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post #1 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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sattelite radios

I'm thinking of putting in a sirius stereo in my jeep, but not sure where the antenna should go. It's a plug-n-play radio, so I can take the radio with me, but I want the antenna to be permament. Any ideas where to install it so it doesn't look stupid?


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post #2 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 09:29 AM
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I will be installing my XM soon and will have the same problem. I think that I will actually (not fully sure yet) install my antenna on the inside of the vehicle. Perhaps on that little ledge behind the rear seat. Could attach it to one of the roll bars back there. I dunno. Most people have cars and the typically spot is on the trunk door, up against the back window. But with a Jeep, if you put the antenna on the back hatch, you're signal will only work when driving in certain directions.
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post #3 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 09:36 AM
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Maybe just behind hood vent in center. You could also try on the front windshield. I know that some car manufacturers are mounting them up there now.

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post #4 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 09:40 AM
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I have sirrius. I installed my attenae on top of my sound bar that is over my head. I just tucked it in the "wrap" that goes around it and ran the wires inside my roll bar covers. It works just fine. I think the higher the better. I would think on top of the roll bar somewhere would be perfect. I get great reception with the soft top on or off.

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Since you do not have a metal roof, anywhere in the interior would work fine; the less visible from prying eyes, the better!
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post #6 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 10:54 AM
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I placed my XM antenna on the very front of the driver's side roll bar. I'll try to get a pic later today. It's out of sight and the strong magnet holds it in place very well.

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post #7 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 12:46 PM
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I ran mine through the firewall and placed it on the hood right in the center in front of the cowl vent. Works perfectly well, but I don't usually keep my XM in there unless I'm riding it, and then lock the head unit up in the center console to take it with me

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Hey, recently in quadratec or 4wd they are selling satelite antenna mounts for roll bars that seem to mount to the main hoop with a velcro strap/magnetic mount. I think they were 19-20 dollars.

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post #9 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 01:21 PM
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I ran mine through the firewall and placed it on the hood right in the center in front of the cowl vent. Works perfectly well, but I don't usually keep my XM in there unless I'm riding it, and then lock the head unit up in the center console to take it with me
My YJ had one installed in the same place when I got it. The wire then just runs down and through the firewall and comes out under the dash.
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post #10 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 02:06 PM
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I had mine mounted in several locations....

first, i went through the firewall into the engine bay and had it centered on the hood approx 6" in front of the back of the hood where it meets the firewall.... within minutes, DIASTER... the folding of the hood cracked the fiberoptics in the cable... had to get a new antenna

second, i just reandomly threw it on my rollbar (one of the side rear ones) as a temp measure cause i was going to install a tuffy and rerout everything.... it worked perfectly...

NOW, i have a rockhard4x4 cage with the front center overhead piece... it put it on top of that it is covered by padding & rollbar cover material and i have the wire run under the roll bar padding... PERFECT SIGNAL... even with a hardtop, softop and no top at all...

and the best part about this location... NOONE can tell i have Sirius sat radio... let alone a radio at all... i have an aftermarket headunit so i only had to get the Sirius converter box .... i put the stereo in the tuffy and the coverter box in the main tuffy unit itself... not one problem and its protected

and where the radio USED to be is just an empty spot with the factory wires just cut.... perfect theft deterent (plus the seats are black as is the tuffy so you dont even notice it)
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I have XM and the place I put the ant. is up front on the hood where the hood ornament would normally be at....I ran the cable down the right side under the hood itself and then at the battery it drops down under the jeep where I punched a small hole up high in the passenger floorboard and then took it behind the A/C drain hose on the hump and then up next to the steering wheel
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post #12 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 04:41 PM
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I have mine on the sound bar underneath the flap over the passengers head. Works with the soft top on. Love having my sirius in my jeep.

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post #13 of 24 Old 05-18-2006, 05:37 PM
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Top of the dashpad in the middle. Been there for over a year and works great. Even with my hardtop on.

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post #15 of 24 Old 02-04-2010, 05:06 AM
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i put mine on the roll bar like everyone is ssaying but had terrible problems with signals fading out. Now its run through the firewall to the top of the hood cebtered between the washer sprayers. Never a problem with signal and you cant hardly notice it.
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