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#1 2005-09-11 18:51:07

scot'teryx
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OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

So, thanks to Matthew Jones on this board, I finally got my stereo almost complete. I thought I would post my finidngs and facts for others that are thinking of doing the same thing.

Here is a link for the pages I created dedicated to my linear:
http://theharders.net/gallery/92x/

The main problem I had at first was finding out the correct model numbers for the OEM parts. The single disc player cannot power or work with an OEM sub, or any sub for that matter (I think).

So I installed the sub (very easily), and then started searching for an OEM 6 disc changer since I never got the premium package.
Matt hooked me up since he was upgrading his Aero, and the transaction was smooth, so thanks alot Matt!

http://www.theharders.net/gallery/92x/stereo/2393.jpg
Replacing the head units is a piece of cake, and by the time I was done it all looked perfect.
The sound of the stereo with the sub ispretty darn good, nothing like a 19yo in a 99 Honda Civic - but I don't want that anyway. I was looking for a little uumph in my sound, and that's what it gives. It was very similar sounding to the Rockford Fosgate OEM system I had in my 03 Xterra. I think the only thing I need to get now are some mid range speakers for the doors and some tweeters up front. DOes anyone know where the tweeters go in the Aero? It seems like there are 2 places they might go: the diamond shaped section in the corner of the window/doorjam, or by the door handles?

So, if anyone has any questions about the install, or if the pictures and other instructions/model #'s don't make sense - please email me via my website (linked above).

Thanks and good luck!


2005 Saab 9-2x Linear, AT, Cold, Desert Silver, Tint, Yakima Racks, Subaru Cargo Mat, OEM Subwoofer and Upgraded 6 disc headunit, Super Plasma Xenon Bulbs, OEM 18mm Rear Sway Bar

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#2 2005-09-11 19:00:43

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

very nice!


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#3 2005-09-11 19:00:43

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

the tweeters go in the mesh area next to the door handles.  Speaker upgrade definately makes a difference.

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#4 2005-09-15 16:43:31

worstell
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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

I am also thinking about upgrading my stock Linear stereo with OEM parts.   CAn you tell me if I should replace the 4 speaker system with the premium six spearker system.  Is the only difference the addition of the tweeters?  Or are the woofers of superior quality?

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#5 2005-09-15 16:56:11

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

Does the sub just plug right in?

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#6 2005-09-15 18:18:13

scot'teryx
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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

I only have the 4 speaker OEM system right now with the OEM Sub and it sounds "Good". I plan on getting the door speakers upgraded and then adding the tweets.

The sub does just plug right into the back of the 6 disc changer, not the single disc player.
It is plug n play, very easy. Most difficult part of the install (which isn't) is mounting the sub and getting the wire back under the seat. Quick and easy.


2005 Saab 9-2x Linear, AT, Cold, Desert Silver, Tint, Yakima Racks, Subaru Cargo Mat, OEM Subwoofer and Upgraded 6 disc headunit, Super Plasma Xenon Bulbs, OEM 18mm Rear Sway Bar

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#7 2005-09-23 09:11:13

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

Scott. You answered my private email, but I'm going to post this new question for the group.

I'm thinking of the OEM sub too. Which seat does it mount under?

I found this one online: https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/prod … cts_id=806

$100 is good! But the listing says it is for '05 Outback and RS Wagon, or '04 other models. I did find some information that says for certain years the subs go under the driver, and other years go under the passenger.

I want to check out Ebay also, but I want to make sure I'm getting the right thing.


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#8 2005-09-24 01:01:41

scot'teryx
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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

Go ahead and email them, I know one of the people there named Jamie (she races WRX's).
They will know the right one for you


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#9 2005-10-02 13:37:05

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

does the oem sub fit under the seat?

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#10 2005-10-02 15:46:08

scot'teryx
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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

Yup, you can barely see it when your in the back.
Fits like a glove


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#11 2005-10-02 19:23:16

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

I installed a sub this weekend. Piece of cake. I got the cheaper unit which has been discussed on another thread. Sounds good, now I'm looking forward to add some Infinity speakers up front.

