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View Poll Results: Installed it yourself or went to an installer?
Did it myself 42 85.71%
Used a professional installer 7 14.29%
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Old 08-12-2005, 05:17 AM   #16
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You have to remember, not all installers at these places are experts. They just get paid to follow instructions, then kinda get used to it after a while, especially when they are new. Even then, some people only do it for a job, they aren't passionate about it, so they just don't care how it turns out, as long as it works.

That's why I like to develop a relationship with a trusted shop, that way I know who's working on my rig. I am passionate about car audio. This is gonna sound weird, but it's just how I am. I have installed system pieces and even full systems before, in other peoples vehicles, I won't touch mine. I don't know why, I just won't let myself work on my audio system. Maybe it's because, if I screw up I gotta fix it, if someone else screws up they gotta fix it.

However, I did install my Sirius tuner, and it turned out to be a great install, except for the defective tuner box. The best thing about it, the shop wanted 1.5 hrs labor ($75) to do it, it didn't take me more than 20 minutes. mount the antenna, run it through the hatch, pushed the wire into the headliner so it can't be seen, connect the ai-net cable from tuner to deck, connect power wire to tuner and then to the correct lead on the deck, and voila, sirius satellite radio, took me no more than 30 minutes, but maybe i'm just fast. Then it was defective so I played around with it for like 2 hours trying to figure out where I went wrong, but I didn't, it was the tuner box.
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Old 08-12-2005, 08:43 AM   #17
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I installed my Starbase and all my PNP's myself.

Installed the Kenwood in my Wrangler myself.

I installed my RB1 Radio in my Ram myself.

The dealer installed Sirius in my Ram.

I had a car audio dealer install a Kenwood Head unit, amp, subwoofers, and speakers in my Grand Cherokee.
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:04 PM   #18
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I really think it depends on the kind of car you have and the quality of your local CC or BB installers. Personally at my local CC I have seen many sat. radio installs and they all look clean and professional. That's not to say you can't do it yourself but many times the guys who install know a few tricks of the trade about your certain vehicle and where best to run antenna wire and where to run power to. I would also opt for having a pro do it, because while it can be expensive ($80) many places have lifetime guarantees on there labor, so if they screw up they have to fix it. I would also recommend that if you decide to get it professionally done spend a few minutes talking to an installer asking where the unit will go and if any permanent modifications will have to be made. I would also watch how the guys in the shop interact, (see who's in charge/ who every one really listens to) and then have that person, who probably has the most experience, do your install.
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