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Old 01-24-2006, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Antenna install on 2005 Toyota 4Runner

Just bought a Sony CDX-GT300 head unit and the Sirius SIR-SNY1 to go with it. My question is this. Where to mount the Sirius SIR-SNY1 and where to mount the antenna? I'm thinking the Sirius SIR-SNY1 should be up behind the dash somewhere, but the instructions say to mount it flat. Does flat vertical count or does it have to be horizontal?

On the antenna. Ideally I would like it to be on the roof at the rear, but a couple of places/audi shops I had talked to earlier around here said that was a major pain in the 4 Runner and that I should just mount it in the lower left corner of my dash. I don't buy that the signal would be as good that way. Am I wrong?

Any and all advice is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Signal will be maxed out when mounted on the roof. That said, I have mine in the corner of the pass. side dash. Receiving an average of 40 to 50% signal, but sounds the same as my wife's 4Runner which has the antenna mounted on the rear roof.
I do notice that her signal (reception) doesn't cut out as much as mine does going through underpasses, trees, etc. Maybe theres something to be said about the other 50 to 60% additional signal strength.
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Any ideas on where to mount the tuner?
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Old 01-24-2006, 04:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nope, sorry. Have both plug and play units (Starmate Replay).
I'm sure you can find a spot, like installing an amp.
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Old 01-24-2006, 04:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Install the antenna on the rear of the roof. It took me about ten minutes to install the antenna in my 4Runner and route the wire all the way to the dash (using Starmate Replay), with the wire being completely hidden. It sounds like you spoke with some very lazy installers.
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I have a 2000 4Runner and installed the antenna on the rear of the roof. I ran the wire between the body of the car and the hatch. I don't think you can run the wire through the taillight on a 4Runner. If you can, it is difficult. Below is a link with a photo from another poster that did the same thing.

http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...hlight=4runner

If you open your hatch, you will two rubber protectors that house wires from the hatch to the body of the vehicle. I ran the antenna through the one located on the driver side. I had to poke a hole in the rubber but it is hardly noticeable and I sealed it with some stuff from a hardware store to ensure that it is weathrproof. I don't have any major reception problems.

As far as the tuner goes, I just threw it under the headunit inside the dash. This may not be such a hot idea as it sits atop the housing for the airbag sensors. This was supposed to be temporary but its been close to a month now. I also knocked out my illumination lights for the dash but this is probably from the wiring of the headunit. There is room under the driver or passenger side dash so why take the chance of repeating my mistake.
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Install the antenna on the rear of the roof. It took me about ten minutes to install the antenna in my 4Runner and route the wire all the way to the dash (using Starmate Replay), with the wire being completely hidden. It sounds like you spoke with some very lazy installers.
Yeah. Looked my 4Runner over closely when I got home from work today. Looks like routing the antenna is going to be a piece of cake.
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Old 01-30-2006, 09:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Got everything installed this weekend, slight change of brands though.

Took the Sony back and bought a Clarion DXZ655MP head unit and the Clarion SIR-CL1 Sirius tuner. Also put in a Clarion APA450 amp and 2 10 inch Kicker Solo-Baric S10L54 sub woofers. SOUNDS FREAKING INCREDIBLE!!!

Ended up mounting the Sirius antenna on the driver's side of the 4Runner just above the post between the front and rear doors. Made it easier that way. Ran it up the channel, then out thru the hole for the roof rack. Mounted the antenna between the rack and the sunroof and it fits perfectly, like it was made for that exact spot. No clearance problems and I'm getting a great signal.
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