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So I'm thinking about replacing the speakers in my STi, mostly due to the fact that I think the stereo is pretty sub-par sounding. (I don't want some pumping bass system, I have a four-year old after all, and I'm a bit older than 18. :) Rather, I'm a huge music fan, so I would like a clear, full sound while I'm driving on the long trips my family frequently takes.) After reading a bit on this forum about it, I'm concerned that the only way to replace the speakers with anything decent is to get spacers, modify the speakers, etc... I was considering doing this myself, but if I need to modify things, I think I'll pass.

Does anyone have any info on doing this?
 

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Get the speakers you like & get the spacers online.Not much modification is necessary.

You may need to modify the tweeter sails to fit aftermarket tweeters.
 

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An aftermarket H/U will provide more power to the speakers, and add some EQ adjustability for fine-tuning.

A subwoofer will take the lows away from the speakers and allow them to focus on the mids/highs. You can dial this down so it's not causing the car to shake/rattle.

Aftermarket speakers will often require a spacer due to their increased depth (you can buy shallow-depth speakers, but I'd just buy a set of spacers for the $40 or so and be done with it).

I would not reuse the OE tweeter location if you go with components (which you should); I would install them in the A-Pillar or kick panels.
 

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The previous owner of my STI was a 50 year old gentleman who put a full Focal component system in with 2 10 inch JL Subwoofers...I doubt he was going around blasting bass...

Subwoofers are necessary for providing adequate lows in an otherwise poor acoustically set up theatre.

Matt is right with the head unit...stock units are notorious for being underpowered. Underpowering aftermarket speakers can potentially do more harm than good.
 

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This is what's in the back of my wagon. I'm 45 years old, but having a sub there really helps the other speakers to focus on their jobs, IMO.

I've yet to own a car with an adequate factory system, though I know that they exist. I've replaced HU (Alpine), Fronts (Polk), and the sub in this wagon.

CretinFest, Yo!

 

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Thanks for all the responses guys, much appreciated. So is it possible to replace the head unit with an aftermarket unit on a 2012 STi AND keep the steering wheel controls?

Or would it just be better/easier to put in some type of amp to boost up the stock head unit?
 

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Yes, absolutely possible to keep the steering wheel controls. Metra Axxess SWC adapter is what you would want for that.
 

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While I was swapping out the stock system on my 2011 STi, I put in the head unit first and found that the stock speakers are pretty decent if you give them more power. I had already bought the rest of the sound system so I put it in, but start with a head-unit before you change your speakers.

And I second the Metra Axxess it works great.
 
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