My Custom Sirius XM Install - Club Lexus Forums


Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > SC Models > SC 430
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

My Custom Sirius XM Install

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-07-15, 09:24 PM   #1
ShawnOk
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
ShawnOk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,119
Default My Custom Sirius XM Install

So I took the initiative after reading about everyone upgrading headunits to give them Sirius XM features. I went to Fry's and picked up a Stratus 7 Tuner with Vehicle kit for $70. Right now there is a rebate promo for $50 after activation. If you've read my other threads, you'd know that I love the OEM look of the radio and don't want to alter it in any way. So, I created a alternative and am pretty happy with the results. The vehicle kit included a PowerConnect dock that allows for FM modulation which worked amazingly to my surprise (I've tested quite a few FM Modulators in the past and always been disappointed), but I wanted the best quality possible so decided to run a hard 3.5mm wire. I mounted the antenna in the most recommend spot on this forum, on the package tray. I ran the antenna wire behind the rear seat, into the small rear cubby, and into the center console between the gap of the track arms. As you can see from the photos, it installed pretty nice. I then ran the power from the cig lighter in the center console and even ran a 3.5mm audio out to a splitter into the VaisTech SL3U through the same track gap and wrapped everything in cable wrap to make aesthetically pleasing. Great quality sound, clear reception. I'm really happy with this upgrade, plus I still have iPod, Bluetooth, and media player functionality that I installed previously. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

Ps. I'm getting the rear deflector redone with etched pexiglass so my rear deck LED's will shine up through it and create a nice effect.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
Attached Thumbnails
My Custom Sirius XM Install-img_20150606_200223.jpg   My Custom Sirius XM Install-img_20150606_200237.jpg   My Custom Sirius XM Install-img_20150606_200312.jpg   My Custom Sirius XM Install-img_20150606_200530.jpg   My Custom Sirius XM Install-img_20150606_200629.jpg  

__________________
Check The Lex... http://www.clublexus.com/g/album/231622

Last edited by ShawnOk; 06-07-15 at 09:38 PM..
ShawnOk is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-15, 09:41 PM   #2
texsexlex
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (3)
 
texsexlex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: texas
Posts: 672
Send a message via Yahoo to texsexlex
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ShawnOk View Post
So I took the initiative after reading about everyone upgrading headunits to give them Sirius XM features. I went to Fry's and picked up a Stratus 7 Tuner with Vehicle kit for $70. Right now there is a rebate promo for $50 after activation. If you've read my other threads, you'd know that I love the OEM look of the radio and don't want to alter it in any way. So, I created a alternative and am pretty happy with the results. The vehicle kit included a PowerConnect dock that allows for FM modulation which worked amazingly to my surprise (I've tested quite a few FM Modulators in the past and always been disappointed), but I wanted the best quality possible so decided to run a hard 3.5mm wire. I mounted the antenna in the most recommend spot on this forum, on the package tray. I ran the antenna wire behind the rear seat, into the small rear cubby, and into the center console between the gap of the track arms. As you can see from the photos, it installed pretty nice. I then ran the power from the cig lighter in the center console and even ran a 3.5mm audio out to a splitter into the VaisTech SL3U through the same track gap and wrapped everything in cable wrap to make aesthetically pleasing. Great quality sound, clear reception. I'm really happy with this upgrade, plus I still have iPod, Bluetooth, and media player functionality that I installed previously. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

Ps. I'm getting the rear deflector redone with etched pexiglass so my rear deck LED's will shine up through it and create a nice effect.
...really nice installation; this might be a mod I look into
texsexlex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-15, 09:49 AM   #3
Bgw70
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
Bgw70's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Fl
Posts: 488
Default

You know, many times it seems the best work is completed by the owner, not a "professional"
__________________
'02 SC430 Stock
Bgw70 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-15, 07:03 PM   #4
JohnnyCake
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
JohnnyCake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: DC
Posts: 1,186
Default

Sweet! I have my XM sat antenna in that location and get signal cut-outs, but they don't bother me for some reason. I've wondered whether the newer antennas have better reception.

Do you get signal cut outs with the antenna placed there?
__________________
2006 Lexus SC430 - Smoky Mica Granite with Black interior. MODS: DISABLED Nav data entry lockout when in motion; DISABLED phone entry lockout when in motion; DISABLED "I agree" screen; DISABLEDSeat belt chime ADDED: Remote Functions via Cell Phone; LuxLink; NavTool Backup Cam; Sirius XM Radio; Vais iPod adapter; Blitz cabin filter.
JohnnyCake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-15, 10:51 AM   #5
Harold57
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,834
Default

Interesting alternative. I like it.
Harold57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-15, 05:00 PM   #6
ShawnOk
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
ShawnOk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,119
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnnyCake View Post
Sweet! I have my XM sat antenna in that location and get signal cut-outs, but they don't bother me for some reason. I've wondered whether the newer antennas have better reception.

Do you get signal cut outs with the antenna placed there?
So far, no drops that I've noticed.

