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07-07-2013 07:01 PM
Silver Billet Ok, picked up the dot antenna that was previously pictured, moved it all over the hood, even near the Jeep emblem no better... IMO it's the quality of the radio. My wife's Saturn has no problems.
I give up
07-05-2013 12:53 PM
mjpjr45 I have an aftermarket radio with Xm/Siruis. I installed mine on my cowl right behind the passenger hood hinge. I had mounted closer to the windshield, but it would get block when I was traveling due north. I moved to the present location and rarely lose signal. if you look close in this pic, you can see the small black antennae behind the pass. side hood hinge.

07-05-2013 09:51 AM
Silver Billet
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Originally Posted by _3m View Post
I think I might have a spare antenna let me have a look when I get home, if I do I can send it to ya and save you a few bucks.
Really appreciate it but the hassle with the paper work and outrages shipping costs across the border would really inconvenience you.
Thanks for the offer!
Cheers
07-05-2013 09:22 AM
_3m I think I might have a spare antenna let me have a look when I get home, if I do I can send it to ya and save you a few bucks.
07-05-2013 08:56 AM
Silver Billet I was going to try a new Antenna also! My Wife drives a Sky Redline with the older xm setup, she has no problems except for the usual bridge or tall building.
Keep the updates coming guys!
07-05-2013 08:40 AM
Ivoryring For me, it's back to bad enough that I'm not even listening to Sirius. Have to order a new antenna, and will probably get a pigtail to go from the back of the Sirius box over to the panel near the door hinge so I don't have to pull apart the dash every time I want to try a different antenna route!
07-05-2013 08:07 AM
heygenius Since I was off yesterday, I pulled the dash apart and moved the sirius antenae so it's now in the center of the sound bar under the soft top. So far reception seems much better. I drove around to some the areas where I was having issues in the past and so far I haven't lost the signal. We'll see how this goes...
06-22-2013 11:41 AM
Ivoryring I haven't gotten another antenna to test the cable out, but for some reason it hasn't been bad the last few days. It is frustrating that there isn't a good way to see actual signal strength
06-22-2013 08:25 AM
Silver Billet Any update on this Ivoryring? my reception sucks also..
06-17-2013 07:39 AM
Ivoryring
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Originally Posted by Ivoryring View Post
By the way, today I relocated my aftermarket SiriusXM antenna from right next to the stock antenna to on the hood just shy of the footman's loop. I'll report back if I continue to have reception difficulty.
Worse than ever after my move. Starting to wonder if the antenna cable is damaged.
06-16-2013 08:48 PM
blackntan
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Originally Posted by bloodfart View Post
Where did you move it to?
I put it on the passenger side cowl right by the windshield wiper. I used this antenna.
Amazon.com: Sirius Radio Dot Micro Car Antenna: Car Electronics

When you unplug the factory one this will just plug into the end of the cable coming from the radio.
06-16-2013 08:44 PM
insylem Only times I've had issues with the Sirius is when Im under something getting gas or something like that.
06-16-2013 08:26 PM
Ivoryring By the way, today I relocated my aftermarket SiriusXM antenna from right next to the stock antenna to on the hood just shy of the footman's loop. I'll report back if I continue to have reception difficulty.
06-16-2013 12:07 AM
bloodfart
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Originally Posted by blackntan View Post

I replaced the factory antenna with this same one and in the same place. I had to relocate it due to the Gobi rack blocking the signal. I have had no problems with reception at all in the new location.
Where did you move it to?
06-15-2013 09:40 PM
blackntan
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Originally Posted by FXnut View Post
I installed my own sirius in my last Rubi and went through the firewall sticking the "dot" magnetic antenna right on the passenger side cowl in front of windshield and never had an issue with bad signal.

I'm not sure if it's interchangeable with the factory deck, but maybe try picking up one of these and experimenting..

I replaced the factory antenna with this same one and in the same place. I had to relocate it due to the Gobi rack blocking the signal. I have had no problems with reception at all in the new location.
06-15-2013 11:10 AM
sd72667 When I drive with the hard top, Sirius will cut out occasionally, but when I have the Trek NX soft top installed and fold back the bikini top, the Sirius will cut out 50% of the time. I have 2 external XM radios in my truck and car and they rarely cut out. I wonder if I can place the current antenna in a different location.
06-15-2013 11:01 AM
bloodfart Thanks for the replies everyone! It must be the tent then blocking the signal. Now that I know the cause and i know exactly where the antenna is, how do i relocate it? Is the wire long enough to be rerouted? Or is it easier to leave the stock antena where it is, and just disconnect it from the radio and get a new antenna?
06-14-2013 08:16 PM
Billet13
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Originally Posted by Ivoryring View Post
You know, there is nothing wrong with not liking Sirius, either for sound quality or for programming choices or for commercials or for their billing or customer service... but seriously folks, complaining about Sirius on this thread is like seeing a thread that is titled "Doing my own clutch replacement, having a hard time with the new throwout bearing" and complaining about how you hate driving stick and anyone that wants to drive stick is stupid.



Now get off my lawn.
+1
-just for the record, my wife and I love our Sirius receivers (Ford Edge and the Wrangler) and the signal strength and sound quality are always 5 / 5.
06-14-2013 05:23 PM
positrak Here's a pic of it, if the schematic is accurate it bolts on to there and the wire screws into it which means you can re-route it quite easily. I had a stand-alone unit before, and wrapped the wire around the tweeter and laid the antennae angled up behind the tweeter, which worked fine for a year.


