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Old 01-04-2006, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default 2000 Civic Sportster Replay Install using glass mount

Just finished my novice install of a Sirius Sportster Replay using the factory suction cup glass mount.

First, here are the products used during the installation:

Insulated Butt Connectors (64-3037) $1.69
6ft Adaptaplug Cord (273-1641) $6.99
In-line Fuse Holder (270-1281) $2.29
Tap-in Squeze Connectors (64-3053) $1.99
Fuses $1.69
Nylon Wire Ties (278-1632) $1.99
Adaptaplug "H" (273-1711) $4.99
Hi-temp/Hi-strength Mount Tape (64-2361) $1.99
Split Flex Tubing $1.99

Circuit City
Wired FM Modulator Relay $18.99

Total Cost of Install: $44.60 + taxes

The Install:

The first thing needed to be done is removing the lower dash of the entire civic. Start by removing the glove compartment by removing the two screws holding the hinges. Next, remove the lower cover of the steering column by removing the 3 screws holding it. Once the screws are removed, you will need to detach the 2 wiring harnesses for the sunroof and power mirrors (if you have these features). With this panel removed, you can now remove the cigarette lighter area of the lower dash. There are 4 screws holding this panel. Remove the wiring harness for the cigarette lighter and the panel can be fully removed. With the lower dash apart, we can now access the 3 GOLD screws holding the stereo in place. Once all three screws are removed, push from the back of the stereo to push out the entire stereo console. It will have a little resistance, but don't worry, you won't break anything. One last thing, remove the side panel of the dash which is facing the door. There is 1 screw holding it in place. Tear-down is complete.

Next, pull the stereo console out where you can detach the wiring harness for the AC controls. Once this harness is removed, you can pull the console out enough to have full access to the car antenna. Remove the antenna and plug in the FM Modulator relay Male end. Plug the factory antenna into the relay box and pull the wiring through the back of the stereo compartment down to the cigarette lighter area. At this point, you can now push the stereo console back into place. With the modulator installed, I would test it by plugging to cigarette lighter console back into its harness. If everything works now, re-install the stereo mount by replacing the 3 gold screws.

We’re now ready for the mount. I used the suction cup mount because it was the best option for me. I decided to mount the sportster to left of my instrument panel. In addition, I decided to mount the Sirius antenna on the front dash.

The first thing to do to install the satellite radio mount is to run the satellite antenna wire. For this location, you will have about 10’ of useless antenna wire. To mount the antenna, use double sided tape. Run the wire under the interior soft seal for the windshield. You can use a strait screwdriver to push the wire below the seal. Run the wire down the windshield and beside the dash all the to the driver door. Now, run the wire through the large square hole in the dash towards the steering column. With all the additional wire ran under the dash, take the male end of the satellite wire and run it back through the same square back towards the windshield. Do the same for the power cable (6ft adapatplug cable) as well as the fm modulator relay cable (be sure to run this wire above the steering column now. With the three needed wires out and towards the dash, pull the length needed and push between the driver’s door trim and the dash. Plug the wires into the mount, suction the mount to the glass, and use the flex tubing to organize the wires. Push the flex tube between the trim and you are done with the mount.

The rest of the wiring is easy from here on out. The next step is to run the power line above the steering column and to the area of the cigarette lighter. Use the tap-in connectors to tap the cigarette lighter power and connect the power cable. Next, install an inline fuse on the new power tap. Use the flex tubing and/or wire ties to organize all the wiring under the dash. Hide excess wiring in the center console area behind the cigarette lighter. Re-install all the lower dash and you are done.

I apologize for the in-depth and then lack of details of this post. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

There are plenty of photos showing the process available at:
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Old 01-04-2006, 05:18 PM   #2
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Default ah hah moment

Well, a couple of problems occured after about a half day of the unit hardwired. First, as many have said, the suction cup fell. I just put some water on it and it seems ok again.... we'll see after a few more days.

The other problem was a large amount of static. I found that I had to adjust the audio level in the menu to fix the problem. I reduced the level to 3 instead of the default 10. The signal cleared right up.

I had a request for a pic of the wire taps for the hardwire, here you go:

And lastly, thank you to everyone who has contributed here. It made it extremely easy for me implement my installation.
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