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Subaru Antenna Adapter

Works with select 2005-up Subaru vehicles (Motorola male to OEM antenna female)

for matching vehicles with all car stereos $119+ for matching vehicles with all car stereos $119+
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  • Subaru Antenna Adapter

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This antenna adapter lets you connect an aftermarket receiver to the factory antenna cable in your Subaru. The adapter has a standard male Motorola plug on one end and a Subaru antenna jack on the other.

If you're installing an FM modulator or add-on CD changer in your Subaru, we also offer a package that includes both antenna adapters you'll need.

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Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so, then check here for a list of parts. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

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  • Antenna adapter cable (one end has a male Motorola plug and the other end has a female Subaru antenna plug).

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Compatibility: This antenna adapter allows you to connect an aftermarket receiver to a factory antenna lead. This adapter is for select 2005 and up Subaru vehicle.

 
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5 out of 5

As Advertsied

Written By Some Guy, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, May 22, 2014
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It works well.
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5 out of 5

Made it easy

Written By Great, Westminster Co on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Great
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3 out of 5

Okay

Written By cdxskier, Columbia, MO on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Used in my 2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon. Quick tip: do not cut the antenna wire from the factory head unit. Take some time to follow it (it's really buried) and disconnect at the harness.

While this adapter gets the job done, the connection the the factory antenna harness is pretty loose. I had to be very careful when reinserting the head unit back into the dash, as I was concerned the harness would accidentally disconnect.
Pros:
Performs intended function
Cons:
Really loose harness connection
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3 out of 5

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Written By Hilldog, Union Dale, PA on Monday, October 21, 2013
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No instructions came with this, so I cut the factory antenna cord, cut the adapter cord, and soldered them together.
Pros:
works fine
Cons:
no instructions
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5 out of 5

Antannea adapter

Written By Amanda, Knoxville Tn on Friday, June 28, 2013
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2005 Subaru Legacy, you need this for any FM/AM signal!
Pros:
Easy to install.
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5 out of 5

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Written By MN, Fortson, GA on Friday, June 21, 2013
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Unplug factory antenna. Plug in this dude and your done.
Pros:
ez
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4 out of 5

Does the Job

Written By achmafooma, South Riding, VA on Friday, May 24, 2013
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Does the job and everything works fine with my install. I have two small complaints: first, the wire should be a bit longer. Subaru didn't leave much slack on the antenna cable in my 2008 Outback, so it was a bit of a stretch to get everything connected right. Had to position the stereo part-way in and squeeze my hand behind. Second, the connection to the OEM cable should be tighter. While fighting with the short length, it got pulled out a few times. But be patient and you'll get it. These are minor hassles and, in my opinion, only warrant a one-star deduction. If this stuff was too easy it wouldn't be as fun ;-).
Pros:
Works fine, no problems.
Cons:
Should be longer, and should snap more solidly into the OEM connection.
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5 out of 5

Something to Note

Written By Bass Lover, Tennessee on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
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Five stars but......i needed an extension since my factory radio prevented me from locating my cd player in the normal location. My cd player is above the factory radio, about 8 inches further than the adaptor could reach.
Pros:
Works as intended.
Cons:
It's about five inches long.
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3 out of 5

too short for '08 Outback

Written By Anonymous, Boston, MA on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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Functionally, this adapter is fine, and clips right into the Subaru harness, but for my '08 Outback, the cable was too short. It was stretched to the limit to get it to connect, to the point where I knocked it out twice trying to install the unit.
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5 out of 5

Antenna

Written By A.Gray, Stonewood WV on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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I like the adapter only wish the cable was a bit longer.
Pros:
good fit exact match.
Cons:
Could be a bit longer
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3 out of 5

Subaru Antena Adapter

Written By Pete_VT, Northwest Vermont on Sunday, December 23, 2012
 
I did not use this adapter. I was able to use the stock adapter with my new head unit.
Pros:
correctly converts Subaru connector to antenna input
Cons:
not a 90 deg connector like the stock adapter
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2 out of 5

