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Old 10-17-2005, 10:48 PM   #166
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So I just got my Starmate Replay this weekend and I love the reciever! However, I'm not a big fan of the mount it comes with. I really rather not suction it to my windshield and have all the wires hanging down and also have it visible to possible theft. I drive an SUV and it's tough trying to find a spot to place it with this mount without superglueing it somewhere. I noticed a company called Mobiltronics that makes each a vent mount, cup-holder mount(which I think would be best and long goosenecked floor mount that you attach to you passenger seat. Has anyone heard of or used any of these mounts? They claim to be compatable with the Starmate Replay and look good in the photos I've seen. Any input would be appreciated!
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Go to my web site and check out my Starmate Replay install on my wife's Hyundai Sonata. You can install it between your shifter and the console storage compartment. Just make sure it clears the shifter. My wife's radio is on an angle for easier viewing by the driver.

It's really easy to do with the window suction cup bracket facing down. I just lifted the suction cup lever up and drilled a hole through the base, suction cup and into the console. Screw is hidden under the lever. The bracket has a lot of adjustments to accomodate the space. You have a cigarette lighter right behind the where the radio would be so the power cable doesn't even have to be unraveled. Antenna wire can be routed through the center console and up the back into the radio. - Gary

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Old 10-18-2005, 10:57 PM   #169
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Go to my web site and check out my Starmate Replay install on my wife's Hyundai Sonata. You can install it between your shifter and the console storage compartment. Just make sure it clears the shifter. My wife's radio is on an angle for easier viewing by the driver.

It's really easy to do with the window suction cup bracket facing down. I just lifted the suction cup lever up and drilled a hole through the base, suction cup and into the console. Screw is hidden under the lever. The bracket has a lot of adjustments to accomodate the space. You have a cigarette lighter right behind the where the radio would be so the power cable doesn't even have to be unraveled. Antenna wire can be routed through the center console and up the back into the radio. - Gary

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Nice install, thanks for sharing
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VERY nice install, Netstar. I'm not sure that I have the same amount of space in the center console - I'm gonna go out and look at it right now. I actually replaced my 3/8" loom with 1/4", and it looks way better..almost industrial, but seeing your picture is making me feel pretty inadequate right now!

I have practically no experience in doing any kind of install work in a car, so I wanna make sure I know what I'm doing, and do it right. I'm only gonna have this car for another year, and unless something else comes along, going to get a Mazda 6. Then I can have fun all over again.

Well, I really appreciate the suggestions and help from everyone (except one unfortunate post). My photos were probably premature, as I was really excited about getting the StarmateR into the car. Anyway, I am considering everyone's advice, and when I figure out what to do, I'll post new photos.

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VERY nice install, Netstar. I'm not sure that I have the same amount of space in the center console - I'm gonna go out and look at it right now. I actually replaced my 3/8" loom with 1/4", and it looks way better..almost industrial, but seeing your picture is making me feel pretty inadequate right now!

I have practically no experience in doing any kind of install work in a car, so I wanna make sure I know what I'm doing, and do it right. I'm only gonna have this car for another year, and unless something else comes along, going to get a Mazda 6. Then I can have fun all over again.

Well, I really appreciate the suggestions and help from everyone (except one unfortunate post). My photos were probably premature, as I was really excited about getting the StarmateR into the car. Anyway, I am considering everyone's advice, and when I figure out what to do, I'll post new photos.

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Thanks for the compliments! I have no professional experience installing radios in cars. Some of it is pure luck and this is the case with this install. Everything was in the right place and was accessible.

I should post my pictures of the Starmate Replay installation in my 1996 Nissan pickup. That was more of challenge and involved the compartment area like you have. I used wood, cut it to fit snug, painted it black to match the plastic compartment, and inserted the wood into the compartment to fill the hole. Mounted the radio to the wood and it blends in nicely. I know it sounds tacky but it looks good. I am still looking for a plastic dummy faceplate to attach to the wood so it looks like a factory install. I will be getting rid of my truck next year so it will be temporary.

You are using the intelligent approach by taking your time and doing it the right way with minimal damage. I hope that my install photo will open up some ideas for everyone to use. Good luck!
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My Starmate Replay has arrived. Now I just need to figure out how to transfer my service and look for an installer.
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To transfer your service, just call Sirius customer service and tell them that you want to do a tuner swap. They'll transfer your service to the Starmate Replay free of charge.

For installation, Best Buy and Circuit City are usually convenient options. They can be hit or miss as far as quality of work goes. Any car stereo shop should also do installs, but they might be a bit harder to find, and they also might require appointments.
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I'm definitely not doing Best Buy. They did such an awful job last year. And it took 3hours to do because they had to keep re-doing it. I may try Circuit City if I can't find anyone local.
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Where can I get an FM Switcher?
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Try the Sirius Store (our sponsor) first and then Best Buy.
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FM-Swtiching Box - for connect the FM-Output of the Receiver into the FM antenna input of your vehicle's radio. The box will automatically switch off the vehicle's FM antenna when you turn on your Sirius Receiver
I checked around and can't seem to be able to find something as described above at the Sirius Store. Can someone help me out?
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Here you go
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I checked around and can't seem to be able to find something as described above at the Sirius Store. Can someone help me out?
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Thank you!!! I am such an audio ditz!
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I checked around and can't seem to be able to find something as described above at the Sirius Store. Can someone help me out?
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No problem

The Sirius Store is great, and they'll get products to you in 2-3 days with USPS priority mail. However, if you can't wait and are looking to get your Starmate Replay installed this weekend, every Circuit City that I've been to in my area carries a similar wired FM modulator for a comparable price... maybe slightly more.
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