really woke up the stock speakers. Now I actually have base, treble, and a strong mid range......who would think? Now my car stereo sounds BETTER than the stock stereo in the 2002 VW I traded in for the Subaru! The OEM Clarion unit is junk. Confirmed.
I never was worried that I wouldn't be able to install the stereo. I was more worried I might break something in the process. I've installed plenty of stereos in my day...and compared to my buddies...I was like a professional. I ordered stuff from Crutchfield before.....way before there was the internet! So I was happy to see the company doing well and they made it pretty easy. Free shipping and a free install kit and wiring adapter which are compatible with the Subaru Impreza. Nice!
Ok here we go. Pictures tell the story too. If I don't explain something correctly or not to my liking; expect ongoing editing.
|This is the JVC head unit as well as wire adapter and install kit I purchased from Crutchfield.|
|Wire harness after I soldered and heat shrinked the connections. Go to Radio Shack and buy a solder iron and heat shrink.|
|Stock radio on the left side. Notice the mounting tabs. The install kit will match the placement of those tabs. See next picture.|
|See the new Radio with the install kit. The tabs will match the stock radio locations....and it will fit perfect. Thank you Crutchfield!|
|The metal pieces and plastic bezel that are NOT used from the new radio. The simple install kit is used to match the size and mounting points of the stock radio. Notice the wire bundle...that is the Blue Tooth microphone for the new radio.|
|This is the Scosche install kit used with the 2012 and up Subaru Impreza. Free from Crutchfield when you buy one of their radios over $100...I think.|
|Rear USB wire/adapter to plug in an IPOD. The front radio USB will be used for the Blue Tooth adapter.|
|The Blue Tooth micro phone. Ran the wires under the steering wheel and up the a-pillar to the middle top of windshield and mounted. Neat and out of the way.|
|Fits perfect and looks professional. Remember to reconnect the cables on the heater box for those with the mechanical controls. This stereo rocks now!|