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Honestly, how difficult to install?

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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Chris


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Posted September 27 2003 - 07:15 PM

I'm really looking into getting the car unit. I've thought about picking it up and could basically do so "at any minute" but based on the instructions I'm seeing on the websites of both Sirius & XM, the wiring of the antenna for the car.. woof.. that piece I'm wondering about.. like running the wiring without having the stuff droop all over the outside of the vehicle Posted Image

So, in honesty, how many installed themselves vs. professional install, and how easy was it?
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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Gary Silverman

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Posted September 28 2003 - 02:44 AM

Chris, I've done XM installs on 5 vehicles(4 Toyotas and a Ford Expedition) and all of them had a rubber trim around the windshield/rear window that I could put the very small diameter antenna wires under. I used a small screwdriver and a plastic putty knife to peel the trim back a little bit and push the wires underneath.Nothing is exposed afterwards.Once the wires were inside the car, it was just a matter of hiding the wires under easily removed parts to get to the dashboard area.
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#3 of 5 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 28 2003 - 04:15 AM

Gary, Question. The installer at Circuit City did the same thing you did --- install the antenna wiring underneath the rear window's rubber trim. The problem is now that the trim has been disrupted (lifted), it constantly loosens itself away from the rear window. In other words, I'll get out of my car and see half the lower part of the window trim hanging out of place. Is there any kind of glue/adhesive that you would recommend that I can adhere the trim back in place with?


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#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Gary Silverman

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Posted September 28 2003 - 04:29 AM

Ron, I haven't had that problem. Maybe the installer was a little too agressive when installing the wire. 3M makes a trim adhesive for cars. You could try that.
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#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Jeremy Little

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Posted November 24 2003 - 12:41 PM

[quote] 3M makes a trim adhesive for cars. [quote]

Ron, try this as Gary recommended. It should do the trick. Your installer probably was a little rough pulling it loose, hence the problems you are having now.
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