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Old 01-01-2007, 03:31 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.

I just recently upgraded my Sirius unit from a Sportster 2 to a Sportster 4. I had the Sportster 2 installed in my car professionally, but I figured that in order to hook up my new unit I could just use the same connectors for the antenna and the cig adapter's power. I figured I could get away with installing new wires, but unfortunately the old unit's connector is a bit too large for the new unit's input.

I was wondering if it would be possible for me to just take the connector from the Sportster 4's cig adapter, and replace the one on the 2's connector. I then did a quick search on the forums here and found this thread:

This thread mentioned that the 4 uses a lower voltage than most other adapters and that it's possible to fry it. I was hoping someone could let me know if this is in fact the case? I don't want to fry my unit.

I'm also not entirely sure how to take apart the paneling in my car in order to bury the wires, in case anyone was wondering why I just didn't go that route.
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Old 01-01-2007, 03:52 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure 13 Volts will cook a Sporster 4 in very short order with an impressive light show followed by smoke

The only ways to get away with not using your dash mounted cigarette ligher socket is to install another socket under the dash out of sight..... or you might be able to find a discreet 13->5 Volt adapter with the right plug.... or... If you're handy with a soldering iron you could go to great lengths Like I did here
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Thanks for the reply. I'm glad I found this forum before I did something stupid.

I think I'll probably just remove my old car adapter and put in the new one. I was thinking of hooking up my new receiver directly into my car stereo's input jack anyhow since the Sportser 4 seems to have a weaker FM transmitter than my old one. So one way or another I'll have to get in there to bury a new wire.

I really like what you did in your other thread there. Very nice.
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