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Old 03-17-2011, 05:27 PM   #1
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Need a better location for my xm antenna

I have tried it on the bolt on the deck for the child's seat. I have also tried it on the back deck right up against the window. I hate the reception. It looks like I may have to have it on the exterior. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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I have tried it on the bolt on the deck for the child's seat. I have also tried it on the back deck right up against the window. I hate the reception. It looks like I may have to have it on the exterior. Any suggestions? Thanks
My XM antenna worked very well on the dashboard at the base of the windshield. I put it in the center of the dashboard, and it worked perfectly.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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I thought I saw a pic of someone that had it in the front hood cowl area? It was inside the vented area near the wiper squirters. Any thoughts on this? What about having it on the back deck, but maybe use some 3m clear plastic so that the magnet doesn't scratch the paint. Hopefully, the magnet will still have the power to hold with the plastic. What do you think? I am just not getting great reception off of the rear deck. The antenna is new, but it is an old design from at least 5 years ago. It is larger than the newer antennas.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:50 PM   #4
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Stick it with velcro to the center of the dash, at the base of the windshield. Passersby that steal this sort of thing will not see the antenna, and the antenna will be able to see the satellites. I call this a win-win. If you are pretty certain that you will not move the antenna from one car to another, you can put a few drops of super glue on the antenna and stick it to space between the defrost ducts. You can fish the wire into the dash and pull it out where the receiver is mounted.

Another upside is that the wire remains inside of the car, you will not have to pass it through a hole or around a door pillar.

You are waaaay overthinking this.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:25 PM   #5
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I like "A game" installations and perfect signal. I had a nice install on the deck, but not so good reception. It needs to improve, thanks.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:35 PM   #6
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So put the damn antenna on the dashboard for a week and see how it works. Mine worked perfectly. You are screwing around with an idea to put it behind a plastic panel inside of a moving part (the hood) where the cable will be flexxed and abraided and the signal hidden by surrounding metal, and I'm telling you to put it behind glass and in a place where nothing moves.

If you live where there are lots of trees and/or tall buildings, then your XM is gonna suffer no matter what you do. Out here on the Left Coast where I live, my XM never faded except when I was stopped under a freeway overpass. I had a few issues in downtown Los Angeles, but even then it worked pretty well.

You asked for any suggestions, and poo-poo the only one you got. Great.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:13 PM   #7
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Dude, calm the **** down. I have 3 other cars with xm that get perfect reception and I am not a fan of installs where signal is compromised. I never said anything negative about your dash idea. Although, I am not a fan of having something on the dash. I am currently not getting good enough signal on the back deck. I don't think the windshield will be drastically different, but who knows. Plus, the adapters are in the trunk, so I would have to run the wires all the way to the dash to try it out. Of course I could just run the wire where it is ugly until I confirm the location is good. But, I am simply waiting to hear what other ideas are out there, no big deal.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:06 PM   #8
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put it on the roof just above the rear window, run the wire under the rubber weather strip, down to the trunk lid, cut a little grove under the trunk lid seal (use small rubber grommet), run the wire through the trunk, behind back seat, under plastic side pannels, footwell, into the dash, etc...
Antenna magnet is strong enough to hold the piece in place.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:26 PM   #9
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That is another one of my potential locations. I wonder if there is a way to get it to stick to the actual window so that I don't have to worry about messing up the roof paint? I also think I will look into the 3m paint protector. How did you actually use the grommet? Did you cut a grove in the rubber seal or in metal? If you cut it in the seal, I am not quite understanding what you did with the grommet. Can you explain? Thanks, I appreciate it.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:56 PM   #10
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How did you actually use the grommet? Did you cut a grove in the rubber seal or in metal? If you cut it in the seal, I am not quite understanding what you did with the grommet. Can you explain? Thanks, I appreciate it.
Remove the rubber trunk lid seal, cut a little grove in the metal where the seal sits on so the wire with the grommet can slip in, and put the rubber seal back on. You may also want to cut the rubber seal from the other side so the wire sits more or less straight and is not pinched by the seal too much. Use simple rubber grommet, small enough to just wrap the wire and hold it in the grove.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:14 PM   #11
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That is another one of my potential locations. I wonder if there is a way to get it to stick to the actual window so that I don't have to worry about messing up the roof paint?.
Just put some electrical tape on the bottom of the magnet and you'll be fine... had mine on for 2 years...no problems....
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:31 AM   #12
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That is another good option. Thanks
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:32 AM   #13
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djdonis, thanks for the grommet explanation.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:56 PM   #14
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I am finally getting around to moving the antenna and I still don't quite get the grommet idea. Wouldn't you have to put the wire through the grommet? How do you do that with the large plug on the end of the xm antenna? Do you slice the grommet? I am sure there is an easy explanation, but it is not hitting me. Thanks.
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