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Subaru Antenna Adapter

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

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Overview

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.

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.

Includes Crutchfield's 60-Day Total Satisfaction Guarantee.

A definite need for aftermarket had unit installation in a Subaru.

Mark, NY

What's in the Box:

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

Subaru Antenna Adapter Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(48 Reviews)

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Mark from NY on 3/3/2017

2008 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A definite need for aftermarket had unit installation in a Subaru.

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Easy needed addition

Guy from Sacramento, CA on 2/22/2017

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly! It's been a long time since I installed a new radio in a car, this was a nice and easy addition

Pros: Simple

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Subaru Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Dillon, CO on 2/19/2017

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great!

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Connects well...

Anonymous from Columbus, OH on 2/17/2017

2008 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The connector clips in well to the factory harness and reception is fine but I wish there was an option for a longer one since I mounted my HU (head unit) in the glovebox because of how stupidly the factory HU and climate control are integrated.

Pros: Clips in well to the factory connector connects to the Sony MEX-5100BT HU nicely and doesn't stick out very far Fairly flexible

Cons: The length, but that is only because of my special mounting location for my aftermarket HU

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Strongsville, OH on 2/4/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked well as discribed

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Subaru Antenna Adapter

Seth Y from Long Valley, NJ on 2/4/2017

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product.

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Subaru Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Lavaca, AR on 12/3/2016

2010 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Plugged in to existing harness and worked fine.

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Must have to make it work

Heath from Huntsville, AL on 11/26/2016

2007 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great fit and works without a problem.

Pros: Fits perfectly

Cons: None

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Spokane , WA on 10/23/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works

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adapter

Anonymous from New York, NY on 9/12/2016

2010 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked like a charm

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Subaru Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Hagerstown, MD on 7/11/2016

2006 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simply put it works and does its job

Pros: Fits and works

Cons: None

Works perferct

Anonymous from Blacksburg, VA on 6/10/2016

2013 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This works just like you would expect it to!

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Works great

rus from Westminster, CO on 5/17/2016

2005 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great. It's just a matter of snapping it into place, and you're good to go. It was harder to get the old one off than anything.

Pros: Easy! Works great.

Cons: None

It's that simple...it works!

Pcgreg71 from NJ on 5/6/2016

2010 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well...if you are reading this rating...you need help. This adapter works without any problem. Just buy it...as long as it says that it is made for your vehicle...just buy it and forget about any worry.

Pros: It works as designed...it's that simple

Cons: Nothing

Works well

David from Minnesota on 10/16/2015

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy plug and play, stations come in clear. Not much more to say about a simple product.

Pros: Fits well, has sufficient wire length to plug in with the stereo still out a little. (unlike some I've used in the past where you have to have it about an inch or two from its final position in the dash)

Cons: None

Did not fit my application

Jon from Pennsylvania on 10/16/2015

2007 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The adapter did not work with my cars antenna. I had to splice the factory end onto it.

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Critical tip!

Supertuner lll from North Dakota on 9/24/2015

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This antenna adapter is just what ya need for the 2006 Subaru Outback. Works well and came as part of the install kit offered. One critical tip tho: make certain you hook up the blue "powered antenna" wire to the blue one on your harness... Turns out the Soob has a 'powered antenna BOOSTER" that does not work if not connected. Hope this saves someone an afternoon.

Pros: Straight forward, works well.

Cons: Don't forget the blue wire on the harness...

It wasn't needed

Robert from Oregon on 9/10/2015

2010 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was recommended by Crutchfield for use in a Sony stereo in my 2010 Subaru Forester. In reality, though the Forester connected to the new stereo without any need for an adapter. Crutchfield was AWESOME in crediting my money back without me even needing to ship it back to them. What a great company.

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Works, but could be longer

John S. from Colorado on 8/19/2015

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as expected, but could definitely be a couple-three inches longer, as it was the shortest of all the connections and made it tricky to connect and insert the stereo.

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Antenna Connector

Keith from Chicago, IL on 7/6/2015

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As others have noted, could be a tad longer but does the job. Why Subaru has to come up with some different antenna connector is beyond me!

Pros: Works

Cons: A tad short

Listening to the radio is fun

jackbattle from Georgia on 4/13/2015

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Pretty soon you may not need to listen to the radio. In the meantime, you want an antenna that collects radio waves from the air and consolidates them inside your car stereo. Well this product does the trick, matched my car perfectly, and was easy to install. Lovin' this old-timey radio thing!

