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Old April 6th, 2004, 12:18 AM
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XM Radio antenna install Location - Where?

As I run my truck over miles of wash board road in the summer, I am been saving my pennies for a XM radio in lieu of the CD skipping. Finally got the OK from the better half and had it installed. On of the things I ran into was where to put the small flat XM antenna. The crew at CarToys here in CO came up with the perfect location.... Under the Left Wing Vent! It sits on its own metal bracket (needed for reception) the vent is not obstructed, and it is completely out of the way with no wires exposed. Just wanted to pass it along as it is working great!Cheers! COSteve
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Old April 6th, 2004, 11:17 AM
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Sat. Radio

Personally, Sirius is my choice, NFL, NBA and better music, but opions are like .....

Anyway, I'm building a metal bracket to mount on the brakelight bracket, then use the magnetic antenna...

Either way, Sat Radio is truly amazing.....
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Old April 6th, 2004, 11:51 AM
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I completely did away with the little antenna and went to one of the larger ones and mounted it to the rear door. After having it there now for a year, the only change I would make is to mount it on the right side of the tire. Its easy to forget that its not strong enough to use as a handle to close or open the door and being where I have it now I catch myself reaching for it.
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Old April 6th, 2004, 02:55 PM
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How well can you hear it with your STs? Are you driving with headphones or are the Badger tops that good at keeping out the road noises?
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Old April 6th, 2004, 03:02 PM
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Ken the type of radio signal or even a CD will not make that big of an impact on how well you hear it as much as better speakers and a good amplifier. Although CVC's XM sounds good!
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Old April 6th, 2004, 03:03 PM
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add a 300w amp, jbl front speakers and bose rears with volume WAY up on highway.
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Old April 6th, 2004, 03:15 PM
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front speakers in the door or elsewhere? I saw someone at MAR two years ago with 2" tweeters in the dash, just outboard of the windshield defrost vents. I was wondering if that works well on the road.

CVC, with that big stereo, do I also need to get hyd lifts, neon lights and fuzzy dice?
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Old April 6th, 2004, 03:25 PM
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Replaced the front speakers with the marine JBLs. You will need to get a set of bling spinners though.
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Old April 6th, 2004, 07:12 PM
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I thought I knew what you were talking about until I did the google search on 'bling spinners'. Do you think they make these for Buck's 37s?

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oops, maybe this is an example of thread hijacking... Sorry Steve. I'll google 'bling satellite antennas' next time
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Some things are just wrong.... spinners
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They have their place. They aer after all ghetto rich.....

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Old April 6th, 2004, 08:58 PM
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Hijacked maybe..... but the banter is well worth it!
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Hey Ken we were listining to my XM at the camp site Sat night. I've got the stock speakers and hear them fine with and without the top. Only have to remember to turn it down after I get off the interstate. I mounted the antenna on one of the light tabs on the cage. Low profile mag mount off of my pickup.
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Old April 6th, 2004, 10:59 PM
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Same here Tyler. Mounted on the Light tab. Works fine. I had some reception problems with it mounted on the rear of the 90. Steven, any chance of getting a pic of your mount?
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We bought the XM "boom box" for camping. Pop the head unit in and you are jamming by the campfire.
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Old April 7th, 2004, 12:30 PM
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Installed Pic of XM under left Wing Vent

They also did a great job on the JL Audio Amp under my bench seat with enclusure and cooling fan. Will post if anyone is interested....
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Old April 7th, 2004, 07:53 PM
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So, the antenna isn't even on the surface? It's able to get the signal from under the wing vent through the plastic? Also, I'd heard it had to be "Line of Sight"...doesn't the cab affect signal at certain angles that low?

And, yes, I'd like to see a pic of that amp posted here.

Thanks! Such a help, everyone.
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Old April 7th, 2004, 10:48 PM
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Thumbs up XM Reception and Amp Picture

The XM antenna top is right below the plastic of the wing vent cover. CarToys cut the ridges down that are on the bottom side of the wing cover to get the antenna as high as possible. They also mounted the metal "L" bracket that the antenna sits on with its magnets. I have not run into reception problems at all, all driving directions are good (Hyphoticially- driving north would pose the most interferece of the body of the truck).
The JL Audio 300/4 Amp is under the enclosure that they fabricated, under the bench seat. As it tumbles with the seat, it gives up miminal cargo space. Fan is there to keep it cool. Now if I can just get the truck to stop marking its territory on the garage floor!
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Old April 8th, 2004, 12:34 PM
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Where did you install the XM unit. Could you take a picture?

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Old April 8th, 2004, 01:02 PM
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Steve, That's very interesting on the antenna mounting. I never would have thought that you'd not suffer signal reception degradation from the body panels.
Back to the speaker question, what did you install to go with that massive amp? (Besides the bling spinners, of course)
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