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Old 09-26-2004, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default XM in the Baja

Have any of you installed XM in your Baja??

I just got my Delphi Roady, and was wondering how im gonna get the Antenna out onto the roof. It was easier when i had my WRX, just ran the antenna line into the trunk and came up that way. The Baja's lack of trunk has got me a little confused though.

second question, if any of you have installed roady did you use the Cigarette lighter adapter to power it?? Is'nt there a way tap into the head unit power source?? if so how did you acomplish it??

Not using the stock headunit btw, have a Blaupunkt San Jose installed in it's place.
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Old 09-26-2004, 08:19 PM   #2
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I had one installed.
Actually it was the one I bought shortly after XM came out. I have the pioneer control unit, and it fits right under the storage compartment, located under the stereo. The new commander unit wouldn't go where I wanted it, so the old unit came out of the setra (sold it) and into the baja. The delphi is the one you have? I think best buy has a permanent install for the holder, and you slip the face plate into it. That's how the temp system works (with the tape, holder, etc). The antenna on mine was run out the back window, between the rubber molding I assume. My guess is that they cut a slit for the wire, so it goes in between the molding and the metal, without causing a gap for leaks. H*ll if I know, electrical crap drives me up the wall. If I have the dough to have it done, I do. If I don't, I save up for it.
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Old 09-26-2004, 10:19 PM   #3
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I ran the wire for the antenna between the front seats, under the rear bench and through the Switchback. I put the wire on the top side of the Switchback door seal, where it would be less likely to leak. The seal is pretty large and can compress alot, so the small XM antenna wire gets folded into the seal pretty well. Then I ran it under the "tupperware" around the bed, around the seals and plastic surround for the rear glass and onto the rear roof next to the factory antenna. All done, there is only a 2-3" of exposed antenna on the exterior.

I'll have try the slit-cutting trick though... that'd make a clear install...

Good luck...
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Old 09-26-2004, 10:34 PM   #4
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I have XM in my Baja. It's a Roady unit, too. I have other vehicles I like to use the XM unit in so I don't have a permenant install. That's something to consider if you use other cars. The value of the Roady is it's portability.
If not, the easy way out is to go to Circuit City, Best Buy and get it installed for about $50. They'll be able to answer all your questions.
Since I don't have the unit permenantly installed I just set the antenna on my dashboard against the windshield. It kind of wedges in there so it won't slide around.
I have the power point adapter and it works great. Once again, it's mobile. The antenna on my wife's Honda CRV was installed through the firewall, up to the A-pillar and slipped underneith the windshield molding. The antenna is centered on the roof close to the windshield so the cable only sticks out about an inch.
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Old 09-27-2004, 02:48 AM   #5
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I installed my GPS antena all my self and here is my write up:
I also have had a XM unit installed into my baja and had it done by the place i bought it.

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Old 09-27-2004, 07:39 AM   #6
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Thanks BajaNut that is about the best writeup i could have hoped for
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Old 09-27-2004, 08:11 AM   #7
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I started by taking off the tail light section (remove the four screws across the top, the two round tabs on the underside of the roll bar and the two top round tabs on the two pieces that run down each side).

Underneath, you'll see two holes, one smallish one and one large one where the tail light wires run through. You're going to fish the antenna wire through one of those holes--which one depends on the size of the antennas plugs. Tape the leads to a piece of coat hanger or stuff enough wire into the hole so that you'll be able to grab it from the inside of the car (that's what I did).

Inside the car (passenger side), pop off the cover for the seat belt and the piece that runs down along the side. Continue down by taking off the foot piece at the bottom of the rear and front doors--there's a channel underneath for the wires that are already there.

Once at the front, run the wires up behind the glove box area. From there you go anywhere--into the glove box or behind the radio console. I installed my XM in the glove box because the wire for my Terk antenna was about 18-24 inches too short. The antenna wire that comes with the Roady should be plenty long.

All the plastic parts inside the car pop off--no screws--so it's easy and quick.

Once you have the wire where you want it and tested everything to make sure it works, put the rear tail light back on. The wire to the antenna is either very thin or flat, as in my case, and will fit easily and snuggly under the rubber edge where the tail light unit meets the roof. I put my antenna right behind the OEM antenna.

FYI: There are a variety of ways to install the radio itself (various mounts, and the cigarette lighter/cassette thing or a wired or wireless FM modulator). I bought the wired FM modulator, which I installed behind the radio console--plenty of room back there. I picked up power from one of the wires running to the cigarette lighter.

I had little choice but to put my radio in the glove box. Obviously, I have to open the glove box to reach the radio and I really can't see the radio's display but I get by using the remote control that came with my unit (not a Roady).
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