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Old 01-29-2009, 11:47 AM
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Re: SVX / Legacy radio compatibility

Many thanks, Joe! Your pictures are very helpful.

Could I trouble you to add a couple more to your photo album a straight-on side view of the two cages docked, and a side view of the two separated, one above the other. It's a little difficult to tell the depths from your angle shots.

Does the car's 7-position connector have 5 wires populated?

It looks like the cage's mating connector has only 3 wires.

That would mean the car's connector doesn't include the wire for the motor antenna, and the cage's connector omits that and both illumination wires.

Does the radio illumination simply come on whenever you turn the key to Accessory or Run? Is there any way to dim it?

Does your SVX have a motorized antenna? Does it extend whenever the key is on Accessory or Run?

How does the little plastic "Subaru" faceplate attach? Are those round things magnets? Or what does the back of the faceplate look like?

If you were to cut off the faceplate holder, and bend flat the two tabs on the sides of the outer cage, do you think a "modern" single- or double-DIN radio could be mounted in the outer cage?
David C.
1996 Laguna Blue Pearl SVX L AWD
See my home page for SVX radio install/removal instructions and wiring harnesses
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