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XM radio installed

install took about 3 hours... I hardwired the power plug in so I didn't take up one of my sockets... having that aux port is awesome... on with the pics...



*when you wire the extra plug make sure you fuse it, I did mine with a 30AMP...



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nice. I wanted to get an xm radio but i no have the money man.
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Looks good, how do you like the programming? I had XM in my ranger for a brief period and was disappointed with it. I recently installed a Sirius radio in my GTI and I love it. That aux port must be real convenient to have!
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Mannnn i want an auxiliary port real bad
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haha, the aux port made it much easier to do, and gives you the best quality, the unit is good, I just got in from cruising and I think my blinker mod on the right side(pass) is screwed up, my blinker was ticking fast, got out and looked and the 194 outer corner was on but the 3157 was out, and the lil indicator on the dash for the right turn signal was still lit after I switched it off... does that mean its just a blown bulb???
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Looks good. I had XM about 3 years ago. I liked it but I like Sirius a little more. Is you antenna mounted above the door?
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Nice, install, but I have to agree that I like sirius better. I listened to both for 2 weeks before purchasing mine and I thought the content was better in sirius. In any event, enjoy!
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My sirius is preinstalled. I got used to the 3 months free and I like it. I don't like Howard Stern. I had XM previously, but to me they are basically the same -- except for the sports part. XM is baseball, but Sirius is Football and Nascar, if I am correct ??
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Looks good. I had XM about 3 years ago. I liked it but I like Sirius a little more. Is you antenna mounted above the door?
yep, and to the other guys, I've dabbled with XM before, got one for Christmas before but just used the 3 months, they've gotten better w/ the quality, I listen to Highway 16, XM Cafe, Flight 26, and the comedy stations...I just hate that I have to fix that blow bulbs or w/e it is, today it was snowing,I'm probably gonna remove the blinker mod...has bothered me ever since I did it...
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looks good, i have sirius in my 2 vehicles and then we have xm in my dads deville, they both are nice, sirius is more commercial free, but xm does have baseball during the summer so that is nice for him.
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about the lights, I thought it had something to do with me hardwiring another powerpoint, but it was just a blown bulb...cheap ebay bulbs
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nice install, I just got xm last week. I got the Pioneer Inno portable, and I was thinking about putting it in my truck. The car kit is expensive tho. I really wish I had an aux. input like you do, I am wrestling with if i should rely on the FM transmitter in the Inno. Don't know...I'm still thinking about it.

Where did you mount the antenna? In the cab or on the roof?
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nice install, I just got xm last week. I got the Pioneer Inno portable, and I was thinking about putting it in my truck. The car kit is expensive tho. I really wish I had an aux. input like you do, I am wrestling with if i should rely on the FM transmitter in the Inno. Don't know...I'm still thinking about it.

Where did you mount the antenna? In the cab or on the roof?
I had the Inno, only way to listen to XM anywhere.. I had my antenna inside the cab with no problems so no one could mess with it, I just put it on the dash in the middle.. sold it.. bought ipod.. more money in pocket

looks like his is on the roof!

Car kit> http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-XM-Satellite...QQcmdZViewItem

I always was jammin' to XM 101 The Joint
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I had the Inno, only way to listen to XM anywhere.. I had my antenna inside the cab with no problems so no one could mess with it, I just put it on the dash in the middle.. sold it.. bought ipod.. more money in pocket

looks like his is on the roof!

Car kit> http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-XM-Satellite...QQcmdZViewItem

I always was jammin' to XM 101 The Joint
yeah I have the Inno1, and all the car kits are going for about $70...

When you had it, did you use the FM modulator? Or cassett or aux. input?

I am wondering how good the sound is through the FM mod., some say it is a little staticy...
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FM modulator will get you going, check crutchfield for something called P.I.E it will give you an aux port, to factory radios...

and yeah mines mounted near my driverside door on the roof...
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I checked Crutchfield, but I only see the P.I.E. for 04+ Ford stereos...unfortunately I have 2002.
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hmm... does your Headunit have a CD CHANGER port?... it is beside your main power wires on the back of the radio...
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ummm, don't know, I might have to pull it out and check
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