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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 08-04-2005, 04:23 PM   #1
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While I wait patiently (yeah.... right) for the ReGo I was wondering how many Sirius fans out there did their own installation or had someone like Circuit City or Best Buy install their unit.
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Old 08-04-2005, 04:27 PM   #2
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Wait.. now which is it? Let the experts do it, or let BB or CC do it?
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Old 08-04-2005, 04:53 PM   #3
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I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but I had to ask.

I'm one of those guys who has to read instructions to replace a light bulb (at least that what my wife thinks).
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Manly man rule #543 states: Unless all else fails, NEVER read any directions.
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:34 PM   #5
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I got mine done by a professional installer from BB. But the guy did a great job. I probably could done it myself, but I had a car deck, speakers and couple extra items going into my car.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:34 PM   #6
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Did it myself. Since it was the OEM tuner for the factory HU, the install was a no brainer. I did drive around with the antenna in my car for a week until I got enough nerve to drill the hole in the roof for the antenna.
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:02 PM   #7
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I did mine myself as well. I'm not a believer in paying someone to do something that I can probably do myself, like home improvement.
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Old 08-05-2005, 07:27 AM   #8
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Not only would I rather do it to save the $$.
But I kinda like the sense of accomplishment to research the
best options and do the actual work. I think my whole sirius systems
is that much more satisfying knowing I did the work myself!!!
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Old 08-08-2005, 08:12 PM   #9
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I did part of the install myself and let a pro do the underdash wiring to the fuse box and headunit on my two personal vehicles. Why? Because I didn't want to risk frying something, but I wanted to experiment with the final mounting and antenna mounting. Work car? Did it myself so I'd be able to rip it out on short notice, but wires are hanging all over the place!
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If you're a little technically-inclined you can install most of these units. I've done about a dozen installs and haven't run into any difficult problems with any of the installs. And any problems that you might encounter are usually answered pretty quickly here on Sirius Backstage.
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If you're a little technically-inclined you can install most of these units.
I agree. Actually since I bought my first Sirius over a year ago, it's gotten a lot easier to install. One of the hardest things to do was to find a good, clean place to mount the unit. Since the newer units are lot smaller, that's becoming less of a problem. Also, when I got my first unit, the Audiovox SIRSWB FM mod was hard as hell to find, so I had a powered Direct FM mod installed. If you plan on plugging your unit into the lighter or taping into the lighter wire (like I do with my work car and my winter beater Jeep), it's really not a difficult project.

But...

If you have a newer car and/or a car under warranty, and you don't want to plug it into the lighter, you may not want to go fiddling around with the underdash wiring UNLESS you absolutely know what you're doing. If BB or CC screws up, they're liable. I used a good pro shop for the hotwiring and got a good deal because I had two cars done at the same time. So far, no probs.

And if you've got and want to tie into your steering wheel controls for anything other than volume - my advice is to let the pros do it.
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:16 AM   #12
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I had my first Sirius HU installed by a car stereo dealer. It was late 2002 and I had no idea about the technology, so I didn't want to mess around with anything :-) since then, I've installed a new HU in my wife's car, as well as numerous PNP's. The first install might take you a little while, but once you do one, the rest are pretty easy.
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Old 08-11-2005, 03:28 AM   #13
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Depends on how much of an "expert" your installer is...

First intaller I had at CC was AWFUL.
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Bottom line is only you can decide if you have the skills and want to devote the time to doing it yourself. I probably could have done mine, but, I didn't.
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I avoid letting anyone work on my cars whenever possible. I find I get better work done for a LOT less money when I do it myself. On that same note, I have the tools to get the job done, and am not afraid to get my hands dirty.

I've seen some of the shaddy installs these BB, CC, etc. places are doing. No thanks!
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