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Upgrading the headunit in your BE/BH (Non-Macintosh amp'd system)

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Here's how you go about upgrading the headunit in your BE/BH, that doesnt use the Macintosh amplified system.

Here's an example of a BE model with a double-din unit.

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Pull the gear lever surround off to access the tray screws, and remove the tray

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The plastic surround pulls off, but there are some plugs you'll need to undo, they are circled

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Undo the 6 screws holding the headunit brackets in and pull it out

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To make it easier, get the Subaru adaptor looms from Repco so you don't have to hack up any wiring. You'll also need to get a pocket kit as well, which you can also get from Repco

Then all you need to do is screw your new unit and pocket into the brackets, hook it up and you'll be going!

Finished product

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I have done all that but no sound through the front speakers?

Found the same type of adapter as at the headunit end under the drivers seat and did some testing with a multimeter and got the front speakers going. Problem is, they run off the rear speakers as well so can't fade forward and back.

What do you think my problem is? I have only just got the car and it did not have a head unit at all so did all the figuring out myself. I have done many car stereos but none have been as difficult as this! Am I missing something?

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One thing you may want to mention is the screw holding the ash tray runner which nearly caused me to break my surroung but as only one of the two were there some may not even have it (can be seen in the fourth picture laying to the right of the gear knob). otherwise thanks it made everything alot simpler.

Cheers

Cam

P.S do you know what the two cables are for plugged into the blanking plugs (circled in the third picture)

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Aww buggar my images are gone... I'll need to dig them out and re-host them elsewhere.. I'll get onto that.

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 Scoobydoo said:

Aww buggar my images are gone... I'll need to dig them out and re-host them elsewhere.. I'll get onto that.

Hi Scooby....did you manage to post the pictures elsewhere?...if not, any chance you could put them up again.....

I'm going to try and change over tomorrow!

Cheers

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Garryg, just try it and you will see soon enough what he means. Hardest part is getting the ninja screw back in that is located in the ash tray in / out. You will see what i mean

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Ok guys I just had a go at getting the plastic surround off and it became a monster task. I just couldnt get the bottom part of the surround to budge. I took out everything as noted above. I did notice that there were some screws in the bottom of the stereo above the ash tray that may do something?

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 BigWillieStyles said:

Ok guys I just had a go at getting the plastic surround off and it became a monster task. I just couldnt get the bottom part of the surround to budge. I took out everything as noted above. I did notice that there were some screws in the bottom of the stereo above the ash tray that may do something?

yip, did this the other day, take the two screws out above the ash tray and youll be sweet, need a stub/short nose philips for that :)

The instructions dont really cover that bit, and all up holding just the stereo in alone.. there are 6 screws

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[quote name='BigWillieStyles said:

Ok guys I just had a go at getting the plastic surround off and it became a monster task. I just couldnt get the bottom part of the surround to budge. I took out everything as noted above. I did notice that there were some screws in the bottom of the stereo above the ash tray that may do something?

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yip, did this the other day, take the two screws out above the ash tray and youll be sweet, need a stub/short nose philips for that :)

The instructions dont really cover that bit, and all up holding just the stereo in alone.. there are 6 screws

thanks mate, definitely needed to know that. I was very close to breaking my surround. Will give it a go once I get a Philip head that will fit in.

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Sorry! This car that I took apart didn't have those in. There can also be one at the very back holding the ashtray holder in, which you'll need a good long Phillips screwdriver, preferably magnetic so you don't lose the screw!

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That one at the back is quite the annoying screw.. Done this a few times over the years in the BH5s and doing it again in a week or two, will take some updated pics for you guys.

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