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I got XM radio

picked this up last night at Wal-Mart, its the SPORTSCASTER fro XM

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Is this safe to run the wire up thru there? I dont wanna break that seal and have roof leaks...

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ahaha ghetto-rigged


anyways, i ran mine like that except the seal is fubar'd like yours turned out.
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I have the RoadyXT and I love it.

My truck had been mudding and some came in the window in these shots, lol -- but here's how I mounted mine:



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ahaha ghetto-rigged


anyways, i ran mine like that except the seal is fubar'd like yours turned out.
it looks cleaner in person... you mean it just made the seal look funny? I concealed most wires with cable ties and put them under the mounting bracket...
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honestly i hate when people run their antenna's like that. put it on the back, and bring the antenna wiring in thru the 3rd brake light... it'll look much cleaner
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That's what I did after I read on here about other's doing it. It is much cleaner.
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That's what I did after I read on here about other's doing it. It is much cleaner.
probably easier too, lol.

his is a brand new truck.. no sense making the windshield look like it's already falling out or something.
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so how do I do this???? LINK?

just pulled it down and got an idea... how about just putting it by the wiper cowl? lol then its in the sky
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honestly i hate when people run their antenna's like that. put it on the back, and bring the antenna wiring in thru the 3rd brake light... it'll look much cleaner
i feel the opposite on this issue lol.. I dont like it going out the 3rd light
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well mines good now... its on the front up high like the ones on the chevy's and the seal looks normal that way...still waiting for XM to send me my channels
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got my XM working now... it sounds okay... I'm using the AUX input but it seems like its a low bitrate :(
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Some channels are, and some aren't. It's still FM quality not CD quality and that's true for all satellite radio.
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when mine comes i am thinking of mounting it in through the third brake light... looks like it was meant to run that way......
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honestly i hate when people run their antenna's like that. put it on the back, and bring the antenna wiring in thru the 3rd brake light... it'll look much cleaner

thats what i did too but the stupid wire cover wont stick to the cab
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well I'm thinking of suprising my mom for Christmas, so I'll give her mine and I'll try to get a direct wiring kit... I just want it to look good w/o splicing my brand new ride up....ya know???

any good tips? I'll preciate them...
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i just got sirius 2 days go and i love it...anyways i wired it through the 3rd brake light, just unscrew it and the coat hanger in the cab, then snake the cable through some of the little holes there, its not hard and it looks good. IMHO i think the way you did it looks bad, in the first to pics the seal looks wavy, but if you say it looks better in person then ill take your word for it. i do like the look of the antenna on the front though.
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i just got sirius 2 days go and i love it...anyways i wired it through the 3rd brake light, just unscrew it and the coat hanger in the cab, then snake the cable through some of the little holes there, its not hard and it looks good. IMHO i think the way you did it looks bad, in the first to pics the seal looks wavy, but if you say it looks better in person then ill take your word for it. i do like the look of the antenna on the front though.
as of today the anntena is perfect, I moved it to the driver side at edge of seal so it looks streamline... I'm siriously thinking mom would have a wreck trying to read this thing, I mean it has a good bit of work ya gotta do, I want her around for long time... so I'm gonna keep it, when I get brave I'll hardwire thru the radio to power on/off the AUX willl prolly remain the same...unless I install my kenwood... but for now its good :)
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I have the Pioneer Inno, just put the antenna on the dash and it works,,

Ill get pics tomorrow,,
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dang sound quality on channels 20, and 16, gah sounds like A$$ kinda upsetting I paid $12.95 so I could get crappy quality...
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One of the reason's I got rid of XM recently.. i'm wanting to get Sirius but my headunit is "XM" ready and not just "satellite" ready.
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yeah the 14.95 fee just to set it up made me kind of pissed,,

Favorite stations 101 The Joint and 150 XM Comedy,,

no sound quality problems,,

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It may depend on the radio also. Perhaps the one you got is not oriented towards musical reception, judging from it's name "Sportscaster"?

The RoadyXT unit I have sounds fine -- but some channels do seem to have a lower bitrate and the sound suffers accordingly.
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well there all the same mine just has presets to all sports channels, and yea not all are like that... and I'm using the AUX input instead of FM modulator...I'm seriously thinking my FM radio sounds way better than this compressed crap... after my free month, I maybe taking this thing back to Wally-World....

these ppl all claim its better than FM radio...haha no it isnt....

http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t...+sound+quality

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My problem free install,,



2 long screws, screw it to the plastic, I have a Wired FM Modulator, so I flip a switch and turn to the FM station and instant almost cd quality,,

I love the programing, and so do all my friends,, better than anything local and with little or no commericals!
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