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Old 11-27-2006, 09:41 AM   #1
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I am looking for some advive/suggestions for installing a Sportster Replay in my 06 Explorer. Since the FM transmiters suck I want to hard wire. I am weighing the options of buying an after market radio with an Aux in on the front panel like the sony has. This would run me about $120 for the radio vs buying the direct in kit to install into the Explorer factory radio. Any advice on which where the antenna in is and how difficult it is to get at, Which install will give me the best results.

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I have installed the wired FM modulator in a 2002 and 2005 Explorer.

The antenna is at the back right of the radio. You need a dash removal tool to remove the bezel around the radio. Then there is two bolts holding the radio in. Loosen those and pull the radio out. You will then see the antenna plug.

I would suggest that you go the new radio route. I got the JVC AR960 because of the great Sirius display for the 2005. It also has an AUX input. The sound is better and the install was simple.

You can search for my install threads in the Install Garage.

Let me know if you need any more help.
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I'm new to Satellite radio, but love it in my 2005 Explorer.

I am using the factory installed head unit for satellite reception. What am I missing by not having an aftermarket unit? In other words, why did you guys elect an aftermarket rather than factory installed unit? I have an '02 Windstar that my wife wants me to put a sportster 4 in, but we don't want the unsightly mess of the loose wires, and are now used to the sound quality produced by a hard wired unit.

Any insight, web references or other input anyone has is appreciated.
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I was in the same boat as you, you will see some threads I started this week asking the same stuff

I first considered a new radio, but my factory radio works fine

I have a Honda Civic 2003 and a new Starmate 4- I plan on keeping my car for a few years, so I can always upgrade the radio

So I am going to install an aux in on the back of my factory stereo, check out my thread here I am going to buy the PIE XM5 Hon98 Aux converter
http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...ad.php?t=91189
I will be able to use my ipod and switch between my sirius, plus it hides the power option for me.

Also a new raido only gives you a one aux in option, most of the aux converter you can hook up 3 aux inputs
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Thanks, Chris3mes1, I'll take a look. The wife may like to be able to user her iPod with it, but my research indicates the Sportster dock has an input jack in the back. The big thing for us will be a clean/professional looking install.
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Thanks, Chris3mes1, I'll take a look. The wife may like to be able to user her iPod with it, but my research indicates the Sportster dock has an input jack in the back. The big thing for us will be a clean/professional looking install.
Make sure you look into the correct AUX input converter and thats its compatible with your car setup, there are a lot of them out there.
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