06-14-2013 05:10 PM
Twiztidmn
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Originally Posted by Suebabe View Post
I have intermittant cutouts with the hard top on in my 2013 JK also. Do not have this problem and have great sound with XM in my Subaru. But I have found that I prefer streaming Pandora through my phone and definitely will not renew the Sirius next year.
i only have the sirius because the radio in my company issued work van only has an am/fm radio. too many commercials on FM... plus I work Sundays and can log into my Sirius account on the phone app and listen to all the NFL games through my bluetooth headset while working.
06-14-2013 09:47 AM
Suebabe I have intermittant cutouts with the hard top on in my 2013 JK also. Do not have this problem and have great sound with XM in my Subaru. But I have found that I prefer streaming Pandora through my phone and definitely will not renew the Sirius next year.
06-14-2013 12:19 AM
Twiztidmn I have one unit that i take between my work van and my Jeep. i mounted my antenna on the top of the soundbar, right by where the dome light is. Its small enough to fit under the hardtop when it is on, and doesnt get very much interference. Ran the cable under the padding along the drivers side roll bar, down the inside of the dash, and under where the driver's feet are. Came out from behind the shifter and mounted my mount there with a little Velcro.
06-13-2013 10:46 PM
st1264 Antennas aren't miracle workers... there needs to be a clear path for the signal. An unobstructed antenna and a clear line of sight. Otherwise you'll have problems. Yes, tall trees on both sides of you may knock out your signal. If you have a Directv dish pointed into tall trees, would you get a signal? Nope.

I live in a mostly flat area, get pretty good Sat reception. I just hate the sound quality and the content doesn't interest me, so I don't listen to it. Won't renew it. Will laugh at them if they call me and ask if I want to...
06-13-2013 10:12 PM
Morgan I have a pioneer head unit with pioneer 920 xm receiver that I've had in two other vehicles. If I'm on a road with tall trees on both sides I get bad reception. Put the antenna on the center of soundbar and on drivers side today. Guess the jeeps just get bad reception.
06-13-2013 09:29 PM
JKPaul
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Originally Posted by Ivoryring View Post
You know, there is nothing wrong with not liking Sirius, either for sound quality or for programming choices or for commercials or for their billing or customer service... but seriously folks, complaining about Sirius on this thread is like seeing a thread that is titled "Doing my own clutch replacement, having a hard time with the new throwout bearing" and complaining about how you hate driving stick and anyone that wants to drive stick is stupid.



Now get off my lawn.
I wondered if anyone would pick up on that, the S-Factor! Thank you sir, you have restored my faith in Jeep owners, most of them anyway.
06-13-2013 09:07 PM
FXnut I installed my own sirius in my last Rubi and went through the firewall sticking the "dot" magnetic antenna right on the passenger side cowl in front of windshield and never had an issue with bad signal.

I'm not sure if it's interchangeable with the factory deck, but maybe try picking up one of these and experimenting..

06-13-2013 05:15 PM
Tweak
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Originally Posted by st1264 View Post
Maybe there was an error in the factory... it wasn't installed on the roll bar so they taped it on the back of his radio. Or they put the wrong radio in, without Sirius and found the mistake and swapped it. This is my only explanation as this is the only time I've heard of that location.

I've worked on an assembly line before, things like this do happen more than you know.
that, or a dealership swapping radios and being lazy.
06-13-2013 04:47 PM
Ivoryring You know, there is nothing wrong with not liking Sirius, either for sound quality or for programming choices or for commercials or for their billing or customer service... but seriously folks, complaining about Sirius on this thread is like seeing a thread that is titled "Doing my own clutch replacement, having a hard time with the new throwout bearing" and complaining about how you hate driving stick and anyone that wants to drive stick is stupid.



Now get off my lawn.
06-13-2013 04:13 PM
heygenius
Sirius Antennae

I have an aftermarket unit and originally the antennae was on top of the radio. It worked okay at best. I moved it to the top of the dash and it works much better than it did, but still not great. I have a 4Runner and my wife has a Lexus and they rarely lose their signal so I'm not sure what the issue is. I have enough slack in the wire to move it around, so I'm thinking of experimenting with it in different locations to see what works best. It rarely goes out in my hometown area, but it seems to hate I-64...and some of the places it loses the signal makes no sense - perfectly clear view of the sky in all directions... go figure.



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Originally Posted by bloodfart View Post
Could someone please tell me where the Sirius antenna is? I just got back from a 10 day trip, in which i've had almost NO sirius reception ANYWHERE. It would work for a few seconds then go to acquiring signal, kinda like really bad buffering. Now that i'm back in a major city, it's quite a bit better, but i still get "acquiring signal" every couple minutes. Before 2 weeks ago, it was crystal clear even deep in the mountains, and NEVER had issues on the highway or in any town.

Only two things have changed, and both happened right before my trip, so i'm not sure which one caused the difference in reception:

1) I got an ARB roof top tent, which I have mounted to the MBRP roof rack. I also have the front lightbar if that matters
2) I took the Jeep for service, and told them about the clock losing time. The guy looked through the TSBs for my model year (2012 sahara) and found that there was a radio software update, which they did.

So my thoughts are, either the roof rack or tent are blocking the signal to the antenna, or whatever update they did fubared my radio. We bought the jeep mid july last year, so the free 1st year should not be up for another month and a few days. Any help would be appreciated!!!
06-13-2013 02:24 PM
Jlho1980
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Originally Posted by panthermark View Post
I won't be renewing my Sirius as well. Sound quality is just too poor.
exactly!
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