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Mar 14, 2003 (11:23 am)
I don't get the Subaru bean counters. They add a 2nd odometer but cut out mud guards. They add an outside temp gauge but cut the cargo liner. They add bigger standard rims but cut the cargo cover.
I guess my "beef" is that Subaru's main edge over its competitors is content. AWD and ABS on every model, even the cheapest ones.
Every year since 1998 the Forester has added content, but for 2003 they cost-cut about 4 things, even while adding about 10 others. I don't get it.
#3614 of 5351 Installation instructions
Mar 16, 2003 (9:40 am)
A while back, someone (I think it was Bit) posted some factory installation instructions for various Subaru sound system items. I seem to have lost that link. Anyone have it handy? Thanks in advance.
#3615 of 5351 Install link and MTX Component question
Mar 17, 2003 (2:39 pm)
Len: Searching yielded this, is this it?:
Also, scoobymods has some info on audio installations.
Anyone familiar w/ MTX 6.5 component speakers? I got a good deal on some, but now am not sure I want to try to install them becuase depth is 2.75" and it's going in an '03 TS. My concern would be going through the trouble of installing components and crossovers and making spacers to fit them, and then finding out I'll need an aftermarket amp to drive them. I'd rather just get an aftermarket CD player and some decent coaxials if these need lots o' power to sound good. Any comments?
Mar 17, 2003 (4:04 pm)
You stock amp will drive those speakers but to do them justice you should consider an aftermarket amp, I know I would.
IMHO if you go to the trouble and expense of good aftermarket speakers do it right, most good aftermarket speakers need a good amp to drive them.
You do not need an amp for lots of volume you need power to drive the speaker efficiently in order to reproduce sound as intended.
The difference in any good speaker driven by good amp as opposed to a so so amp can really be heard.
#3617 of 5351 '03 Forester X - How to remove bezel for stereo swap?
Mar 17, 2003 (9:43 pm)
I'm trying to swap a WRX deck in my '03 Forester X but have problem...I can't get the Heat/AC controls off the silver bezel. I popped the bezel out of the dash, but it only comes out about an inch and then the HVAC controls prevent it from coming any further. How does that panel come off? I assume you have to somehow disconnect the controls. Thanks for any help!
Mar 18, 2003 (5:36 am)
If the layout of the '03 Forester is similar to the previous MY, remove the center console starting from the middle storage bin. When you open the bin lid, there should be to screws. Remove them and pop that section of the console, then the console surrounding the shifter [that' s what is holding the bezel]. You need not remove the HVAC.
Hope this helps
#3619 of 5351 Pat, thanks for the input
Mar 18, 2003 (9:27 am)
Your recommendation and my concerns about the iffy mounting depth convinced me I should return the speakers, even though they were a good deal. At this time I'm not interested in the full on system with amps and extensive wiring mods. I think I'll start with the head unit and see how much better that is, THEN upgrade speakers if need be. On my OB this is what I did, and the improvement from the head unit upgrade (stock tape player/radio => Pioneer CD player) was much more dramatic than the speaker upgrade afterwards(stock 6.5's => Infinity 6.5's).
Mar 18, 2003 (9:31 am)
Thanks for the tip, but the '03 has the HVAC located beneath the stereo and above the cigarette lighter. It does not come out with the stereo rack. I did find the instructions for the pre-03's
unfortunately the '03 setup is more complicated. It looks like I have to go
behind the dash -Ric
Mar 18, 2003 (10:44 am)
The intructions you show here are for a 2000 to 2001 Legacy not a forester the cupholder on the dash panel is not in a forester.
Mar 18, 2003 (11:08 am)
If anybody is interested there are Katzskin leather packages on EBay for 2001-2003 legacy sedan and wagon get this $99USD for the sedan and $150USD for the wagon.
Do'nt what the story maybe they fell off the back of a truck. LOL.