Pros: makes radio stations audible, easy to install, fits the car

Cons: None

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Vermont on 3/23/2015

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter with the associated female adapter is perfect for putting the FM adapter for my Sirius radio inline to use with the factory radio

Pros: Quick and easy

Cons: None

Free

Ida t. from HI on 12/3/2014

2005 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Free

Pros: Free

Cons: None

As Advertsied

Some Guy from Philadelphia, PA on 5/22/2014

2007 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works well.

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Made it easy

Great from Westminster Co on 4/10/2014

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great

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Okay

cdxskier from Columbia, MO on 1/15/2014

2006 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Hilldog from Union Dale, PA on 10/21/2013

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Antannea adapter

Amanda from Knoxville Tn on 6/28/2013

2005 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

2005 Subaru Legacy, you need this for any FM/AM signal!

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons:

Subaru Antenna Adapter

MN from Fortson, GA on 6/21/2013

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unplug factory antenna. Plug in this dude and your done.

Pros: ez

Cons:

Does the Job

achmafooma from South Riding, VA on 5/24/2013

2008 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

Something to Note

Bass Lover from Tennessee on 5/8/2013

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

too short for '08 Outback

Anonymous from Boston, MA on 4/28/2013

2008 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Antenna

A.Gray from Stonewood WV on 3/27/2013

2007 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I like the adapter only wish the cable was a bit longer.

Pros: good fit exact match.

Cons: Could be a bit longer

Subaru Antena Adapter

Pete_VT from Northwest Vermont on 12/23/2012

2012 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Subary Legacy 2005-2009 Antenna Adapter

Anonymous from Gillette, NJ on 11/18/2012

2007 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

-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.

Subaru Antenna Adapter

ChrisN from Colorado Springs, CO on 10/15/2012

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Antenna connector

DonA from Santa Cruz,CA on 7/5/2012

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Bad Cable

Wiltonh from Mosier Oregon on 6/2/2012

2006 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

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Cons: Did not work. Cable is a little to short.

Wasn't necessary (Don't buy?)

Adam from Seattle, WA on 5/10/2012

2012 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

Perfect fit

Rich from Columbus, Ohio on 2/24/2012

2005 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Subaru Antenna Adapter

Alex W from North America on 2/6/2012

2007 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does the job.

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Would work but umm...

Faith M from Wyo on 2/5/2012

2011 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Works as intended. I wish it was longer.

Vlad from Boston, MA on 4/13/2011

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Works

Anonymous from Ohio on 2/10/2011

2006 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Pretty Simple

David from Austin, TX on 8/22/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Is there even another way to do it?

riceye from Wisconsin on 8/18/2008

2005 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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!!!

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Just plug 'er in!

Tularem from Manassas, Va on 2/19/2008

2008 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Gosh golly I love Crutchfield

Alex J from Spring Valley, NY on 8/1/2007

2006 Subaru Legacy
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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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Features

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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Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Needed it [ Joshua  Mar 21, 2017 ]
compatible with factory wiring [ Jason Mark  Feb 23, 2017 ]
Ease of installation [ mark  Feb 18, 2017 ]
It was required for installation [ KENNETH  Nov 26, 2016 ]
Decided to upgrade my stereo and needed this for completion. [ JORDAN  Sep 20, 2016 ]
It was recommended [ Anthony  Sep 11, 2016 ]
I needed it to install an aftermarket powered antenna as the antenna that comes on subarus is colocated with the rear window defroster and doesn't work well at all. After installing the antenna my radio reception increased greatly. [ Stephen  Aug 12, 2016 ]
I chose this because it is a required part for the upgrade of radio/cd-player in my 05 Outback. [ Brian  Aug 06, 2016 ]
It was free in my receiver purchase [ Nathaniel  Jul 14, 2016 ]
Won't work without it [ Alfred  Jun 20, 2016 ]
WAS RECOMMENDED FOR INSTALLATION [ DENNIS  May 31, 2016 ]
to make the installation easy. [ Frank  May 06, 2016 ]
part of the package [ Scott  Apr 23, 2016 ]
Hook my subie up to the space waves [ Mason  Apr 06, 2016 ]
FM radio is good, but HD radio is gooder. This makes those work. [ Brendan  Mar 23, 2016 ]
Luckily it came free with my kit :) i would of not know to get it. [ Ruben  Mar 13, 2016 ]
To adapt to my current vehicle's antenna wire. [ Dr. David  Mar 12, 2016 ]
Need this piece for the radio to work properly. [ IAN C  Dec 28, 2015 ]
recommended by your experts [ Gary  Dec 26, 2015 ]
Matched my vehicle and easy to install. [ BRIAN  Dec 19, 2015 ]
it came bundled in the harness kit [ Marco  Dec 18, 2015 ]
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