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Hey everyone,
I want to remove my blueconnect from my 2011 Forester. Ive searched the forums with no luck.
Just wondering if anyone has a visual guide or a instructional pdf.

Any insight would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Z.
 

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I wanted to do this as well since I replaced my stock head unit with one that can do integrated Bluetooth phone and audio connections.

My understanding is that if I remove the Blueconnect panel I will be left with gaps in the sides of the console that needs to be filled by the factory side cap trim pieces. It also involves removing the shifter console panel in order to get at the screws that hold the Blueconnect unit in. I decided that was too much effort and so I left it intact.

I did, however, disconnect the daisy-chain harness that gives it power. This will require removing your radio, unplugging the connector pass-through that runs to the Blueconnect unit, and then reinstalling your radio.
 

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Thanks guys,

Grayingjay, how did you find out about removing the shift console to get to the blue connect?
 

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Thanks guys,

Grayingjay, how did you find out about removing the shift console to get to the blue connect?
Ah, I found it again. The part number for the 2010-2013 Blueconnect for the Forester is H001SSC400. I found the install manual here:

http://www.subaruonlineparts.com/pdf/h001ssc400.pdf

You can see in steps 33-37 how they want you to remove the shifter console, unscrew the two stock side caps, then discard them. Then you drop in the Blueconnect unit, which is a one-piece unit that includes molding to replace the side caps.

In order to remove the Blueconnect unit I would not only have to take apart everything like the install manual says, but also order two replacement side caps and a rubber tray liner. I decided it was too much work...
 

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Im going to see how the blue connect works first and them make a decision.
Thanks for the info.
 

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Im going to see how the blue connect works first and them make a decision.
Thanks for the info.
Glad to help. The Blueconnect unit isn't too bad. It works well with the stock radio. However, I replaced the stock radio because I wanted USB/MP3 playback, iPhone integration, and Bluetooth audio streaming, none of which were available in my trim level on the 2012 model. The third-party radios I tried (I went through 3 of them) all came with their own Bluetooth phone solution that worked just as well or better, so the Blueconnect unit has been disconnected.
 

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Anybody know why this doesn't work on a 2009? I'm thinking of my next project and this might fit the bill for what I want to do.
I know this is a little old but..

Yeah, I'm trying to find any info possible on Google regarding why it doesn't. All I've come across is; This works with the alloy wheel package found in the 2.5X & 2.5X w/ wheel package.
 
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