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Old 12-30-2003, 12:52 AM   #1
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The rubber on all of the antennas (the Terk and the Streamer) is way too long for my vehicle (MINI Cooper). I'm wondering if there is any chance that the rubber is easily removable and/or if there are any pictures or instructions for doing this.

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Old 12-30-2003, 02:32 AM   #2
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God Chi, you're everywhere today....

There is some info floating around about trimming the fat flat rubber part of the tail. Some say no, some say yay. Just don't cut the wiring underneath, for sure.

I also think there are some other available antennas that don't have the thick overlay on the first few inches of line. I don't know which ones or where to get them.

BTW, on my Cooper I currently am running the antenna as close to the sunroof as I can get. It just barely clears the rear hatch enough to open it wihout a problem.

I'll be using the new dual AM/FM/Satellite antenna when I do my upgrade here shortly.

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Old 12-30-2003, 10:47 AM   #3
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I have a question for Mini owners. When the Mini/BMW Sirius kit was announced in early 2003, there was word regarding a special sharkfin antenna designed specifically for the Mini. This was posted in several Mini relate forums. I tried to get one for my 2003 530i's BMW Sirius radio, but no one at Mini ever heard of it. Did it ever exist or was it just wishful thinking?

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Yes. It absolutely does exist. It is a combination FM/Sirius antenna. It replaces the FM antenna on the MINI. It is available for about $100 from a good MINI dealer (one who provides part discounts, like Classic in Ohio). It is NOT functional with the NAV system, as its use would replace the GPS receiving ability of the normal sharkfin. There is no combination GPS/Sirius antenna.

This is why I need an aftermarket antenna. I have the NAV system, so I'm "unsupported" by MINI. Because who on earth would want both the NAV system AND satellite radio???
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Here is the pic of the antenna on my car. When you get one of these antennas its pretty obvious what needs to be done to trim the tail down. Biggest piece of advice I have is, don't cut the wire. Here's the ling to my pic.

http://www.roadfly.org/bmw/gallery/p...23546,1;-21,1;
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Thanks for the link, John. Tell me something: is that the Streamer antenna on your car? What did you use, a razor blade or something? It seems to me that it would be pretty hard to cut the wire, since it seems like pretty heavy gauge stuff to me. But of course, I would be just the type of person to do that sort of thing... :\

Also: what sort of cradle is that you're using in those pictures? It looks way cleaner than the cradle that came with my docking kit--a bulky black piece of plastic.
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When cutting the rubber tail, you want to do it without exposing the wire. I haven't done it so I can't give you any specific tips on that.
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That’s a PNP2, the antenna works great and also looks good on my car.

As for the PNP2, its the normal car cradle, connected with a ProFit mount specific for my car. It’s actually designed for the Delphi but fits perfectly with the PNP2.

I used industrial scissors, but a razor blade will work. The actual antenna wire is very easy to cut (speaking from experience) so be careful.

More pictures in a different thread. http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...asc&highlight=
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Is PNP2 the same as Streamer?
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Yes and no.

The internal guts are about the same, but the interface (cabinet and buttons and cradles and cradle connections) is different.
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Chi: Are you using the MINI OEM Sirius receiver kit or is it aftermarket. Does the MINI audio system operate thru the NAV system screen like the BMW systems? The reason I ask is that the BMW Sirius OEM kit cannot be installed on NAV equipped cars and want to know if this is different on MINIs.

BTW, do you have a part number and or picture for the MINI Sirius antenna?

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Old 12-30-2003, 03:37 PM   #12
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No, I'm not using anything yet for my MINI. And no, it doesn't go through the NAV system a la BMW. It goes through the head unit on the radio only. I'm still wavering as to whether or not to get the OEM kit or an aftermarket kit. I'll save about $200 if I go aftermarket. Don't know if it's worth it or not.

Sorry. No part number or picture. You could call Classic MINI and ask them questions. They're in Ohio, and do deep discounts on MINI and Bimmer parts 440-266-6700.
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I've ordered the Mini AM/FM/Satellite antenna for my Cooper. I've decided to use that one instead of having 2 antennas on top of the car, like I have now. I've also ordered the OEM Sirius radio kit to replace my Kenwood H2A unit now in use.

The part number for the Mini combination antenna is:

84-11-0-150-524

A link to a pic of the antenna (it's kinda fat but looks better than 2 on the car) is:

http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/min...+Antenna+4.jpg

The long part of your original AM/FM antenna just screws onto the Darth Vader helmet looking thing.

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Note* I think the actual BMW equivalent part has a DIFFERENT part number....
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