How do you remove the door panels?

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    How do you remove the door panels?

    I had begun to install Polk speakers this morning by trying to remove the front door panel. The first step after removing a couple of hidden screws is to remove the arm rest control panel on the door as described by owners of 2008-2012 Imprezas that had posted the process on forums and or had videos. There has obviously been a change since 2012, or at least on the XV, as the slot to accommodate a screw driver or other prying tool at the front end is no longer there. After removing the screw in the pull handle pocket, a serious prying effort would not release the front sectiion of the panel.

    Any suggestions from anyone with experience with this task?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Try lifting it straight up. There must be another screw somewhere because if you're prying it would have broken the plastic clips if you pulled hard enough.


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    Not specific to the XV but should/could be similar to the links provided here http://www.subaruaudio.net/installations/08-12-impreza/

    But wait here's the ultimate reference for removal http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/663...zaSpeakers.pdf couldn't find one specific to the XV but the 2012 Impreza should be near identical.

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers
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    Good Dog, your second link clears things up - there is no need to remove the arm rest control panel as stated for earlier models and indicated in your first link.

    Many Thanks!!

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    Glad it helps. I think the first link indicates up to 2012 is that the 2012 WRX and STI are the same as the earlier models where the 2012 Impreza is an entirely new updated model shared by the XV

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    Quote Originally Posted by good dog View Post
    Not specific to the XV but should/could be similar to the links provided here http://www.subaruaudio.net/installations/08-12-impreza/

    But wait here's the ultimate reference for removal http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/663...zaSpeakers.pdf couldn't find one specific to the XV but the 2012 Impreza should be near identical.

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers
    Doug
    As noted, that top link is for the 2008-2013 WRX/STi and the 2008-2011 Impreza.

    On that same site (which I manage and maintain), there is a different page for the 2012+ Impreza (non-WRX/STi):

    http://www.subaruaudio.net/installat...za-non-wrxsti/

    The relevant door panel removal document is here:

    http://www.subaruaudio.net/wp-conten...zaSpeakers.pdf

    If anyone has real photos of the removal of the door panels, I will be happy to host them and put them in the Impreza/XV page for the benefit of all XV owners.

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    doing interior work like this, i'd suggest you get an interior trim pry tool just to make sure you can easily remove panels and not damage anything in the process. I have one of these:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Subi-Guy View Post
    doing interior work like this, i'd suggest you get an interior trim pry tool just to make sure you can easily remove panels and not damage anything in the process. I have one of these:

    Even better, plastic pry tools (from just about any chain auto parts store or Harbor Freight)

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    The Subaru tech documents link above is dead. Anyone have pictures of the process of removing the door panels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTRS View Post
    The Subaru tech documents link above is dead. Anyone have pictures of the process of removing the door panels?
    From Post 6:

    Quote Originally Posted by phenryiv1 View Post
    ’12+ Impreza | Subaru Audio

    The relevant door panel removal document is here:

    http://www.subaruaudio.net/wp-conten...zaSpeakers.pdf

    If anyone has real photos of the removal of the door panels, I will be happy to host them and put them in the Impreza/XV page for the benefit of all XV owners.

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