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I am trying to install the sirrius sattelite radio in my truck. Has anyone installed one in a truck like mine? There are certain places to run the wires, and I am wandering if anyone has figured the best place. I know there are directions that come with it, but they are a guideline I think. Hope this post doesn't **** anyone off!!!
with that type of satellite radio receiver there's really no way to hide the wires w/o some mods to the dash, if that's where you desire to put it, which most ppl do. Even then, the wires are still pretty obvious
Ok, sounds like alot of messing around. I paid $120 for the unit, to have someone install it was going to cost me $75. I will be looking at around $200 bucs. Would I be better of and just going and buying a new stereo that is Sat ready? Or would I still need to buy more stuff?
The fm transmitter is built into it already. What i did on mine was to get behind the lower dash panel and hook an extra cigarette socket in to the cigarette lighter already in the dash. Plugged it in and ran the power wire up around the side of the dash and then inbtween the windshield and the dash then to the unit mounted on a L bracket i fabbed. for the antenna, i ran it through a firewal hole grommet and routed the wire the same way as the power cord. the small magnet antenna sits on the cowl just infront of the windshield besides the wiper arm. works great.
Why would it **** someone off? It's a totally valid post.
I installed Sirius into my truck a couple months ago. I never really follow direction for stereo stuff, I wire them the way that I prefer. I mounted mine to my windshield right between the pillar and the cluster, then I remove the plastic trim pieces going down the edge of the door to the driver kick panel, from there I hardwired the power to the fuse panel on constant +12v (not switched so I can pause music when I go in a store and come back where I left off even if I turn the truck off). Then I ran the antenna wire across the trim piece of the upper left of the cab (along the headliner) and out through my 3rd brake light hole on the roof, mounted it right in front of the brake light on the roof of the truck (antenna is magnetic), then screwed the brake light back into place. Lastly, I hardwired an RCA-to-stereo mini-jack audio cable from the stereo mini jack on the Sirius receiver to the auxiliary input on my Pioneer deck.
The only major hangup that I had during installation, is that the cigarette lighter plug that powers the receiver has a voltage reducer on a microchip board inside, and I didn't know it. Usually I just cut the cigarette jack off the end and hardwire the rest of the power wire to my fuse panel. Once I realized that there was a voltage reducer in the adapter I broke it open and hardwired that microchip board INLINE with the power cable from the Sirius receiver to the fuse panel. Its real trick lookin! Wires go into the back of the cigarette adapter and then instead of the metal nub at the other end, it has wires coming back out again! If you want pictures feel free to ask and I can take some. Good luck!
ON EDIT: If you have an aftermarket deck with auxiliary input capability, I highly recommend hardwiring the with RCA audio cables instead of using the FM transmitter, the difference in sound quality is awesome. And I can hot-swap the stereo jack on the Sirius receiver to my iPod if I want to listen to tunes from there.
Last edited by Skandocious; 08-04-2007 at 07:52 PM.
How did you get the wires from the magnet outside, into the truck? This is whats really throwing me. Sirius say the magnet needs to be placed on roof, 3" from the edge. But I guess its not that critical.
if you were to buy a new head unit that is sat. radio ready, you would still have to buy some other hardware, the receiver and antenna, pretty much the same thing you have now. the only differences in what you now have vs. the sat. radio ready option is 1)the sat. radio readys tend to get a lot better reception, 2)you have more options on where to mount them, thus making the totally hidden, 3)you dont have that bulky display standing out, all the information is displayed on the head unit itself.
I advise AGAINST using a Sat ready radio for your Sirius. You don't get the same number of features as you do from a separate Sirius unit, such as recording/pausing/playing capability (a MUST have in my opinion). Plus you get a nice been screen DEDICATED to the sat channels.
Ok, thanks alot everyone for some really usefull info. Now I feel alot more confident about installing my sat radio!!
I thought this post might **** some people off as it is about the Sirius radio more than ford trucks, but no. Much appriciated.
Chris, if possible could you send me the photos, it sounds like you really went to town on it, I'd just like to check it out.
Absolutely. I'll have to go snap some before it gets dark. If you're coming up to the Sac area any time soon I'm located in Davis and I would be MORE than willing to help you install it, I have all the necessary tools and plenty of electrical wire. Just lemme know buddy. (In fact, if you aren't busy tomorrow, I'm stuck in Davis for the day and I have NOTHING to do )
i've never heard of being able to record or pause sat. radio in a vehicle before and i've worked my fair share of stereo shops, unless you have a portable receiver(Stiletto 100)...similar to an mp3 player the only difference is it picks up the sat. signal instead of playing mp3's
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