Double DIN stereo install - L Series Wagon

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johnnyjoejoejr
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Double DIN stereo install - L Series Wagon

Post by johnnyjoejoejr » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:43 am

I've been lurking in this forum for months now, getting advice, ideas and information about older gen Subarus. Thought it was about time I gave something back so here's a thread about my new stereo install.

The unit in the car is the factory unit, which I probably could have lived with except the FM band does not work. The marking and holes in the facia were my doing, in prep for the wider double DIN unit. I don't like the look of the aftermarket facias, using the factory facia I'm hoping will lead to a neater looking install.

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Ideally I wanted a double DIN with a reverse camera and CarPlay/Android Auto, but the budget is a bit constrained until I can sell the house, and I've got some long drives coming up. So I found this unit for sale online and grabbed it for $130 with free shipping, which I saw that week at SuperCheap for $220.

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Not having the CD player allows it to have a shorter chassis (even shorter than the factory radio) which will give me the flush mount that I'm looking for. Also I can forsee myself accumulating enough junk in the car without having to deal with CDs as well.

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The slightly wider unit is the only obstacle for an otherwise straighforward mounting. I've drilled out the spot welds and will shorten the right bracket to use the existing hardware.

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After that, its wiring and widening the hole in the facia, will have updates soon.

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