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Old 11-13-2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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Hi there.....

I have a 2005 Ford 500 SEL and just purchased a Sportster 4. Like many of you on here, I am going to have to purchase the FM modulator so that the docking station can be hardwired to the radio (or maybe it is the antenna) to avoid the massive static and other feedback.

I have two options:

1: Best Buy will install it for $80; however, I am not familiar with their level of service, and if they are any good.

2: The Ford dealer will not use the FM modulator that Sirius sells, instead they use the AUX pin adapter (TSS Radio sells these for $90) and charge me $300 for the install. I have had to bring my car in for repairs, fortunately covered by warranty, and never had the same issue again, and the work was done well.

Naturally, I nearly passed out at the $300 charge.

Has anyone used Best Buy for the install on this type (or similar) vehicle? Are they any good?

Unfortunately wiring and schematics are not my cup of tea, or I would have tried it myself.

Thanks for any advice anyone has.

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Old 11-13-2006, 04:39 PM   #2
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If you could get some instructions on how to get to your radio, you can do it all yourself. The AUX input simply plugs into the back of your car stereo. It is worth the cost IMO. The SQ is worth it.

The wired FM mod installation is simple as well.

What do you say? Can we help you do it yourself?
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Old 11-13-2006, 05:31 PM   #3
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I agree with Michigan Made.

The AUX adapter will give you the best sound quality.

Both the AUX adapter and the FM modulator are very easy to install.

But, you need to get the radio out of the dash to do it.
most Fords have 4 holes in the radio 2 on each side.
If your radio is like this you need a special pair of U-shaped tools.
These are very cheap like $5. You can get them anyplace even Walmart.
just insert the tools into the holes on your radio and pull it out.
remove the tools plug in the AUX adapter into the back of your radio.
and run a wire from the "LINE OUT" to the AUX adaper.
All that is left is to push the radio back in.
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Old 11-13-2006, 05:35 PM   #4
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It's really up to you.

I am happy with the Best Buy installations. I always go to them.

As you say, Best Buy have to use the FM modulator.

As for bringing it to Ford, they will install a device to your radio so you can directly connect your Sirius into the radio. That will be your best option but at that price, I may have second thoughts.

What I may do is buy the device from Ford that hooks up to your radio and than bring it to Best Buy and have them do it.
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Here are directions to remove your radio:

http://www.pro-fit-intl.com/Adobe/FO-60-05-L.pdf

Well, it gets you to the point where you have to remove the four bolts to pull the radio out.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:51 AM   #6
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Thanks so much for all the information. Although the AUX adapter is the way to go, I will probably try the FM modulator 1st as it is the cheaper option. With Christmas coming, I have to save some money for presents.

I will give this a go this weekend!
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Old 11-19-2006, 06:51 PM   #7
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It works!!!! I went via the route of the FM Modulator, and that works better. MUCH better. Thanks for everyone's help assistance and PDF. The directions worked like a charm (for my friend who installed it), and I now have reception!!! No more static which was annoying.

Thanks again!

BTW, Sirius should consider selling them with the units. It would cause less stress with the consumers.
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Great news! It seems that you are much happier.
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