Bought my WRX in January and still haven't made it through the break in period... BUT! I have driven it enough to know I could not live with the factory stereo...
So I sucked it up and started taking apart my first brand new car in hopes of a little audio redemption... admittedly I did not think to take many pictures along the way but since I only installed a head unit there wasn't tons to show
I instead figure I'll write a little about the products and methods used in hopes of adding to the wealth of knowledge I come for so often on this site..
- ae64.com 20-pin Harness
- ae64.com Aux Jack Harness
- ae64.com USB Jack Harness
- Microbypass AVH parking brake bypass
- ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Interface
- Subaru OEM double-din bezel PN: 66065SC130
Soldering the harness was easy with the help of the following pages to ensure everything went where it should
20-pin Harness ae64.com - Head Unit Installation with Subaru 20-pin Harness
ASWC-1 ae64.com - Axxess ASWC Interface Installation with Subaru 20-pin Harness (Followed Variation "B")
The microbypass was straight forward, matched color for color, Black = Ground / Blue = Amp Turn on / Green = Parking Wire from HU.
I'm happy to say my harness worked on the first shot!
The ASWC-1 auto programmed without needing any input for the audio controls... As stated on ae64.com's site... once the LED went solid red I held the on-hook button for a few seconds until the light went off... this programmed the on / off hook phone buttons on the steering wheel. The voice button does nothing right now... I was going to manually program it to mute like others have but forgot... I may do it when I open the dash up again to install the camera... but for now it's all good
- Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS
- Pioneer CD-AH200 (Cable kit for Android)
- Samsung MHL Adapter EPL-FU10BEBSTD
Once the harness was made everything else was plug and play. The AVH-X8500BHS looks great and has everything I want in a head unit. The sound quality with the OEM speakers is so much better... I think I can actually live with it now!!! I ran my bluetooth microphone to the stock location as I wanted everything to be as OEM as possible... The wires for the OEM microphone are attached to a harness with the ground wires for the map lights, three wires RED/BLUE/YELLOW.
It took some time but I was able to unpin those three wires from the harness to remove the OEM microphone. I know I could of moved it over but I didn't like the idea of it maybe rattling around... yes I'm OCD like that When / if I return it to stock I can slide the pins back in... I of course didn't take a pic of the new microphone but as I've seen before it's securely held in the stock location by 3M double sided tape... and zip ties for the wire...
The Pioneer cable kit and Samsung adapter work flawlessly... I connected to the AVH-X8500BHS Appradio mode on the first shot... I ran the cable through the hole in the top right corner of the cubby under the AC controls... (Reach in there you'll feel it)... Came out clean... I have a Panavise mount for my S4 on order and will finish up the cable routing once it comes it...
Like I said there were no surprises... Subaru radio and radio wiring harness information has everything you need for parts and information... use it!!! the OEM radio brackets attached to the 8500 with screws provided by Pioneer... the OEM bezel is a perfect match and installed without an issue... A small not on the bezel though... you have to swap the 5? clips from your original bezel to the new one... they are plastic... take your time... You also have to swap the vents... but none of this is heavy lifting...
This is the only pic I have with me now... and yes I cleaned the smudges off the screen
Anyway... any questions that I may be able to help with let me know... the WRX is an easy one to deck swap... and it's very worth it