Subary Legacy 2005-2009 Antenna Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Gillette, NJ on Sunday, November 18, 2012
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-Some directions would have been helpful explaining where the factory antenna plug is located and unfortunately that information was not contained in the Crutchfield Master Sheet. Though I'm sure if the direction were more clear I would not have assumed the antenna from the factory radio was hard wired to the car and I would not have spliced them together making an otherwise flawless installation take a sour turn.
Pros:
-Right part.
Cons:
-Directions were not clear.
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2 out of 5

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Written By ChrisN, Colorado Springs, CO on Monday, October 15, 2012
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I would prefer that the connector have a tighter fit, so that it would be harder to accidentally disconnect during installation.
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1 out of 5

Antenna connector

Written By DonA, Santa Cruz,CA on Thursday, July 05, 2012
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Center lead wire not connected per ohm meter. Cut and spliced old OE connector to new lead. Not perfect install.
Pros:
easy hookup
Cons:
defective
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1 out of 5

Bad Cable

Written By Wiltonh, Mosier Oregon on Saturday, June 02, 2012
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The cable did not work. It was open when using an ohm meter. The center conductor was broken inside the box end connector. The cable should be 2 or 3 inches longer to fit well in a 2006 Subaru Outback. There is a new on coming in the mail.
Cons:
Did not work. Cable is a little to short.
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4 out of 5

Wasn't necessary (Don't buy?)

Written By Adam, Seattle, WA on Thursday, May 10, 2012
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This adapter looks like it might come in handy for someone else. My base model 2012 forester already had the standard style plug for antennas, though, so I didn't need this. Rating it four stars because one-three seem harsh and I am not allowed to comment without rating.
Pros:
Looks clean and sanitary Rarely barks No shedding
Cons:
Wasn't necessary for installing JVC KDR730BT into a 2012 base model Forester.
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5 out of 5

Perfect fit

Written By Rich, Columbus, Ohio on Friday, February 24, 2012
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Needed this to install a Sirius FM direct antenna into the factory radio of a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT. Good fit. Pretty straightforward.
Pros:
Straightforward, plug in, it works.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Written By Alex W, North America on Monday, February 06, 2012
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Does the job.
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4 out of 5

Would work but umm...

Written By Faith M, Wyo on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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Give this four stars because while it would have worked great my 2012 Forester already had one on the factory unit. My advice is pop the trim panel off around the rafio and reach under the radio and on the lower driver side you can check it out.
Pros:
Probably works great , plug looks like the factory style, also This one has a stright plug, factory one is a 90 degree plug
Cons:
Subaru had one on the factory unit
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5 out of 5

Works as intended. I wish it was longer.

Written By Vlad, Boston, MA on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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This thing works as intended. Plugs snugly into the stereo unit, then the other
end to the car antenna plug. I wish it was a bit longer as the cable barely made
it. Subaru Outback 2005. Good call Crutchfield for including this along all that
is needed to complete the car stereo conversion job although not free as they
make you believe since the head unit is more expensive than the market price
from elsewhere, thus compensating for the cost of "free" accessories. Still,
it's nice not to have to worry what I forgot to buy to complete the job.
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5 out of 5

Works

Written By Anonymous, Ohio on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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It makes the connection from your factory antenna to your aftermarket stereo,
can't really ask it to do more. If you get bad reception, attach the antenna
wire (with be P. Cont) to the wiring harness, that is the antenna amplifier
which you will need.
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5 out of 5

Pretty Simple

Written By David, Austin, TX on Friday, August 22, 2008
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Without this adapter you're not going to receive radio signals on your aftermarket head unit. It plugs right in, nothing to it.
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5 out of 5

Is there even another way to do it?

Written By riceye, Wisconsin on Monday, August 18, 2008
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The Subaru antennae are different than most others. Without this adapter, I just don't see how an installation could be successful.

And the fact that Crutchfield includes this, and all related installation hardware for free makes it a no-brainer as far as whom to purchase from.

And fast, free shipping, too. WooHoo!!!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Just plug 'er in!

Written By Tularem, Manassas, Va on Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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I have an 2008 Legacy, I don't know about other years but the 2008's have a powered antenna, without this connection, you get terrible signal. Other than that though, the product itself works great.
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5 out of 5

Gosh golly I love Crutchfield

Written By Alex J, Spring Valley, NY on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
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Great product especially b/c I got it for free. It is a great adapter. No silliness and its real straight forward. Also it has a lot of cable so there is plenty of slack when you are attempting to move it around.
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