Replacing the crappy Head unit

Discussion in 'Subaru Levorg Modifcations' started by ozkan bicer, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. ozkan bicer

    ozkan bicer Active Member

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    I have installed Helix C63C 3 way speakers in front and C62C 2 way component speakers in the rear. The HU I have now is a Kenwood DDX9017S and Helix P6 amplifier. I had a Subwoofer in trunk but removed it. I might install a spare wheel type active subwoofer later. I dont like traveling with a box in trunk. Tweeters and mids fit in the dash area. You will make small modifications under the grill, nothing visible though.
     
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    Carbon car systems seem to have some pretty good kits for Subaru’s in general and some YouTube install vids... got my Thinkware dash cam from there and it was easy to install ( once I figured out the B+ fuse to wire to lol)
     
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    So just got a delightful 2018 2.0 GTS the other day, sound is already feeling a bit lack luster. Not going to jump into changing it up too much straight away, but have people found just deadening and some decent speakers in the front are helping?
     
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    Scooby, I’ve done the sound deadening and speaker upgrade. Well worth it.
     
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    Thanks a heap mate.

    Been a good while since I've been doing car audio, given you are in AU also, any suggestions on brands for both?

    Cheers,
    Nick
     
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    My local (Wagga Car Radio), had a set of Morel Tempos for the front and Morel Maximo in the back on special. There a few options for sound deadening, WCR use dynamat for the sheeting and soundskins rings around the speakers. I hear the soundskins sheeting is pretty good too. Unless you are handy and willing to pull off door panels, it can be DIY. I got the my local to do it all in one hit. Saves on labor costs done at the same time.
    The guy at WCR commented that the headunit isn't too bad and can power the 100w-90w speakers well and the wiring is enough to run the 100w speakers.
    I will be upgrading the headunit to a kenwood Apple Car play system with a under seat sub soon. Carbon Car Systems make a wire kit and USB replacement for the levorg. I'll probably get those from there, new fascia off ebay and headunit from whoever has it on special.
     
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    Thanks mate.

    Yeah did all the sound work on my last two liberties, so no issues there. Sound deading is just a sit down with some tunes, beer and a heat gun for an arvo I've found.

    Sweet will start looking into that.

    I saw the Carbon Car Systems stuff, may do a bit of saving for that, but please let me know how you go/take photos as it will be interesting to see what functionality we actually get to keep/lose :p.

    Cheers,
    Nick
     
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    Just on the Kenwood android auto update (as per the carbon systems you tube vid)...does it's fitting throw up any issues on the central display in the middle of the dash of us it pretty much seamless?

    looks like a far more capable unit than the stock clarion system
     
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    You have a Levorg in Jamaica? I'm presuming that you live in one of the main towns Like Kingston or Montego Bay? Where my family lives in Jamaica, the surrounding roads would wreck a Levorg. I have seen Foresters, Impreza's, Legacy's, Outbacks and XV's when I've been out there though.
     
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    Hi SkyBeam,

    After reading your posts, I'm very impressed with all modifications you have made. I'm at the point to upgrade my OEM head unit (with navigation) with Pioneer, and would like to replace the OEM DAB antenna as well, but not sure how to do it. Did you take some photos or a video when you installed your Bad Blankenburg 3785.01?
     
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    does yours have the factory DAB / carplay unit?
     
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    I don't think I did but all those things are pretty stright-forward do complete:
    • Remove some covers in the trunk area, at least the left side cover and pull down the ceiling to access the screw holding the OEM antenna in place
    • Remove the OEM Antenna and place the replacement into the same hole (the Bad Blankenburg has a smaller rectangular fitting but it still will fit pretty nicely
    • You mgiht find some adatpers but I decided to make one myself. The OEM antenna has a connector which delivers power (12V) and FM antenna signal. I have simply cut this on the OEM antenna side and fitted FAKA connectors for FM and power on this connector.
    • In addition I did pull in 2 more coax cables for DAB + GPS right from the antenna location towards the headunit. This is pretty simple to do. Just remove the handles above the doors to slightly pull down the ceiling. There are cable-guides on top of it where you can insert the coax cables. The cables will run from the trunk to the left (driver) side A Pillar and from there down to the dash where I connected the head unit.

    It's all pretty self-explanatory when you pull the ceiling. You will see immediately where the factory FM radio coax cable is going. It just takes some time to unmount all the door handles and plastic frames to pull the ceiling a bit down to access this area. You can use readily made coax cables with FAKRA connectors or you can crimp your own ones (which is what I did). The factory/OEM Subaru connector will also provide power to the amplified Antenna if needed. On The Bad Blankenburg antenna you could also use phantom power on the FM cable if you want. But I decided to use the OEM 12V power and use dedicated antenna power input.

    First I was a bit afraid the new antenna wouldn't seal properly as there is no proper sealing ring around the inner part, but there is a sealing lip all around the antenna. And also it does not sit that tight into the larger square cutout of the factory antenna mounting hole but it turned out still tow work quite well. I would have prefered the OEM antenna design as it fits the Levorg better and I thought about mounting the Bad Blankenburg electronics parts into the OEM housing. But finally I did not do this as it also looks it would not fit physically. I did however wrap the Bad Blankenburg antenna in blue vinyl to match my other blue applications as I didn't like the black plastic look.
     
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    Thanks for the guide. How is the headliner attached? I watched some videos on Youtube on different Subaru models, they all have special clips, but I can't see them on my Levorg.


    That's what I was afraid of. I'm looking for a way to keep the original shark fin, or at least to find something similar.

    Also, do you know how long the coax cable is? I think I will use the readily made cables as I don't have the necessary tools to properly crimp them.
     
  16. SkyBeam

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    As I remember it's clipped up with the typical push-pins on the back side. So Just pulling it down will work fine. I don't remember it to be somehow affixed at the sides/front besides it being clamped behind the handles and the B pillar cover (where the seatbelt is). You will also have to remove the seal around the sunroof which is holding the headliner in place. Just pull it and you're ready to pull down the headliner too.



    Just use a cord or similar to estimate where you want to run in the cable. Probably a 7m cable would do it. But if you want to know precisely, then just use tesa strips and a cord, go from the antenna location to the left side and from there to the A pillar, down the A pillar and underneath the dash you probably need another 1.5m.
     

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