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need ideas on XM roady install

i just picked up an XM roady 2 from circut city on a smokin *** deal, and right now i have it installed so i can transfer it between the vette, and the ranger....... but i am lookin for pics of installs i wanna put a permant mount, adn mount the antenna also, but i understand if you mount the antenna above the 3rd brake lamp, and run the wire thru there it leaks.........




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silicone fixes that leak
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silicone also causes rust and traps water. The Ford dealer tried to fix my leaking 3rd brake lamp with it and caused over $3,000 worth of damage they were forced to repair after the hurricanes came through because of the leak and rust that was caused.

on my truck I ran the antenna inside the truck sitting on top of the dash (reception is perfect) and then used a Windshield mount. Works well for me.
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put antenna on dash as far forward as possible.
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look @ my avatar... I ran it in the weater striping down threw that to the door into the fuse panel and then back threw the dash
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silicone also causes rust and traps water. The Ford dealer tried to fix my leaking 3rd brake lamp with it and caused over $3,000 worth of damage they were forced to repair after the hurricanes came through because of the leak and rust that was caused.

on my truck I ran the antenna inside the truck sitting on top of the dash (reception is perfect) and then used a Windshield mount. Works well for me.
silicone works perfect when used properly. How does it trap water? Because whoever siliconed such spot was an idiot. Funny my truck isn't rusted out, and its been siliconed for a year and a couple months..
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I have my Sirius antenna run through the 3rd brake light and sealed w/ silicon.. it works fine for me. ~2.5 years now and I have zero problems w/ rust or leaks.

As for mounting the receiver, I would highly recommend getting a mount like Thomas did here. We put a similar bracket in my GF's Mazda for her Sirius set and it's really great. Easily the best way to mount a PNP set I've ever seen. He said he got his bracket here. Although I know they are available elsewhere as well..

Get yourself a cigarette style +12VDC outlet from radioshack. Solder it directly to the switched accessory line behind your bezel.. then plug the car kit cable you got w/ your set into that and zip-tie it out of the way in the dash. This way you don't have to hack up the plug from the car kit, but you get it permanantly wired at the same time.
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I didn't bother with silicone. I just looped the wire down and under the bottom corner so the "gap" does not have water running into it.

I mounted my slightly smaller RoadyXT between the steering column and the light switch. I screwed the mount right into the dash -- no adhesive. It's mounted to the bezel of the gauges with the screws going in just above the "trim line" molded into the bezel. That puts the RoadyXT above my steering wheel "spoke" and I can see it easily when driving.

I'll get some pics.
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Okay, pics.

Pic 1: Very dirty outside...
Pic 2, 3: ...also inside. Here's where it's mounted. Note mud splashes on dash...
Pic 4: view from the operator position
Pic 5: never before seen pic of my color converted 6CD
Pic 6: sorry, didn't check this when I took it -- but you get the idea of where the antenna is
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put antenna on dash as far forward as possible.
If you have XM and are facing north, with the antenna on the dash, you may not get ANY satellite reception. Same for GPS sometimes -- you can't see enough satellites.

I've had microwave antenna's on the dash and it's a marginal setup sometimes. I've relocated both the GPS (new permanent mount "radome" type) and put the XM antenna outside. I may eventually put on a fixed mount XM antenna as well.

It's better than nothing, but for XM sometimes it will really be unusable and for Sirius also at times. Now, if you are near a city with repeater coverage it may not be an issue -- but it will be sometimes if you're on satellite direct.
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thank you john for all your detailed pics, that has given me alot of ideas, i just picked up an inline adaptor from best buy............ that way when the XM is on you don't get any static
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The only "static" you may still encounter is a "crackling" sound on loud passages on some channels. If this occurs, use the menu to turn the "FM audio level" down a notch or two. This will eliminate it.
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