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Old 07-25-2005, 08:19 AM   #1
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Default Hooking StarMate directly to fuse box?

I want to get away from using the stupid cigarette adapter, which in my vehicle's seems to be on all the time. What I would rather do is directly hook my StarMate to power which goes off when the ignition is off and on when on.

I am assuming that the 'safest' way to do this would be to hook directly into the fusebox.... Correct? If so, has anyone done this? What is involved? And is there any kits/adapters/etc that can be used to hook a wire up to the fuse box? I would assume that I could simply cut the end off the cig adapter and then plug 'whatever' onto the end of that which would plug into one of the empty fuse plugs on my car's fuse box.

I need to do this both for my Saturn VUE and my wife's Satur ION. Any guidence out there? Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-25-2005, 08:30 AM   #2
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I did it with my xact receiver. Just cut and spliced the wires. Works great.
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Old 07-25-2005, 09:08 AM   #3
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Don't cut anything.

Goto Radio Shack and buy this for 6.99.

http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...%5Fid=270-1556

All you do is plug the Sirius into this adapter. Take the black wire and ground it to a unpaited screw in your car. Probably one right were your fuses are. Then you take the red wire and strip the end and plug it into the fuse you want. Something that turns off/on with the key.

Done.
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Old 07-25-2005, 09:15 AM   #4
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Default Re: Hooking StarMate directly to fuse box?

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I want to get away from using the stupid cigarette adapter, which in my vehicle's seems to be on all the time. What I would rather do is directly hook my StarMate to power which goes off when the ignition is off and on when on.

I am assuming that the 'safest' way to do this would be to hook directly into the fusebox.... Correct? If so, has anyone done this? What is involved? And is there any kits/adapters/etc that can be used to hook a wire up to the fuse box? I would assume that I could simply cut the end off the cig adapter and then plug 'whatever' onto the end of that which would plug into one of the empty fuse plugs on my car's fuse box.

I need to do this both for my Saturn VUE and my wife's Satur ION. Any guidence out there? Thanks in advance.

Chimp (Tom)
Look at the link I added to your other post. I think I have the process in there.
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Old 07-26-2005, 04:04 PM   #5
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Meh. Going to the fusebox is a poor and tacky-looking way to do it. I would tap power from the 12v switched wire in the ignition harness. On both the VUE and the ION it should be a 12-14 gauge brown wire in the ignition harness (you should also see a red and a yellow wire of the same gauge around it. these two wires are your +12v constant and +12v starter wires... you don't want to do anything with them, but it ought to help you find the brown one -- just look for the bundle of heavier-gauge wires). It would require some electrical tape, a little solder, some sort of cheap digital multimeter (for testing purposes, can get one for like $12 from Walmart) and a little extra time. It's a much cleaner install, though, and isn't quite so... novice-/aftermarket-looking... as sticking a wire into the fusebox.

If you want more info on this particular way to do it, let me know. Its really not as tricky as it may sound, but even if it's something you're not comfortable with you should be able to have a Best Buy or a Circuit City properly hardwire the power for like $20.
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:40 PM   #6
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If I have an existing power connection for an old tuner, can I just wire a connector that fits my Starmate power input onto that? Or would I need to be concerned about voltage issues betwene the two different pieces of gear?
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