One minor complaint is that the rear floormats are not fitted for use with the subwoofer. You sorta have to just flop the front part of the mat over the sub.


FORMER OWNER Linear, AT, Red, Cold, Mnrf, Cloth, bone-stock but upgraded with 6-CD, OEM sub, compass mirror, cuphldr, arm ext., WRX roof rails, roof and pillar sound deadening.

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#12 2005-10-03 00:37:19

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

aca2983 wrote:

I installed a sub this weekend. Piece of cake. I got the cheaper unit which has been discussed on another thread.

Is this the one from the older subies?  Is there any sound difference?  Also, am I correct in thinking that either sub plugs right into the OEM 6 disc HU?

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#13 2005-10-03 09:34:06

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

Please see these two other threads.

https://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=1781
https://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=472

Some folks will debate the merits of the way this one connects vs. the pricier one, and many audiophiles will say neither sub is worth it. For me it's fine. It adds some bass, and it's cheap and easy to install, and doesn't take up trunk space.  If you want to win some kind of earth-shaking competition, look elsewhere.


FORMER OWNER Linear, AT, Red, Cold, Mnrf, Cloth, bone-stock but upgraded with 6-CD, OEM sub, compass mirror, cuphldr, arm ext., WRX roof rails, roof and pillar sound deadening.

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#14 2005-10-03 11:00:30

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

Cool, Just what I needed.  I dont need anything spectacular either, but a little boost to what it came with would be nice.
banana

Also, sorry about asking the same question twice, I forgot I already posted in this thread.  neutral

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#15 2005-10-06 14:11:16

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

I'm looking into upgrading my 4-speaker, single cd unit.  I was considering picking up a unit pulled from a Subaru Forester so that I can get a weatherband.  Anyone see any issues with that.  From there, I'd like to so some of the other upgrades mentioned on this thread such as adding tweeters to the doors and a subwoofer.


'05 Linear Automatic with Homelink installed in headliner (e-Bay source), Infinity 6010CS component speakers up front.

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#16 2005-10-06 14:22:07

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

JAB,
No expert here, but probably no issues. I sold my single CD unit to a guy with an early 90's Legacy, and it fit and connected with no problems. I'm guessing the Subaru wiring harnesses have been standard for awhile, and they should interconnect.


FORMER OWNER Linear, AT, Red, Cold, Mnrf, Cloth, bone-stock but upgraded with 6-CD, OEM sub, compass mirror, cuphldr, arm ext., WRX roof rails, roof and pillar sound deadening.

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#17 2005-11-09 14:53:58

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

Can anyone help with advice on how to remove the oem radio trim?  I can't seem to get the upper right, upper left, and top anchor connectors out...  I don't have a trim puller special tool as shown in the crutchfield installation guide....


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#18 2005-11-09 15:25:38

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

Owl, I think you just have to carefully yank on it. I have the Crutchfield instruction sheet in .PDF if you need it ( I think I got it here, so you probably have it already).

I used a flat-head screwdriver with the head covered in duct tape to avoid scratching anything. A plastic knife, and plastic burger or cookie spatula are also nice tools for this kind of thing :-)


FORMER OWNER Linear, AT, Red, Cold, Mnrf, Cloth, bone-stock but upgraded with 6-CD, OEM sub, compass mirror, cuphldr, arm ext., WRX roof rails, roof and pillar sound deadening.

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#19 2005-11-09 16:26:47

JAB
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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

I had the same problem.  You need to get something in there to pry the top of the trip out on the right and left sides.  Just before you think something is going to snap, out it comes.


'05 Linear Automatic with Homelink installed in headliner (e-Bay source), Infinity 6010CS component speakers up front.

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#20 2005-11-09 17:56:11

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

thanks...  scott mentioned brute force as well  wink  I have a watch-opener knife which has been pretty handy... I'll give it a try again tonite


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#21 2005-11-10 01:01:33

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Re: OEM Stereo Upgrade with OEM Subwoofer, saab92x.com style

phew, got it off tonite with a watch knife with electrical tape around the blade... just kept prying on the sides upwards and sideways...  pulling alone would *not* have gotten it off without breaking it  wink

the rest of the subwoofer install went easily

thanks for the help


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