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Old 02-15-2014, 02:40 PM   #1
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satellite radio??

Anyone installed sattelite radio in their tj? I could buy a new satellite capable radio and get the hardware install but then your spooking possibly $300 $400. Heard of a cigarette lighter adapter but I don't want it to look tacky. Just wondering if anyone knows cheaper and not tacky ways to do it? Thanks

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Old 02-15-2014, 02:57 PM   #2
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After buying all the parts it's hard not to spend close to that. Especially if you're going to pay for install. Go the eBay route. Should save you some monies. I forked over close to $300 for mine nuts totally worth it.

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Old 02-15-2014, 02:57 PM   #3
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My $100 Kenwood radio is satellite radio ready, it just needs the little antenna. Look on crutchfield.com at radios that include satellite radio.

For example, this is all I need to get satellite radio on my stereo: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_220SXV2...atellite+radio
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:59 PM   #4
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My $100 Kenwood radio is satellite radio ready, it just needs the little antenna. Look on crutchfield.com at radios that include satellite radio.

For example, this is all I need to get satellite radio on my stereo: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_220SXV2...atellite+radio
So would you just try and run the stuff under the trim and try and make it look as stock as possible? My CD player skips when I hit bumps sometimes lol
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:19 PM   #5
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Yep, I would run the antenna wire under the rectangle trim piece right under the windshield (it just pops off) and either stick the antenna on that trim piece with some double sided tape or run the cord up the windshield frame to the roll bar and mount it there. I'm not sure how picky those antennas are.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:28 PM   #6
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I run a Sirius satellite head on my Jeep that plugs into the radio. I run the wires right into the bezel. The antenna wire goes under the windshield bezel and up the passenger side A post with the antenna sitting on the roll bar. Really clean looking install and easy to do yourself!





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Yep, I would run the antenna wire under the rectangle trim piece right under the windshield (it just pops off) and either stick the antenna on that trim piece with some double sided tape or run the cord up the windshield frame to the roll bar and mount it there. I'm not sure how picky those antennas are.
Do you ever lose reception? Like just if it'd cloudy
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:31 PM   #8
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I can't soak for jeepwayoflife, but i never lost reception with it mounted on the rollbar near the windshield, even when it was cloudy. It also had no interference with the hard top on before I sold it.
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I can't soak for jeepwayoflife, but i never lost reception with it mounted on the rollbar near the windshield, even when it was cloudy. It also had no interference with the hard top on before I sold it.
Any way to get the antenna mounted on the roof?
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:08 PM   #10
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No need...the fiberglass top doesn't interfere with the signal
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:19 PM   #11
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Cool I will definitely try this before spending $200 on getting it installed.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:59 PM   #12
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I recently installed a Clarion M303 marine-grade head unit from Crutchfield for $200. It was to replace the factory head unit and run the Polk 5.25s up front (Nalin adapters) and Polk 6.5s that I installed in the Mopar sound bar. The Clarion M303 is SiriusXM-ready. You just need to purchase the $50 adapter that installs in the back unseen and includes the antenna (mount near dash on windshield). This looks to be a much cleaner and cheaper option than what was available a few years ago.

One thing I like about the Clarion is the Bluetooth streaming of Pandora (and also phone calls, but you really need a microphone, plus the Jeep is insanely noisy anyhow so I don't use it for that). I have my iPhone in a windshield-mounted holder and when I get in the Jeep, it's seamless - as soon as I hit play on the Pandora app it streams to the Clarion and plays through the speakers. I was a big XM listener in previous vehicles, but with Pandora, I haven't been compelled to go SiriusXM again. Depends on what you listen to though.
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You want cheap...Best Buys has a Stratus 7 with vehicle kit for $39.99 on the internet site. You can always wire the power cord into the fuse box for that clean look. The remaining wires can be neatly hidden.

I have the setup in my TJ for the past seven years. I can pull it out of the TJ and pop it in the cradle of my work truck and on job sites.



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You want cheap...Best Buys has a Stratus 7 with vehicle kit for $39.99 on the internet site. You can always wire the power cord into the fuse box for that clean look. The remaining wires can be neatly hidden.

I have the setup in my TJ for the past seven years. I can pull it out of the TJ and pop it in the cradle of my work truck and on job sites.


I want as cheap as possible but still kinda stock looking of that makes sense. That's the biggest thing is I didn't want another radio laying around somewhere
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:19 AM   #15
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Just thought id post an update I went with the antenna route and ended up getting an alpine radio with CD USB and auxiliary as well as Siriusxm and came with the antenna kit for about $210. After the wiring harness and trim kit I'm in about 250 after tax. Thought it was a good deal for the radio.
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