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Old 03-30-2004, 10:41 PM   #1
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How painful is it? I'm not exactly a car mechanic, but I do have some tech sense. I also don't want to lay down $40 to have Best Buy install it... Do you think I can do it?
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Old 03-30-2004, 10:46 PM   #2
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You mean an Audiovox PNP car kit? I'll bet you can do it, maybe with a little help from Backstagers. What kind of car is it going into and what kind of stereo is it hooking up to?
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Old 03-30-2004, 11:12 PM   #3
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1995 Buick LeSabre... Kind of stero- don't know if this is the answer you are looking for but it has the one it came with.
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If you're going to use the FM modulation with the car cradle, you should be able to install it, assuming you can walk upright without dragging your knuckles. It's a simple matter of running the antenna line from the trunk, (my antennas are on the trunklid, it's a simpler process than mounting it on the roof, and I've had no reception issues,) up through the car to the car kit. You then find a nice place to mount the bracket, (with screws or the included double sided tape,) plug the power cord into the kit and cigarette lighter, and you're ready to rock. I wife and I installed the PnP in her car in about 30 minutes in the dark. It's really that easy.
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I'll try and check out the interior of a LeSabre in the next couple days to give you some ideas of mounting locations. Do you have a spot in mind for mounting the receiver? The PNP CK adjustable base might fit on the ledge along the lower dash. Its metal tabs are designed to be bent around curved surfaces.

As far as wiring goes, for the fastest installation all you have to do is hook up the power cord to the lighter socket then set up the built-in FM modulator. The FM modulator takes the Sirius audio and transmits it over an FM frequency so it's received on your existing stereo. To set it up, set "FM on" in the PNP's menu under "FM transmitter options."

In the LeSabre the easiest option may be to mount it on the trunk, although the roof might provide better reception. I believe that car has a trunk that comes right up to the lower edge of the rear window, right? If so, you can run the antenna wire along the rear glass trim, gently pushing it under with a stiff but non-scratching edge like a credit card or plastic knife. Route the wire into the trunk at one of the corners, going underneath the weatherstripping.

If routing along the rear glass isn't possible, you can put the antenna on the trunk lid with the wire running towards the front edge of the lid (the edge closest to the glass).

Getting the wire into the back seat area may be tricky, I'll try to check out a LeSabre to give you more specific instructions. If you can get the wire into the rear passenger area, route it down to the floorboard and under the carpet and/or lower door trim to come up in the front kickpanel and then into the lower dash. This may require removing some trim, but just go slowly and keep track of which screws came from where and it won't be hard to reassemble.

When routing the antenna wire, keep it clear of places where it could get hung up or worn, such as near the rear outside seatbelt anchors or directly underfoot beneath the carpet.
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My goodness... You all are so nice. I think I'll try to do it. I don't quite understand how it hooks up into the stereo... Could someone please explain? Thanks!!
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Eric, you're not going to actually "hook-up" anything to the streeo. The car kit has a FM Wireless modulator. You can tune your stereo to one of 4 frequencies and the car kit will "transmit" to your stereo. For most people it works pretty good.

It's unlikely that a 1995 stock radio is going to have any auxillary imputs, so you other options are a hardwired fm mod (look here for more info)or replacing the headunit.
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Wow, that sounds really neat. I was gonna say, "I don't see any holes to plug anything into!" Thanks RoadRunner
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