Jeep Wrangler Forum banner
  • Hey everyone! Enter your ride HERE to be a part of September's Ride of the Month Challenge!
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,110 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Did any late model TJ's come with built in Sirius/XM option. Just wondering how they installed the antenna on a soft top. I have an aftermarket receiver and used Velcro to mount the antenna on top of the sound bar. It works fine but was just wondering.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
359 Posts
My 06 came with the factory sirius...Antannae was on the drivers side rollbar...right to the left of the drivers head on top. Round sort of antannae with a special pad covering over it. Never used it and recently took it out. The bracket itself was metal ...pretty sturdy...but with aftermarket media unit, no use for it.
 

·
I luv bourbonz!
Joined
·
3,105 Posts
I installed Sirius on my old TJ and just tucked the antenna under the roll bar padding. It worked fine and I had to issues.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,110 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for the info. Mine works fine I was just wondering if the factory had any better ideas.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,180 Posts
On my 05, I added aftermarket Sirius. I put the antenna disc on the cowl., just off center. No reception issues, and no risk of damage when offroad and topless... where a rollbar mounted unit might be exposed to branches, etc.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,110 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
On my 05, I added aftermarket Sirius. I put the antenna disc on the cowl., just off center. No reception issues, and no risk of damage when offroad and topless... where a rollbar mounted unit might be exposed to branches, etc.
I will keep this in mind. Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,180 Posts
It is kind of hard to see, but look straight down from the bend in the drivers side wiper arm... small flat disc. Well protected in this location.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,110 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
I get the idea. Yours is the same color as mine and we both have 1/2 doors.
 

·
Knows a couple things...
Joined
·
49,633 Posts
On top of the center rollbar hoop under the padding is optimal so far as reception is concerned. The satellite signals will pass through a fiberglass hard top or soft top like they weren't even there. There would be times/locations/driving directions when mounting the antenna on the cowl could block the satellite signal. The padding will protect the antenna if you happen to drive under a tree low enough to cause any problem which should be pretty darned rare if you're treading lightly and staying on a trail.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,180 Posts
East coast trails Jerry... here in PA, low and tight is common even when on certain old logging trails and treading lightly...

I agree with you re: optimal reception, however in 4+ years I have yet to experience loss of reception strictly from antenna placement. Reception loss is much more likely from overhanging trees, cliffs, tall buildings, underpasses... anything that blocks line-of-sight from the satellite.
 

·
Knows a couple things...
Joined
·
49,633 Posts
... Reception loss is much more likely from overhanging trees, cliffs, tall buildings, underpasses... anything that blocks line-of-sight from the satellite.
Which includes the steel tub behind the cowl you mounted your antenna on and the windshield frame. Driving away from a low on the horizon XM/Sirius satellite will cause the tub under the windshield frame to block the signal. Maybe not where you live if the satellite is positioned higher in the sky but there are locations where the satellite is low enough on the horizon to cause that when driving in certain directions.

If you're not ripping off the center rollbar cover where you wheel, you're not going to be ripping off the satellite antenna positioned underneath it either.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top