Props to SVXdc (David Carter) for playing wet nurse to me for all my dumbass questions. I really appreciate his patience for all my annoying newb e-mails and for the wiring harness, it's awesome! Props also to everyone else that took apart their dash, radios, etc. and posted pictures. I couldn't/wouldn't have done it w/out those posts and pictures!
I got a loaner which had an Aux port and I fell in love with it and I WANTED one. I had already installed a P-204UH oem head end unit I bought from car-parts.com.
Why Aux port instead of iPod?
I'll get into later but I really wanted the flexibility of the Aux port. I went back and forth, David talked about both options, I have both an iPod and a Galaxy S phone so I knew if I wanted to use the Galaxy features I would need to go the Aux port route. And, baby, am I ever glad I chose the Aux port. I'll talk about that more in depth later.
Parts list :
P-204UH (to replace oem unit) - $225 (car-parts.com)
92174ag05a Legacy/Outback center "pocket console sia" or "bin" - $25.23
86257xa10a Legacy/Outback Aux pod "aux unit ay st" - $15.23
H6210FG011 Aux Cable - $34.76, i85 breakout adapter from SVXdc - link
- $35 + Connect imprezza aux harness $10 + fast freight $8 = $53 total
Indoor/outdoor floor mat from Lowes for console bin liner - $3.00 (it's a thick durable yet soft fabric w/rubber backing) cut to fit.
The Install :
Total time was like 2 - 3 hours maybe? I got my tools lined up, cut the bin liner to fit, got interrupted, ate dinner, carefully read and re-read the internet instructions I printed out and then spent WAY too much time taking the console apart trying to find the hidden screw. Everything else was a piece of cake really.
I can't stress how cool this is. Yeah, it plays my classic iPod, yeah it plays my iTouch, yeah it plays songs from basically anything with an aux port. However, here's something kick ass I discovered. Okay, I had my Samsung Captivate plugged in right? Playing songs from Slacker and Pandora right? Which is like having satellite at your finger tips.
Nothing new there but that's still just plain awesome! Now, get this, I'm driving home from work, Slacker playing *bam* phone rings, it's the wifey. I just, by habbit, picked up the phone and voila - I hear my wife's lovely voice over the speakers and I'm talking to her hands free. I had no idea this would work so well, I thought there would be feedback but there's NONE!!!
But wait, it gets better. I turned automatic answering on so the next day when she called it automatically picked up. But wait, this is the best freaking part, I hang up the phone and the song (playing from Slacker) was cached and so it just picked up where it left off!!! How awesome is that??? I LOVE MY AUX PORT BABY!!!!
Links (gathered from an e-mail from SVXdc) :
Legacy PDF instructions for sub-woofer install but shows how to disassemble the console.
NewGTGuy's installation of his sub-woofer but also shows console disassembled.
tzdevil323's thread on 08 outback radio install in his 05 legacy
AUX mini input jack Subaru oem installation instructions.
Pictures I took of my install :
It all starts with the felt liner removal . . .
It's pretty much standard console removal 101 from there on out like the links above describe. However, what I was confused on was this "hidden" screw. I took pictures of the console apart on my workbench so others could get a good look at where it's hidden.
This is a view of the console upside down on my workbench. I have the rear cup holder popped out and the trim piece above that popped out so you can see what I'm going on about.
Wires in place, I used 3 or 4 black zip ties piggy backed on to an existing wiring harness and I tried to make it neat and tucked in when I was finished. Tons of length from David's harness which was awesome!
Bench testing w/an old iPod to make sure it all worked before I put it all back together for final assembly.
Homemade bin liner!
Thanks again to everyone on legacygt.com, this is an AWESOME site for information and great folks! I lurk, don't post much, but I LOVE this site!