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Old 03-21-2010, 08:38 PM
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Re: sirius radio

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yea the alpine conversion kit is 120 from crutchfield. I think you still have to mount an antenna on top of the roof either way, right? but you can just put that under the weatherstrip at the top of the rear hatch.
The antenna that comes with the kit for your Alpine will more than likely be magnetic and won't require drilling. Yes, you can route it through the weather stripping.
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Re: sirius radio

where do you mount the magnetic one?
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:52 PM
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Re: sirius radio

I love my Sportster 5. I recommend running the antenna right to the front center of the windshield molding...its definitely the easiest. This is what I did....



I had to run it down the step panel and back since running it directly down into the cabin caused a water leak. Water would run down the wire somehow and get it into the jeep. Running it this way solved the problem.

Here is how I have it mounted in the Jeep. (Pictured is my old Sportster 4)

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Old 03-21-2010, 09:02 PM
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Re: sirius radio

I mounted mine at the rear of the Jeep, in the center.... ran the cord through the headliner, down the a-pillar, behind the dash.
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:16 PM
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Re: sirius radio

I like that, but I'm too lazy. I was also having problems with the round antennas rusting out and for a while I was replacing them every 6 months or so until I caught on to the problem. hence why i have the smaller square antenna...
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Re: sirius radio

Yeah I had that little square antenna too. I haven't seen one of those big round antenna's in a while.
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:25 PM
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Re: sirius radio

yeah stay away from this...



I live a block off the beach so there is def a lot more salt in the air, but water somehow would get into the antenna through the round metal piece in the center. This would rot out the inside and cause it to no longer work. Very annoying until I finally pryed one open and realized what was happening.
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Re: sirius radio

so why didnt you just get a conversion kit for your aftermarket deck instead of getting the sportster 5, redsand? Do you think they would sound the same if I used a auxillary cord for the sportster 5 compared to using a conversion kit for the alpine deck only?
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Re: sirius radio

I like having a dedicated screen for artist/track info. Also, with the Sportster you get fast forward, pause and rewind controls as well as seek alerts. You won't get that on your deck. I had the converter in my Thunderbird for a while, thought I would give it a shot. I ended up hating it and mounted another dock for the Sportster in the console. I would only go back to using the converter setup if I had a double din screen or something, but unfortunately that will never happen in the ZJ.

And I almost forgot to answer your question. There was no difference in sound quality as far as I could tell, you are still running an AUX into the headunit so there really isn't much difference regardless which route u go...
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Re: sirius radio

ok thanks. I will probably go this route then. Dont I need two cords like an aux cord and then an rca cord as well as the sportster 5 kit? also where do you recommend I buy at, crutchfield currently has a 30 mail in rebate on theirs.
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Re: sirius radio

Aaron I might be a little late to this one but sirius is basically the same thing as xm and they both come with the same programs ... I would definitely do what the guys have recommended going through the alpine for a clean look and rather than having a cluster phuck inside ...

IMHO it's much better that way, I have the sirius installed seperately in the Jetta and through the radio in my GF's bug and having installed through the deck player is much cleaner looking plus only one dang thing to control
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Re: sirius radio

hmm ok thanks bonio for your input. Im still not sure what Im going to do. Il have to check out how it will look on my deck. I guess its basically a cleaner look vs. another mini deck (not as clean to some) but with options like rewind, pause, and record as well as more information displayed.

One thing I do like about having another mini deck is that I can mount it closer to my steering wheel so I dont have to reach over which is far away in these jeeps. I lost my remote to my alpine and hate having to reach over to keep changing channels. so it might not be a bad thing.
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