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A few months ago I ask for some advice in regards to fixing a scratch on my car when someone at work had hit it. I was torn between getting the panel painted or doing something I've wanted to learn for a while. I decided that I was going to learn to wrap my car. 

I also have a plans to do a lot of other work over the next few months so it can be ready to enjoy next summer. I have decided to start a build thread so anyone interested can see the progress 🙂

I have made a start on wrapping the car. It will probably take me a few weekends to get it completed in and around work. I have added a few photos of the progress made so far:

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Hi All, A few months ago I ask for some advice in regards to fixing a scratch on my car when someone at work had hit it. I was torn between getting the panel painted or doing something I've wante

So on Friday after work I went and got my tyres put onto the new wheels and then fitted them. This means the old wheels are now for sale and I have put them on ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1438931

As promised, have some annotated pictures of the back of my Pioneer head unit in my 2017 STI. Not sure it'll help at all but that's how mine's wired up. Steering controls all working, only thing which

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51 minutes ago, savage bulldogs said:

Did consider wrapping mine nardo gloss grey at one point but didn't think I'd personally make a good enough job of it 

Looks like you've made a lovely job of the wrapping that though , nice work bud 👍

Some parts can be quite difficult (front bumper) but if you are careful and patient it isn't too bad. Hopefully it won't take me too much longer to get it finished but I will keep this updated with progress 🙂  

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2 minutes ago, Jay762 said:

Looking good - going to a real stealth looking motor :thumbup:

That's the plan 🙂 hoping to get some more panels done tonight and then again over the weekend. 

Got a few other bits I want to get done over the next couple of months too, so there should be plenty of updates.

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So on Friday after work I went and got my tyres put onto the new wheels and then fitted them. This means the old wheels are now for sale and I have put them on ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/143893139093

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I really like the look of the new wheels but the car now needs lowering to make it look a lot better.

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Also this weekend I spent a lot of time and very late nights trying to get as much of the wrapping done as I could. I would say we are about 85% complete now. I have added some pictures below:

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The whole wrapping project started due so someone scratching my car in the work car park. I was sure how well it would cover the scratch but it worked really well. Before and after below:

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15 hours ago, savage bulldogs said:

Looks good , I've got a load of presents that need doing , are you anywhere near Suffolk 😊

Thank you 🙂 I am based in the west midlands if that's close? 

Also does anyone know anything about replacing head units? My car came with a pioneer head unit but I want to replace it with a new pioneer one (Apple car play). Does anyone know if it is a direct swap?

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3 hours ago, CRG77 said:

Also does anyone know anything about replacing head units? My car came with a pioneer head unit but I want to replace it with a new pioneer one (apple car play). Does anyone know if it is a direct swap?

Can you take a photo of your existing unit in place at the moment - If its already after market you may have all the loom adapters required in place already

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46 minutes ago, Jay762 said:

 

Can you take a photo of your existing unit in place at the moment - If its already after market you may have all the loom adapters required in place already

Here is a photo of the existing unit. It is a pioneer AVIC-F320BT. I have also attached a photo of the back if that helps?530872378_Car17.jpg.7798a61423083f13cd3f099e326a441c.jpg1461640312_Car18.jpg.ab09537212bd5682c139e61f605ec5c7.jpg

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6 minutes ago, Jay762 said:

Looks like you have the loom adapters (just visible top of second picture) in place for the unit so should be an easy item to swap

That the part with all the coloured wires? 

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If you follow the wiring from the head unit back into the dash you may find a brown and black plug, each with 8 terminals, these are universal connectors to allow you to swap the head unit with another. That section of wiring is the loom adaptor. One adaptor plugs into the Subaru wiring to convert it to the brown and black plugs, the other adaptor converts the brown and black plug to the Pioneer one. Hope that makes sense!

If the existing plug from your head unit doesnt fit (it might if they are both Pioneer) you should be able to get an adaptor to connect your new head unit to the brown and black plug. Wherever you get the head unit or adaptor from should be able to advise if you need to do anything else to get your new unit to work.

Last time I had to buy one I found it on ebay. Seller even emailed a few weeks later to make sure everything was ok!

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11 hours ago, D3lux said:

If you follow the wiring from the head unit back into the dash you may find a brown and black plug, each with 8 terminals, these are universal connectors to allow you to swap the head unit with another. That section of wiring is the loom adaptor. One adaptor plugs into the Subaru wiring to convert it to the brown and black plugs, the other adaptor converts the brown and black plug to the Pioneer one. Hope that makes sense!

If the existing plug from your head unit doesnt fit (it might if they are both Pioneer) you should be able to get an adaptor to connect your new head unit to the brown and black plug. Wherever you get the head unit or adaptor from should be able to advise if you need to do anything else to get your new unit to work.

Last time I had to buy one I found it on ebay. Seller even emailed a few weeks later to make sure everything was ok!

Thank you for the advice. I will give it a go and if I have any issues I will post more in here 🙂

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So after many hours of work wrapping the car in the evening and many late nights the car is finally complete. It turned out surprising well but it isn't 100% perfect (not that it is possible for it to be in the first place). There are still a couple bits to wrap to properly finish it but I am happy with it right now. Next part to wrap is the front grille and the spoiler.

I also repainted the front lower grille in black as it had a lot of stone chips in. I need to reinstall that later today.

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So I bought a new head unit and fitted it on christmas eve. It wasn't to bad to install although I did cut my hands a lot trying to connect up the parking brake cable. Car play works really well on it too. The only issue that I have found with it so far is that I cannot seem to get the steering wheel controls to work. If anyone has any idea what I need to do for that it would be great 🙂

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I have to say I'm not normally a fan on matte coloured cars but I really like the look of yours. Especially with those wheels.

Nice work with the head unit install too. I got a similar unit to yours (Pioneer AVIC-Z930DAB) for my STI and had the same hand-cutting experience when trying to tap the handbrake wire to get the head unit fully functioning! 😆

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On 12/26/2020 at 7:15 PM, CRG77 said:

So I bought a new head unit and fitted it on christmas eve. It wasn't to bad to install although I did cut my hands a lot trying to connect up the parking brake cable. Car play works really well on it too. The only issue that I have found with it so far is that I cannot seem to get the steering wheel controls to work. If anyone has any idea what I need to do for that it would be great 🙂

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Bought a few things from this seller, seems to know his stuff!

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5 hours ago, CarBoyCam said:

I have to say I'm not normally a fan on matte coloured cars but I really like the look of yours. Especially with those wheels.

Nice work with the head unit install too. I got a similar unit to yours (Pioneer AVIC-Z930DAB) for my STI and had the same hand-cutting experience when trying to tap the handbrake wire to get the head unit fully functioning! 😆

Me too, this is actually satin black so it has a bit more of a shine to it compared to matte. Yeah it was not fun doing that part at all 😆

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2 hours ago, D3lux said:

May have to get in contact then. It seemed to work with my old unit but the new one no luck. There was two cables off the back of the old unit that the new one did not have. Could it be one of those? Or are the steering wheel controls part of the loom?

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