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Per Vash13's request for a write-up on my install, here you go!



If you're going to install the display in the same place as I did in the overhead console, it is best to retrofit the holder included with the radio in the plastic piece first [which will now be named "the mount"]. Reason being is if you're going to paint it as I have (which I highly recommend), you're going to want to let the paint dry at least 24 hours to cure properly. The paint I used was just an ordinary satin black. It matches the rest of the black trim up there nearly perfectly.

Retrofitting the mount is pretty self explanatory. Dremel out an opening so it slides on and reinforce with some heavy duty double sided mounting tape. I painted this piece completely assembled so to make sure the whole thing matched. Don't forget to wipe down the mount with some kind of spirit to clean it up (i've even used vodka if none is available). I put down about 3-4 thin coats just to be safe. Again, I HIGHLY recommend you let it cure for at least 24 hours to prevent any permanent scuffing. Now, moving along...

Also, if you are using the FM modulator as I have, you will need to fabricate the antenna wires per Gregg's instructions. I would tell you how to do it myself, but he charges for the manual so it's a mods call if I disclose this info. Click Here for Gregg's website. It's 3 bucks for the manual. If you can't spare that in the quarters in your center console, you probably don't have XM radio. It's very simple to make.

Before you start wiring things up, I always lay out the wires along intended routes just to keep everything organized. Start by removing the back hat deck lid by pulling down on the two plastic tabs and pushing up on either side to snap it out of place. Once both sides are undone, slide it towards you.



Next, connect the FM antenna wires per Gregg's instructions and run them down the back left panel (in relation to the car) to the hat deck, taking care to go above the curtain airbag. There should be some wires up there already you can zip-tie them to.

Take some more double sided mounting tape and tape both the FM modulator and the control unit to the top of the hat deck.



At this point, you can connect the antenna cables to the FM modulator. Male from window into female modulator, male from modulator into female from window.



Antenna wiring:
After testing possible "hidden" positions in the car and realizing it wouldn't go in the shark fin for me (I have GPS), I got the best signal from the trunk. Start at the actual antenna and work your way back to the control unit. You can see where I ran my wire in the following pictures.





From there I simply followed the cables coming out of the gasket up the hole in the hat deck and wrapped up the excess cable with a zip-tie. That was easy!

Power Wires:

Oh noes! The dreaded part! Surprisingly, Volvo did us a HUGE favor here and pre-wired us some 12v and accessory plugs in the trunk! All you have to do is crimp on some male plugs and you're set! This is where you pay off from my trial and error. I didn't have any handy at the time so I took a feeler gauge and simply fabricated my own plug by soldering the wire directly on the feeler gauge. For the 12v placement (yellow wire), look behind the right cover in the trunk where you will see a lovely plug with a nice thick red wire going into it. Take note that it's on which side exactly it's going into, like so:





Run that side of the wire up the nearest hole in the hat deck. For the accessory plug (red wire), look under the left side cover now. You will see a tiny plug taped down directly below the amp:



Same drill here, crimp a male connector and plug it in. Grounding is also a breeze! Take a spare nut and bolt and simply tighten it down in one of the many empty holes in the hat deck as seen here:



Power is done! Yes, it's really that simple.

Now for the prized display. Make sure you run the end of the cable through the mounting bracket before you run the wire through the headliner or you'll be kicking yourself later. Start by pulling off the trim along the sunroof and twisting and pulling out the holders in the back 90*. I also removed the left rear "oh poop" handle just because I didn't want to risk creasing the headliner. The handle is 2 bolts and a swift jerk and it's out.





Straighten out a hanger and thread 'er on through. This is the path I followed:



Run it along the same left panel and zip-tie it along the same wires as the antenna's to keep it clear of the airbag. We're on the home stretch now!

Connect everything up and wrap up loose wires (clean or what-have-you). You can see how I ran my wires, with the exception of the red one. Just ignore that...another trial and error mistake.


Replace the headliner surround, panel, "oh poop" handle, etc... and turn it on to see if it works!

FYI, this is basically what I see while driving. Facing forward:



Looking at the radio:



Congrats! You've installed your satellite radio better than the dude at Best Buy! http://********************/smile/emthup.gif





Cheers and Happy Wrenching!

Reid
 

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Re: XM Satellite Commander Install Write-Up (BtownVolvo)

Added to sticky, thanks!
 

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You don't need to install the XM antenna on the ouside of the car. You can put it on the rear deck and it will be fine. I have it that way on three cars and never had a problem.
 

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I forgot to say this when I first saw this, but this is AWESOME. http://********************/smile/emthup.gif http://********************/smile/emthup.gif I've never really tested out satellite radio but have been thinking about it, and I love the screen placement. I think it would be sweet to design a flexible mount that moves side to side and up and down so it would be easier to adjust to see. Maybe another project for the summer? Again, thanks for the write up!
 

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Re: (Silver T5)

Quote, originally posted by Silver T5 »
You don't need to install the XM antenna on the ouside of the car. You can put it on the rear deck and it will be fine. I have it that way on three cars and never had a problem.
It might be a problem with my antenna, but from my testing this was the ONLY place where I got the best reception. Maybe you guys have more patience than I do but I hate when it cuts in and out.

I concluded it had to be because of a combination of tint and the radio antenna is integrated into the rear glass and even possibly the fact the antenna is kinda old. My current spot, although yes it's more noticeable, isn't really that unsightly. If I need to wash the car I just pop it underneath. Works for me!
 

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Re: (chromecarz00)

Quote, originally posted by Alexdfw »
do i have to have the premium or high performance sound for this to work?
I don't believe it matters. I have the premium system, but it should be the same either way.
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that is a damn clean install!
Thank you!
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Hows the sound quality? FM status or CD status?
Well it IS still transmitting via FM radio, so it's nothing like an RCA connection or CD quality. The signal is just piped directly into your car rather than relying on a transponder to pick up the signal among the mess of other FM frequencies. This is all, however, dependent on radio interference, different stations, and other electrical interference so it's hard to say what you might experience.
 

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Re: XM Satellite Commander Install Write-Up (BtownVolvo)

Hey I have an 2005 t5 s40 with the sharkfin but no navigation. Inside the sharkfin there is nothing so I took out the back light under it and you can see if yours is empty. The hole in the roof is already there. I then took my magnetic antenna apart and only used the sensor and magnet part put togther with a small strip of duct tape and all you have to do is place it up in there and the let it lay flat on the roof inside of it and it works perfect. It will not fit throught the hole with the black plastic case on the outside sensor. I'm in the middle of getting the exact adaptor for the antenna from a place that makes then oversea's in Europe somewhere.
 

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Re: XM Satellite Commander Install Write-Up (marcm1)

Quote, originally posted by marcm1 »
Hey I have an 2005 t5 s40 with the sharkfin but no navigation. Inside the sharkfin there is nothing so I took out the back light under it and you can see if yours is empty. The hole in the roof is already there. I then took my magnetic antenna apart and only used the sensor and magnet part put togther with a small strip of duct tape and all you have to do is place it up in there and the let it lay flat on the roof inside of it and it works perfect. It will not fit throught the hole with the black plastic case on the outside sensor. I'm in the middle of getting the exact adaptor for the antenna from a place that makes then oversea's in Europe somewhere.

That's a pretty good idea! Any way you can get some pictures to see what you're talking about?
 
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