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#7 of 24 Installing After Market Speakers in 2002 Legacy Wagon
May 27, 2007 (8:57 am)
I've got some Boston Acoustics speakers to install in my 2002 Subaru Legacy Wagon. The fronts are components (SL 60) and the rear are coaxials (SX 65).
As you folks know, the factory speakers come mounted on an angled bracket that seems to be a good thing to use, do you agree?
I've cut the back part of the brackets off to give the magnets clearance, but am wondering about the best way to mount the speakers to the bracket. I was going to drill some holes into the bracket for mounting to the bracket. Is this what you would recommend? any other tips?
What about the tweeters? I was going to put them in surface mounted. The BA SL60 have a surface mount holder that's angled ... recommendations on the best way to point them, i.e. up, towards the listener, etc.?
thanks for your help!
#8 of 24 Re: Installing After Market Speakers in 2002 Legacy Wagon [reneb]
Jun 18, 2007 (7:17 am)
I bought the tweeters from Subaru and put in my 2003 Legacy. It was prewired, so, took about 15 mins for installation.
I also purchased the subwoofer from Subaru and installed that. Since it required to be plugged into the dash unit, it took a little longer to install.
I purchased some speakers from Crutchfield and replaced all four of them in the doors. The factory speakers are paper/fiber cones and distort easily at high volumes. Replacement was a simple process.
With the base unit, I now have awesome sound that most passengers always comment on the clarity and bass.
2003 Subaru Legacy L Spec Edt
#9 of 24 Re: Installing After Market Speakers in 2002 Legacy Wagon [famof3kids]
Jun 20, 2007 (10:59 am)
Sounds good. Congrats.
#10 of 24 Factory radio swap, is it possible?
Oct 16, 2007 (8:16 am)
Proud owner of a 2005 OUTBACK not so happy with the hassle of tying in a MP3 access to the sound system. I live in a city, Portland OR, that has an over crowded radio band ban and I’m sick of static on my iTrip. I like the interior design of the console to much to buy and after-market head unit. I’ve look into getting hard wire FM modulator into my stock system but that seems a bit pricey and having to run a blank CD seems like functional but awkward work around.
This bring me to my next idea
I found a used 2007 radio, [which as the aux jack and face plate] at a yard here in Portland and I would like to know if I could remove my current unit and replace it with the 2007? Are the wireing harness compatible? I called the parts people at the “Countries largest Subaru dealer” here in town and got the snub [disapointing]. I would love to get some professional advice on this before I buy.
Any insight would be great!!
#11 of 24 Re: Factory radio swap, is it possible? [laska]
Oct 16, 2007 (2:52 pm)
Yup it's doable, and that's the only "aftermarket" radio that will work in the Legacy. Any other aftermarket ones will render your HVAC controls useless on a LGT.
I am considering this swap for my 05 LGT.
#12 of 24 Re: Factory radio swap, is it possible? [paisan]
Oct 17, 2007 (7:44 am)
Mike thanks for the reply I was wondering what have you discovered in terms of connections? and details of the swap.
I sent Subaru the same message I posted here and below is their response.
Dear Mr. Laska:
Thank you for visiting the Subaru of America Web site and for your message. I
am happy to learn that you are proud of your 2005 Outback; but, frustrated that
you do not have an MP3 access to the sound system.
Using your name and mailing information, I searched for your 2005 Outback to
make sure our records were up to date. I was able to find your 1997 Outback;
but, not a 2005 Outback. At your convenience, please reply to this message with
the VIN for your 2005 Outback.
Subaru has never modified a 2005 Outback with the stereo system and auxiliary
input jack from a 2007 Outback. Therefore, we are unable to advise you if or
how this could be done. About the only recommendation that I can provide is for
you to review the Technical Service Manuals. They may contain the information
you are seeking. You can purchase publications online through our Technical
Publications Web site. Once on our home page, www.subaru.com, use the 'SUBARU
OWNERS' heading to select the 'Technical Information' option. You will then be linked to our online Technical Publications Web
site. Instructions are on this Web site on how to subscribe and/or purchase
I am sorry that I could not provide you with the response you were hoping for.
John J. Mergen
Subaru of America, Inc.
Customer/Dealer Services Department
#13 of 24 Re: Factory radio swap, is it possible? [laska]
Oct 17, 2007 (6:43 pm)
yeah SOA can't tell you how to mod your car.
legacygt.com should have some info, I haven't looked deep into it but will when I am ready to do the swap.
#14 of 24 Re: Factory radio swap, is it possible? [laska]
Dec 18, 2007 (2:08 pm)
Did it work? I'm in the same boat with the same questions. Just curious how it worked out for you.
Also, what did your junk yard charge for the deck and faceplate?