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Old 07-28-2006, 05:52 AM
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2005 Expedition, DVD-Player and Satellite Radio

According to the manual, the stock audio system in my 2005 EB Expedition can be upgraded to allow for satellite radio as well. Will it still work if I have the factory-installed DVD player as well?

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Satellite Radio and DVD players

The simplest way to find out is looking at the rear of the head unit. If you head unit has an empty "Aux" input then your answer is yes. If it does not then depending upon the manufacturer of the Satellite radio you can install the hardwired FM Modulator. I use XM and installed it into my 2002 Expedition with the hard wired modulator. It runs on a selected Freq. (mine is 88.5) and it connects through the antenna jack on the back of the head unit. So all my wires are running from the Pro-Fit International mount (website http://www.pro-fit-intl.com) into the dash. Check out the Pro Fit site. They give great directions.
 
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Old 07-28-2006, 07:29 AM
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My plan, possibly naive and not the best-informed, was to get the Ford Sirius add-on. Based on how the stock audio systems are connected with the fctory DVD-player, is there any reason why the Ford Sirius unit won't work?

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Old 07-28-2006, 07:43 AM
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Like Tom Hanks said: HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM..........

OK, If you are wanting a behind-the-dash-can't-see-it installation of either sirius or XM, you're out of luck. The DVD player kills the ability of the factory radio to recognize (or for that matter, plug in) a satellite radio. The only option that you have is to get a roady2, Skyfi2 or similiar for XM, or whatever the comparable is for Sirius, and use it for a tuner.

I have a 2005 EB with the rear-seat DVD, and that's what I had to do.

I think that it is INSANE that Ford would do things like this, but if you have the DVD player, you're cooked as far as a no-see-em install is concerned.

DON'T let your dealer tell you that they can install the Sirius behind the dash that tunes thru the factory radio, because they CAN'T do it. Not with the DVD player.

I know that ain't what you wanted to hear, but trust me..........I have talked to dozens of people at the Sirius and XM stores, and there just isn't a way to get a factory-looking install that tunes with the factory radio if the DVD player is there.
 
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Smile satellite radio with dvd

When u purchase the sirus radio kit for your ford radio, there are two wire harness, one for ford oem dvd or without the dvd. I purchased the one without the factory dvd it was about $85.00 and my satellite work fine, no wires are seen. The artist and the info is on the radio display plus a satellite icon. It took me about 3-4 hours making sure that I had a neat installation.
 
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As long as your head unit has a SAT button, it can be done as a seemless install. The only problem is that when using dual mode (headsets get one feed and speakers get another), you can only run one "external" source. Since both the DVD and SAT are seen as "external" sources, you can't have the kids listening to a movie on their headsets while your listening to the Sirius on the speakers - it's one or the other. Which strikes me as kind of stupid - a long trip with the kids distracted by a movie is when you need the Sirius the most.

What the dealer will try to sell you is to connect it via an FM modulator - then you can listen to the Sirius in dual mode because it's actually coming in on the FM radio. The only problem is on long trips, you'll need to be changing the FM frequency every half hour. Some of the slicker FM modulator setups use the text FM sideband to display the Sirius channel info on the radio.

Let us know if it works out differently.
 
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I've looked around a bit on the internet and seem to have found Ford Sirius kits that will work with the OEM DVD. Here's one example: http://www.westcoastradios.com/catal...77/1280494.htm

Does these work as described above?

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Old 08-08-2006, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by apgarassoc
.......The only problem is that when using dual mode (headsets get one feed and speakers get another), you can only run one "external" source. Since both the DVD and SAT are seen as "external" sources, you can't have the kids listening to a movie on their headsets while your listening to the Sirius on the speakers - it's one or the other. Which strikes me as kind of stupid - a long trip with the kids distracted by a movie is when you need the Sirius the most.
Like I said...............It isn't available YET in a configuration that is COMPLETE.
 
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Old 08-08-2006, 09:42 AM
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That westcoast should work with your dvd because of the relay that they are including for the dvd player, my cable look just like that without the relay. My radio is 6 cd radio and I have the ford dvd but not the ford oem version and mines work just fine.
 
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WIth respect to the installation, how does the antenna get installed? Does it get drilled through the roof?


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CorvetteJ - How well does the SAT work?

I'd be real interested in whether your aftermarket SAT system can be used in Dual Play mode with the Ford OEM DVD system. Specifically, can you have the DVD system playing on the headphones and the SAT playing on the front speakers? I have the same Ford radio as you (6-CD player with Ford OEM DVD) and have been told that the Ford-installed SAT radio cannot be used in Dual Play mode with the DVD.

What year is your Expedition - and is your SAT hardwired into the radio (no FM modulator junk)?

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When we take a trip, I put on a movie for my grand daugther, she listen through the wireless headphone and we listen to the radio or cd. The antenna is mount on the roof (no hole in roof) by a magnet. The ford kit that I brought for the dvd came with instruction and pictures of how to install it. I purchase the sirrus kit for ford radio from Radio and More in VA with wire harness and they email me the installation instruction. So far my 03 expedition xlt has leather seats, remote starter, dvd player, sirrus sat radio and bluetooth for handfree all ford product. Hopefully I want to install the signal mirrors and the homelink before christmas if I can get it for a good price.
 
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:30 PM
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Do you have a web site for Radio and More?

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Originally Posted by kkester
I've looked around a bit on the internet and seem to have found Ford Sirius kits that will work with the OEM DVD. Here's one example: http://www.westcoastradios.com/catalog/item/1853077/1280494.htm

Does these work as described above?

Kent Kester
I purchased my kit from Radio and More. Very easy to install, no drilling. True you can't use the DVD player and the Sat, but I use my Ipod mostly. I am very happy with the Sirius kit. My 2 cents.
 

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