1998 Forester Audio Upgrade Info Please...

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by Paul Whitbread, May 26, 2004.

  1. Hey All.....

    This is my first post to this group.... and I am a new owner of a 98
    Forester.... I am very happy with the car and am certainly a new fan of
    Subarus....

    Anyway, my only caveat with the car is that the audio system sounds tinny
    and weak. I am a fan of refined and acurate audio systems, so the current
    setup is unnacceptable for me.

    What setups are tried and true for the Forester? I am considering an Alpine
    deck with Infinity speakers.... But I want to know what others have done
    first.... I don't want to modify the interior of the car or anything.... I
    just want to use stock components that fit the existing mounts.

    Thanks...

    Paul.
     
    Paul Whitbread, May 26, 2004
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Paul Whitbread

    oothlagre Guest

    Start with a head unit first, you might find that the system sounds better
    with a new unit. I have an Impreza and to change my front speakers I have to
    remove door panels. I am not sure what is involved with the Forester. Check
    out www.scoobymods.com they have a lot of info on mods and upgrades. Some
    really good photos of stereo upgrades too.

    Henry
     
    oothlagre, May 26, 2004
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. Paul Whitbread

    LT Guest

    I replaced the OEM in my 98 Forester with an Alpine for about 2 bills.
    While the sound is better, I still intend to do the speakers. Let me know
    how your new speakers sound.
    LT
     
    LT, May 27, 2004
    #3
  4. Paul Whitbread

    Tony Hwang Guest

    Hi,
    Speakers is first to upgrade.
    Tony
     
    Tony Hwang, May 28, 2004
    #4
  5. Paul Whitbread

    thestick Guest

    Agreed.
    I put Kenwoods in myself. It took less than an hour for 4 speakers. No
    mods necessary. I couldn't believe how much better it sounded.

    Gerry
     
    thestick, May 28, 2004
    #5
  6. Paul Whitbread

    HJ Guest

    Are the doors in the 98 Forester similart to the 04 Forester ? If so, was it
    easy to remove the speaker grills/doors ? Will I need shallow-mount speakers
    ?

    Please let me know.

    Thanks.
     
    HJ, May 30, 2004
    #6
  7. Paul Whitbread

    thestick Guest

    I have a 2001 S. Fronts are 6.5" rears are 4".
    The grills in the doors just pop off. Get them from the bottom (I think
    there may be a small finger groove) and give it a pull.

    The Kenwoods are shallow speakers so I just had to screw them in. The sooby
    connectors to the speakers don't fit on the Kenwoods so I just cut them off
    and attached the wires to the speakers.

    Go to Crutchfield.com and do the "What fits my car" section.

    good luck

    gerry
     
    thestick, May 30, 2004
    #7
  8. Paul Whitbread

    thestick Guest

    I have a 2001 S. Fronts are 6.5" rears are 4".

    The front door grills just pop off. Get them from the bottom (there might
    be a finger groove there) and give a pull. You might need a screw driver
    for the rears. The sooby connectors to the speakers didn't fit the
    Kenwoods, so I just cut them off and connected the speaker wire directly to
    the speakers. Otherwise no problems.
    There are water guards attached to the speakers within the doors covering
    the top of the speakers. Make sure they are covering the tops when you
    reinstall them. No use collecting water in the door. It's really very
    easy.

    Go to Crutchfield.com and do the "What fits my car" section. Its a big help
    for model numbers.
    good lick
    gerry
     
    thestick, May 30, 2004
    #8
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.