Thanks Harold and BGW!
__________________
Check The Lex... http://www.clublexus.com/g/album/231622#
ShawnOk is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-15, 06:22 PM   #7
JohnnyCake
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
JohnnyCake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: DC
Posts: 1,186
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ShawnOk View Post
So far, no drops that I've noticed.
Now that I look more carefully, you have placed the antenna on the package shelf. I got confused because I don't see the glass that goes between the two headrests. So you will definitely get better reception than I do. My fear in that location is that package shelf moves every time the top goes up and down and so the wire is going to have to withstand that. Looks good!
__________________
2006 Lexus SC430 - Smoky Mica Granite with Black interior. MODS: DISABLED Nav data entry lockout when in motion; DISABLED phone entry lockout when in motion; DISABLED "I agree" screen; DISABLEDSeat belt chime ADDED: Remote Functions via Cell Phone; LuxLink; NavTool Backup Cam; Sirius XM Radio; Vais iPod adapter; Blitz cabin filter.
JohnnyCake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-15, 01:33 AM   #8
Bgw70
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
Bgw70's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Fl
Posts: 488
Default

You know Shawn, if the wire does become a concern, you could place the antenna under the package tray, which is the OEM GPS antenna location. The plastic will not attenuate the receive signal very much and since you said you have not seen any signal dropouts, this would be a good test. If you are willing!
Also, if the system continued to function with no signal degradation, I would be very interested in that antenna brand and model number.
For what it is worth, I placed an XM antenna in the composite ("plastic") material trunk lid of my Trans Am and it works well.
__________________
'02 SC430 Stock

Last edited by Bgw70; 06-10-15 at 01:53 PM..
Bgw70 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-15, 09:49 AM   #9
ShawnOk
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
ShawnOk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,119
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bgw70 View Post
You know Shawn, if the wire does become a concern, you could place the antenna under the package shelf, which is the OEM GPS antenna location. The plastic will not attenuate the receive signal very much and since you said you have not seen any signal dropouts, this would be a good test. If you are willing!
Also, if the system continued to function with no signal degradation, I would be very interested in that antenna brand and model number.
For what it is worth, I placed an XM antenna in the composite ("plastic") material trunk lid of my Trans Am and it works well.
I had originally thought about installing the antenna to the underside of the package tray but I didn't want to mess with the tray as I know it's a critical piece to the operation of the top. I'm still debating on what to do, as I don't really like the look of the antenna ON the shelf. I'll try to figure something out, but I will take a photo of the antenna model # once I start trying to alter it's location.
__________________
Check The Lex... http://www.clublexus.com/g/album/231622#
ShawnOk is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-15, 05:19 AM   #10
tromly
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: VA
Posts: 3,355
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bgw70 View Post
You know, many times it seems the best work is completed by the owner, not a "professional"
you can say that again!
__________________
2010 RX cerulean blue, 2011 RX satin cashmere, 04 SC 430 white gold crystal /ecru , no mods
tromly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-15, 09:56 PM   #11
ShawnOk
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
ShawnOk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,119
Default

So I moved my antenna to a more conspicuous place rather than right on the package tray. I thought about installing it below the tray but decided I didn't want to alter the tray in anyway since it's prone to problems from what I've read from other threads. I'd rather not risk it. Anyway, I was able to mount it behind the plastic headrest cover. I did have to trim two structural "ribs," to make the antenna fit but shouldn't alter the structural integrity in any way. I did notice a drop from 3 out of 3 to 2 out of 3 on the signal meter and some drops in music while parked, but it is also very cloudy and rainy today in Chicago, so after some drive time I will report back on the signal strength.
Attached Thumbnails
My Custom Sirius XM Install-img_20150613_172934.jpg  
__________________
Check The Lex... http://www.clublexus.com/g/album/231622#

Last edited by ShawnOk; 06-14-15 at 10:16 PM..
ShawnOk is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-15, 01:50 AM   #12
Bgw70
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
Bgw70's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Fl
Posts: 488
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ShawnOk View Post
So I moved my antenna to a more conspicuous place rather than right on the package tray. I thought about installing it below the tray but decided I didn't want to alter the tray in anyway since it's prone to problems from what I've read from other threads. I'd rather not risk it. Anyway, I was able to mount it behind the plastic headrest cover. I did have to trim two structural "ribs," to make the antenna fit but shouldn't alter the structural integrity in any way. I did notice a drop from 3 out of 3 to 2 out of 3 on the signal meter and some drops in music while parked, but it is also very cloudy and rainy today in Chicago, so after some drive time I will report back on the signal strength.
Really nice fabrication!

Is the top of the antenna now facing the rear of the car?

Most geostationary satellites are in an equatorial orbit which makes me wonder how the reception will be when you are driving south.
__________________
'02 SC430 Stock

Last edited by Bgw70; 06-15-15 at 01:57 AM..
Bgw70 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-15, 01:50 AM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sirius/XM Install Advice engin_ear Lexus Audio, Video, Security & Electronics 87 12-20-14 09:36 AM
Need advise - Sat radio in 2006 RX 330 Hollings RX - Second Generation 2 09-08-11 08:50 AM
Radio Removal - Trying To Avoid Surprises RhoXS RX - First Generation 6 04-05-10 04:21 PM
I found the Ideal spot for an XM antenna ! (pix) LEXINIT SC 430 16 05-18-06 01:25 PM
First Mod! XM Roady XT Chpsk8 GS - Second Generation 13 12-01-05 06:07 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:55 AM.

Join ClubLexus

Copyright © 2000-2015 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info