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Old 01-07-2007, 05:45 PM   #1
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I drive a 2001 Ford Taurus at work. Since the radio is actually in the trunk, I believe I can easily install an aux input adapter, or FM direct. Anyone done this before. I imagine the easiest would be the FM relay (the car antenna is in the trunk) then just run the wires up to the front.
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Just did it with a 2002 Taurus and it was very simple. One tip is the plastic pins that hold the lining of the trunk in place have a little square pin in the center that you pull out and then the rest of the pin pulls out very easily. The whole thing shouldn't take more than a half hour.
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Check out this link:

http://www.redclock.com/johndunne/xm/index.htm

I used this recently to install in my '02 Taurus. Worked out great. I still plan to install the FM Relay when I get my antenna adapters (on order). Thought about an aux converter but since I also wired my truck, I had to compromise a bit on cost. So far the FM relay in the truck has worked wonderfully.
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Check out this link:

http://www.redclock.com/johndunne/xm/index.htm

I used this recently to install in my '02 Taurus. Worked out great. I still plan to install the FM Relay when I get my antenna adapters (on order). Thought about an aux converter but since I also wired my truck, I had to compromise a bit on cost. So far the FM relay in the truck has worked wonderfully.
So you need an adapter to do the FM relay? Best buy was out of the relays yesterday. Is the wire that connects to the receiver long enough to go from the trunk to the front of the vehicle?

I was bidding on one at eBay and the seller indicated that the wire was about 18 feet.
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You need adapters to convert the standard RCA plugs (on the FM relay) to the Ford antenna plugs. I don't know if there is an official name for these, but the bottom line is that a standard antenna connector that works on most cars will not work on the Taurus. Depending on where you go, the adapters can run anywhere from about $15 to $30 (this is for 2 connectors - one goes from the end of the existing antenna wire to the Sirius adapter, the other goes from the other end of the Sirius adapter into the factory radio).

Here's a link to the tss-radio site that sells them. Part 40-FD30

http://www.tss-radio.com/ford-antenn...er-p-4064.html

I haven't installed the FM relay in the Taurus yet but I am betting that 18ft from the radio in the trunk to the head unit will be long enough. What I meant in my earlier post is that I used the guide (that I linked to) to help with the main antenna install. Currently I'm using the FM extender in the Taurus (what a piece of junk). I installed an FM relay in my Mazda pickup and it's great. When the Ford antenna adapters are delivered, I will install the FM relay in the Taurus.

However, if you want to spend a little extra, I think the aux converter would be the best bet. It would likely give you the best sound, and give you an input for an MP3 player if you use one. If this is not important, the FM relay is still a good option.
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I tried using the fm modulator in my 97 Taurus SHO (has trunk radio and cd changer) and found the sound quality to be pretty bad. The radio in my taurus is pretty weak sounding so I figured that's why it didn't sound very good with the modulator. The 2001 Taurus probably has a different radio so you may have better luck.

I ended up installing a PIE X3 aux adapter that allows you to keep the cd changer and it sounds awesome. I'd definitely recommend the an aux hookup, sounds great and has a really good output.
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You need adapters to convert the standard RCA plugs (on the FM relay) to the Ford antenna plugs.
I found the adapters at PepBoys for about $17.
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Thanks for all the info guys. I just got the ST4 in the mail today, and I'm going to give it a shot with the FM adapters.

By the way, the FM extender actually made it worse.
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I got the radio last night and I was able to find the antenna plug adapters right at Circuit City. You have to ask for them, then I had to go across the street and pick them up at their car audio installation garage. Now I am stoked, they had the FM relay in as well, so now everything is good to go! So you guys know, they sell the two adapters you need separately as well, instead of the 40-FD30, it is the FD10 & 20. I probably paid more (about $16.00 each), but I didn't have to wait for them to come in the mail.

It was getting bad without Howard on the way to work the this week!
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