How to Install a New Radio in a Subaru Forester

Written by aram khayatpour
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Changing the stock radio into something with more uses and options is one of the most popular aftermarket options for car owners. In the case of the Subaru Forester, which for many years came standard with a cassette deck, many owners choose to switch out their stock radio for one with CD or MP3 player capabilities. These systems have become drastically cheaper in recent years, and their simple installation has made them very accessible, even for those with tight budgets.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Stereo installation kit

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  1. 1

    Open the bonnet and disconnect the negative (black) battery cable from the negative battery terminal.

  2. 2

    Connect the wiring harness to the wiring harness adaptor that is included with your new radio. Attach the wiring harness adaptor and antenna to the new radio. Slide the new radio into place.

  3. 3

    Push the trim that surrounds the face of the radio back into place.

  4. 4

    Screw the dashboard piece back into place.

  5. 5

    Reattach the plastic trim around the shifter by pushing it back into place.

  6. 6

    Place the plastic panel back to its original position around the emergency brake and screw it back into place.

  7. 7

    Reconnect the negative (black) battery cable to the negative battery terminal.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when sliding the new unit into place, as doing this too quickly or too forcefully could cause the wiring harness to disconnect.
  • If the new radio does not fit flush into the stock opening, you may have to use the clips provided in the kit as spacers. Attach one to each side of the radio.
  • Make sure that the negative battery cable is not touching any part of the car when it is disconnected.
  • Make sure that the new radio you purchase also comes with an installation kit for the Subaru Forester that you drive. If not, installation of the radio will be much more difficult or impossible.

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