Introduction

This guide shows how to replace the front speaker of the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX. It can be used to replace a broken speaker, or upgrade an old speaker with a better one.

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  • Pry up the plastic tab from inside the handle located on the front door armrest.

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  • Pry up the plastic tab from inside the door handle housing.

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Image 1/2: Unscrew the second 8x3/4" Phillips screw located inside the lower door handle on the door's armrest. Image 2/2: Unscrew the second 8x3/4" Phillips screw located inside the lower door handle on the door's armrest.
  • Use your Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the 8x3/4" Phillips screw by the upper door handle.

  • Unscrew the second 8x3/4" Phillips screw located inside the lower door handle on the door's armrest.

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Image 1/2: Using your flathead screwdriver, pry up the latch connecting the two white cords and disconnect the speaker. Image 2/2: Using your flathead screwdriver, pry up the latch connecting the two white cords and disconnect the speaker.
  • Pry off the entire door speaker and its housing located inside of the mirror.

  • Using your flathead screwdriver, pry up the latch connecting the two white cords and disconnect the speaker.

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  • Using your flathead screwdriver, pry the middle plastic door piece away from the armrest.

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Image 1/2: The larger cord bundle now can be pulled out. Image 2/2: Press the white tab on the smaller cord bundle and disconnect the smaller cord bundle from the assembly.
  • Using your flathead screwdriver, press the white tab on the side of the larger cord bundle connecting the assembly.

    • The larger cord bundle now can be pulled out.

  • Press the white tab on the smaller cord bundle and disconnect the smaller cord bundle from the assembly.

  • Take note of the two screws that are now visible in the middle of the door panel.

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  • Unscrew both 8x3/4" Phillips screws from the middle of the door panel using your Phillips screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: It may be easiest to start by prying away where the red circle is located. Image 2/2: It may be easiest to start by prying away where the red circle is located.
  • Pry the left side of the door panel away from the door using a flathead screwdriver.

    • It may be easiest to start by prying away where the red circle is located.

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Image 1/2: You will hear a series of pops when the white tabs disconnect from the door. Image 2/2: You will hear a series of pops when the white tabs disconnect from the door.
  • Using your hands now, pry the door panel away from the door.

  • You will hear a series of pops when the white tabs disconnect from the door.

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Image 1/2: Pull the door from the top, not the bottom or sides. Image 2/2: Pull the door from the top, not the bottom or sides.
  • Finish pulling the door off of the frame, now that all the clips have been disconnected.

    • Pull the door from the top, not the bottom or sides.

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Image 1/1: Congratulations! You are now done.
  • Disconnect the final two power window cables that connect the door panel to the door frame by pulling both out of their sockets.

  • Congratulations! You are now done.

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  • This is how the speaker will look when the inside of the door is removed (refer to front door removal guide for more info).

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  • There will be three 8x3/4" Phillips screws (the third screw is indicated by the arrow; you can't see the screw in the picture) keeping the speaker in place. Use a #0 Phillips screwdriver to remove them.

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  • There will be a plastic adapter connecting wires to the speaker. To separate the adapter from the speaker, use a flathead screwdriver to pry the adapter off.

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  • Remove the plastic adapter from the wiring using wire cutters as shown.

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  • Using wire strippers, strip the two wires shown (blue and white, respectively) at about 1 inch from the end.

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  • Using pliers, attach a special adapter piece to both wires as shown. Simply insert the wire into the plastic cavity and apply pressure.

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  • Locate the part of your new speaker which has two 8x3/4" Phillips screws in line. Unscrew these screws slightly to allow the adapter pieces to fit under them, then screw them back in to secure the wires.

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Image 1/2: If you're having problems with your new speaker, refer to the troubleshooting guide [[2009_Subaru_Impreza_WRX_Troubleshooting|here]]. Image 2/2: If you're having problems with your new speaker, refer to the troubleshooting guide [[2009_Subaru_Impreza_WRX_Troubleshooting|here]].
  • The final step is to place the new speaker, and tighten the same three screws as before to secure it.

  • If you're having problems with your new speaker, refer to the troubleshooting guide here.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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