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Old 01-19-2007, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Stealth install of XACT Replay in '05 Ford Explorer?

I recently had my '05 Ford Explorer broken into and my aftermarket car stereo was stolen. Surprisingly, the thieves did not take my XACT Replay which was mounted in plain sight underneath the climate controls in the center console. I know I probbly should just leave it mounted where it is and remove the XACT every night but it's a real pain to have to disconnect/connect the wires. So now I am thinking about where/how I could put the XACT Replay so that it was out of sight, yet still within reach from the driver's seat. I thought about just mounting it in the glove box and the just leave the glove box open when I am listening to Sirius, but that's a stretch to reach, even with my long arms. I also thought about just laying it flat in the center console just below the climate controls and when I park the car, covering it with the small OEM rubber mat that is in that area. This way the unit would be within easy reach and eyesight, yet easily concealed when I want it to be with minimal loss of the center console area.

On a related subject, how many of you are concerned about having your Sirius radio in plain sight and the threat of theft? I guess perhaps that theft of these things is not that common since the unit's ESN number can be deactivated by Sirius forever (at least that's what Sirius told me and did when I had another vehicle stolen with a Sirius radio in it). But evenif you stealth mount your Sirius unit, the antenna on the roof gives away the fact that you have Sirius radio and it's possible the radio is in the vehicle somewhere, so they may still break in.

Does anyone have any other ideas or suggestions?

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Old 01-19-2007, 03:08 PM   #2
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Having been the victim of theft from and OF my vehicles over the years, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. That being said, I am now pretty diligent of using a steering wheel club as well as taking my faceplate off my stereo. I'm currently waiting for delivery via ebay of an older Panasonic Sirius system that matches my head unit, so from the inside there should be no evidence that I have sat radio. Also, my radio ESN is changeable by me through the Sirius web site so I should be able to disable it if it ever gets stolen.

I have also been thinking about the antenna location. With taller vehicles like the Explorer, would putting it near the centre of the roof make it less visible to people walking by? I drive a 94 Suburban and was planning on putting the antenna either just in front of the roof mounted brake light or about 3 feet back from the front. Either spot is pretty well invisible from the ground. How to run the cable is another story that I have not thought through completely. You could consider removing the mag mount every night or when you are parked in a dicy neighbourhood.

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Old 01-19-2007, 03:41 PM   #3
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Actually, I bought a Sirius direct connect reciever which will interface directly with my head unit, but in the week or so of using it instead of the XACT Replay, while just having one unit to deal with is nice, I miss the 44 minute program memory feature the XACT unit had (ie. being able to pause and/or rewind and fast forward through what's in memory). So, I'm thinking of taking the new reciever back for a refund but if I do that and go back to the XACT unit, I want to hide my XACT Replay from sight so as not to entice thieves who may break in, despite my head unit's faceplate not being in the vehicle, just to get the XACT unit and/or the head unit minus faceplate. Call me paranoid, but I cannot help but wonder if the thieves will be back to check my vehicle out again someday, and when they see that I have installed another stereo, they'll break in again to get it (even though the faceplate was removed) and whatever else they can get.

As for the antenna, I have it mounted on the roof about a foot from the top of the front passenger window. When I installed it, I was just lazy and did not feel like running the wire all the way from above the center brake light on the rear hatch door, but I may do that as it does seem that location might be a little more less obvious than where it is now.

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Also, my radio ESN is changeable by me through the Sirius web site so I should be able to disable it if it ever gets stolen.
I've checked my account on the Sirius web site and don't see any option to do this. Can you point me to where it is? Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:56 PM   #5
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I looked as well and did not see that option.

Also, am-dew, I have done installs on two Explorers that I have had, an 2002 and 2005. Do a search for my posts in the Install Garage.

BTW, I almost got the kit to have Sirius so I could have that factory look for the 2005. The display was such a disappointment to me that I bought the JVC KD-AR960 (thanks to DAB).

Let me know if I can do anything for you.
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Also, am-dew, I have done installs on two Explorers that I have had, an 2002 and 2005. Do a search for my posts in the Install Garage.
Thanks MM. I looked at your installs...they're very nicely done and I did something similar in my '05 Explorer (see http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...ad.php?t=85351) and I really like it, but I am concerned about getting broken into again and don't really want to have to unplug/plug the unit all the time, so I'm hunting for a way to do a "hidden" install where I can feel reasonably comfortable leaving it in the vehicle most the time.
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Maybe the baseball hat conceal method will work.
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I guess maybe the siriuscanada.com site is different. I am a Canadian subscriber. It allows the user to make their own changes as well as activate receivers online. I already used it to activate my wife's Starmate 3, worked without problems.

It's listed under "My Account", then shows the ESN of the radio. Clicking on it allows you to change it.

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I guess maybe the siriuscanada.com site is different. I am a Canadian subscriber.
In the U.S. the only way that I'm aware of to *deactivate* a radio is by calling Sirius directly. Activating and re-activating can be done on-line.

This has always struck me as one of those typical big company, consumer-unfriendly practices whereby they make it more annoying than it needs to be to *stop* paying them money in the hopes that (1) you'll keep putting off deactivation month after month due to the hassle or (2) when you do call, someone call talk you out of it.

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