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Old November 8th, 2005, 07:48 PM   #1
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I got a Roady2 about a month ago, and today I decided to take some pictures and make a write up on the install.

The #1 problem I had was tring to find a place to mount it. I wanted it about eye level and near my radio. I ended up mounting it to the right of the climate controls, as show here:

Larger: http://www.zeug.us/albums/album16/P1010056.jpg

I haven't had any problems with this location, execpt it makes it kinda hard to adjust the thing that tells were you want heat/cool to blow... but I can still get to it so I dont care.

Next was wiring it up. I decided to go with the cassette adaptor route, being that my radio had a cassette player.

Spend the cash and get a good Sony cassette adaptor. I was having problems with the xm adaptor, it would spit the tape out when it was cold. I spent a few bucks at best buy and bought a Sony adaptor. It not only fixed the problem, it sounds a heck of alot better too!

I started with tring to find a place to mount the antenna. I read some articals about putting it on the roll bar so I started looking. I took the top down, and then took the door frame apart (easy in a jeep, its the 2 big hand/thumb screw things above the door on the roll bar). I noticed there was a nice little space in the very front towards the windsheild. I placed the antenna there and pushed the nurf bar pad over it a little. As show in this picture:

Larger: http://www.zeug.us/albums/album16/P1010048.jpg

With that out of the way, now comes wire managment. I needed to figure out a way to get the wire from the antenna to the xm radio... So I started looking and relized the seal had screws. I backed the screws out just a bit and tucked the wires behind it. As seen (actualy not seen) in this picture:

Larger: http://www.zeug.us/albums/album16/P1010052.jpg

I then took the passenger side speaker cover off, ran the wires through that, into the glove box (which I also removed) and into the xm radio. Here are a couple pictures of that:

Larger: http://www.zeug.us/albums/album16/P1010053.jpg
Larger: http://www.zeug.us/albums/album16/P1010054.jpg
Larger: http://www.zeug.us/albums/album16/P1010055.jpg

I re-did my wire managment a bit. I took apart the center part of my dash board and unscrewed my climate controls. I then ran the wire comming from the antenna through the speaker, through the glove box and behind the climate controls in the dash then out the the XM unit.

I also bought a female cigarette lighter socket and wired it into the switched aux power source behind the glove box. This allows me to plug my xm radio into it and not have the big bulky adapter visable. I tucked the socket and the adapter behind the dash between the glovebox and center and ran the wire out of the top of the climate control. I will post some pictures later of this.

Lastly, I took and tucked the wire coming from the cassette adapter behind the climate controls as well. A bit of tape was helpful in holding the wires in place were they come out from behind the climate controls.

After all this, re-attach the center dash panel and enjoy!



Final Thoughts
I love XM radio! This thing is sweet! With the setup I installed I have NEVER had a dropout! With FM radio, on my way to work there was an area were I could not get a station, with XM I have tunes all the way to work. My faviort stations are Squizz and the Comedy station. I also love the fact that I can listen to XM online, that was a big time saver for me, instead of having to get a home kit and what not.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to resond with you questions or comments! Also you can PM me if you really feel like it. Thank you!

Gr8archer

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Old November 8th, 2005, 08:09 PM   #2
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looks good man, i installed mine right by the ignition, i can see it perfectly through the steering wheel, sounds weird but it works, and i ran all the wires through the bottom of the steering wheel area and then ran the antenna wire out the firewall and mounted the magnetic antenna on the hood by the hood scoop thing.....rock on man
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Old November 8th, 2005, 08:12 PM   #3
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Looks good..

I would have done one thing differently .. with your antenna.. i would have ran it behind the dash where you have that openning.. then i would have come out from the ashtray so when you removed the roady you could stuff the antenna back inside the ashtray so it would keep the wires looking cleaner and not hanging out and draped acrossed things..
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I tried to not tear my dashboard apart, I did the install in a few minutes... I may do it different tommorow, hey pong is there any way you can send me a pic of were you have it mounted, I need to get at my climate control since winter is on its way. Thanks for the idea, keep em commin.
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here are the pics......


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Old November 8th, 2005, 08:48 PM   #6
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Awsome, thanks for the pics, I might have to try that tommorow.
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its great...i like it there, have it it there for a while, the only thing is that occasionally when i get into the jeep i hit it with my knee.....this is like once every 2 weeks...so its not that bad, and i used the existing screw that was there to mount the bracket.........
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Are you two buffing each other too??
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its great...i like it there, have it it there for a while, the only thing is that occasionally when i get into the jeep i hit it with my knee.....this is like once every 2 weeks...so its not that bad, and i used the existing screw that was there to mount the bracket.........
I would definately hit that with my knee.. as it is my knees are really close to the dash.. and if i move the seat back more its more uncomfortable to drive..
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i dunno, i am 6' tall and i have the seat all the way back as it is.....i have like 3 or 4 inches before i come close to hitting it
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im not rich enough to have XM radio.. FM is free so im happy with that and CD's
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im not rich enough to have XM radio.. FM is free so im happy with that and CD's

XM Roady2 - $45.99
Mothly Subscription - $12.00/mo
Installation Time - 1 hour at the most

Not having to listen to usless advertisments and static on fm radio- PRICELESS
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agree...........and i am the kind of person that will burn a CD and stick it in the player for a while, and when it gets old i will throw it in the back seat and it will get ruined, so after a while, i just listen to XM
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I'd put it above the rear view mirror, and either run the wires through the windshield frame, or, around it with loom, and straps, minor drilling would be required
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I'd put it above the rear view mirror, and either run the wires through the windshield frame, or, around it with loom, and straps, minor drilling would be required
I actualy tried that, but when the top was down, the damn thing moved so much it came off the clip... I just had the wires taped around the frame of the windsheild to see if I was going to like it... needless to say, I didn't lol.
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the other thing i have seen is put it where the ashtray usually is. you can use the regular mounting bracket, and it is kind of out of the way there, but you can still see open gaps... i will see if i can find pics
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http://www.homeofhappiness.com/chad/xm/xminstall.htm

I was looking into that, it looks really clean.

Dose anyone have any idea how I would power it without going to the cig lighter? It mentions tapping the AUX output but im not sure.
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Mount an inverter on the firewall.
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agree...........and i am the kind of person that will burn a CD and stick it in the player for a while, and when it gets old i will throw it in the back seat and it will get ruined, so after a while, i just listen to XM
So you must have quite a collection goin on back there ??
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