I used a Firestik CB antenna mount that goes inside the fender along with one of their Fire-ring cables.
I ran the cable back around the gap along the top edge of the fender and covered it with a short piece of windshield washer tubing, maybe 5/16", to keep the sharp fender edge from cutting it.
Remove about half of the fasteners from the fenderwell liner on passenger side and if you look carefully there is a rubber grommet already available where you can cut the cover off and run the antenna wire right into passenger compartment. I used a little RTV sealant and left a little extra cable hanging there and zip-tied to existing wiring harness so any running water would drip down.
Inside removing the glove box makes routing the antenna cable a lot easier.
I had 9ft cable and cut the existing CB connector off to make routing easier.
I used Radio Shack "motorola" type twist-on connector. You have to "tin" the braided center conductor before tightening the center screw. I also carefully used a small tip soldering iron to get a connection on the outer ground part too.
To adapt the CB mount to auto antenna, I got a stainless 3/8-24 bolt from a bolt supply, I think either 1 1/2 or 2" length. You want a unthreaded section at the top to add strength. I then drilled and tapped the bolt from the top M6. Then, I got a M6 bolt and tightened using red loc-tite. Then cut off head of M6 bolt so only a "stud" was sticking up for car antenna mount.
Got a black 31" auto antenna from AutoZone and installed.
I did use Rust-Oleum textured black paint on the stainless mount and so far it is holding up OK.
Reception improvement is marginal, but I was able to get a couple weak stations I enjoyed driving around that I couldn't get before. A toss up if I would do again or not. I do like the way it looks, so I'll probably leave it.
Didn't see many boosters available. Most reviews said they boosted static as well as signal so I didn't bother. Professional car audio places basically said if you want good FM to buy a $400 radio. I have maybe $50 or so in my antenna.
The sound suddenly stopped working on my 2012 Forester radio last week- everything on the radio appears to be working perfectly fine- just no sound. Everything else in the car appears to be working fine, too. I was parked in my driveway and had the radio on- and then moved my drivers seat back...
I reversed the driver side headrest on my new 2014 Forester, so that I could sit up straight. I have done this on my old cars with no problem…
Bad idea. It is locked in place now, and the ratchet function means with any pressure, it clicks backwards, and gives no support.
How do I get it out...
Saw a post to the Impreza forums about some hidden stereo menus and was wondering if anyone knew any secret settings in the foz standard (non-nav) stereo that could help get to other features such as stereo equalizer settings. I did find the following :
5 + 6 + AUX = Update software from USB...
Hello all , i'm a newbie and have similar problem to may .Tried to remove the D7 connector and ended up with a bunch of 15 wires , dose anyone have photo of the wire positions for a 2011 forester . PS i'm in australia.