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Old 12-13-2005, 10:48 PM   #1
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Default ST2 Install - 1998 Chevy Malibu

I just got my Starmate Replay as a gift a week ago and had been using the suction cup mount for the car rig. The mount, to my surprise, was extremely secure but even for my craptacular 98 Malibu the exposed, chaotic loose wire look was too much to bear. I decided to make an attempt at mounting the receiver right above my car's HU so as give an organized, collected look.

1- Antenna was mounted on the rear-end of the roof. The wire was then run down along (inside) the weather stripping around the rear window and into the trunk. I chose to run the cable along the passenger side because I've got an amp installed in the car and it's power cables run along the driver side; it's usually good practice to separate power lines from your audio cables. All the moldings on the Malibu pop out; a flathead pivoted between the floor and the molding should do it if you can't pry it out by hand.

2- My Malibu came with two accessory (cigarette lighters) outlets but I choose to tap into the 2nd one's line for a 3rd hidden one just for a cleaner install and look. This is pretty simple, buy a spare outlet from ratshak and splice into one of your existing connectors.

2- Drill ugly holes into car's dash! No worries, if all goes to plan (and it did, pretty much, for me) the holes should be covered up by the mounting bracket anyway. I used a 3/8" drill bit to open up some holes for me to pull my wiring up above my head unit. The whole may seem wider than it needs to be but its a pain getting those right-angle end connectors up through a circular hole. (you'll need to pop off the grey cover shown in the first pic to remove your car radio to have access to your routed wires so you can pull them up and then eventually through your drilled hole.

3- Pre-drill with a 1/16h" bit two holes for the top of the starmate's car mount bracket. (you'll notice the one to the right of the main hole in pic 1) These will serve as a guide for your screws when you screw your mount to the dash.

4- Screw your mount into the two starter holes you previously drilled. Don't over tighten. For the bottom screws of the mount you can either screw them right into the dash, wherever they go in (make sure not to drill into your radio or something else), or just use the supplied velcro to secure the bottom half of the mount to the dash. I used the velcro strip for the bottom part and it's worked perfectly along with the top half which is screwed in. It's completely hidden and adds support to the mount.

5- Mount your Starmate and enjoy Stern uncensored!

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