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#7504 of 10838 Re: OB stereo
Jul 11, 2005 (4:17 pm)
This interests me. Maybe this is why I am having problems? I just got a 2005 Subaru Limited (6-CD changer NOT in the trunk is what sold me)...My old vehicle was the 2002 Subaru Outback Sedan with the McIntosh Sound system. Absolutely amazing...but I decided to crash it on the highway. Now I have a new car which is much better to me in everyway except the Audio TO GET TO THE POINT....I need a new system. I am not worried about speakers.....yet...here is my dilemma. I want to put a deck in...you know....an Audio Reciever thingy that can play CD's MP3's and has a nice equilizer. A LOT of my friends have but such things in there vehicles with new systems and what not....but they have all had older vehicles...so it was easy for them to do. My new car has a crazy center inlay. I went to a sight that sold a lot of Recievers for cars, and all the ones I was looking at fit my car...or so the sight said....but how would I get one that would fit without disrupting all the AC features? I looked at decks at both Circuit City and Best Buy...but when I asked if they could get on into my car they were clueless. Both places said they hadn't done a 2005 Subaru Legacy yet and didn't know the set up....if any of you have replaced the audio system unit please give me some advice...I want a good system, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg to get a "custom" job done. thanks. Rock On.
#7505 of 10838 Steering wheel upgrade?
Jul 11, 2005 (4:54 pm)
I have a 2.5i base model 2005 outback. i am getting aftermarket leather put in and would like to upgrade to the leather/wood steering wheel with radio controls......is this possible?
#7506 of 10838 Re: Steering wheel upgrade? [ttenrag]
Jul 11, 2005 (5:54 pm)
Not even possible with the base radio.
#7507 of 10838 Re: OB stereo [adrifter]
Jul 11, 2005 (6:00 pm)
On Ltd models, the stereo and climate control are integrated -- they share common circuit boards and wiring harnesses. If you are set on adding an aftermarket radio, it would have to be located somewhere else in the car (glovebox, etc...) since the factory radio can't be divorced from climate control. You can basically intercept the speaker wiring and route it to your aftermarket radio, while leaving the factory system in the dash as a dummy.
If it were me, I would add better speakers, amps, and drive them off the factory radio via a line-out converter.
#7508 of 10838 Re: OB stereo [c_hunter]
Jul 11, 2005 (6:32 pm)
I installed the subwoofer over the weekend and I didn't see any low level output. Are you referring to using a converter to change the speakers output to a low level input of the amplifier?
Is there a point in the radio where you can tap into to get low level output?
#7509 of 10838 Re: OB stereo [subiewtb]
Jul 11, 2005 (6:42 pm)
The volume and low cut control is on the side of the subwoofer.
#7510 of 10838 Re: OB stereo [subiewtb]
Jul 12, 2005 (7:13 am)
Yes, I was talking about a line-out converter that drops speaker-level down to line-level. Some amps can take speaker level directly. JL audio even makes a device (Clean Sweep) that will correct the factory radio's default EQ curve. It's pricey, but that would be the ultimate way to go.
#7511 of 10838 Re: Steering wheel upgrade? [ttenrag]
Jul 12, 2005 (9:11 am)
Consider Wheelskins for the steering wheel, they're not too hard to install and look great.
I put some on my Escort in 1991, and liked it so much I actually removed it and reinstalled it on my Forester in 1998. They're still on there - 14 years and counting.
#7512 of 10838 Re: air conditioning [linda12]
Jul 12, 2005 (9:38 am)
I went through this on my '91 535 last summer...same symptoms/scenerio. Based upon my findings, my guess is your issue has something to do either with your A/C system's ability to maintain proper system pressure and/or keep itself within operating temperature (the prior is also dependent on the latter). Your A/C system's ability to cool your car is dependent on many things; the easiest to verify should be checked first. 1) the right amount of freon (e.g., system pressure on both the "high" and "low" sides of the system) and 2) that your auxilliary fan is switching 'on' when it should.
Even if you have the correct system pressure, if your car's aux fan isn't working, your A/C system will work pretty well even with just the air from your vehicle moving. At the point where it becomes too hot, it causes the pressure on the "high" (e.g., compressed) side of the A/C system to become too great, and should trip the pressure switch/compressor, causing the compressor to no longer run. Once the car is allowed to sit for a while, the system would cool, and pressures return to normal, allowing the A/C to run again for a while, and the process would repeat. As I see it, this is the symptom you mentioned which hit me e.g., "the A/C works fine until it gets warm". In my case, this scenerio was being caused by both my aux fan switch, and my high-side pressure switch being bad.
You can verify yourself whether or not your aux fan is coming on "high" after you've had the A/C running on Max A/C for a min or two. If it's not, it could just be a fuse in your fusebox, or the aux fan switch or the fan itself could be bad. If the aux fan is working, have a qualified A/C shop test your system pressure on both high and low sides. This would verify whether you have sufficient freon in the system--in the event there is too great of a pressure differential between the two sides (each car has it's own ideal values), your expansion valve might be slightly blocked. Finally, I would have them test your pressure switch on your A/C system's "high" side to see if it's doing its job properly. This was a $45 part on my BMW.
Sorry for the long post, but I always feel better about those awful drives to work in Aug w/ a partially working A/C system if what I learned can benefit someone else
'05 OBXT-L 5MT
17.8k on the clock
#7513 of 10838 Re: OB stereo [c_hunter]
Jul 12, 2005 (9:50 am)
This is a question for anyone that has actually opened up an '05 dash to get a good look at the stereo/AC system.
Do you think it would be easy to put in an antenna splitter at the back of the radio?
This could serve as an "Aux" input for an MP3 player with RF adaptor.
On my '96 outback, the RF adaptor works well even in the city IF I put the antenna down. Since the newer cars only have a retractable antenna, I think it will be necesary to inject the signal directly.