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Old 01-09-2006, 11:29 AM   #1
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I just installed my Sportster Replay and have the antenna mounted on the rear roof with the standard 6" plastic piece. Is this car wash safe? CAn I run my car through a wash or only safe if I wash it myself?

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Old 01-09-2006, 11:37 AM   #2
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Good question! I just installed my antenna on my roof and did not use the little plastic piece to hold the wire down, so in addition to the antenna itself getting torn off by a large carwash brush, I'm also concerned about what that same brush may do to the wire.
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:41 AM   #3
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You should be OK. I've only read of one person who had a problem, I think it was a leakage issue where the internal components got wet. I've been through brushless and regular rag-type car washes with no problem. That magnet is pretty strong. To be safe, you may want to stick to the brushless.
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OK, sounds reasonable. One of the reasons I asked was because I just recently discovered my signal at home was very poor and upon investigation, found out that the magentic antenna I had mounted to the top edge of a rain gutter outside my apartment window, had slid down the side of the gutter, apparently from some recent winds, and was no longer facing upwards. Granted, the surface I stuck the antenna to was not as wide as the bottom of the antenna, so I am sure that contributed to why the wind was able to move it.
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I actually (just over lunch) went though a car was (not touch less the kind that has mops etc..) and was friken blown away to see that antenna did not move!

I have an 02 altima and have the antenna installed on the left side of the back window without the 3m wire cover (temporarily until I get my aux input cable) and like it said it did not move.
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Antenna will be safe. So wash away...

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I had wondered the same thing with carwashes, but my concern was not really the brushes but that vicious blower at the end of the wash. If the antenna survives that, there is always the "Towel Team" to contend with. Whats to stop one of those guys with a towel from catching the antenna while they dry off your car?

I own a 2004 Honda Element and my solution was to hide the antenna under the plastic roof garnish. Now the antenna is tucked away and safe from damage and prying eyes.

Check it out:
http://www.elementownersclub.com/for...ad.php?t=19971
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Cool thanks for the info on this. Good question
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Does the Sportster Replay antenna not have the optional double-sided sticky tape to keep it in place?
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Old 01-13-2006, 11:26 PM   #10
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I work at a car wash that has hand dryers at the end of it. And whale drying I have never seen any cars Sirius antenna moved. Also have never found any laying around in the wash bay whale cleaning up at the end of the shift’s just a pile of snapped off fm antenna’s. So I would not worry about it coming off in a drive through carwash
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Took the G/Fs car thru a touchless and had a small leak w/ the high pressure spray and the blow dryer. I have the antenna installed on the roof so that only the antenna is visible (no wires exposed). Seems the wire is making too big a void in the weather strip.

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The best way is to stick it down with the double sided tape.

The Replay antenna doesn't have it on it; so you will have to go out and purchase some tape yourself. Don't go to walmart to buy it; go to a hardware store like The Home Depot. You will need something with pretty good quality to make it stick.

Once it sticks; your antenna is pretty much mounted there for life; so be prepared to either spend an hour trying to get it off (in which case you may wreck the paint on the vehicle); or spending 50$ to purchase a new antenna.

At least you won't have to worry about it ever getting stolen or falling off.
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I had wondered the same thing with carwashes, but my concern was not really the brushes but that vicious blower at the end of the wash. If the antenna survives that, there is always the "Towel Team" to contend with. Whats to stop one of those guys with a towel from catching the antenna while they dry off your car?
Wind will not blow it off. Mine has made it through a hurricane and car washes. It's hard enough to pull it off by hand when you want to. A rub with a towel wouldn't budge it unless the were really bearing down directly against it like they were trying to scrape ice or something.
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