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Old 12-20-2005, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HOW DO YOU INSTALL THE SIRIUS STARMATE IN A BMW X3

I recently got a sirius satellite radio you can install in your car from my girlfriend. It is the Starmate Replay ST2 receiver. I was reading the instruction....how do u install the magnetic antenna. I have the sharkfin on top of my car, and how about the FM out and Audio out button on the receiver. I don't know any of these things...please help
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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doc, i think you're in over your head if you're looking to do it yourself, especially about the basic ideals of installing the antenna, which needs to be placed outside for greatest effective reception; you would need to hide wires in the dash trim and get the antenna outside of the vehicle, it's not a completely easy operation.

of course you could always mount the antenna inside the cabin of the vehicle near the front window, and perhaps receive sufficient reception enough to maintain a solid signal, but the interior antenna installs are hit and miss.

you can broadcast straight out of the internal FM modulator of the Replay on a specific fm frequency then tune this frequency in on your radio, and listen to it that way. or you could get an FM Relay box to hardwire the fm output of the Replay to the antenna port of the X3 radio with antenna adapters(not pictured):


but, my advice to you, unless you're willing to devote some time into doing the install right and mount the unit in a convenient location, with the minimal of wires showing, and especially on an BMW X3, i'd just take it to an audio installer, pay someone $150 + parts to install it, and just make sure they do it right:

antenna outside, wires routed so that they're hidden as much as possible, hardwired power so there is no cigarette lighter adapter sticking from the ashtray all the time, hardwired FM relay so that no external radio stations are trying to share the FM frequency your Replay is broadcasting on, or better yet, buy an auxillary input adapter to integrate with the BMW radio, so that audio is hardwired and you can get the best possible audio that can be had from the Replay, without the limiting audio range of FM.

but all of this cost. the labor $100-150, perhaps a mounting bracket $30, auxillary input adapter $50, wiring RCA cable adapter $10.

i would say, if you've read the install/instruction manual and find it daunting or out-of-your-league, just take it to a professional installer. you'll pay money to have it done right, but that's it, it will be done right, as long as you specifically state what it is exactly you want done.

where on this dash layout are you going to want it mounted?
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I'm also an X3 owner and new Sirius subscriber looking for some suggestions as well as some answers. This is where I have the Visor mounted, the visible antenna wire is temporary and I'll probably switch to the Starmate Replay within a few weeks:




My questions:

1) Would Circuit City be a good place to have the unit professionally installed so I don't use the cig lighter?

2) Since I'll be switching to the Replay, are the antennas interchangeable or do I have to rewire with the antenna that comes with the Replay?

3) Where can I find more of the cable covers or is there anything similar out there that I can use?
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1) Would Circuit City be a good place to have the unit professionally installed so I don't use the cig lighter?

well, do you know of anyone with an experience with the local CC in your area? if you post here where you live, perhaps someone on the forum can help you locate a shop, or express their opinion of your CC.

2) Since I'll be switching to the Replay, are the antennas interchangeable or do I have to rewire with the antenna that comes with the Replay?

yes, the antenna connections are identical- a single SMB jack. will you be placing the antenna in a different location than that which you already have it?

3) Where can I find more of the cable covers or is there anything similar out there that I can use?

if you're asking about wiring covering, such as expandable TechFlex FlexoPET sleeving, which is what i use to cover the wiring going from the interior dash trim to the mounted receiver, it can be found here online in various sizes and colors, or if you're lucky, at a Hobby store near you:
http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage....d=161#flexopet


some examples, but of course, the closer the unit is to accessible dash trim, the shorter the wire length will be:



if you're really looking to do it yourself; the wiring, the antenna placement and the mounting of the Starmate Replay on the X3, it is not really that difficult to do, but will probably take you 3-5hours to do it right.

some mounting examples:

http://www.bracketron.com/xmain/manuals/BMW-201-04.pdf
http://www.gbxdirect.com/store/cbm_d...e=BMW&model=X3

or Panavise:

http://panavise.com/f/comm/indash/in...artn=75103-704
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Thanks for the tips Brian.

For anyone else reading this, I have access to the Circuit Cities in Staten Island, Woodbridge NJ, and Willow Grove PA.

As for the flexopet sleeving, I'll definitely look into that. However, what I meant was the cable cover that comes with the PNP kit. I have the antenna about an inch in front of the shark fin, this still leaves some cable exposed which I would like to cover.
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i don't think you should worry about the inch or so of exposed sat antenna wire, it will not damage the antenna wiring to be exposed to the elements. a Ford Expedition install i did had the same amount of antenna exposed, due to the fact of it being near the hatchback door:



if you do have the install done at your local CC, then i would say tell them exactly what it is you want, and i was highly suggest the X3 mounting bracket, unless there is a specific location you are looking into for the mounting of the Replay.

just tell them you want a hardwired power install off a switched 12V power supply, so the Auto-On feature can be active, a very simple procedure on the BMW as a 12V switched lead can be found right at the radio wire harness.
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