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Old 08-07-2005, 08:37 AM   #1
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I sent this message (below) out before and only one person had a suggested antenna (The Galaxy - which I really don’t like). I do appreciate the response Steverino and Michigan Made!!!! Somebody MUST have addressed this in the past, although I cannot find anywhere in the forum.... so here it is again. PLEASE HELP. I am installing a sportster in my MINT 1987 325is, and I absolutely want the wire to be concealed....

I'd like to install an antenna WITHOUT seeing the wire. I'm prepared to drill a hole in my trunk to hide the wire under the antenna. I will do this properly and install a grommet to ensure no water seepage/damage. Just wondering how/where to find an antenna designed for this type of install. I'd also like to find one that's paintable, as I would like to have it painted to match my vehicle color. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! PS. THE NFL IS BACK, THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I'll try to help you again.

Here is my thread of my install. I know that our vehicles are not even close, but I wnat you to see the pics and possibly get some ideas on what to do for your car.

http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...ic.php?t=19344

Let me know what you're going to do.

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Nice Install! I appreciate the pics.! I've actually done something very similar on my '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee. My question however, involves a clean antenna base without a protruding wire regardless of how minimal. My question is not about concealing the wiring in the vehicle. I would like the antenna base to look as factory as a new vehicle, such as what you see on a new Honda or Acura, or Mercedes out of the dealer.... In those cases, the wiring is under the antenna, it doesn’t protrude
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Old 08-07-2005, 01:01 PM   #4
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Then you will need to buy that kind of antenna. They are designed to have the wire come from the base of the antenna and be mounted in that manner. The antenna that comes with your run of the mill Sirius units is not designed for that type of application.

Your best bet is to contact a dealership for Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, etc., and visit their parts department to take a look at the connector on their OEM Sirius antennas. You may be able to use them with the Sirius unit you have. Just note that these antennas are generally much larger and more visible (the Mercedes-Benz one is about the size of a computer mouse). You CAN, however, have them painted to match the color of your vehicle which at least makes them a bit less of an eye sore. (If this is a route you want to take I can refer you to some companies that paint satellite radio antennas to match your vehicle's color)

Now don't get me wrong, you can almost always use the much smaller magnetic mount Sirius antennas and install them in a manner where the wire is not visible (or depending on your vehicle, where the antenna itself is not visible). I'd really need to see pictures of your vehicle to give you a better idea of how to do this.

If I remember correctly, the Sporster antenna has that annoying tail covering the first six inches or so of the wire. The antenna that comes with the Starmate does not have this tail and makes the job a lot easier. They should be interchangeable with the Sportster unit. Your other option is to get your hands on the antenna that they package with the Starmate and use that.

Anyhow, if you can/want, show me some pictures of your car from different angles (the trunk, roof, hood, front and rear windshields).
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To echo what the others have said, pick up a roof mount antenna from either a car dealer or on ebay. The one on my Magnum is pretty big but I think some of the others are much smaller.

colormatchantenna may be able to set you up and have it match the paint on your car while you're at it. They do a great job.
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Thanks to all that responded. I'm just amazed that Sirius doesn’t really have a solution for this (othere than the Galaxie which is just goofy looking) and that other subscribers haven't made a similar stink... Oh well, I guess I'll be installing the Terk that came with the Sportster after all.... I'll just place it closer to the rear of the trunk to help conceal... Thanks again!!!!!!
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There's one up on eBay, as part of a Mopar install kit. But it's $160.
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Please take a look at my install. It seems that in Cars it's much easier to hide the wires, especially if you have a rubber window gasket, than in SUVs / Trucks, but not always.

Please view my install in my 2002 Grand Marquis LSE - Lots of pictures and step-by-step, albeit for a different unit than you're using, but the Antenna info you'll like, I think.

http://don3k.kiteflyer.org/sirius/SiriusInstall.htm

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Please take a look at my install. It seems that in Cars it's much easier to hide the wires, especially if you have a rubber window gasket, than in SUVs / Trucks, but not always.

Please view my install in my 2002 Grand Marquis LSE - Lots of pictures and step-by-step, albeit for a different unit than you're using, but the Antenna info you'll like, I think.

http://don3k.kiteflyer.org/sirius/SiriusInstall.htm

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I too was going to do a factory antennae on my truck...(looked at the chrystler antennaes). Unfortunatly all factory antennaes are dual leads (one for sat, one for terrestrial). This sucks because NOBODY makes a dual lead to single lead converter! Only the opposite (where a single lead antennae fits to an old dual lead unit)....
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Has anyone tried taking apart a Sirius antenna and seeing if you can somehow reroute the antenna wire? It would probably require some custom work but might be something to look into.
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