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Old 06-14-2006, 01:36 AM   #1
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Default I am so angry right now... XM radio antenna scratched my new STI ***pictures***

I just got an XM radio installed tonight and the XM antenna is this weak magnet that goes on top of your roof. As I was driving home from the installation place I heard this semi-quiet clanging noise on my roof but didn't think anything of it since it was raining. Well I got home, pull in the garage, and what do I see, the XM radio antenna hanging over the top of the roof vane with the cord pulled out from inside the roof. The weak magnet in the antenna wasn't even able to hold it in place, and when it came off it left some nasty scratches that you'll see in the pictures below.

I don't believe the antenna itself caused the scratches, I think the installation guy just put the antenna on the roof without washing that small area of the roof and getting rid of any dirt or debris before putting the magnetic antenna on there, so when I was driving the antenna slid back off the roof dragging dirt particles underneath it leaving these nasty scratches.

If I had known it was a weak magnet that held it in place, I would have gottem some quality doublesided 3M tape or something to hold it in place. If driving home at no more than 40-45 mph caused it to come off like this, I can't imagine how bad it would have been if I went on the highway at 75+ mph.

Now onto my questions:

1) What is the BEST way to get rid of these scratches?

2) Once I get the scratches out, what is the BEST way to secure the antenna in place on the roof? Is there some sort of special glue or adhesive, or is there some sort of all-weather double sided tape that would work well and hold it in place? I'm never going to go 150+ MPH in my car, but I want the peace of mind that the antenna will stay put at those types of speeds. What's the best way to achieve this?

3) Should I blame the install guy for not cleaning the area before putting on the magnet or should I blame XM radio themselves for having such a crappy design with a weak magnet?

And without further ado, here are the pictures:









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Old 06-14-2006, 01:39 AM   #2
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looks like just clear coat. you can buff it out i bet.
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Old 06-14-2006, 01:41 AM   #3
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send it back to the installer and tell them to fix it
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Old 06-14-2006, 01:42 AM   #4
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looks like just clear coat. you can buff it out i bet.
My last car was a total beater that I didn't take care of, so i'm a total newbie to things like buffing out scratches, I have no idea what the best way to go about it is, lol. Is there a step by step guide or certain special things I need to buy?

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Old 06-14-2006, 01:44 AM   #5
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When I do get the scratches out, what is the best way to secure the antenna on my roof? Is there any special all-weather double sided tape I can use or something?

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Old 06-14-2006, 01:50 AM   #6
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You should look at getting the Terk xmicro. It's got little rubber feet on each of the four corners that keeps the antenna just of your paint. Plus it's half the size of the one you got. It's about $30.


Here's mine

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Old 06-14-2006, 02:02 AM   #7
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Looks like a sloppy install too, soo much wiring showing.
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:22 AM   #8
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Looks like a sloppy install too, soo much wiring showing.
That's because it all got pulled out when the antenna came loose.....
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:26 AM   #9
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I installed mine on top of the dash next to the right A pillar.Great reception,no scratches,and out of sight.
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:27 AM   #10
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I would reinstall that thing elsewhere.

Mine sits inside my car at the base of my winshield in the center and I get excellent reception 99.99% of the time.

I use a two small pieces of adhesive backed velcro to hold it in place. I also have attached a small metal washer to the base of the antenna, seems to help reception, but it is likely just me wanting to think it does.

Good luck on the scratches, I would think those could just buff right out.
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Old 06-14-2006, 04:04 AM   #11
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I didn't install the antenna myself so I have no idea how it is routed... if I wanted to place the antenna under the glass of the rear windshield, what's the best way to go about doing that?

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Old 06-14-2006, 04:15 AM   #12
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I simply installed my antenna on the rear shelf. Very neat and tidy.
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Old 06-14-2006, 07:42 AM   #13
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Rear deck FTW.
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Old 06-14-2006, 08:23 AM   #14
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oooo sausage king of chicago!!
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:55 AM   #15
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go for the rear deck. use some velcro to keep it in place.
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Old 06-14-2006, 12:28 PM   #16
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or if you want to leave it... a "cheap" option would be to get another magnet that's strong and put it underneath, on the inside of the car lol, cause two magnets are always attracted to each other lol, just a cheap suggestion
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Old 06-14-2006, 12:38 PM   #17
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LOL
Dude get used to that stuff happening ALL THE TIME.
The paint on Subarus is the stuff of legend....and not in a good way.

Go fast no one will see it

Seriously this is the first in a long line of scrapes, chips etc to come.

Good luck I know I cant get too upset over scrapes, scratches,,,it happens and will happen in the future no matter what precautions you take.

Hope it works out.
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Old 06-14-2006, 12:47 PM   #18
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lol agreed, i go to school 200 miles from home, and i usually get 1-2 new rock scrapes or chips each way...
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Old 06-14-2006, 12:58 PM   #19
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The pictures won't show up for me on my work computer, but from the sounds of it they are bad at all.

Do a little searching on www.autopia.org for info in auto detailing, specifically scratch repair/removal. You might just want to find a detailer (also look on autopia for this) in your area and just pay them to do the whole car. The cost/benefit is great.
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Old 06-14-2006, 01:02 PM   #20
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Buff out the scratches then remount the thing using some emblem tape. If you are going ot stick with the magentetic mount get a clear vinyl sticker like from a Rockblocker and put in under the magnet.
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:39 PM   #21
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I just talked to XM and I can't mount it on the rear deck, with regular XM I can, but I have XM with Navtraffic and the Navtraffic is super sensitive and won't work well if mounted inside.

I called the installer and he said that they have waterproof double-sided tape made by a company called Kent that he can use to mount it up there so it won't move. I think I may just mount it with the tape back over the scratches and not buff them out.
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:44 PM   #22
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3M also makes a nice Double sided tape that does not leave a residue when pulling off and very tacky
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:46 PM   #23
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3M also makes a nice Double sided tape that does not leave a residue when pulling off and very tacky
Is it water and weather proof though?
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:50 PM   #24
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Couple things:
I've had XM for years and never had an antenna move on me. But each situation is different, so here goes-
From the approximate placement, it looks as if the antenna is sitting on a slight curve on the roof, possibly causing less that perfect contact vs. a flatter section of metal. Think about moving the antenna closer to the middle of the roof, I guess.

Also, I'm a Rockblocker/Stongard/Xpel installer. So, I've got plenty of spare 3M material lying around. On my s2000, I just cut a section of material about 1/4" bigger than the antenna. That has worked very well.

Lastly, as others have suggested, try putting the antenna inside the car. Near a window would be best since the satellite need line-of-sight more than anything. You might be surprised that your able to still get the traffic stuff.

Oh and those scratches should buff right out. Find someone with a Porter Cable and some good polishing compound.

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Put a thin layer of something between the antenna and your car(tape, felt. things like that)
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