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Just got Sirius the other week and am in the slow process of hard installing it into my V70R. Well, at least from a wiring perspective, as there's really no where to put it. I have the factory Nav and I can't put it above the vents or it'd block the Nav. Right now I have it stuck on the windshield, but I'm gettting to the point where there are no wires sticking out at least.<p>In any event, I have done a good job of routing the antenna wire all the way to the back of the car, out the hatch and onto the roof. I have the newer low profile antenna. I was searching some previous threads and I noticed that someone had installed the antenna underneath the parcel shelf in an S60 (I believe).<p>My question is can I open up the rear trim and stick it on the underside of the roof of the wagon? Being an R there are no roof racks or anything on top to mess with the signal. I seem to recall that Sirius tells you to leave 6" of space all around the antenna for better reception, so you know that the roof is doing something. Or will this totally block my signal?<p>Let me know your thoughts and any ideas for hard mounting the unit itself. it's a sportster R, so it's pretty big. <p>TIA.
 

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Re: Satelite Radio Antenna Location (needsdecaf)

Well, since nobody knew the answer, I'll answer it myself. <p>NOPE! <p>No signal at all. Kind of figured, but had to try.<p>BTW, have to say that my CCM popped out in about 15 seconds!
 

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I just got an XM for my wife's V70R and I am having the same challenges with layout. Do you mind describing the route the antenna wire took to the rear hatch? <p>BTW, I am mounting the radio down to the rear left of the stick shift. It blocks the DSTC switch but we do not bump our hands in 1st, 3rd or 5th.<p>TIA -Paul
 

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I actually used a smaller antenna from a Clarion unit. The only thing is that you have to get a 2-1 adapter from TERK so that it will plug intot he factory receiver. Instead of the big mouse on my roof I have one that is barely bigger than a quarter jsut above te rear glass.<p>I originally wanted to put it on the trunk, until I realized that the trunk is plastic and therefore was not magnetic.
 

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I ran the wire under the moldings of my S60r, out the trunk and under the weatherstrip to the center of the roof. Signal is great. As for the unit itself I made a bracket and mounted it flush against the dash at the top of the cubby to the left of the stereo. looks very clean and has no wires showing. Also I would highly recomend going with the USA-spec the quality of sound is much better.<br><IMG SRC="http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/tjdurfee/DSC01741.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Satelite Radio Antenna Location (needsdecaf)

As you found out the roof is all metal, and will indeed block the signal. The rear cargo door is not metal and will have little effect, but it does not not offer a good mounting location.<p>I do not have any SAT system, but I can tell you that Volvo mounts their factory GPS antenna (operates at approx. the same frequency as SAT systems) just under the dash pad on top of the instrument cluster. It is always looking through the windshield in other words. <p>Any SAT antenna will perform it's best in the middle of the roof, as stated with some metal around it to provide a ground plane. Few are really located there.<p>You might try it on a temp basis with the antenna on the dash, and then try to figure out how to conceal it, if you can find a spot under dash, with a view through the windshield, not impaired by metal.
 
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