Welcome to my journal. First off, I'm not a racer nor do I go off roading, so you won't see some extreme modifications to my Subaru. I do however like having a unique forester, but I also like having my car look somewhat stock. My forester is for the family and for travelling across the country with a reliable car. I'm a first time Subaru owner: 09 Forester X Limited, and I'm so happy and proud to be part of the Subaru family. Well on with the show!
Mod 1 - Foot well LED Blue
Mod 2 - Sound Ordnance 8bpt Sub
Mod 3 - Dual DVD head rests(sprayed to match interior gray)
Mod 4 - OEM Front Spoiler
Mod 5 - Japanese Cherry wood dash kit
Mod 6 - Flyaudio DVD GPS Head unit
Mod 7 - Polk DB651 all 4 doors
Added Nokian WRG2 tires x4
Mod 8 - OEM Sports Grill
Mod 9 - Inno Fairing
Mod 10 - DIY vinyl wrap front spoiler trim/lip
Mod 11 - Swift Springs insalled
Mod 12 - Factory Kiss Rear view camera
Mod 13 - My DIY two tone color interior
Mod 14 - Painted mufflers black
Mod 15 - MY DIY rear bumper vinyl wrap accent
Mod 16 - MY DIY vinyl headlight eyelids
Mod 17 - Rear Middle hatch spoiler/lid
Added SPT license plate frame Matt black
Added aluminum door sill inserts
The first mod was the footwell LED lights which I didn't document. I did however document my second Mod, the Sound Ordnance Subwoofer.
This was a vast improvement to my OEM Sound system. I already had the tweeters installed when we brought the Forester, so this was, what I feel, the icing on the cake. It has created such a punch that I truly am reconsidering replacing the OEM speakers. Though time will tell, once you get bitten by the sound bug, it takes control over you. If you're looking to add a sub that will deliver the punch to vibrate your rear view mirror without breaking the bank, I suggest you checking out the Sound Ordnance Sub. Now this won't shatter your windows, but you will feel the bass in your ***.
It took about two hours of work, but It could have taken 45 minutes if you just want to feed the cables without sleeves and without being neat. Maybe even less time if you have an aftermarket HU. You'd only need to run RCA cables without having to tap into speaker cables. The sub fits perfectly under the seat and is totally invisible. I'll be adding more pictures of the sub and it's position under the seat so that you can get a better idea. Next up, dual head rest dvd video and front spoiler. Should have the headrests next week and spoiler in two weeks.
Amp kit and Amp box
Amp with remote, remote cable, dog tags, speaker connections and manual
Had to remove middle console to run the wires from amp to radio and battery
Top view of the console. You just have to remove two screws and one screw over by the emergency brake. You have to pull up the break sleeve, which is held by clips.
Middle console removed with all wires running through with cable sleeve. I like to keep everything neat and like OEM. Also if you look closely, you'll see the ground cable attached to the screw in the center. The cable is silver and was also put into a sleeve.
I left the wire long enough to be able to slide out the sub if I had to.
I purchased Ideal Tap Spice from Lowes, in order to tap into the remote and speaker cables of the OEM HU. This way I wouldn't have to cut the cables. I called Crutchfield to find out which cable was the remote and which were the rear speaker cables. Tech was very helpful. If you have an aftermarket head unit, you can skip this step and run RCA cables instead. The sub has both RCA inputs and Speaker Inputs.
View from HU opening. Speaker wire with Tap Splice. They're a little hard to see, but it's the blue squares hanging from the cables. Very easy to put on.
This is the view from the engine, I passed the power cable through a hole which was covered by a rubber pad, it's located on the driver side by the steering wheel area, you can't miss it, its oval shaped. I removed the pad and created a slit in the middle using a box cutter. Then I passed the power cable, which is also covered in the cable plastic sleeve.
This is the power cable which has a fuse box. It was included, so I left it. Better safe than sorry.
Update:8/21 more Pics
Power cable connected to battery. (you can see the blue cable showing a little)
Battery with cover on. Cable and clamp fits perfectly.
Sub under driver seat. Virtually invisible. I'm 6 ft tall and the seat is almost all the way back, but even if I move it forward, you still can't see it.
Side view of driver seat.
Closer look of the amp under seat.
Closer look at the amps controls.
Close look at the amps connectors.