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Old 01-02-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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Sirius Radio question?

Well I finally got around to installing my new Clarion head unit and Sirius radio. Looks and sounds pretty dam nice but I have run into one snag. Where the hell should I mount the magnetic sirius radio atenna? Where have others mounted theirs when they installed theirs? Just curious cause no matter where I have tried inside the cab I get crappy reception.

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Old 01-02-2009, 06:05 PM   #2
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I assume you have a hard top. Mount it on the front hood and bring the wiring through the front firewall. If you have a softtop, it is easy to run the wiring under the roll bar padding and mount it on the top of the roll bar.

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x2. i had mine mounted on the hood of my tj and ran it through the firewall as well. i now have it on top of my roll bar and it works a lot better there, but i have a soft top.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:59 PM   #4
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Mount your Sirius or XM satellite antenna on top of the center rollbar hoop, in the center. Under the rollbar cover if you have one which will keep it protected and out of sight. Any lower than that and you stand the chance of the satellite signal being blocked by the rollcage or windshield frame since satellite signals are at such a high frequency that they are strictly line of sight which means they are easily blocked by anything metallic in the way. Having a hardtop or soft top up over the top of the antenna will not block the signal in the least, satellite radio signals pass through the fiberglass or fabric tops like they weren't even there.
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Right to where the red arrow is pointing to in the below pic.
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sirius ftw. i miss eric the midget on howard 101.

there was a sirius reciever with a lifetime contract on it on craigslist cheap. wish i would have got it
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Right to where the red arrow is pointing to in the below pic.
Thats exactly where I was thinking (even just shoved it between the bar and hard top for now until I have the time to mount it appropriatly.) It still doesnt get the best reception and cuts out quite a bit but maybe after I spend the time mounting it a bit nicer it will improve.

Thanks for the advice everyone!


Oh and a little FYI for those mounting something via the adhesive cup that comes with a kit....do not use the provided alcohol wipe to clean the area you are sticking it to on your dash. I went to clean the area on my dash with it and it started taking the color off.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:22 AM   #8
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I've got mine mounted on the top of the windshield frame near the soft top. On the right hand side behind the regular radio antenna. Works just fine for me.
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I just installed mine today and mounted the antenna on the driver side pillar next to the windshield and it seems fine. I fed the wire through the window..
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My Jeep came with Sirius hook up already installed with a satellite ready radio. Antenna is mounted on back edge of hood, with wire ran through firewall.

Haven't subscribed to it yet as I just bought an indoor XM setup before I thought about the Jeep radio! Just started a thread about that a few days ago too.
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:31 PM   #11
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Sirius Satellite Antenna Placement

I recently acquired a 1998 TJ Sport and have replaced the factory head unit with an Alpine CDA-105 with a SIR-ALP1 unit for Sirius radio. My problem is frequent signal cut out when listening to Sirius..

I had a friend make a mount similar to the Quadratec mount so I could mount it on the top of my roll bar which I assumed to be the highest, best place for it to go. My Sirius reception in the TJ sucks compared to my BMW that came with it as a factory option which rarely cuts out. The Jeep cuts out constantly (albeit briefly) near foliage or 2+ story buildings

Here's a picture of my mount and placement:

It is near the passenger side of the roll bar--


A few questions:
-- Would a "micro-dot" antenna work better in the same spot?
-- Should I move my existing square DIRECTED antenna to the hood?

I read around that the roll bar may not have an effective ground plane for the magnetic mount antenna to receive signal. I will note that I never have the soft top on.

I really don't want to have to move it onto the hood unless I have to, but if it will improve my signal I will.

Any ideas? All thoughts/experiences would be extremely helpful.

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