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Old 04-13-2005, 09:52 PM   #1
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I traded in my '03 Escape for an '05 Escape Limited, and decided to keep my current PNP unit rather than buying a new one. Here is my install:

Like with my '03 Escape, I mounted the antenna, centered with the vehicle, on the roof, just above the windshield. The antenna wire was easy to hide by simply lifting up the rubber around the windshield and placing the wire behind it. I rant the wire down the side of the windshield and into the passenger door. Once inside, I ran the wire up along the space next to the dash and to the center of dash underneath the rear view mirror. I stuffed the wire down in the gap of the dash and the windshield to hide it. I next mounted the cradle on the center of the dash, underneath the rear view and connected the antenna wire. I next connected the power cord and ran it down the right side next to the radio and plugged it in to get the power. Slapped the radio in and there we go. Whole thing took about 15-20 minutes. I will add some pictures soon.
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I traded in my '03 Escape for an '05 Escape Limited, and decided to keep my current PNP unit rather than buying a new one. Here is my install:

Like with my '03 Escape, I mounted the antenna, centered with the vehicle, on the roof, just above the windshield. The antenna wire was easy to hide by simply lifting up the rubber around the windshield and placing the wire behind it. I rant the wire down the side of the windshield and into the passenger door. Once inside, I ran the wire up along the space next to the dash and to the center of dash underneath the rear view mirror. I stuffed the wire down in the gap of the dash and the windshield to hide it. I next mounted the cradle on the center of the dash, underneath the rear view and connected the antenna wire. I next connected the power cord and ran it down the right side next to the radio and plugged it in to get the power. Slapped the radio in and there we go. Whole thing took about 15-20 minutes. I will add some pictures soon.
I too have an '05 Escape.. and was wondering how people get the antenna wire down a window... so you say all you have to do is peel back the rubber on the windshield??? Would that make it leak? Also, I had to get a new windshield... I'm going to try this since I hate it on the back of the roof near the hatch.

Thanks! And post pics please, when you can!!


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I traded in my '03 Escape for an '05 Escape Limited, and decided to keep my current PNP unit rather than buying a new one. Here is my install:

Like with my '03 Escape, I mounted the antenna, centered with the vehicle, on the roof, just above the windshield. The antenna wire was easy to hide by simply lifting up the rubber around the windshield and placing the wire behind it. I rant the wire down the side of the windshield and into the passenger door. Once inside, I ran the wire up along the space next to the dash and to the center of dash underneath the rear view mirror. I stuffed the wire down in the gap of the dash and the windshield to hide it. I next mounted the cradle on the center of the dash, underneath the rear view and connected the antenna wire. I next connected the power cord and ran it down the right side next to the radio and plugged it in to get the power. Slapped the radio in and there we go. Whole thing took about 15-20 minutes. I will add some pictures soon.
I too have an '05 Escape.. and was wondering how people get the antenna wire down a window... so you say all you have to do is peel back the rubber on the windshield??? Would that make it leak? Also, I had to get a new windshield... I'm going to try this since I hate it on the back of the roof near the hatch.

Thanks! And post pics please, when you can!!


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No, the windshield won't leak. Take a look at you windshield, and look at the rubber around it. The rubber is there to stop water, but putting something behind it doesn't make it leak. In fact, once the wire is routed behind the rubber, the rubber seals back down against your vehicle.

Here are the pics for the installation:


This picture shows the wiring routed behind the rubber seal of the windshield, forget the bug guts splattered on the windwhield (And no, the windshield will not leak)


This picture shows how I routed the antenna wire. I lifted the rubber seal with a small nail just enough to get the first part of the wire coming out of the antenna behind the rubber seal. After this, all you have to do is push the wire down and it will go behind the rubber seal by itself. The red lines are where I rounted the wire. I ran it down the passenger side of the windshield, and into the channel where the passenger door is hinged.


This picture shows how I routed the wire down from around the windshield and into the channel for the door on the exterior of the vehicle. Because I wasn't worried about trying to hide the wire at this point, after all, I don't drive around with my passenger door open, I simply ran the wire here in plain site. I used some plastic cable/wire covering to cover the wire where the door would smash it when it was closed. Using this stuff prevents the wiring from be cut by the door.


Next I centered the cradle on the dash, and underneath the rear view mirror and mounted it with the 3M tape. Next I plugged the antenna wire into the unit. I then ran the wire straight back from the cradle to the windshield, this is the only visible part of the wire after the installation from the inside. As the red lines show, I then ran the wire along the windshield and along the side back over to the passenger door. Now the dash in the Ford Escape has plenty of give and movement along the windwhield, so I was able to stuff the wire down behind it.


I then ran the wire down the side of the dash on the passenger side at the indicated spots in the picture. I was also able to stuff the wire back at this point as well. Now you are left with any excess wire on the floor. What I did was twist-tie the remaining wire together and stuffed it up in the dash, above the foot area. On the Escape there is a small ledge under there that seems to hold the wire up and out of the way pretty well.


Here is a final shot of the shuttle mounted on the dash. The only visible wires are the power cord (which happens to run very nicely around the curves of the interior of the dash), and the small tail of antenna wire that comes out of the back of the shuttle.

This installation should work for many types of plug-n-play units, and should work fairly well with most vehicles.
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Looking forward to the rest of the pics.

Like the Pistons hat!!!
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Thanks for the pics.. the rubber around my windshield seems tight, maybe because I got my windshield replaced. I'll try it though.

And I probably will not use the antenna tail because I have a sunroof and the distance between the winshield and sunroof is small.

Very nice... can't wait for more photos too!!!


Ken

ps. I'm working on a new install for the Sportster I just got. I'll take notes and pics as I do it.
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Thanks for the pics.. the rubber around my windshield seems tight, maybe because I got my windshield replaced. I'll try it though.

And I probably will not use the antenna tail because I have a sunroof and the distance between the winshield and sunroof is small.

Very nice... can't wait for more photos too!!!


Ken

ps. I'm working on a new install for the Sportster I just got. I'll take notes and pics as I do it.
Ken, the rubber will be tight, this is the trickiest part of the installation. Once you get the first part of the wire behind the rubber, running the rest of it is easy.

Rest of the pics will be up later today.
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